India vs Australia Live Score Only T20 Match - IND vs AUS 2013
India vs Australia Live Score, Only T20 Match of Australia tour of India 2013 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot played on October 10, 2013.
All that was left of Tuesday’s thundershower was a slight dampness underfoot and a few sticky spots on the practice pitches where water had seeped under the covers at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Khanderi on the outskirts of Rajkot. A fierce sun beat down the day before the one-off Twenty20 International between India and Australia, and unless more freak showers came by, a 7.30pm start on Thursday (October 10) was very much on the cards.
The Indian team, which was the first to arrive at practice, was not even mildly inconvenienced by the fact that the practice pitches abutting the stadium were less than 100% ready. The dampness about gave members of the team a chance to reacquaint with each other after a rare two-month spell apart. Although most of those in the squad were involved with some cricket or the other, be it through the Challenger Series, the Champions League Twenty20 or with India A, the senior squad and its coaching staff enjoyed a much-needed break from international cricket.
When there were lengthy conversations in small groups on the sidelines of the net session – such as when Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain, Duncan Fletcher, the coach, and Joe Dawes, the bowling coach, chinwagged for more than 15 minutes – it was not so much strategy that was being discussed, but a chance for a quick catch up before getting back in the treadmill that is international cricket.
India, who have played Australia at T20 cricket seven times in all, have only done so once before on home soil, back in 2007, when the format was still in its infancy. Since that game, which India won comfortably at the Brabourne Stadium, the two teams have met in International Cricket Council events in venues as far flung as Barbados and Colombo.
While Dhoni’s team is a settled one, which includes several matchwinners including the returning Yuvraj Singh, the Australians, led by George Bailey, are still in the process of building a team. “I think in Australia, we were a bit slow in taking up Twenty20 cricket. We probably didn’t take it seriously for the first couple of years and so spent a little bit of time playing catch up,” said Bailey. “I think the Big Bash is great for players to play under some under pressure and certainly the watchful eye of the public.”
For Bailey, the key to Australia’s success was consistency. “At times what we have lacked is a lot of experience. We are rebuilding and the guys are getting used to being in this side, being used to scrutiny and pressure of international cricket, and also different roles that they are playing,” he said. “The fighting spirit is still there; it is a matter of getting it out there really consistently and that’s all that you want from a side.”
As is always the case, there was talk about how Australia’s batsmen would fare against India’s spinners. R Ashwin and Amit Mishra provide frontline options, with Ravindra Jadeja featuring heavily and being assisted by the likes of Yuvraj, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma.
“Every time we arrive here, there is a big focus on how we are going to play the spinners and are always working towards it. It is as much about having a clear plan,” explained Bailey. “We have a number of players who play spin really well and it’s a matter of executing that in the heat of the battle.”
For Dhoni, the series affords an opportunity to start the season on a winning note. When it was put to him that Australia were hoping not merely to win the seven-match One-Day International series that followed the one-off T20I, but do so with at least a 5-2 margin in order to reach No. 1 in the International Cricket Council ratings, Dhoni could barely suppress a smile.
“They can look at 7-0 also but it’s not about what we are looking at, it’s about how well we do on the field,” said Dhoni. “I think they have got a very good side but we have also played good cricket. If you see the last six months, we have played good cricket.”
At Rajkot, the Saurashtra Cricket Association, who left no stone unturned in their attempt to host this match, good cricket would be a lovely bonus. A full house, insured against various elements, including the rain, for Rs 6.5 crore, is expected for the game. On the eve of the game, more than 1000 policemen were pressed into service in order to ensure the security of the players, and several parts of the stadium were being given a last-minute lick of paint.
All that’s left is for the umpires to call “Play!” and set the ball rolling in yet another packed season of international cricket for India.