Australian speedsters intimidated Indian batsmen, and how!
Mitchell Johnson was assigned a specific role to "intimidate" Indian batsmen. The seamer delivered a searing spell of extreme pace, Australia captain George Bailey revealed.
With raw pace, the left-arm speedster did a "fantastic" job hitting speeds over 150kph regularly.
"Mitch -- we wanted him to go out there and bowl fast, intimidate batsmen and take wickets. I think he did that. He's going to be important for us to have him firing, the energy he brings in. He led us from the front which is good."
Bailey was especially pleased that his fast bowlers performed as a unit.
Image: Mitchell Johnson (right)
'Fantastic all-round bowling performance'
For Australia, James Faulkner grabbed three wickets for while Clint McKay and Shane Watson chipped in with two wickets apiece. Mitchell Johnson, Aaron Finch and Adam Voges got a wicket each.
"Clint (McKay) and Mitchell (Johnson) started fantastically well and made it really hard for the Indian boys to score. Mitch was fast. Jimmy (James Faulkner) got targeted a bit early but fought back very well. It was a fantastic all-round bowling performance, which we need to have in the series as the Indian batting is so strong," Bailey said.
Image: Shane Watson (right)
'Faulkner finds ways to keep himself in the game'
The Aussie skipper elaborated the individual strengths of McKay and Faulkner.
"Clint probably is not going to intimidate batsmen as much but he's pretty accurate, swings the ball, so length is going to be pretty important to him. James is a little bit different does a bit of both. He finds ways to keep himself in the game and also takes wickets."
Image: James Faulkner (left)
'Finch is always putting pressure back onto the bowlers'
He also praised the batting of opener Aaron Finch who completed his second successive half century having started off on a blazing note during the one-off T20 game at Rajkot.
"I don't think anyone likes facing someone bowling really fast. I think they (Indians) swung the ball nicely up front. Finch batted so well he first got 2 out of 20 balls which is unlike him, but he found a way to get through that (phase) and did not throw it away which is great for us.
"That was a nice little partnership for us and probably during what was the most dangerous part for us when the Indians can swing the ball," Bailey explained.
"What is good about Finch is that he has been doing it consistently. When someone is having a partnership with him, the game flows along nicely, just because he's always putting pressure back onto the bowlers.
Image: Aaron Finch