Scoreboard at the WACA

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Shilpa C, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

R Ashwin’s smile after India won a tense match at the WACA was broader than when he stepped up to receive the first Man-of-the-Match award of his ODI career a short while later. Ashwin was all over this match. He stamped his presence with the ball and, heroically, with the bat. Without him, victory would have been impossible. In the first half of the day he bowled with exceptional control on guile. In the latter half, under lights and with India’s chase unravelling quick, Ashwin kept his nerve to score a cool unbeaten 30 off 38 balls. This was just the match he needed to remind his detractors of what he’s capable of.