Shane Watson & David Warner Sixes Highlights T20 WC : Ind vs Aus
This is a huge win. More than five overs to spare. Imagine what it’ll do to the run-rate situation. This is a good old-fashioned thrashing. Dhoni has got to be frustrated, although he is not showing it. Australia enjoying it thoroughly. They have mauled India on a slow track after losing the toss.
Shane Watson & David Warner Rain of sixes
An excellent all-round performance by Shane Watson and David Warner's fire-works with the bat helped Australia ease past India's total with 9 wickets to spare. Batting first, India lost wickets at regular intervals and finished with a total of 140/7. Irfan Pathan (31) was the top-scorer while Suresh Raina (26) contributed his bit during the end. Watson was the main wicket-taker, scalping 3/34 while Pat Cummins ended up with 2/16. In reply, Watson scored 72 off just 42 balls while Warner hit an unbeaten 63 off 41 as Australia sailed to 141 with 9 wickets and 5.1 overs to spare.
An in-different start for India:
The first match of the Super 8s at R Premadasa saw spinners from both Pakistan and South Africa doing a lot of damage. With the second match of the day being played on the same track, India decided that spin was the best option for them and included three frontline tweakers in R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla. Zaheer Khan also returned for this game while there was no room for Virender Sehwag, Ashok Dinda and L Balaji. Australia, meanwhile, were unchanged. Just like their last game against England, it was Irfan and Gautam Gambhir coming out to open for India. Gambhir, who found some form in the previous match, started fluently to get his side off to a good start. However, a quick piece of foot-work by Pat Cummins, who kicked the ball on to the stumps, resulted in the run-out of Gambhir (17). The next man in was the in-form Virat Kohli who joined Irfan to start building a partnership to get India moving forward. But the stand could not go beyond 35 as Kohli (15) got a top edge while attempting to hit Cummins over the top, and Dan Christian took a good sliding catch.
Regular wickets rattle India:
The start might not have been as good as India would have hoped for but they still had enough batting to set things right. However, Australia had other plans as they rattled the sub-continent team with quick wickets. Yuvraj Singh came in at the fall of Kohli's wicket but he could not stay for long as he fell to a short delivery from Shane Watson. Yuvraj (8), who tried to pull, got into the shot early and ended up giving Glenn Maxwell a catch at deep mid-wicket. Watson, who had dismissed Yuvraj with the 1st delivery of the 11th over, struck off the last ball of the same over to send back Irfan. The Australian all-rounder bowled a full length delivery on the leg and Irfan clipped it sweetly off his pads but only to find the ball heading straight to Cameron White. India were left reeling further when Mitchell Starc ensured that Rohit Sharma's outing was a short one. Coming from round the wicket, left-handed Starc angled a delivery into the off stump and Sharma missed the line completely and was bowled for 1, leaving India struggling at 74/5.
India manage a competitive total:
The quick wickets left Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni with a lot of re-building work to do. The Indian pair went about the job in a steady manner, gathering the singles and twos and hitting boundaries whenever there was an opportunity to score one. Although it was a slow partnership, the duo ensured that they hung around, laying a platform for a final flourish with which India could reach a good total. However, Cummins was again there to spoil India's plans by getting Dhoni (15) to drive one to George Bailey at cover and send the Indian skipper back. When Dhoni departed, India's scorecard read 104/6 after 16 overs, and the onus was on Raina to guide his side towards a total of some respectability. The left-hander did a fairly good job at that as he scored a quick 26 off 19 balls. His knock included 4 boundaries, 2 off which came in the last over off Watson before he got out to the same bowler. Ashwin, who gave Raina good support, stayed unbeaten on 16 off 12 as India finished with a total of 140/7.
Warner and Watson tear India apart:
David Warner and Shane Watson made a positive start to the chase as they helped Australia forward. Warner started with a couple of boundaries off Ashwin, who was brought on to bowl the first over. There was a slight rain interruption after the first over of the Australian innings started, but it was not a lengthy one as the match got under way in quick time. While the runs came at a good rate for Warner, there were a couple of quiet overs in between with Shane Watson taking some time to settle down. However, it did not take the all-rounder long to get going when he thumped Ashwin for a couple of sixes. Warner is well known for his big hitting but something that also comes naturally to him is that he can time the ball well and find the gaps with ease. This feature of his game was on full display as Warner powered his way forward. Watson was not to be left behind, dealing in maximums as the opening pair put Australia in firm control of the game.
Milestones galore for the Australian opening pair:
The inclusion of Chawla and Harbhajan was not helping India at all as Warner and Watson carted them around the park with ease. After taking Ashwin for runs early on, Watson took on Chawla, hitting him for a couple of big ones past the boundary ropes before Warner got into the act by depositing Harbhajan for a couple of big ones. Watson and Warner were matching run for run before the all-rounder outscored his partner by bringing up a half-century off just 28 balls. The fifty was Watson's 9th in the twenty over format, which put him level with Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle for the most number of fifies in T20Is. Meanwhile, Watson and Warner also brought up a century partnership, which happened to be the third for this pair and also made them the opening pair with the most number of century stands in T20Is. When the duo went past 111, they also registered the best ever opening partnership for Australia in T20Is. Soon it was time for Warner to go past fifty, and the left-hander, who also become the fourth player with 50 or more sixes in T20Is, went on to bring up his 8th half-century in the International 20 over format. The pair also brought up the best opening stand in World T20s and got Australia close to the target.
Australia secure thumping win:
India's hopes of taking a wicket were dashed a while ago and when it finally came, it was all too late. Australia opening stand ended when Watson finally departed, falling to Yuvraj Singh with Australia 8 away from the target. Warner stayed till the end and had Glenn Maxwell for company to complete the formalities. With the defeat in this match, India suffered their 7th consecutive loss in the Super 8s stages of the World T20 for the past three years, a record MS Dhoni will be wanting to set straight.