Australia Wicket Keeper Matthew Wade who is also playing the role of an opening batsman bagged the Man of the Match award in the opening game of the Commonwealth Bank Series against India on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is the second Man of the Match award for Matthew Wade against India in the space of 7 days with the first one coming at Sydney in the opening T20I.
Sensing that Australia needed impetus for its innings, the left-handed Matthew Wade opened his shoulders to bravely tonk the Indian bowling. Following his initiative, Australia who were otherwise crawling at 49 for 3 sprung back to life and then began to tear apart the Indian attack. Wade played a key role in all these through his smashing knock of 67 from 69 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Infact, the 24-year-old Matthew Wade was only making his ODI Debut through this opening game and he went onto bag the Man of the Match!
Wade also picked up a couple of catches behind the stumps which were straight forward. Well let’s recall some of the highlights of Matthew Wade’s brilliant knock as recorded by Cricwaves.com :
Over 4.3 PS Kumar to MS Wade, Boundary, gets forward and drives the widish full delivery through point for a boundary.
Over 10.5 PS Kumar to MS Wade, 122 kmph, Sixer!!, gets forward and whacks the pitched up delivery off his pads high in the air over wide mid on for a six!
Over 10.6 PS Kumar to MS Wade, Boundary, goes back and cuts that wide delivery in the air over covers for a boundary.
Over 16.3 RG Sharma to MS Wade, Boundary, moves back and pulls the long hop in the air over wide mid wicket for a one bounce boundary.
Over 17.5 R Ashwin to MS Wade, Boundary, bends down and slogs it flat towards deep mid wicket for a boundary.
Over 19.4 R Ashwin to MS Wade, 1 run, gets forward and works it through mid wicket for one to bring up his fifty on ODI Debut in 55 balls.
Over 21.3 RA Jadeja to MS Wade, Sixer!!, bends on his knee and swings this across to send the ball sailing over long on for a six!
Over 22.6 R Sharma to MS Wade, 98 kmph, BOWLED HIM, Wade moves back for a forcing pull shot but only to drag it back onto the stumps off a bottom edge!