Cameron Green has proved his class as an opener and Matthew Wade came to Australia’s aid once again in a thrilling four-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 in Mohali.
Most important points:
- Australia beat India with four balls left and chased 208 to win
- Cameron Green scored 61 out of 30 after being elevated to open but he is not part of the World Cup squad
- Matthew Wade saved Australia from collapse after Green was fired
Responding to India’s 6-208, Green made the most of his first shot at the opener hitting 61 from 30 balls, while Australia reached 1-109 from 10 overs.
Green’s departure led to a 4-36 collapse as India put pressure on the run rate.
Australia needed 55 of the last 24 balls to secure an unlikely win in the series opener, and Wade came to the party.
Wade, the hero of last year’s semi-final win at the T20 World Cup, hit an unbeaten 45 from 21 balls to take Australia across the line with four balls left.
His knock included six fours and two sixes with a stroke rate of 214.
The applause for the win must also go to Green, who produced a glorious knock to show selectors what they will miss 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 the chase for Australia off to a blazing start.
The 23-year-old hit eight fours and four sixes to help the visitors on their way to victory.
When Australia sustains an injury to one of their top stars in the run-up to the World Cup, Wade Green backs up to answer the SOS call.
“Green was always supposed to open today,” Wade said.
“The coach and captain feel this is the best place for him to gain a foothold at T20 level, and he showed tonight that this will be the place for him for a while.
“One, two, three are the positions that if something went wrong, he would probably come in to fill.
“Josh Inglis can fill places from three to the middle rank. We probably see Greeny as that player of the highest order if something happens and we had to draw him [in] for the World Cup.”
Green’s ability to adapt to the opening role and recover from ugly bowling figures showed that he is more mature than his age.
The rising star finished 1-46 from three overs with the ball – including three straight sixes to finish India’s innings.
Those late heaves made India’s total their highest T20 score against Australia.
As good as Green and Wade were, India had to pay dearly for a subpar performance in the field.
Green was dropped on 42, Steve Smith (35 from 24 balls) got a life on 19, while Wade was given grass on 23.
Previously, Pat Cummins and Green bore the brunt of the damage when opener KL Rahul (55 from 35 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (46 from 25) and Hardik Pandya (71no from 30) set the fireworks for India.
Test skipper Cummins closed the game with numbers of 0-47 from 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.