Australia prevail in rain-hit match
By CricLens Staff Report on September 22nd, 2012

8th Match, ICC World Twenty20, Group B, Colombo (RPS): Just when it was about to get into a contest to watch, rain had the final say in Australia’s innings when they were 100-1 after 9.1 overs in chase of 192 set earlier by West Indies. Australia prevailed by 17 runs as the D/L par after 9.1 overs at loss of one wicket was 83.

With this result, Australia have now qualified for the next round while West Indies wait on their next game, against Ireland, which they must win or hope for another wash-out to take them into Super Eight Round. It was first game of the event with contest and context, unlike the other rain-affected game of the day between South Africa and Sri Lanka, it was not a dead-rubber.

17-run-win by Australia would not translate the real situation of the match where West Indies still could end as victorious. Australia had a flying start in chase of 192 largely due David Warner’s fearless batting approach. He scored 28 off 14 balls and was, may be wrongly, given caught behind by Asad Rauf. Warner’s gesture suggested he had not edged it.

Mike Hussey was promoted up at one down to accompany Shane Watson who took on the hitting duties as Warner departed. Watson was in mood to take no prisoners as he catapulted number balls bowled at him and soon he was on 41 from just 21 balls. 20 of his runs came off four consecutive balls by Marlon Samuels, who was hit for 4, 6, 6 and 4. Watson was batting with such power that even his one mistimed hit carried for Six over long-off however he was also given a chance at deep square-leg where he was dropped by Dwayne Smith as the ball popped out his hand over the boundary for six. In the very next over, rain stopped the play, and Australia at that stage were 17 runs ahead of the par D/L score.

Earlier West Indies innings was powered by Chris Gayle who scored 54 from 33 balls with help of 5 fours and 4 sixes, he was caught and bowled by Shane Watson, who had dropped him earlier in the innings, after a leading-edge. Gayle’s dismissal might have slowed down West Indies if not for Marlon Samules fine form, that resulted in another 50 off just 32 balls. Little contributions from Dwayne Bravo, Kierron Pollard and Darren Sammy took West Indies to a total of 191.

Mitchell Starc went for 35 runs but grabbed three wickets while Shane Watson, continuing his bowling form, took 2 wickets for 29 Runs. For his all-round performance, Shane Watson was named Man of the Match.

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