Australia win one-sided encounter against India
By CricLens Staff Report on September 28th, 2012

ICC World Twenty20, Group F, Super Eight Round: Shane Watson and David Warner put on a merciless display of batting to steer Australia’s chase of 141 and had it completed as agonizingly for India as 31 spare-balls would suggest. It was not expected to be a such one-sided encounter because minutes earlier Pakistan and South Africa had contested a low-scoring thriller on the same wicket, where Pakistan were made to work hard in chase of 134.

But Watson and Warner started off with highest ever opening partnership, 133 off 81 balls, for Australia, and broke-up only when the remaining target was 8. Watson, who earlier had taken 3 wickets, raced to 72 off 42 balls in one of the most scintillating fashions as his 7 sixes in the innings would depict. Twice he hit successive sixes; first off Harbhajan Singh and then off Irfan Pathan.

Warner on the other end was no different but he mainly worked through fours (7) rather than sixes (2), and was unbeaten till Australia chased 141 with ease. India used 8 different bowlers, but none of them threatened ‘the batting Ws.’ MS Dhoni at the end rued the rain, which came for a while at start of the 2nd innings, for lackluster show of his spinners.

Earlier India went in with a Sehwag-less playing XI and opened with Irfan Pathan & Gautam Gambir. Pathan however ended the innings as highest scorer (31 off 30 balls) for India but it didn’t hold much weight. Suresh Raina was next best batsman with 26 runs. India was restricted to a paltry total of 140. It was such poor display of Indian batting that even Virat Kohli, a batsman in fine form, could not score more than 15. Pat Cummins, who had wickets of Kohli and Dhoni, was pick of the bowlers; his final figures were 4-0-16-2.

Shane Watson was named Man of the Match for 7th time in Twenty20 Internationals, he now has joint-most awards with Shahid Afridi.

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