1st Match (D/N), Melbourne, Feb 5 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series
(29.4/32 ov, target 217)151
Australia won by 65 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
67 (69) & 2 catches

That's it from us for the moment for this game. Read Brydon Coverdale's match report here. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Join us for the second ODI of the series, between India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday, from Perth. Cheers

Clarke: "It's nice to win, great start, the guys who have been playing the Big Bash were perfectly suited to this game. We knew we only had 21 overs after the break. Wade was outstanding on debut. David Hussey continued his form, and Michael Hussey keeps getting runs in all forms of the game. His [Ricky Ponting's] body is about a 32-33 year-old's. He is catching well."

Wade is Man of the Match on ODI debut. Wade: "The boys are high after the Test series win and we want to keep that up. I am pretty familiar with the MCG, and it was good to go out there."

Dhoni: "Once they came back after the break, they went after our bowling. Our loose deliveries were too loose. That was the difference. And we did not get off to a good start in the chase. That was a crucial time after the Powerplay overs. If only we could have built the partnership (Kohli-Rohit). We have the self-belief. That comes with the youngsters."

Astonishing lack of fight from India after the rain break. They were on top for the first 10.4 overs, and then let it slip away completely, without a sniff of a fightback. All the resistance was from Australia's middle order, who drowned India's spinners in a blaze of frenetic running and power hitting. And their bowlers came out hungry for wickets, and India sank meekly. In hindsight, India had too many spinners - part-timers, specialist and spinning allrounders - and were a medium-pacer short. Loved the way Starc bowled, ran in smoothly, got bounce, got swing, and claimed the big wickets of Tendulkar and Gambhir

Adam: "How would you say that Wade's glovework has been this game?" Competent, and safe

McKay to Praveen, OUT

Harris redeems himself for dropping a simple catch by taking a brilliant low take, running a long way in from long on, and tumbling forward to hold on to PK's slog

Praveen Kumar c Harris b McKay 15 (19m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.23
McKay to Praveen, no run

another slower one, stays low too, he backs away and at the same time looks to pull it, too much to do off one delivery, beaten

McKay to Praveen, no run

makes room to a slower one and dabs it to extra cover

McKay to Praveen, no run

throws his bat at a widish back of a length delivery, cannot get to it

end of over 298 runs
INDIA: 151/9CRR: 5.20 RRR: 22.33
Praveen Kumar15 (13)
Vinay Kumar12 (15)
Mitchell Starc 6-0-33-2
Xavier Doherty 7-0-36-2
Starc to Praveen, 1 run

dropped, well that spoils what could have been a perfect day for Australia, PK indulges in a upper cut that loops to Harris at third man, he gets around to it, and puts it down

Starc to Vinay, 1 run

makes room and squeezes it from around leg stump to third man

Starc to Vinay, no run

beaten on the forward push by the length ball angled across

over the stumps

Starc to Praveen, 1 run

rides the bounce from back of a length and takes the single as the ball rolls towards point

Starc to Vinay, 1 run

dabs a widish one down to third man

Starc to Vinay, FOUR runs

whoa, that is an excellent stroke, that has been dismissed, Starc targetting the stumps from around the stumps, but Vinay took on the pitched up delivery and smoked it between extra cover and mid off

end of over 287 runs
INDIA: 143/9CRR: 5.10 RRR: 18.75
Praveen Kumar13 (11)
Vinay Kumar6 (11)
Xavier Doherty 7-0-36-2
Michael Clarke 2-0-11-0
Doherty to Praveen, FOUR runs

flat-batted straight past the bowler, and even Warner cannot stop it this time

Doherty to Praveen, no run

defended off the front foot

Doherty to Vinay, 1 run

pushed to point who has a go at the non-striker's end but misses, direct hit, and it was over

Doherty to Vinay, 2 runs

makes room and slices over extra cover

Doherty to Vinay, no run

pushed to extra cover

Doherty to Vinay, no run

down the track and pushes at a flat delivery

end of over 277 runs
INDIA: 136/9CRR: 5.03 RRR: 16.39
Vinay Kumar3 (7)
Praveen Kumar9 (9)
Michael Clarke 2-0-11-0
Xavier Doherty 6-0-29-2
Clarke to Vinay, 1 run

worked to deep midwicket

Clarke to Praveen, 1 run

worked towards square leg

Clarke to Praveen, FOUR runs

fine effort from Warner, he scrambles to his right at long on and goes one handed to try and catch a slog from PK, but cannot get to it

Clarke to Praveen, no run

patted back to the bowler off the back foot

Clarke to Vinay, 1 run

pushed towards cover for a single

Clarke to Vinay, no run

hit on the pad as he misses the pull off a short ball, was going down leg

Prashant: "Any match above 20 overs is daunting for them."

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