Opposition changes but India’s dominance still continues in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. India’s clash against Australia was a dead rubber as the men in blue has already qualified for the semis and the Aussies are on their way back home. Even though it was an inconsequential tie, India displayed an outstanding show with the ball and in the field as they go into the semi-finals of the 2014 ICC World T20 where they will take on South Africa in three days’ time. The Australians had no clue against the Indian spinners as they were completely outplayed and lost the match by 73 runs. Indian spinner R Ashwin was adjudged the Man of the Match.
Chasing 160 runs to win, Australia were off to a worst possible start as they lost the wickets of Aaron Finch, Cameron White and Shane Watson inside the field restriction over. The Aussies kept on losing wickets at regular intervals as they struggled to counter the spinners. Maxwell looked impressive in his 23 but R Ashwin accounted for the Aussie “Big Show”. The Aussie batsmen fell like ten pins as the Indian bowlers bundled the mighty Aussie batting line-up for a below par 86. India will take a lot of positives from this game which includes tremendous catching and ground fielding. All the Indian bowlers looked at their best with Ashwin being the best of all. The offie accounted for the big wickets of Warner, Maxwell and White. India’s bowling; their weak link is yet to concede a 130+ total in the 2014 World Cup T20.
Finally after losing the toss for the first time in the 2014 ICC World Cup T20, MS Dhoni’s India were put into bat first by Australian skipper George Bailey. They lost Rohit Sharma in the very first over and the job of repairing the innings was left to Ajinkya Rahane, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. After their dismissals, Yuvraj Singh, who was struggling to regain his touch spent some valuable time at the crease and shared crucial partnerships with Suresh Raina in the middle overs and MS Dhoni towards the end. In the end India lost their way and put on a fighting total of 159- on the board. The biggest gain from the innings is the form of Yuvraj Singh who roared his way back to form with Yuvisque innings of 60 off 43 balls which included 5 fours and 4 mighty sixes. Glenn Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-0-20-1.
Brief Scores: India 159/7 (Yuvraj 61, Dhoni 24, Maxwell 1-20) defeated Australia (Maxwell 23, Ashwin 4-11, Mishra 2-13) by 73 runs.