rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » PHOTOS: Watson, Warner help Australia thrash India

PHOTOS: Watson, Warner help Australia thrash India

Last updated on: September 28, 2012 23:55 IST

Warner remained unbeaten on 63

     Next

Next

Australia, the beaten finalists in 2010, crushed India by nine wickets in a one-sided Super Eights contest of the World T20 at the R Premadas stadium in Colombo on Friday.

Australian pacers, led by Shane Watson (3-34) and Pat Cummins (2-16) knocked the stuffing out of the Indian batsmen by restricting them to 140 for seven after being asked to bowl.

The highly successful opening pair of Watson (72) and David Warner (63 not out) then sent the bowlers on a leatherhunt as they finished the match with 5.1 overs to spare.


Image: Australia's David Warner celebrates as his team defeat India by 9 wickets in the ICC World Twenty20 Super 8 cricket match against India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo
Photographs: REUTERS/Philip Brown

     Next

The Aussie openers added 133 for the first wicket

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

All-rounder Watson again did everything right as he first grabbed three wickets and then decimated the Indian attack as he hit as many seven huge sixes in his superb knock off 41 balls, fetching him his third man-of-the match award in a row. 

With the able support from Warner who also took Indian bowlers to the cleaners with an unbeaten knock, the two openers literally bulldozed the Indian spin trio. 

On a pitch that was supposed to assist spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla were punished mercilessly by the Aussie openers who added 133 for the first wicket. 

Watson who completed his 50 off 28 balls first hit Ashwin for a couple of sixes and then one by one launched into Harbhajan, Chawla and Irfan Pathan.


Image: Australia's Shane Watson (R) and David Warner talk during their century partnership
Photographs: REUTERS/Philip Brown

Prev     Next

Gambhir managed only 17

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Earlier, opting to bat on a slowish wicket, India were found wanting against the pace of Cummins and Starc while they had little answers for Watson's guile. 

Gautam Gambhir struck three boundaries before he was run-out in the third over. Cummins successfully booted the ball onto the stumps while the opener was still short of his ground. The left-hander managed only 17. 

From 70 for two at the start of the 11th over, India were suddenly reduced to 74 for five in a few balls.


Image: Australia's Pat Cummins (L) runs out India's Gautam Gambhir by kicking the ball on to the stumps
Photographs: REUTERS/Philip Brown

Prev     Next

Irfan Pathan made a scratchy 31

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

The experiment to promote Irfan Pathan as makeshift opener partially paid off as he made a scratchy 31 and was the top scorer while most of the other batsmen failed to cross 20. 

Pathan fell into a trap set up by Aussie captain Bailey off the last ball of the same over. The left-hander hit two fours and a straight six off Watson. 

Knowing the all-rounder's tendency to flick anything on his pads, Cameron White was stationed at short mid-wicket exactly for that particular shot and it brought Irfan's downfall. 

Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli were done in by short deliveries, Rohit Sharma found pace too hot to handle. 

Dhoni paid for his indiscretion. Suresh Raina (26) and Ravichandran Ashwin (16 not out) who hit a few meaty blows added 29 runs for the seventh wicket to rescue India after being precariously placed at 104 for six.


Image: India's Irfan Pathan gets the ball past Australia's Matthew Wade (left)
Photographs: REUTERS/Philip Brown

Prev     Next

Cummins finished with impressive figures of two for 16

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

It was interesting that on a pitch which was considered to aid spinners, Australian pacers bowled with lot of fire sticking to their strengths. 

Failure is a rare phenomenon for Virat Kohli (15) these days and he started with couple of boundaries before mis-timing a pull shot of a short-pitch delivery from Cummins as Dan Christian took a well judged catch. 

Later, Cummins bowled one fast and wide outside the off-stump and MS Dhoni (15) drove uppishly only to find the cover fielder (George Bailey) gleefully accept his offer. 

The 19-year-old Cummins finished with impressive figures of two for 16.


Image: Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with teammates George Bailey (R) and Cameron White (L) after the dismissal of India's Virat Kohli
Photographs: REUTERS/Philip Brown

Prev     Next

Watson delivered with the ball, and the bat

Prev     More
Prev

More

Before dominating with the bat Watson also delivered with the ball. 

Besides having Irfan Pathan caught by Cameron White, he also picked up the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina to finished with impressive figures of three for 34. 

No points for guessing he picked up the man of the match award. 

In fact he was adjudged man-of-the-match for the third consecutive match of his side. 

"The last couple of games have been pretty good. It's nice when things come together like this," admitted Watson.


Image: Australia's Shane Watson celebrates after dismissing India's Irfan Pathan (not in picture) as Rohit Sharma looks on
Photographs: REUTERS/Philip Brown

Prev     More
© Copyright 2013 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.