Australia v India, Super Eights, Group F, Barbados May 7, 2010

Australia's aggression will take some stopping

Australia's strength has always been to hit the opposition hard. They are now showing they can replicate that success in Twenty20
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There's a large stand at the Kensington Oval which carries the name of the three Ws. Australia showed they have two pretty handy Ws themselves as Shane Watson and David Warner produced a brutal display of hitting to lay the platform for a crushing victory against India. There isn't anything subtle about Australia's style of Twenty20 cricket, but there is a growing confidence and strut about them.

When the openers were separated in the 11th over, they'd added 104 and that included a maiden - the first over of the match - by Harbhajan Singh. Batsmen have learnt it is often worth having an early look at the bowling even in the Powerplay, although India's top order didn't follow suit. Overs three to 14 of Australia's innings went for 126 runs - in the other nine India didn't do a bad job at restricting the scoring but it was too late.

There are many ways to skin a cat and there are many ways to play a Twenty20 innings. This tournament has already shown a full range. There has been the elegance of Mahela Jaywardene's hundred against Zimbabwe, the invention of Eoin Morgan against West Indies and the measured approach of Kevin Pietersen against Pakistan.

There have been innings of brief brutality by Albie Morkel yesterday and Darren Sammy against Ireland, but for a sustained, fierce onslaught it is difficult to look past Watson, firstly against Pakistan and now on this occasion where he was joined by his opening partner. The boundaries here are not the biggest, but they were cleared with ease and twice the ball flew over the stands.

"I believe we have the best two openers in Twenty20 cricket in the world at the moment," Michael Clarke said. "I think they bat fantastically together, a left and right-hand combination, both are very aggressive but if they need to take their time they don't seem distressed too much. I think they are a wonderful combination and will continue to play a huge part in this tournament - two wonderful players and I am blessed to have them on my team."

But it's one thing to want to hit the ball out of the ground - and that's the aim of most batsmen in Twenty20 - and another having the execution to pull it off. The contrast with India's top-order effort was stark as they floundered against a sustained assault from Australia's barrage of quick bowlers. Both Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina flinched against the short ball and a realistic chance in the chase had gone. India have improved considerably in recent years away from home, but pace and bounce can still be their undoing.

Australia's stand-and-deliver approach is highlighted by almost 50 percent of their runs (90) coming in sixes - there were 16 in the innings and just six fours - and knowing the hyper-critical assessments they make of their performances, a final five-over tally of 39 will be an area they will assess, particularly after Mohammad Aamer's final over in St Lucia. India's bowlers found a more consistent length late in the innings - with Ashish Nehra's last over especially impressive - but it couldn't pull back the lost ground.

The harshest treatment was reserved for Ravindra Jadeja who went for 38 in his two overs, including six consecutive sixes split between two overs. MS Dhoni probably regretted bringing him on early, but why he brought him back with the openers in full flow was a mystery. The lack of pace is meant to make spinners harder to hit, but it didn't make an ounce of difference to Watson and Warner.

Australia's Twenty20 plan is based around force from start to finish. There is an element of shock and awe about the way they are going about the game. The fancy tactics of other teams - opening with spinners, taking the pace off the ball and deft placement - are replaced by all-out aggression with bat and ball. Australia's strength has always been to hit the opposition hard whichever format they are playing, but it has taken them a while to replicate success in Twenty20. They have options that make them adaptable - the spin of Clarke, David Hussey and Steven Smith - but route one for them is attack.

Even without Brett Lee they have the most intimidating pace line-up in the tournament and arguably the quickest attack in any form of the game. Dirk Nannes, who only plays this format for Australia, regularly pushes the speed gun past 150kph. Along with Warner and David Hussey he is making a strong case for the Twenty20-only players to be properly recognised by Cricket Australia who haven't issued them contracts.

As Australia's previous match against Bangladesh showed - they were 65 for 6 at one stage - there will still be times when they come unstuck, but now there is a feeling that, like they have in Tests and one-dayers, they will find a way to win. Even in the most fickle of formats, they are going to take some stopping.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • The-Quirkster on May 12, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Sorry, there's only so much BS one can take before you dry heave. Only 1 or 2 Indian fans spoke of the Australian's brilliance. To delude yourself by concocting tales of woe and poor preparation, with players out, team selection, captaincy, etc., or to take away from the excellent Aussie performance is in incredible denial. Instead of admitting that Australia was too good, it is much easier to self-delude and conjure wispy, hollow notions that your team weren't good enough. What this indicates to me is a deep insecurity held by most Indian supporters because they refuse to admit that they are NOT the best team in the world, and that Australia could field all 6 of our first-class teams in competitions such as this, and they would beat most countries. None are so blind than those who refuse to see. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but Australia is better than India at cricket. Why didn't India win? Occam's Razor. Out played, crushed by Australia again. To say otherwise is tripe.

  • Rooboy on May 10, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    three comments unpublished in a row ... starting to give up on this site ever being balanced. Why should people be forced to write delusional pro india rubiish in order to get their voice heard?!

  • Rooboy on May 10, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    All we need now is the indian fans and media to blame Steve Bucknor ... I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

  • sathya_veda on May 9, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    @Josephus-what's that I see on your shoulder? Heck, its a forest of Giant redwoods! Must be tricky carting that around... you're not a Saffa by any chance are you?

    Though not a great fan of the 'New' India myself,middle class India is going through an accelerated adolescence after an equally accelerated childhood. But there's no denying the prodigy that it is...and like old fogies at a university who try to talk down the prodigious child in their midst who has risen despite their attempts at suppression, much of the old order tries to do the same with India-it shows fear and a realization that their (ill gained) time is up.

    In this case, the fact that the prodigy is the descendant of the teacher whose teachings they stole as their own before they maimed him must be especially galling.

  • Vilander on May 8, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    @ josephus how can a country be called pathetic because of a cricket team which is not generally bad, but lost to a team that was superior on a particular surface on a particular day ? @ many irrate pak fans ; how come aus is your surrogate team now, wait a minute cause your team is loosing all games..ok @cricinfo it would be a shame if you dont publish this comment too as i try to defend my country, there are many provocative comments from the other point of view but.

    summary, dont jump the gun Aus took out india in one match, there are a few to follow, india is still a good team, probably aus is better.

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Australia have the most allround Team at the moment, Bowlers that take wickets and opener who score runs, even if they fall others step up and can continue the pace. Still This isnt the strongest line up for the Australians, missing Brett Lee and why Tim Paine ist playing? Much better 20/20 player than Haddin will ever be and just as good behind the stumps

  • karun0005 on May 8, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    This ipl is realy spoiling the indian cricket,murali vijay is waste choice ,we had gone for robin uthapa and irfan pathan instead of jadeja .

  • gerardpereira20 on May 8, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Dispite all the hype and hallaballoo of the IPL this current Indian team are brain dead and play the game on instinct rather than ability to read the match situation, or tournment situation ( Net run rate) and play accordingly. Technical flaws, selection blunders also contributed to the fiasco. the Victory against South Africa in a meaningless game lulled the team into a false sense of security. Some one should tell both Raina and Gambir that they are better of ducking the one bouncer coming their way per over rather than trying to pull and hook. Both Gambhir and Vijay are more suited to test cricket & do not belong in the T20 format. Pathan, Karthik, Jadeja are just not up to international standard in games played outside India. Uttappa,Kholi, Irfan Pathan & Shreeshanth would have given the team more options. But the sad fact is that had Kumble & Tendulkar been playing the team would have had a better chance of winnin

  • srinats on May 8, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Its bcoz of that Rascal selector srikanth & the worst managed board of the world BCCI. Thanks for their regional selection rather than merit gives this result. Yuvraj plays for money, injured out of form Gambhir, Jadeja with no play for 3months,,,,,,, made this possible

  • vivvi on May 8, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    COME ON ,WHATS UP WITH THE INDIAN FANS ,INDIA DID A FINE JOB ,,ALL THE BATSMEN GOT OUT BY JUST PLAYING ATACKING SHORTS ,THATS HOW THE GAME IS THE TEAM JUST WANTED TO GO OUT BLAST OUT TO WIN ,BAD DAY IT DID'NT HAPPEN ...SO IT WAS WITH THAT FEARLESSNESS WE WON THE 07 WORLD CUP,,,,COME ON ITS T20 ...HIT OUT OR GET OUT ...HOPE INDIA WILL SLOG OUT OF IT...BUT THERE'S JUST A FINE LINE BETWEEN WRECKLESSNESS AND FEARLESSNESS .........OZZZZZES WE'LL SURE GIVE IT BACK IN THE FINALS ...WOUNDED TIGER WILL HIT U HARDER ......

  • The-Quirkster on May 12, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Sorry, there's only so much BS one can take before you dry heave. Only 1 or 2 Indian fans spoke of the Australian's brilliance. To delude yourself by concocting tales of woe and poor preparation, with players out, team selection, captaincy, etc., or to take away from the excellent Aussie performance is in incredible denial. Instead of admitting that Australia was too good, it is much easier to self-delude and conjure wispy, hollow notions that your team weren't good enough. What this indicates to me is a deep insecurity held by most Indian supporters because they refuse to admit that they are NOT the best team in the world, and that Australia could field all 6 of our first-class teams in competitions such as this, and they would beat most countries. None are so blind than those who refuse to see. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but Australia is better than India at cricket. Why didn't India win? Occam's Razor. Out played, crushed by Australia again. To say otherwise is tripe.

  • Rooboy on May 10, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    three comments unpublished in a row ... starting to give up on this site ever being balanced. Why should people be forced to write delusional pro india rubiish in order to get their voice heard?!

  • Rooboy on May 10, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    All we need now is the indian fans and media to blame Steve Bucknor ... I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

  • sathya_veda on May 9, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    @Josephus-what's that I see on your shoulder? Heck, its a forest of Giant redwoods! Must be tricky carting that around... you're not a Saffa by any chance are you?

    Though not a great fan of the 'New' India myself,middle class India is going through an accelerated adolescence after an equally accelerated childhood. But there's no denying the prodigy that it is...and like old fogies at a university who try to talk down the prodigious child in their midst who has risen despite their attempts at suppression, much of the old order tries to do the same with India-it shows fear and a realization that their (ill gained) time is up.

    In this case, the fact that the prodigy is the descendant of the teacher whose teachings they stole as their own before they maimed him must be especially galling.

  • Vilander on May 8, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    @ josephus how can a country be called pathetic because of a cricket team which is not generally bad, but lost to a team that was superior on a particular surface on a particular day ? @ many irrate pak fans ; how come aus is your surrogate team now, wait a minute cause your team is loosing all games..ok @cricinfo it would be a shame if you dont publish this comment too as i try to defend my country, there are many provocative comments from the other point of view but.

    summary, dont jump the gun Aus took out india in one match, there are a few to follow, india is still a good team, probably aus is better.

  • on May 8, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Australia have the most allround Team at the moment, Bowlers that take wickets and opener who score runs, even if they fall others step up and can continue the pace. Still This isnt the strongest line up for the Australians, missing Brett Lee and why Tim Paine ist playing? Much better 20/20 player than Haddin will ever be and just as good behind the stumps

  • karun0005 on May 8, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    This ipl is realy spoiling the indian cricket,murali vijay is waste choice ,we had gone for robin uthapa and irfan pathan instead of jadeja .

  • gerardpereira20 on May 8, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Dispite all the hype and hallaballoo of the IPL this current Indian team are brain dead and play the game on instinct rather than ability to read the match situation, or tournment situation ( Net run rate) and play accordingly. Technical flaws, selection blunders also contributed to the fiasco. the Victory against South Africa in a meaningless game lulled the team into a false sense of security. Some one should tell both Raina and Gambir that they are better of ducking the one bouncer coming their way per over rather than trying to pull and hook. Both Gambhir and Vijay are more suited to test cricket & do not belong in the T20 format. Pathan, Karthik, Jadeja are just not up to international standard in games played outside India. Uttappa,Kholi, Irfan Pathan & Shreeshanth would have given the team more options. But the sad fact is that had Kumble & Tendulkar been playing the team would have had a better chance of winnin

  • srinats on May 8, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Its bcoz of that Rascal selector srikanth & the worst managed board of the world BCCI. Thanks for their regional selection rather than merit gives this result. Yuvraj plays for money, injured out of form Gambhir, Jadeja with no play for 3months,,,,,,, made this possible

  • vivvi on May 8, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    COME ON ,WHATS UP WITH THE INDIAN FANS ,INDIA DID A FINE JOB ,,ALL THE BATSMEN GOT OUT BY JUST PLAYING ATACKING SHORTS ,THATS HOW THE GAME IS THE TEAM JUST WANTED TO GO OUT BLAST OUT TO WIN ,BAD DAY IT DID'NT HAPPEN ...SO IT WAS WITH THAT FEARLESSNESS WE WON THE 07 WORLD CUP,,,,COME ON ITS T20 ...HIT OUT OR GET OUT ...HOPE INDIA WILL SLOG OUT OF IT...BUT THERE'S JUST A FINE LINE BETWEEN WRECKLESSNESS AND FEARLESSNESS .........OZZZZZES WE'LL SURE GIVE IT BACK IN THE FINALS ...WOUNDED TIGER WILL HIT U HARDER ......

  • sathya_veda on May 8, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Well, this Indian side truly deserved what they got.Whereas many previous Indian sides did not do as well as they deserved due to a combination of bungling selectors leaving out the best (d/t quotas) and many an ordinary decision, they were generally honest,humble,talented & hard-working and deserved to do as well as they did individually at least.Oz teams of old were the opposite of them in all regards but hard work.Yesterday,though,from the toss,when Clarke diplomatically refrained from telling Dhoni he was an idiot to his magnanimity in the middle overs (choosing not to humiliate them),the Ozzies conducted themselves like true gentlemen.As for India-sack Jadeja (never allow him back-his money grabbing escapades in the ipl suggest he should be banned like his namesake),Yuvraj,Nehra (ditto), and Raina&Pathan (allow them back when they've worked on technique). Bring back Irfan & beg Sachin and Dravid to return. As for Dhoni-mate when things were going wrong,leaders step up (the order)

  • on May 8, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    It is a total shame the way the Indian lads played against the Aussies. i think it is a lot to do with the mental balance of the players. The Aussies are more mentally tougher be it any sport . The World Cup Hockey Team of Australia was unstoppable and the same attitude reflects in Cricket. India should learn a thing or two from the Aussies. Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi ... India if they won this match i think would have been unstoppable. The can of worms have opened up again and certain loopholes have erupted like The Volcanic Ash in Iceland. I think the Indians do not deserve to win. Look At the Lankans and the South Africans, the way these 2 teams have bounced back is remarkable. I wish the best team wins in the end. But overall Cricket shall win.

  • Josephus72 on May 8, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    This result makes the South African tactical blunder of not opening with Smith all the more apparent. India's arrogance going into a major tournament (at least where T20 is concerned) without addressing key deficiencies in bowling, batting, fielding and tactics is typical and shows why this allegedly second class Australian side (which is all we've heard from Indian fans since the big retirements a few years ago) has been able to humiliate a line-up of overpaid private schoolboys who have had their careers served up to them on a platter. A shameful result for a team that continues to beat its own chest and whose administration continues to throw its weight around.

    Pathetic India, pathetic Dhoni, pathetic BCCI and pathetic (very quiet) supporters.

  • pozx on May 8, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Failure to read the pitch. thats the only option that led to this defeat. In cricket if u r reading the statistics then u r doing great wrong to all the people and game. one drop catch can lead to a batsman making hundred and the other team losing by 100 runs, one wrong LBW everything changes so quickly here. thats what happened in this game Australia having playedthe game before on this pitch knew exactly what was required and India didnt. The mistake of playing with only two pacers fired back. Dhoni could not attack with nehra and zaheer in middle overs as he had to save them for last and when they came they did good. all in all the pitch was pace friendly and too many spinners was the fault India did. as for the chase how many times has been a target above 180 being chased. so approach doesnt matter what matters is wheather u win or lose. having said that India could have still done better by atleast trying to save the runrate cause if Australa lose to srilanka then itis all runrate

  • on May 8, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    @anandana - that ONE win will never come.........@yuvraj- yes our team also performing awful.but at least our media dont make a hype of players.u indians and ur media do that...thats why i am happy over ur thrashing........

  • jezzricho on May 8, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHAHA well done boys! even though its only 20/20 it's still always great to thrash the Indians...again!

    Cmon Indian fans isnt this where you normally make lame excuses about y you lost ect ect? you could also mention Sachin Tendulkar in there somewhere and how you think his the best thing since sliced bread!

    AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on May 8, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Speaking as an India fan - congrats australia! this may be the start of a period of T20 dominance for oz similar to the one they enjoyed in test and odi cricket under taylor, waugh and ponting. you can always rely on the aussies to take route 1 to their objectives - no messing just steamroller the opposition and grind them into the dust. it's not subtle but it is a plan and they have the muscle to back it up. the young indian batters are like the young india fans on boards like this - they think they can be as "hard" as the aussies and south africans and come over all macho and wanting to hook and pull - well we saw the results today. don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk. it is time for calm heads and rethinking - be modest, stick to the basics, stop picking bits and pieces players like jadeja, praveen and pathan, play to your strengths, stop trying to outmacho the opposition and you might just get another shot at the aussies in the final.

  • on May 8, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Love it when India gets thrashed :)

  • KEJ4ever on May 8, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Awesome Aussies - Just proved form is temporary class is permanent. Sooner or later they gonna rule T 20 too. India may be the first but not the foremost.

  • Quazar on May 8, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Oz look very good, but a long way to go still. They will be less imposing at St. Lucia - venue for the semis. I still believe they can be beaten by Sri Lanka...a very good fielding side, and a brilliant 3M bowling attack. So my prediction - the Aussies will be hacked down in either the semis or the finals! It doesn't matter if they keep winning in the group stages.

  • on May 8, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Seemed to me India had no plan B whatsoever in this match. In the first fifteen overs, Harbhajan was the only bowler who hit his lengths consistently and as a result he would up being the pick of the bowlers. The spin approach was obvious, but the execution of the plan failed miserably. The reason Australia struggled against Bangladesh on the same track is because their relentless aggression came up against relentlessly disciplined spin bowling from Razzak and Shakib. Here the relentless aggression resulted in 142/2 in 14 overs. The less said about the batters the better, but again they all seemed to want to finish the game in 12 overs. They would've done well to bat a bit more sensibly, realizing that if they could wait out a few short balls, there would be some less threatening stuff forthcoming. Suresh Raina I will not defend - the guy has no temperament for a game in any kind of remotely adverse conditions.

  • on May 8, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    India should have been totally humiliated in this match. I don't know why the Aussies let them get away. India should have been beaten by more than 100 runs and kicked out of the tournament.

  • CricCrazyFan on May 8, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    It is high time that BCCI should think of hiring ground curators from Australia to prepare these kind of bouncy tracks in india, if not all but in a few venues across the country. As rightly pointed out by MSD, the problem of playing short pitched deliveries by Indian batsmen has been there for a long time now. But it is a great matter of pride that India has still produced cricketing greats like SRT, Kapli Dev etc... who are nothing but a genius given any track or playing conditions. This time MSD has got his calculations wrong by opting to field first after winning the toss. All the best for INDIA in its future T20 matches in the Caribbean.

  • CricCrazyFan on May 8, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    It is high time that BCCI should think of hiring ground curators from Australia to prepare these kind of bouncy tracks in india, if not all but in a few venues across the country. As rightly pointed out by MSD, the problem of playing short pitched deliveries by Indian batsmen has been there for a long time now. But it is a great matter of pride that India has still produced cricketing greats like SRT, Kapli Dev etc... who are nothing but a genius given any track or playing conditions. This time MSD has got his calculations wrong by opting to field first after winning the toss. All the best for INDIA in its future T20 matches in the Caribbean.

  • cAgeIsBack on May 8, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Some thrashing, this was. But India shud take the huge +ve of Rohit Sharma batting out of this skin to give some respectability to the final score. To all those Paki fans delighted at India losing, look at the fortunes of your own team, fellows. India will make it to the semis for sure, and a turnaround will happen tomo against SL. Go India !

  • close_call on May 8, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    in T20 matches , auz didnt do well in last two icct20 outtings so Dhoni took auz lighty and chose to bat first, since there was movement on the pitch Indian bowlers would pickup wickets early.Well that didnot happen.Thats the first mistake.Adaptation is the lack of Indians while Auz players are master in that or trying to imrove their skills in .Pros:1.India still scored 134 after losing 7 wickets in 60 runs mark.2.Rohit sharma played well (except some shots), atleast tried to use the pace of the ball to score runs.3.Indian bowled beautifully in last 4 overs otherwise auz would have score 210 runs+Cons:1.Dhoni Chose to bat first against auz although wicket supporting pace bowlers.2.Lack of adaptation.When India lost three wkts early, other players should have known and played according to the pace, using the pace of theball instead of hitting blindly.Veridict: Play according to the pitch and condition.ps:@ bengal_tiger, bl is one time wonder gully team so stay out of this forum.:-)

  • close_call on May 8, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    in T20 matches , auz didnt do well in last two icct20 outtings so Dhoni took auz lighty and chose to bat first, since there was movement on the pitch Indian bowlers would pickup wickets early.Well that didnot happen.Thats the first mistake.Adaptation is the lack of Indians while Auz players are master in that or trying to imrove their skills in .Pros:1.India still scored 134 after losing 7 wickets in 60 runs mark.2.Rohit sharma played well (except some shots), atleast tried to use the pace of the ball to score runs.3.Indian bowled beautifully in last 4 overs otherwise auz would have score 210 runs+Cons:1.Dhoni Chose to bat first against auz although wicket supporting pace bowlers.2.Lack of adaptation.When India lost three wkts early, other players should have known and played according to the pace, using the pace of theball instead of hitting blindly.Veridict: Play according to the pitch and condition.ps:@ bengal_tiger, bl is one time wonder gully team so stay out of this forum.:-)

  • jkaussie on May 8, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    This was strong win by us Aussies but one thing about 20/20 is that you are never sure of what can happen next...because of the short format a little burst from a player like Yuvraj or Yousef Pathan can win the game. I really think that any team on their day can beat the other, in this format, especially from the established nations. I think the comp is wide open...my tip? Look out for England, they could surprise.

  • dilscoop on May 8, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Top 10 reasons why india lost: 1. Went into the game with a negative mindset worried about australia's strenghts. 2. You bat first winning the toss unless it is a green top or it is very cloudy (the best chance to beat australia is always to put runs on the board - remember 2003 WC final) 3. team selection - should have played vinay kumar even if the captain does not seem to have confidence in him. 4. T20 WC's waterloo for R.Jadeja's career. 5. Weakness against short pitched bowling exposed time & again. 6. Failure to adapt after losing couple of early wickets. 7. Players like Yusuf Pathan/R.Jadeja good only in indian conditions - do not have the technique/temperament to succeed abroad. 8. Why would you give Jadeja another over after 3 consecutive sixers in the first over? 9. Packing the side with 8 batsman - does not guarantee success. 10. Even Zaheer/Nehra not best equipped to use the bouncy Barbados wicket - need some one to bang the ball in.

  • jasun on May 8, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Any team wanting to win in an international event should have one clear objective - to go through the tournament undefeated. Australia is the only team capable of achieving this goal.

    DK Lillee for President.

  • arun_abraham on May 8, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    the toss was a crucial factor.auz are a dominant side,no doubt whatsoever and it was evident that they would attack indians with short pitch bowling . i feel that the indian batsmen failed while trying to prove a point that they could play short deliveries .no one is comfortable against short stuff bowled at right areas but then there should be a second plan like playing of the hips like sachin or sehwag.there was a time when sachin stopped playing the pull ,still no one targeted that because he had other options available and did not feel ashamed to leave a bowl if necessary. but the new players want to prove by playing the pull and show that there was no weakness. unfortunately ,it was a total failure.hope they learn quick from the mistakes and practice more and more short pitch stuff

  • on May 8, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Dear Indian fans, after this drabbing and considering the form of certian MJ and his team mates, India will have to play out of their skin to go through to the Semis; speaking of rematch with Ausies @ final is very far away. No chance, with the poor show of Nehra and Zak with the new ball and poorer show of the new pin boy of Indian cricket, Jadeja. You can start blaming IPL fatigue and absence of SRT and Viru. Good luck next time!!!

  • on May 8, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    ha ha..it was a dream match for me..i loved how india suffered..classic!

  • Lakpj on May 8, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    India Watchout for WI, if gayle gets going u might find ur self out of the world cup. similarly what happened to Aus last time.

  • on May 8, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Lol where r those indian fans ranting alone yesterday..Arse kicking at its very best

  • sweetspot on May 8, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    This same AUS team was 5 down for next to nothing earlier this week. Just because Warner and Watson got stuck doesn't mean their whole team did well. Of course Australias bowling is good, but it is not hard to be good after getting batsmen out who are willing to play stupid shots. This contest is far from over. In fact Australia are every bit as capable as India of capitulating under pressure. Just wait and watch!

  • on May 8, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    thats wht the problem of every Indian, they will never say tht the other team played awesome.. They will always think, tht Murali did tht DHoni could hv done tht. JUst agree that India is not playing well in Bouncing Pitches & be a sportsmen & give credit to the team tht play well. nt the team tht not even half of the team know how to play short deliveries. now this time It was Aussies tht was mastered & India were totally helpless against them....

  • sachin1bradman2 on May 8, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Now that was some thrashing! Dhoni is inspirational enough to turn this around though. The Indian fast (military medium) bowlers look pretty dull and jaded in comparison with their Aussie counterparts. Nehra can be ok but his body language is that of a very poor athlete. Zaheer's body language is ok but he lacks consistency and imagination particularly when he's being attacked. The Aussies always play together as one team.How often do you see an Australian player yelling at his team mate because of a misfield etc..? But you do see Indian players with their freshly discovered aggressive approach abusing each other like losers instead of simply getting on with it. That is the cohesive approach Indian cricket needs at the moment. Still early days though, Sachin and Sehwag are being missed big time. Can't believe Uthhapa isnt playing, he was in scintillating form in the IPL.

  • Harry0009 on May 8, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    I think it was little ridiculous and senseless batting and a poor decision upfront by Dhoni winning the toss and electing to field first. Had they batted first they would have at least got a feel of the pitch and they would have batted risk-free in their approach. The top order all fell to shots trying to up the run rate too early against a pace attack that was faster for the surface than expected. Overall it was a pathetic day for India in all departments and a good wake-up call for them. I expected a better fight from Team India even if it would have been in a losing cause. What hurts is the way they surrendered so meekly. Barring Rohit and Bhajji it was a shabby performance. I wonder if they would play well against WI and SL.

  • Harry0009 on May 8, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    I think it was little ridiculous and senseless batting and a poor decision upfront by Dhoni winning the toss and electing to field first. Had they batted first they would have at least got a feel of the pitch and they would have batted risk-free in their approach. The top order all fell to shots trying to up the run rate too early against a pace attack that was faster for the surface than expected. Overall it was a pathetic day for India in all departments and a good wake-up call for them. I expected a better fight from Team India even if it would have been in a losing cause. What hurts is the way they surrendered so meekly. Barring Rohit and Bhajji it was a shabby performance. I wonder if they would play well against WI and SL.

  • on May 8, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    this was a battle of 2 philosophies Dhoni tried to take the pace off the ball and relied heavily on spin which he said could be the key . contrastingly Clarke tried to put as much pace on the ball as possible and it seems his philosophy prevailed .It also seems that he might as well be the only captain who can apply this tactic given the fast bowling of all the teams mainly a bunch of medium pacers who rely on slower balls and changes of pace and the odd quick bowler .SA still have a good bowling attack with steyn and Morkel though isnt as quick as Johnson,nanes and tait he can still get bounce

  • steelo_esq on May 8, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Let the world take notice.... Australia is finally taking T20 seriously.

  • Sakib241 on May 8, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    I don't know why people still think Shaun Tait is an ordinary bowler. He was the highest wicket taker for Australia in the last 50 over world cup in West Indies. He had a dip in form because of his mental problems. But for me he is better than even brett lee. Well, India lost. But the fixture of his tournament is designed for the best 4 to make it to the semis. And I think they'll make it. On the pace thing, Indian batsmen need to have lesson in Newton's third law. They need to understand that to slap the Aussie bouncers down the ground they have to overcome at first the 150 km force. I think Dhoni only got that. I saw him practising with two bats before coming in.

  • drlimpel on May 8, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    @ sachins_17000th_run and srivatsan85 The point that he was trying to make was that most ppl here were criticizing the Pakistan team for being listless and clueless against the Australian attack while heaps of praise was being showered on the Indian team for successfully finding a solution to the short pitched conundrum. Well now that you guys have got first hand experience of losing in an even worse manner, you should realize how true this article is and that it would take something really special to stop the aussie juggernaut , judging from yesterday's performance india are certainly not the team to produce that ( nor is Pakistan). Revelling in past performances is useless and downright dumb because Pakistan too had a better win/loss record against there team before last weeks match :)

  • sumitfreak on May 8, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    yuvraj.. and india's been humiliated in india by a Australia 'a' tream :P :P

  • on May 8, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Sashi 94, Mate. Take a look around you. Aussies walked all over Indians and have been doing it in the past and will be doing it in the future plainly because INDIANS CAN NOT BOWL WELL OR PLAY THE SHORT STUFF WELL ENOUGH ON A TRUE BOUNCY PITCH. read my words carefully. TRUE BOUNCY PITCH.Indian pitches are far from it hence the Murali's and others can hit Tait and other fast bowlers.Others like Yuvraj 10, you need to remember we beat Aussies in one series only. That too we played Tait in tests when he had a breakdown(which was due to personal reasons if our Australian media were to be believed). No way and no how can India ever face short stuff from Genuine pace bowlers(read bowlers who bowl at 145 plus,not Indian pace or gentle 130s) and no way they can truly be number one.On paper yes, Indian team is number one but on field,far from it.Don't get too upset. reality bites.

  • LesGrossman on May 8, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    You've got to love an indian cricket fan, so full of denial when there team gets a massive hammering and always going back to the past. Face it all indian supporters, your team is finished in this tournament now everyone knows you can't play a short ball! Just kidding, anything can happen in T20, with the exception of south africa choking at some stage.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on May 8, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Its really a shame that alot of Pakistani and Indian supporters really give the royal grilling to us Bangladeshi supporters after every loss that we face (which happens alot). But this game should be an indication to everyone that heavy defeats do happen, even amongst the top sides. To be quiete fair, Bangladesh played better against the Aussies compared to India or Pakistan. I'm not suggesting BD is better than India or Pak team, but to all you full time critics out there just remember that Bangladesh still holds the best spin attack in the world and if you don't believe in the statistics, then just ask the Aussies. They couldn't handle Shakib or Razzaq.

  • goyahlcolts on May 8, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Farhat Khan.....were you watching another match or have you been asleep for the last 15 years? "Negative cricket playing is the funda(mental?) of their success" - how very ironic. And incorrect. What's negative about 16 sixes????

  • Itchy on May 7, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    The over-confidence expressed by a number of Indian supporters in previous blogs now seems strangely absent.

  • sashi94 on May 7, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Indian supporters are here.. We have seen Shaun Tait bowling 95mph at perth for ZERO wickets against India.. he had to take some time off cricket because of some mental issues after that whacking.. M vijay scored a century in a t20 against an attack which had Tait. Tait gave up 44 runs and Vijay whacked him for 2 fours and 2 sixes.. THIS GAME was a good win for Australia.. so Congrats and enjoy.. dont drink too much cuz we will meet again in the FINAL!!

  • Melsangy on May 7, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    As Australia have two very good opners same way India have two poorest openers in this format at this time out of all super eight teams. M.Vijay will have to wakeup from his wildest dream that being in place of Shewag will not make him Shewag. Out of form Gambhir needs some real time rest as without Shewag on other end he is not feeling comfortable to begin with. Looking retrospectively there is always a sense in air that if you got a chance to win toss against Australia always bat first but here decision proved foolish. Dhoni and team have now more work to do given srilanka's form in the tournament so far.

  • on May 7, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    lets say it was not India's day..our spin bowl plan didn't work at all and with jadeja being hammered round all corners of the ground,gave a great momentum to the Australian's score route..likes of Zaks and Nehra were at the receiving end..though last 4 overs were the real good effort from the damage control perspective..it's not that our players have put their bat before the pace attack but were not able to time it well(Gamb,Dhoni)..what they would have done was to watch their attack for 2overs before hooking and pulling..Rohit did a wonderful job for hanging in there for few overs before he cut loose...30-40 run partnership in the middle would have given us a good chance..i definitely missed I pathan in there for jadeja..i think "India is the best side in the tournament" still and am sure they will be back roaring..."India will make to the Semis". Jai Ho!

  • Shash28 on May 7, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    India were always going to struggle against the pace but despite the overwhelming look of this Aussie side, I don't think they are as 'adaptable' as the articles proves them to be. They are rollicking along at the moment but you just sense a spanner in the works can undo the entire operation... Still, they are the team to beat and in the world of T20, tha' not an impossible ask.

  • anandana on May 7, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    @Muhammad Ali - one win away. Raina and the other guys will come good.

  • on May 7, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    @ Ajronald, I appreciate your keen comments. Especially, the last one is really true in case of Australians as they jab on the weaknesses when they are upto win. Also, the negative cricket playing is the funda of their success. Indians should understand the oppositions and accordingly prepare and play the game lest they may be loosers.

    In my last comment, when SR made highest score I suspected that he may not be in the same flow in the next match and it happened today. He is an inconsistent player of the Indian team.

    India, better luck next time!

  • srivatsan85 on May 7, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    @Muhammad ali, errr,,mate in case u didnt notice,pakistan is in a worse position..they barely managed to win against bangladesh and suffered a big defeat against australia..india on the other hand have won their other 2 matches against afghanistan and SA convincingly!

  • LivingDead on May 7, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    I am sure Indian team and Dhoni will figure it out. Rohit played well, good luck for next match.... go India!

  • ccriccfan on May 7, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Indian cricket team obviously can't walk the talk. Do you think opposing teams are just going to bowl low keeping half volley deliveries to be belted across the ground?? Smart person is the one who learns from mistakes and not keep repeating the same. Obviously THAT is not the case here. Dhoni said Indian captains have been facing this question about short pitched deliveries for 10, 15 years. Can you believe nothing has been done to fix the problem?? Oh yea i forgot, BCCI is too busy collecting cash or fighting dirty politics from useless propagandas like IPL which contribute NIL to player quality and less said the better about quality of pitches in India.

  • Yuvraj10 on May 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Mr Ali,

    Check history and the way Tait was treated when India toured Australia. We have beaten Australia in Australia, Lee, Tait etc etc were all part of Aussie team. Jadeja's spell today was the difference between victory and defeat. Even Ricky ponting was troubled by Ishant Good bowling is indeed good bowling. Dont ventilate your teams frustration on any other team ....HUH

  • SunnyD on May 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    India missed Shewag and Sachin. Hopefully India will meet Austrailia again in finals and Dhoni will better better plans.

  • ElectronSmoke on May 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Yes - India had an awful game - in particular Jadeja and the batting top order had a forgettable outing. As Ajronald rightfully pointed out - IPL does allow other nations to find out about our weaknesses as well. That said, one bad match doesn't render Gambhir or Raina useless. Gambhir has succeeded in T20 WC in SA, and Raina scored against possibly the second best pace attack of the tournament, the other day. Btw, Muhammad Ali - it might be fashionable to pick on players when they have a bad outing - especially if its a nation you have a history with .. your national team ain't doing anything flash either!

  • NishathP on May 7, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    @ Ali : India being 50 for 7 makes Pakistan look good. So I think you should worry about the pathetic state of cricket in your own country first.

  • raju10000 on May 7, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    It's a lesson for Dhoni and our selectors if they can learn. There are no spinners in our team except Harbhajan and also half of the batsman are out of form. Where is Utappha, Ojha, Mishra, Irfan. You can't win the world cup with the team that is tired or out of shape.

  • Paul-in-Finland on May 7, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    ....no smart comments from Idian fans yet...they seem to have become very quiet...

  • on May 7, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    so where are you ,i mean where are SUPPORTERS OF INDIA?as i already said raina is king of dead pithes.come on and face nannes and tait................HUH

  • Ajronald on May 7, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    It should go down as one of the memorable games for India. Dhoni should understand that a part time spinner like Jadeja or Y Pathan cannot be a genuine allrounder- they just live in hype and never in reality.

    Vijay should realize that he is not there to prove that he is an able replacement for Sehwag - as an educated man he should play to his potential depending on the situation. Raina - the hottest man out there - should believe that he can hit sufficient fours to compensate when the boundaries are long.

    After all Indian team should know that their offshore IPL counterparts have left not only some invaluable tips but have also known a lot more about the Indian weakness

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  • Ajronald on May 7, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    It should go down as one of the memorable games for India. Dhoni should understand that a part time spinner like Jadeja or Y Pathan cannot be a genuine allrounder- they just live in hype and never in reality.

    Vijay should realize that he is not there to prove that he is an able replacement for Sehwag - as an educated man he should play to his potential depending on the situation. Raina - the hottest man out there - should believe that he can hit sufficient fours to compensate when the boundaries are long.

    After all Indian team should know that their offshore IPL counterparts have left not only some invaluable tips but have also known a lot more about the Indian weakness

  • on May 7, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    so where are you ,i mean where are SUPPORTERS OF INDIA?as i already said raina is king of dead pithes.come on and face nannes and tait................HUH

  • Paul-in-Finland on May 7, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    ....no smart comments from Idian fans yet...they seem to have become very quiet...

  • raju10000 on May 7, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    It's a lesson for Dhoni and our selectors if they can learn. There are no spinners in our team except Harbhajan and also half of the batsman are out of form. Where is Utappha, Ojha, Mishra, Irfan. You can't win the world cup with the team that is tired or out of shape.

  • NishathP on May 7, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    @ Ali : India being 50 for 7 makes Pakistan look good. So I think you should worry about the pathetic state of cricket in your own country first.

  • ElectronSmoke on May 7, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Yes - India had an awful game - in particular Jadeja and the batting top order had a forgettable outing. As Ajronald rightfully pointed out - IPL does allow other nations to find out about our weaknesses as well. That said, one bad match doesn't render Gambhir or Raina useless. Gambhir has succeeded in T20 WC in SA, and Raina scored against possibly the second best pace attack of the tournament, the other day. Btw, Muhammad Ali - it might be fashionable to pick on players when they have a bad outing - especially if its a nation you have a history with .. your national team ain't doing anything flash either!

  • SunnyD on May 7, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    India missed Shewag and Sachin. Hopefully India will meet Austrailia again in finals and Dhoni will better better plans.

  • Yuvraj10 on May 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Mr Ali,

    Check history and the way Tait was treated when India toured Australia. We have beaten Australia in Australia, Lee, Tait etc etc were all part of Aussie team. Jadeja's spell today was the difference between victory and defeat. Even Ricky ponting was troubled by Ishant Good bowling is indeed good bowling. Dont ventilate your teams frustration on any other team ....HUH

  • ccriccfan on May 7, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    Indian cricket team obviously can't walk the talk. Do you think opposing teams are just going to bowl low keeping half volley deliveries to be belted across the ground?? Smart person is the one who learns from mistakes and not keep repeating the same. Obviously THAT is not the case here. Dhoni said Indian captains have been facing this question about short pitched deliveries for 10, 15 years. Can you believe nothing has been done to fix the problem?? Oh yea i forgot, BCCI is too busy collecting cash or fighting dirty politics from useless propagandas like IPL which contribute NIL to player quality and less said the better about quality of pitches in India.

  • LivingDead on May 7, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    I am sure Indian team and Dhoni will figure it out. Rohit played well, good luck for next match.... go India!