Sakshi Jain ∙ Sep 20 2022, 8:30 PM

Matthew Wade comments on his batting plans against India in the first T20I

image-l8aktaj8Matthew Wade (PC: Twitter)

The wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade was the star of the night as Australia scripted a four-wicket win over India in Mohali. The 34-year-old unleashed a beast in the death overs as he played an instrumental role to help his team chase 209 runs in the allotted 20 overs.

Wade walked in the middle to bat at the number seven position when Australia were reeling at 145 for five with Tim David in the middle. Australia had almost no hopes of winning, considering Wade and David were the last batting pair for the team.

However, the wicketkeeper did the unthinkable as he slammed the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel in the death overs. Wade’s knock of unbeaten 45 runs off just 21 balls helped his team reach the target within 19.2 overs.

Wade is all praises for Tim David

Speaking about his sensational performance, the 34-year-old expressed his aim of finishing the games for Australia in the future as well. Wade was all praises for the debutant Tim David as the duo stitched a partnership of 62 runs in the middle.

David lost his wicket on the penultimate ball of the match after adding 18 runs to the scoreboard in 14 balls. Meanwhile, he also heaped praises on the top and middle-order for maintaining the run rate throughout the second innings by scoring some quick runs.

Speaking in the post-match presentation, Wade said,

“I would like to make it a habit (of finishing games). It has been a nice 12-18 months, started to put some scores together and put a partnership with Tim David today, he has come down the order with those (finishing) roles,”

The keeper reveals his strategy

Further, Wade revealed his game plan against India. Reflecting on his shots, the keeper added that he decided to play at the off-side since India went with wide yorkers and four fielders on the leg-side. He also believes that it was all about backing his strengths while playing at a batting-friendly pitch in Mohali.

“You have to work where they are going to bowl, they went wide yorker with a cover and I didn't want to drag it too much to the leg-side and the slower balls I sat a little bit deeper. Often I have four fielders back on the leg-side and I cannot just swing to the leg-side anymore, I need to play some shots on the off-side.”

Also Read: Imperious Australia thrash listless India by 4 wickets in a high-scoring affair