Matthew Wade believes Indian conditions allow batsmen to keep even good deliveries away for boundaries and that led to Australia’s successful chase of 209 in the first T20I. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman followed Cameron Green’s 30-ball 61 with an unbeaten 45 off 21 balls as the visitors made short work of a challenging target on Tuesday night. 55 runs were needed from the last four overs, but Wade hit the boundary at will to avoid a tense end.
Talking about his role as a finisher, 34-year-old Wade said the experience has made him a lot smarter and he is not in a hurry to play aggressive strokes.
Wade said after the match, “Run rate determines the way you play. The ground we play in India, you hit the ball into the ground and you can still find boundaries which puts a lot of pressure on the bowlers.” ” Press conference.
“He bowled me some yorkers and I managed to get him away. It keeps you calm in the middle.” The way the wicket played, Wade said that he backed himself to win the game.
“The way we structured today and the way we ran the game early, it gave us every chance to win the game. Everyone’s intention to get out was really good; even (Josh) Inglis was also a short innings but it maintains the pace of the innings.
“Seven and eight o’clock, during that period, puts a lot of pressure on the back end because you need 15 overs. So as a team and me and Tim, I felt we had to really run the game tonight. Found a way, which was good.
“It was a good wicket and there was a bit of dew. The outfield was beautiful too. We’ve got a lot of depth to find a way to chase the big score,” the southpaw said.
Green opened for the first time in international cricket and attempted to win the match and Wade praised the all-rounder.
He said, “Every time I have seen him play, he impresses. Saw him in Western Australia a few years ago, he was a bowler who batted at nine. To see where he is now “It’s quite remarkable. The coach and the captain feel it’s the best place. They have to find their feet in T20 cricket.”
“He tapped a little bit (in the last over of India’s innings). Those are good signs to turn around and give this performance. We think Green is our top-order player. World Cup.”
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