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Aussies thankful for Haddin batting cameo

Felix Austin | cricket20

Australia failed to build on a fantastic opening partnership by Shane Watson and David Warner as the West Indies battled back to restrict the Aussies to 179/7.

Having won the toss Australia skipper Michael Clarke decided to bat first at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart hoping Watson and Warner would get the Aussies off to a great start.

The pair started off slowly seeing off the threat of Narsingh Deonarine and Nikita Miller after West Indies skipper Chris Gayle decided to opening with his spin bowlers hoping to slow the run rate from the start.

Once into their flow Watson and Warner started to find the boundary with ease, in the 3rd over Warner hit a Deonarine delivery into the streets of Hobart forcing Gayle to replace the spinners with his fast bowlers.

The pair continued their onslaught and looked on course for a century opening partnership before Gayle brought himself into the attack and straight away picked up the wicket of Watson who tried to hit Gayle into the stands but was only able to top edge a drive into the air which was caught by Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps.

The loss of Watson for 37 left the Aussies 83-1 ending a great opening partnership. Warner (49) soon followed missing out on a half century when he was caught by Dwayne Smith to give the West Indies two quick wickets.

With Watson and Warner back in the pavilion the West Indies had fought their way back into the game and they struck again removing David Hussey (1) and Michael Clark (12) in quick succession leaving the Aussies 106-4 and in danger of squandering the brilliant start by Watson and Warner.

Cameron White (15), Travis Birt (13) added some much needed runs before Brad Haddin enjoyed a cameo performance smashing 37 runs from just 16 runs to help the Aussies to a defendable total.

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