Matthew Wade starred in his one-day international debut for Australia, helping the side to a 66-run win over India in the home side’s first ODI of 2012.
Wade was again prolific with the bat and hammered out a team-high 69 runs, the sixth highest total for a first gamer in Australian history.
India started well, dismissing David Warner (6), Ricky Ponting (2) and Michael Clarke (10) early and leaving the score at 3-49. It may have looked bleak at that point but Wade steadied his bat and smashed a six and four off the 11th over before rain broke up play for over three hours.
After the break Wade and Michael Hussey (45) batted Australia into a good position before David Hussey smashed 61 off just 30 balls to leave the team in a perfect position after 32 overs.
India didn’t come close to match that total and were dismissed for 151. Mitchell Starc bowled well, taking two wickets in his first two overs to halt the Indian advance and another debutant, Clint McKay, took two wickets from his first four balls and finished with 4-20.
Starc made sure Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar would not claim his 100th international century, leaving the batsman out off a specactular diving catch from Ricky Ponting.
Wade played his first games for Australia last week in the Twenty20 international and was the man of the match in Sydney last week. He replaced long-time veteran Brad Haddin who may now struggle to make it back into the side if the much younger Wade keeps up his brilliant form.