Quick wickets, run-outs key to victory: Jadeja

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Published: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 15:25 [IST]
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'Quick wickets, run-outs key to victory'

Melbourne, Feb 3: Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja said early wickets and four run-outs were the key to his side's eight wicket victory over Australia in the second Twenty20 International at MCG.

"The turning point was early wickets and the run-outs we managed. It kept them (Australia) on the backfoot and we made sure we carried the momentum through," said Jadeja.

India registered their first victory overseas in seven months after bowling out the Aussies for 131 in 19.4 overs with brilliant fielding and disciplined bowling.

The all-rounder who was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his bowling figures of 1 for 16 and outstanding fielding creating two run-outs of Australia skipper George Bailey and opener Aaron finch, said the young team was positive and had the determination to do well.

"There was good energy. The boys were extremely positive going into the game. We wanted to give a good account of ourselves and not be affected by the 0-4 scoreline of the Test series," insisted Jadeja.

The 23-year-old felt that the pitch was not in favour of spinners.

"These are very different wickets to India. These are flat wickets and the ball doesn't quite grip the surface. I was trying to bowl slowly and mix it up.

"I am trying to vary my pace. This way I could help the team. In next matches, if I get such wickets, I would try to mix it up."

Jadeja played a crucial role in India's first victory in almost seven months and he hopes that his team would carry this momentum in the upcoming triangular one-day international series, beginning here on Sunday.

"It's good that it has happened at the MCG where we would play our first ODI on Sunday. We would take heart from this win. We now know these conditions and it would give us confidence," he said.


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