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After a near whitewash in the ODI series, the Indian cricket team got to a great start in the T20 format, successfully defending 188. It was a clinical performance from India in all the departments – batting, bowling and fielding. Many players such as Shane Watson, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh and Shaun Tait made a comeback to their national sides.

Virat Kohli’s elegant unbeaten 90 and some crafty bowling by their spinners secured India’s comprehensive 37-run victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

EssentiallySports brings to you five key talking points of the match.

5) Shaun Tait’s wayward bowling

Tait’s express pace and frequently wayward bowling made him cannon fodder for the Indian batsmen who took him out of the park for all the loose deliveries. He gave away 45 runs from his 4 overs spell and bowled 6 wide deliveries. The Indians, particularly Rohit Sharma used his pace to hit him for boundaries.

Shaun Tait, making a comeback to the side, had an economy rate of 11.25 for no wicket which is certainly not something that any team would expect from any bowler.

Harsha Bhogle joked that he is also following the odd even rule of Delhi, every even ball is a wide outside off stump and ever odd ball is a wide down the leg side. Such erratic bowling was not expected from the 32-year-old veteran who otherwise has a career economy rate of 6.94 in his 19 matches.

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