Matthew Wade  |  Photo Credits: AP
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Mohali: Matthew Wade believes that batsmen can hit boundaries even in good balls in Indian conditions and this played a role in Australia’s victory in the first T20 International against India chasing 209. Opener Cameron Green’s 30-ball 61 was followed by veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Wade’s unbeaten 45 off 21 balls as Australia chased down the target easily on Tuesday night. Australia needed 55 runs in the last four overs but Wade ensured the team’s victory with a brilliant batting.
Run rate determines the way of play
Talking about his role as a finisher, 34-year-old Wade said the experience has made him smarter and he is no longer in a hurry to play aggressive shots. Wade said in a post-match press conference, “Run rate determines the way you play. In grounds like we play in India, you can also hit boundaries by playing the ball on the ground which puts a lot of pressure on the bowlers. It keeps you calm at the crease.” Wade said looking at the wicket he was confident of victory.
Got the advantage of scoring fast in the beginning
“The way we played the game today and got quick runs in the beginning gave us every chance to win the match in the end. All the players who came to the crease had really good intentions, even (Josh) Inglis had a short innings but he kept the pace of the innings.” The left-handed batsman said, “This one. It was a good wicket and there was some dew. The outfield was also good. We have a lot of depth in our batting to find a way to chase big scores.
Green started the innings for the first time
Green opened the innings for the first time in international cricket and played a match-winning knock, for which Wade praised the all-rounder. He said, “Every time I see him play he impresses me. Saw him a few years ago in Western Australia. He was a bowler who batted at number nine. Seeing where he is now, it seems quite remarkable. The coach and the captain feel that this is his best place to establish a foothold in T20 cricket.
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