Result
1st T20I (N), Sydney, Feb 1 2012, India tour of Australia
171/4
(20 ov, target 172)
140/6
Australia won by 31 runs
Player Of The Match
Australia
1y
• The Report by Daniel Brettig at Stadium Australia

Matthew Wade fifty sets up Australia win

A punishing 72 from Matthew Wade and telling cameos with bat and ball from David Hussey delivered a 31-run victory for Australia over India in the first Twenty20 international at Stadium Australia

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
Australia171/4(20 overs)
Matthew Wade72 (43)
David Hussey42 (30)
Rahul Sharma1/27(3.4)
India140/6(20 overs)
end of over 206 runs
INDIA: 140/6CRR: 7 
MS Dhoni48 (43)
Ravichandran Ashwin15 (16)
Xavier Doherty4-0-23-0
Brett Lee4-0-36-1

Time for the presentation. Wade if the Man of the Match: "Mickey Arthur told me yesterday that I would be opening. No point competing with Warner, he's the best hitter in the game. The spinners really took the game away from India."

Dhoni: "There is a tomorrow. Wade batted really well. We could not capitalise. We thought it would rain in the second innings in Melbourne."

Bailey: "I didn't know you get a trophy after every game. Our fielding and bowling was outstanding. There's a great feeling around Australian cricket at the moment."

The teams head to Melbourne for the second and final T20, on Friday. We'll see you then. Thanks for your company. Cheers!

End of match: So Australia, under their new captain, can celebrate this win with that bottle of Irish cream. Same old story for India. Positives? They didn't get bowled out for a change. This was their lowest margin of defeat.

Jokes aside, Australia were relentless in the field. They took their catches and barely let anything slip between them. Dhoni looked dangerous with some of those shots he played down the ground but he needed to dent Australia's psyche with successive boundaries, just to make things interesting.

The presentation should happen any time soon. Matthew Wade's Australia's biggest positive from this game.

19.6
2
Doherty to Dhoni, 2 runs
low full toss outside the off stump and he scoops it to wide long-off
19.5
1
Doherty to Ashwin, 1 run
on the blockhole and he squirts it out to mid-on
19.4
Doherty to Ashwin, no run
tries to paddle it to fine leg and misses
19.3
Doherty to Ashwin, no run
squeezes out a yorker back to the bowler
19.2
1
Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run
low full toss and he forces it to long-off
19.1
1
Doherty to Ashwin, 1 run
makes room and he pushes it to long-on
19.1
1w
Doherty to Ashwin, 1 wide
end of over 1910 runs
INDIA: 134/6CRR: 7.05 • RRR: 38.00
MS Dhoni45 (41)
Ravichandran Ashwin13 (12)
Brett Lee4-0-36-1
Xavier Doherty3-0-17-0
18.6
6
Lee to Dhoni, SIX runs
carbon copy of Dhoni's six to seal the World Cup, different scenario now, over long-on
18.5
Lee to Dhoni, no run
it's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a bat! It was always going to happen, Dhoni swings like there's no tomorrow and the bat lands somewhere near square leg, Lee was appealing for a caught behind but everybody was only gazing at the wooden flying machine
18.4
Lee to Dhoni, no run
swings him to midwicket with one arm, sends Ashwin back and Lee breaks the stumps but he failed to gather the ball
18.4
1w
Lee to Dhoni, 1 wide
Lee bowls to first slip again, funny old game for Lee
18.3
2
Lee to Dhoni, 2 runs
on the blockhole outside off and Dhoni swings again, it flies off the toe of the bat down to long-off and he swivels at the crease with the momentum
18.2
Lee to Dhoni, no run
on the blockhole outside the off stump and Dhoni swings and misses, it's a wonder how the bat didn't fly away
18.1
1
Lee to Ashwin, 1 run
full delivery on the off stump and he squeezes it out to mid-on

Anyone betting on a miracle?

end of over 185 runs
INDIA: 124/6CRR: 6.88 • RRR: 24.00
Ravichandran Ashwin12 (11)
MS Dhoni37 (36)
Xavier Doherty3-0-17-0
James Faulkner2-0-18-0
17.6
1
Doherty to Ashwin, 1 run
full and straight and he takes a single to long-on, end of a very good over
17.5
1
Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run
full and wide outside the off stump and he chases it and places it to sweeper cover
17.4
1
Doherty to Ashwin, 1 run
low full toss and he pushes it down the track to long-on
17.3
1
Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run
sprays it full and wide and he reaches out and squirts it out to the off side
Best performances - batsmen
MS Wade
72 runs (43)
5 fours
3 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
16 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
66713120613
MS Dhoni
48 runs (43)
1 fours
3 sixes
Control66%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
14 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
0012375129
Best performances - bowlers
DJ Hussey
O
2
M
0
R
4
W
2
Eco
2.00
DT Christian
O
4
M
0
R
35
W
2
Eco
8.75
Match details
Stadium Australia, Sydney
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Matthew Wade
Series resultAustralia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 217
Season2011/12
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35
Match days1 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
George Bailey
James Faulkner
Xavier Doherty
Rahul Sharma
Umpires
Bruce Oxenford
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Simon Fry
Reserve Umpire
Sam Nogajski
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft