Matthew Wade and Cameron Green have led Australia to their highest-ever successful T20 run chase against India, stunning the cricket world in dramatic scenes.
Green proved his class as an opener and Wade came to Australia's rescue yet again in a thrilling four-wicket victory in Mohali on Tuesday night.
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In reply to India's massive total of 6-208, Green made the most of his first chance at opener by pounding 61 off 30 balls as Australia reached 1-109 off 10 overs.
But Green's departure sparked a collapse of 4-36 as India put the clamps on Australia's run rate.
The Aussies needed 55 off the last 24 balls to secure an unlikely victory in the series opener, and Wade came to the party in emphatic fashion.
Wade, the hero from last year's semi-final victory at the T20 World Cup, smashed an unbeaten 45 off 21 balls to get Australia over the line with four balls to spare.
His knock included six fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 214, leaving the cricket world in awe.
It ensured Australia secured their second-highest successful run chase in T20 internationals, and highest ever against India.
Matthew Wade played an outstanding innings and infact completely knocked out India. Now should we call Matthew Wade as Baap of India likewise Indian cricket fans did in semifinal of T20 WorldCup 2021?No we won't say! This is not the upbringing of Pakistani cricket fans!:)#INDvAUS
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) September 20, 2022
Pakistan and India fans will remember Matthew Wade's knocks for a while😵💫 pic.twitter.com/sdX8HJhEUp
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 20, 2022
- James Faulkner.
- Ashton Turner.
- Cameron Green.
- Matthew Wade.
- Unforgettable knocks!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 20, 2022
What a Knock from Matthew Wade, he scored 45* runs from 21 balls including 6 Fours and 2 sixes when record successful run for Australia, Australia chase down 209 runs total. Remarkable innings, Wade. pic.twitter.com/jikzHcBrNZ
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 20, 2022
Marcus Stoinis ✖️
But, the Aussies chased a huge total in Mohali 👏. Take a bow Cameron Green & Matthew Wade 💥. Congratulations Australia for a fantastic win in the 1st T20I against India. @MatthewWade13 @camogreen11#INDvsAUS #IndiavsAustralia pic.twitter.com/x4Srzot55s
— Mrityunjoy Mazumdar 🇮🇳 (@Mrityunjoy_offl) September 20, 2022
Take a bow, Matthew Wade!!
What an away win Aussies 🇦🇺💯
Absolute stunner!! #INDvsAUS
— Kopite Kiran (@ynwa_kiruu) September 20, 2022
Matthew Wade the most underrated #Australian Batter 209 chased down by Australia, incredible batting by Cameron Green n Matthew wade, poor fast bowling n sloppy fielding by #India costed them this match #INDvsAUS
— Saqib Farshori (@saqibfarshori) September 20, 2022
Cameron Green's stunning knock as T20 opener
Plaudits for the victory must also go to Green, who produced a brilliant knock to show selectors what they will be missing out on at next month's T20 World Cup.
Green was a surprise omission from the T20 World Cup squad, but he didn't let that affect him as he got Australia's run chase off to a bumper start.
The 23-year-old smacked eight fours and four sixes to put the visitors on track for victory.
If Australia suffer an injury to one of their top-order stars leading up to the World Cup, Wade is backing Green to answer the SOS call.
"The plan was always for Green to open today," Wade said.
"The coach and captain feel like that's the best spot for him to find his feet at T20 level, and he showed tonight that it's going to be the spot for him going forward for a while.
"One, two, three are the positions that if something went wrong he would probably come in and fill.
"Josh Inglis can fill spots from three to the middle order. We probably see Greeny as that top order player if something happens and we needed to pull him (in) for the World Cup."
Green finished with 1-46 off three overs with the ball - which included being hit for three consecutive sixes to finish India's innings.
Those late heaves ensured India's total was their highest T20 score against Australia.
As good as Green and Wade were, India were made to pay dearly for a substandard display in the field.
Green was dropped on 42, Steve Smith (35 off 24 balls) received a life on 19, while Wade was grassed on 23.
Earlier, Pat Cummins and Green bore the brunt of the damage as opener KL Rahul (55 off 35 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) and Hardik Pandya (71no off 30) provided the fireworks for India.
Test skipper Cummins finished the match with figures of 0-47 off four overs, while spinner Adam Zampa (0-36) and Green also struggled.
Pace duo Nathan Ellis (3-30) and Josh Hazlewood (2-39) fared better.
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