Aussies beat India in Sydney

February 1, 2012
Stadium Australia

by Adam J.W.C

Twenty20 International, Sydney
Australia beat India by 31 runs

It was a change of format in Sydney this morning, but I’m afraid for India and their fans it was the same old storey.

Under the lights at Stadium Australia, India won the toss and asked Australia to bat first. This decision by MS Dhoni backfired as Australia went on to score a commanding 171-4 from their 20 overs, on a wicket that was offering the bowlers some assistance.

The star of the show for the home side was Matthew Wade who made 72 from just 43 balls in an innings that included 5 fours and 3 sixes. Wade was well supported by David Hussey who contributed 42 in the latter stages of the innings, entertaining nearly 60,000 fans in the Olympic stadium.

India never looked likely to overhaul this total despite MS Dhoni making a consolation 48 not out. After a good innings with the bat, Hussey also contributed with the ball, as his off-spin picked up two wickets from just two overs and in the process only conceded four runs.

India finished their innings on 140-6 which was 31 runs short of their target, and in this format represented a heavy defeat.

India need to improve their cricket drastically otherwise they may not record a win on Australian soil this winter.

The Scoop 01/02/2012

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