India tour of Australia, 1st T20I: Australia v India at Sydney, Feb 1, 2012
Australia won by 31 runs
1 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)

7.28: The stands are filling up. Just remembered the last time these two teams played a T20 in Australia. Lee's yorker to Tiwary sticks out. Lee's playing today. Tiwary's the 12th man.

I am indeed colour blind. Australia are wearing dark green.

7.25pm: The covers are coming off. Looks like play will start on time after all.

I've also been told that all ticket-holders get a free ride on the train, as the venue is 40 minutes from the city. It was quite a squeeze on those rails.

Kalpesh: 'Vinay Kumar selection continues to baffle. No pace, no variation nor he is the most accurate bowler going around." Just seen a few mails asking why Irfan was left out. Wish we knew.

Interesting that Bailey's also making his T20 debut today. If Australia can give their captain a win, they can celebrate with a bottle of Irish Cream.

7.15: Apparently there's a drizzle doing the rounds in Sydney. The covers are on.

Toss gets underway. Mark Nicholas does a 'walk the talk' with Dhoni and Bailey on the way to the pitch #NoLettingUp. Australia are wearing what looks like navy blue, unless I'm colour blind.

India are bowling first. Bailey says he would have batted first anyway. Xavier Doherty and James Faulkner, who bowls left-arm seam, will debut along with himself.

The teams will be updated up there shortly. Rahul Sharma, the leg spinner, debut for India. Vinay plays. No Irfan. No Tendulkar too, of course.

6.55pm: As we wait let's run over the two squads. This looks more like India v BBL Combined. David Warner and Shaun Marsh are the only two faces from the Test squad. Brad Hogg, all of 40, has shown the T20 can be an old man's party as well, but if you'd seen footage of him during the BBL. you'd be forgiven for thinking he's 21.

Dhaval: "I feel Sachin should play today. He needs time at the crease. The more he plays, the better he will feel for the ODIs."

We'll find out soon. In the meantime, you can read the preview by Brydon Coverdale.

Pitch and weather: The experts reckon there will be uneven bounce on this drop-in pitch. As I said earlier, it's overcast but no rain at the moment.

The stands should fill up real soon, given it's now nearing the end of working hours. One of the local newspapers ran a big spread on ANZ v SCG. Competition seems to be brewing on which is the more favoured venue in Sydney. Stadium Australia has a magnificent capacity, but I'd pick SCG any day for Tests and ODIs. Not that I've been there though.

6.30pm: Time for the teams now to swap whites for colours. Welcome everyone to the first Twenty20 international between Australia and India. It's in Sydney but not at the SCG. Cricket welcomes its latest international venue, Stadium Australia, which was built for the 2000 Olympics. This is the 51st international ground to host a T20 international.

Over a year ago, another new venue, Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the football World Cup, hosted its first T20 game. India won that, so the battered tourists will hope fortune falls on their favour again.

The toss is around 7pm. Now, earlier today, Australia Women and New Zealand Women played a T20 at this ground as a curtain-raiser for the bigger draw tonight and it was a low-scoring one. Rain curtailed it to 18 overs a side and Australia managed 92. New Zealand chased it down comfortably.

It's still cloudy but nothing to worry about.


Ashwin to Warner, no run, Ashwin gets good drift from round the wicket, inside edge onto the pads

one slip in place


Ashwin to Warner, no run, little bit of turn and he tucks it to the leg side


Ashwin to Warner, no run, quicker delivery and it forces him forward to drive to the off side


Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, slower through the air, rocks back and clips it to deep midwicket


Ashwin to Wade, no run, waits for it and and steers it to the off side, thinks of a run


Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, flatter one and he pushes it towards mid-on, good start by Ashwin

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • MS Wade 1 (2b)
    • DA Warner 1 (4b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-2-0

Kumar to Wade, 1 run, gets some late inswing but it drifts towards the body and he works it behind square on the on side

He has a slip, deep midwicket


Kumar to Warner, no run, away swing this time and he angles it to Jadeja at point, Jadeja has had a haircut, just to let you know


Kumar to Warner, 1 run, inswing this time and he works it to midwicket


Kumar to Wade, FOUR, not convincing, late away swing and it takes the outside edge which beats slip, Rahul dives in vain at third man


Kumar to Wade, no run, Wade struggles with the away swing and he awkwardly pushes it to cover


Kumar to Wade, 1 run, swings in from middle to off and he shuffles and tucks it to square leg

End of over 2 (7 runs) Australia 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • MS Wade 7 (6b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 2 (6b)
    • P Kumar 1-0-7-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-2-0

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, squeezes it out towards mid-off and he scampers the single, bit of hesitation


Ashwin to Warner, no run, Warner wanted to go over the on side but ended up flat-batting it towards mid-off


Ashwin to Warner, SIX, switch hit! Unbelievable! Takes it from outside the left-handers leg stump, switches his guard completely, and clears deep extra cover, several rows back, 100 meters #Unreal


Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, low full toss outside off and he times this one well and sends it scurrying past point


Ashwin to Warner, SIX, Ashwin stops at the crease jusgt before delivery, doesn't confuse Warner as he gets on his knee and lofts over the sight-screen


Ashwin to Warner, 2 runs, appeal for a run-out, he tucks it towards midwicket and in coming back for the second run scampers to make his ground, the throw was to the bowler, didn't quite gather the ball cleanly, third umpire takes a look

End of over 3 (19 runs) Australia 28/0 (RR: 9.33)

    • DA Warner 20 (11b 1x4 2x6)
    • MS Wade 8 (7b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-21-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-7-0

Vinay Kumar to Wade, 3 runs, short and he slaps it over cover point, there was some steep bounce there and Wade didn't time it as well as he would have liked


Vinay Kumar to Warner, 2 runs


Vinay Kumar to Warner, 3 runs, not the most attractive of shots, makes room and carves it over backward point, Jadeja does really well to chase and pull it back


Vinay Kumar to Wade, 1 wide, too wide for the left-hander, Wade nearly fell over the crease as he tried chasing that


Vinay Kumar to Wade, 1 run, slashing at everything, wide outside off and he whacks it off the toe of the bat down to third man


Vinay Kumar to Warner, OUT, India will be relieved to see the back of Warner, he tries to scoop a full delivery over the off side, mistimes it and Raina moves backwards at extra cover and cups the skier

DA Warner c Raina b Vinay Kumar 25 (16m 14b 1x4 2x6) SR: 178.57

It has started raining again

Travis Birt walks in


Vinay Kumar to Wade, 1 run, hurries on the back foot with a quick delivery and he steers it wide of point

End of over 4 (11 runs) Australia 39/1 (RR: 9.75)

    • MS Wade 13 (10b 1x4)
    • TR Birt 0 (0b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-11-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-21-0

Kumar to Wade, 2 runs, full delivery on the pads and swinging in, tucked towards fine leg, not the best line to bowl


Kumar to Wade, no run, cuts it hard but he fails to bisect the off side field


Kumar to Wade, 3 runs, cuts with more precision this time, the slower ball and he waits for it and slices it just wide of cover point, three fielders were pretty close to each other


Kumar to Birt, no run, straight on middle and off and he clips it straight to mid-on


Kumar to Birt, 1 run, a bit slower this time and he knocks it just wide of mid-on


Kumar to Wade, 3 runs, brilliant save by Vinay, the batsman pulls and the ball races towards the square leg rope but Vinay times his dive well and pulls it back

Dhoni was right when he said the younger guys will lift the fielding

End of over 5 (9 runs) Australia 48/1 (RR: 9.60)

    • MS Wade 21 (14b 1x4)
    • TR Birt 1 (2b)
    • P Kumar 2-0-16-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-11-1

Vinay Kumar to Wade, 1 run, a fraction short and he plays a short-arm pull down to long-on


Vinay Kumar to Birt, no run, Birt tries to slice it away and he ends up chopping it down to the off side

He has a short fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Birt, no run, tries to steer this one down to third man and he's beaten all ends up


Vinay Kumar to Birt, no run, bowls it straight and tucks him up for room, Birt decides to get behind the line and defend, good bowling


Vinay Kumar to Birt, SIX, excellent timing, Vinay bowls length outside off and Birt lofts crisply through the line, little effort and maximum reward over long-off


Vinay Kumar to Birt, no run, comes round the wicket, Birt makes room to a delivery angling inwards and ends up chopping it towards slip

Paul Hunter: "As a Tasmanian living abroad I've decided that the T in T20 stands for Tasmania today: Bailey, Birt, Faulkner & Doherty; and Wade raised there. Also the fourth umpire (Sam Nogajski) was a chap I went to school with. Go Tassie!"

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 9.16)

    • TR Birt 7 (7b 1x6)
    • MS Wade 22 (15b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-18-1
    • P Kumar 2-0-16-0

Raina to Wade, no run, makes room and squeezes a full delivery down to cover


Raina to Wade, 1 run, makes room and biffs it on the front foot to Kohli at mid-off


Raina to Birt, no run, run-out chance! Birt taps it to the off side and sets off, turns back, Dhoni runs forward, gathers and throws but there's no-one at the stumps at the batsman's end


Raina to Birt, no run, tries to slog sweep a flatter delivery and nearly loses his stumps in the process


Raina to Birt, 1 run, makes room and thumps it to deep point


Raina to Wade, 1 run, bashes it down the pitch on the slog and just beats Raina, two fielders converge near the straight boundary and Kphli mops up, good fielding

End of over 7 (3 runs) Australia 58/1 (RR: 8.28)

    • MS Wade 24 (18b 1x4)
    • TR Birt 8 (10b 1x6)
    • SK Raina 1-0-3-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-18-1

Ashwin to Wade, SIX, heads up at wide long-on! Looked like he tried the carrom ball, he stays at the crease and swings it rows back


Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, makes room and steers it hard to third man


Ashwin to Birt, no run, tries the reverse sweep and he finds backward point


Ashwin to Birt, no run, fires it in and he squeezes it back to the bowler


Ashwin to Birt, no run, fires it flat on the blockhole and he nearly drags it onto the stumps


Ashwin to Birt, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he squirts it to the leg side

End of over 8 (8 runs) Australia 66/1 (RR: 8.25)

    • TR Birt 9 (14b 1x6)
    • MS Wade 31 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-29-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-3-0

Rahul Sharma now


R Sharma to Birt, no run, Birt tries to reverse-scoop that down to third man, interesting choice of shot, missed it completely


R Sharma to Birt, FOUR, flatter delivery and he gets a thick outside edge that beats the keeper


R Sharma to Birt, 2 runs, tossed up outside off and he carves this down to the deep on the off side,, pretty much flashed at it


R Sharma to Birt, no run, Dropped He absolutely whacked that back to the bowler, tried to hammer it over the bowler but there;s blood all over, doesn't look too good I'm afraid because he may have split that webbing and it's how spinning finger. He's getting some medical attention, you have to feel for the bowler, he's off the field, would have taken great reflexes to catch that, it looks like his little finger has taken the damage

Another R Sharma completes the over


RG Sharma to Birt, 1 run, goes back and steers it to the off side


RG Sharma to Wade, 1 run, skids through and he cuts it very close to the off stumps to the off side, that would have thudded the stumps had he missed

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 74/1 (RR: 8.22)

    • MS Wade 32 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • TR Birt 16 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 0.2-0-2-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-29-0

Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, too wide and the batsman has to stretch to slice that in the air past the infield


Ashwin to Birt, 1 run, full toss and he makes room and bashes it to long-off


Ashwin to Wade, 2 runs, goes back to a slightly short delivery and thumps it just wide of extra cover, the fielder in the deep mops up


Ashwin to Wade, no run, tries to dig out a full delivery and Dhoni is alone in his appeal for a caught behind


Ashwin to Wade, 1 run, makes room and force this one to long-off


Ashwin to Birt, OUT, low full toss outside the off stump, Birt makes room to try and slice it over the infield on the off side and he ends up spooning it hard to cover, sharp catch

TR Birt c Raina b Ashwin 17 (27m 21b 1x4 1x6) SR: 80.95

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 79/2 (RR: 7.90)

    • MS Wade 36 (25b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-34-1
    • RG Sharma 0.2-0-2-0

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, slightly short and he swivels and pulls behind square on the on side


Jadeja to Hussey, 1 run, slower through the air and he pushes it through the line to long-off


Jadeja to Wade, FOUR, quicker delivery and Wade gets his front foot forward and smacks it in the air over cover, clean hit


Jadeja to Wade, no run


Jadeja to Wade, no run, fuller delivery and he drives to cover


Jadeja to Wade, no run, quicker delivery and he pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 85/2 (RR: 7.72)

    • MS Wade 41 (30b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 1 (1b)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 4-0-34-1

Rahul's fit and fine again


R Sharma to Hussey, no run, Hussey makes room and slaps it to the off side


R Sharma to Hussey, no run, slower one and Hussey swings too early, the ball clips the pads


R Sharma to Hussey, no run, skids through the clips his pads but that would have missed leg


R Sharma to Hussey, 1 wide, missed stumping down the leg side, Rahul floats it quick and Dhoni fumbles


R Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, stays back and chops it just wide of point, Jadeja's rushed as he gathers the ball and throws


R Sharma to Wade, 1 run


R Sharma to Hussey, no run, skids through and he's trapped at the crease, clips it to the on side, Rahul's making them think twice about stepping down the pitch

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 88/2 (RR: 7.33)

    • DJ Hussey 2 (6b)
    • MS Wade 42 (31b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Sharma 1.4-0-9-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-6-0

Jadeja to Wade, 1 run


Jadeja to Hussey, 1 run, pushes a full delivery down to long-on


Jadeja to Wade, FOUR, this is short on middle and leg, Wade was down the track and then adjusted his shot well and ended up pulling to fine leg


Jadeja to Wade, SIX, high and rows behind long-on! Tossed up on leg and he stays at the crease and lofts cleanly over the on side, that brings up his fifty as well!


Jadeja to Wade, FOUR, tries the same shot but it's flatter this time, he finds the arc over mid-on and midwicket and finds the gap perfectly


Jadeja to Wade, 1 run, makes room and he chops it just wide of short third man, Sehwag dives

End of over 13 (17 runs) Australia 105/2 (RR: 8.07)

    • MS Wade 58 (36b 4x4 2x6)
    • DJ Hussey 3 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-23-0
    • R Sharma 1.4-0-9-0

Kumar to Wade, FOUR, can't call that a chance, Wade smacks a short and wide delivery and Rohit leaps at backward point and gets a finger to it, that was hit too hard


Kumar to Wade, 1 run, frees his arms and mistimes the shot to long-on


Kumar to Hussey, FOUR, tries to cut squarer but gets an inside edge which beats Dhoni and scorches past the turf


Kumar to Hussey, 2 runs, places it wide of midwicket and the batsmen put pressure on the fielder and scamper home for two


Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, sees him coming down the pitch and bowls the slower ball, Hussey ends up adjusting his shot and places it to cover


Kumar to Wade, SIX, short and he;s punished for that, Wade swivels and clubs it over deep square leg

Drizzling again

End of over 14 (18 runs) Australia 123/2 (RR: 8.78)

    • MS Wade 69 (39b 5x4 3x6)
    • DJ Hussey 10 (10b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 3-0-34-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-23-0

R Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, comes down the track and he chops it down to deep point


R Sharma to Wade, no run, Wade goes for the slog and misses it completely, well bowled as he got the ball to skid through


R Sharma to Wade, 1 run, full outside off and he squirts it to long-off


R Sharma to Hussey, SIX, clean hit! Tossed up outside the off stump and Hussey gets his front foot forward, gets under the bounce and scoops it over long-off

Rain delay: It's pouring down and the players go off. The covers are on but the rain slowly relents. The players are still off. Temporary relief for India.

Naman: "I live in homebush and its not raining here so must be a passing shower..i hope it will start soon."

Wade's knock should be great for his future selection, if he has to edge Haddin out.

It's been a frenetic passage of play. I could use the break too. We've seen some crisp hits. Wade's got some tremendous bat speed.

Kaustubh: "Why is Umesh Yadav & Irfan not playing, it would have made a difference as with V Kumar & P Kumar pace attack looks one dimensional."

The covers are coming off.

Arun: "I always felt Gilchrist's entry into tests was delayed due to the reluctance of selectors to let go of Healy. Hope the same thing doesn't happen to Wade."

Update: Looks like play will resume soon. There won't be any reduction in the number of overs. The players are still in the dug-out as the groundstaff get the outfield ready. The umpires are out. The batsmen are out now.

UnionJack: "Has anyone else seen those KFC ads with D. Hussey? He bites into a sub with snicko registering the crunch - for freshness apparently."


R Sharma to Hussey, no run, down the leg side, Dhoni fumbled with it but Hussey was safe


R Sharma to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and squeezes it to the on side

End of over 15 (9 runs) Australia 132/2 (RR: 8.80)

    • DJ Hussey 18 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • MS Wade 70 (41b 5x4 3x6)
    • R Sharma 2.4-0-18-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-34-0

Raina to Hussey, no run, comes round the wicket, he stays back and clips it to midwicket


Raina to Hussey, 1 run, booming drive down the track and nearly cleans up the non-striker, down to long-off


Raina to Wade, 2 runs, fires it flat and he knocks it down to short fine leg and Sehwag misfields, too late in getting down to stop it


Raina to Wade, OUT, quicker delivery and much flatter, Wade exposes his stumps and is totally cramped for room as he tries to cut, loses his leg stump, end of a blistering knock

MS Wade b Raina 72 (67m 43b 5x4 3x6) SR: 167.44

Batsman, bowler and keeper all represent Chennai Super Kings


Raina to Bailey, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it hard down to long-on


Raina to Hussey, 1 run, pushes a flatter delivery down to long-off

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 137/3 (RR: 8.56)

    • DJ Hussey 20 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 1 (1b)
    • SK Raina 2-0-8-1
    • R Sharma 2.4-0-18-0

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, bowls it close to the line of the off stump and he opens the face of the bat and steers it down to third man


Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, opens the face and dabs it down to Rahul at third man who's quite square


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, chips down the track but it's too full for him to loft, ends up dragging it down to long-on, Vinay falls and rolls on the pitch after delivery


Vinay Kumar to Bailey, no run, makes room and chops it to the off side and Bailey sends Hussey back, the throw was wide of the stumps


Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, moves across his stumps and tries to plough it down to fine leg across the line but it goes straight to Sehwag at short fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, length delivery and he makes room and chops it down to deep point

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 142/3 (RR: 8.35)

    • DJ Hussey 23 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (4b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-23-1
    • SK Raina 2-0-8-1

Raina to Hussey, 2 runs, sprays it full and slightly wide from round the wicket, he comes down the track and forces it to mid-off


Raina to Hussey, SIX, gives it more air and he clears the front leg and slogs him cleanly against the turn and clears deep midwicket


Raina to Hussey, 1 run, whams it down to long-off


Raina to Bailey, FOUR, makes room to delivery wide of the off stump and he slices it wide of point, Ashwin can' cut it off at square third man


Raina to Bailey, 1 run, quicker delivery, he places it down to short third man


Raina to Hussey, no run, swings across the line and Dhoni whips off the bails

End of over 18 (14 runs) Australia 156/3 (RR: 8.66)

    • DJ Hussey 32 (24b 1x4 2x6)
    • GJ Bailey 8 (6b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 3-0-22-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-23-1

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, makes room and squeezes out a yorker length ball to the off side


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, pulls a slower ball straight to midwicket and he has to hurry, there's a direct hit at the bowler's end by Praveen but the batsman's home


Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, oho! Bailey walks across to try and scoop it over short fine leg but he changes his mind and jabs it to Jadeja on the off side


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, good delivery, keeps him quiet again by bowling it full outside off, he chops it to deep backward point


Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, swings and gets an inside edge which trickles past the stumps down to short fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, 5 off that over! The batsman makes room and fails to squeeze out a fast yorker outside off, good comeback by Vinay

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 161/3 (RR: 8.47)

    • DJ Hussey 34 (27b 1x4 2x6)
    • GJ Bailey 11 (9b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-28-1
    • SK Raina 3-0-22-1

Rahul Sharma to bowl the final over


R Sharma to Bailey, no run, slides it just wide of the leg stump and just misses the stumps, swing and a miss


R Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, another drop, this was thudded hard back to Rahul's left, stuck his hand out but couldn't hang on


R Sharma to Hussey, SIX, tossed up and Hussey chips down the track and lofts cleanly over long-on


R Sharma to Hussey, 2 runs, swings it towards wide long-on and Jadeja nearly over-runs it, manages to get his left hand out to stop it


R Sharma to Hussey, OUT, Hussey aims for the big slog but Rahul pushes it flatter and on the stumps, swing and a miss and it hits the timber

DJ Hussey b R Sharma 42 (42m 30b 1x4 3x6) SR: 140.00


R Sharma to Marsh, 1 leg bye, another quick and flat delivery and Marsh swings and the ball clips his pads and rolls to the off side

Australia should be pretty happy with this effort. Rahul Sharma was also quite impressive despite those tough drops. It should be a challenge for India. Remains to be seen if the newly arrived bunch can pose a challenge to the hosts, for a change. Join us in 15 minutes.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Australia 171/4

    • MR Marsh 0 (1b)
    • GJ Bailey 12 (11b 1x4)
    • R Sharma 3.4-0-27-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-28-1





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