Come rain or shine, Australia will not be stopped

Come rain or shine, Australia will not be stopped

Matthew Wade scored 67 as Australia cruised past India

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Australia charged through India in the first ODI of the Commonwealth Bank series at Melbourne by 65 runs.

The match was scheduled to be 50 overs, but after 11 overs a heavy downpour cut it down to 32 overs per side.

Australian Captain Michael Clarke said: “The guys who have been playing the Big Bash were perfectly suited to this game. We knew we only had 21 overs after the break.”

Australia started in dreadful fashion as they lost two quick wickets, but after the break, due to the rain, Australia looked like a different team as they went on the offensive against India.

Opening batsman, wicketkeeper and debutant Matthew Wade had a sensational batting performance as he smashed 67 runs from 69 deliveries. He was well supported by the Hussey brothers. David hammering 61 from 30 balls and Michael making 45 runs off 32 deliveries.

Captain Clarke, who was impressed with the batting display, said: “Wade was outstanding on debut. David Hussey continued his form, and Michael Hussey keeps getting runs in all forms of the game.”

The pick of the Indian bowlers was Vinay Kumar, who claimed three Australian wickets, while giving away just 21 runs.

With the hosts scoring 216 from their 32 overs, India were set a target of 217, but struggled to get near to the total as the Australian bowlers’ kept striking regularly and didn’t allow any of the Indian batsmen to follow through on their good starts.

Clint McKay took four wickets and gave away a meagre 20 runs.

Wade, who was given the Man of the Match award, said: “The boys are high after the Test series win and we want to keep that up.”

Indian Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was unimpressed with his sides performance. “Once they came back after the break, they went after our bowling. Our loose deliveries were too loose. That was the difference. And we did not get off to a good start in the chase” he said.

India will play their next match on the 8th of February against Sri Lanka at Perth and look to regain some momentum.

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