Watson, Warner make mincemeat of India

2012-09-29 00:00

COLOMBO — Shane Watson grabbed 3-34 and struck 72 off 42 balls to lift Australia to an emphatic nine-wicket win over India in the Super Eights match of the World T20 in Colombo yesterday.

Watson shared a first-wicket stand of 133 with David Warner (63 not out) as Australia eased past India’s 140-7 in 15 overs.

Warner smashed three sixes and seven boundaries and Watson plundered seven sixes and two fours in a batting treat for a sell-out crowd of 35 000 at the Premadasa Stadium.

The pair treated the Indian bowlers with disdain as Warner lofted Harbhajan Singh for two successive sixes and Watson hit leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for two sixes in his first over.

Watson fell in the 14th over when just eight more runs were needed for victory, caught in the covers off Yuvraj Singh.

Earlier, makeshift opener Irfan Pathan made 31 and Suresh Raina boosted the total towards the end with 26 off 19 balls.

Raina put on 30 for the sixth wicket with M.S. Dhoni and 33 for the seventh with Ravichandran Ashwin, who remained unbeaten on 16 off 12 balls.

Watson claimed two wickets in one over, forcing Singh to hole out in the deep before getting Pathan caught in the covers.

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