Woeful India blown away by Australia
Australia tore through Indians big hitting top order cruising to a comprehensive 49 run victory thanks to a stunning partnership of 104 from David Warner and Shane Watson to help the Aussies win their first Super Eight game.
Chasing a total of 185 for victory India got off to a shocking start losing four early wickets as Australia took control of the game inside the first five overs.
Having scored 10 runs from the first two overs India proceeded to lose four wickets in the space of 19 balls as four of the biggest hitters in Twenty20 cricket were dismissed cheaply by Australia.
Murali Vijay (2) was the first batsman to be dismissed after edging a delivery from Dirk Nannes through to Cameron White in the covers at the start of the 3rd over.
Nannes struck again 5 balls to remove Gautam Gambhir (9) who lobbed up an easy catch to Michael Hussy at midwicket to leave India 12-2.
With the openers gone India no w needed Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina to build some sort of partnership to rebuild their tattered innings with a defeat already looking likely.
Their hopes didn’t last long as Shaun Tait got into the action dismissing Raina (5) with a short ball in the next over which the batsman top edged to Michael Clarke at square leg.
With Indian rocking Nannes drove home the Aussies advantage by bowling Yuvraj Singh (1) in the 4th over leaving a shell shocked India 23-4.
Sharma was joined at the crease by skipper MS Dhoni with India desperately needing Dhoni to produce a special innings to bring them back into the game after their top order suffered a spectacular collapse.
However, with the ship steadied Dhoni (2) looked power it forward but he inexplicably picked out David Hussey out on the boundary after coming down the wicket in an attempt to hit Steven Smith for a six.
Yusuf Pathan (1) and Ravindra Jadeja (4) soon followed their skipper back to the dugout as Indians hopes of victory all but disappeared with the score 50-7.
With no hope of victory Sharma at least tried to restore some pride after he smashed Watson for a massive six over the deep fine leg boundary.
Sharma continued his brilliant cameo dispatching two more sixes off the spin bowling of Smith as he brought his half century up in just 32 showing his teammates how easy it really was to bat.
Sharma’s partner; Harbhajan Singh tried to get in on the act smashing Watson for a six over midwicket but he was caught by David Hussey from the next delivery as he tried to repeat the shot to leave India 97-8.
Despite picking up Indian’s 8th wicket the Aussies were still leaking runs at as the Indian batsman with knotting to lose were starting to find the boundary with regular consistency.
Sharma’s partnership with Zaheer Khan reached 47 in just 4 overs as one or two concerned faces looked on from the Aussies dugout. Luckily there concerns were eased when Khan was caught by Michael Clarke before Ashish Nehra was bowled by Tait three balls later to wrap up the victory.
Having been put into bat by India; Warner and Watson got Australia off to a fantastic start scoring 53 runs during the power play overs despite Harbhajan opening the innings with a maiden.
Other then Harbhajan’s first over none on the India bowlers were able to restrict Watson and Warner as the big hitting openers dispatched some pretty lacklustre bowling into the stands around the Kensington Oval.
The fireworks started in the 4th over when Watson smashed 3 consecutive sixes off the bowling of Jadeja as the Aussies made Dhoni pay for putting them into bat.
With the spinners being punished Dhoni brought Zaheer Khan into the attack but he faired not better conceding 10 run in the 6th over including a massive six from Warner which sailed over long off.
Having conceded 19 runs in his first over Jadeja came back into the attack with India desperate for a break through but the spinner was unable to change his teams fortunes; conceding another 3 sixes as he’s second over was dispatched for 19 runs.
With ten overs gone Australia had reached 95-0 which included an amazing 9 sixes as Warner and Watson were completely untroubled with the Aussies well placed to set India a score of 200 or more.
Warner reached his half century with a single behind point in the next over while Watson brought his 50 up with a huge six over midwicket from the very next delivery from Yusuf Pathan.
With India on the back foot Pathan finally managed to get a break through picking up the wicket of Watson for 53. Having just hit Pathan for a six Watson tried to repeat the shot but he missed the ball and it crashed into the stumps to end an excellent opening partnership of 104.
The sixes continued to flow for the Aussies as the crowd became more in danger of being hit by the ball then the Indian fielders who were starting to suffer from stiff necks as they watched numerous balls sailed high into the stands.
With a century in mind Warner continued his blitz smashing Yuvraj Singh for two sixes in the 13th over but the bowler struck back as Warner’s innings was finally ended on 72 after he was stumped by Dhoni.
Thanks to Warner and Watson India were now in big trouble; having won the toss and put the Aussies into bat on a perfect batting track Dhoni’s men knew they had their work cut out to win the game.
With Warner gone Brad Haddin (8) joined Hussey at the crease but compared to his fellow teammates his time out in the middle was quite short lasting just 7 balls before Yuvraj Singh picked up his second stumping in the 16th over,
Hussey (35) soon followed as India tried to limit the Australia total by picking up some late wickets after he was caught by Vijay out on the boundary as he failed to clear long-on.
After suffering a disappointing start India’s bowlers regained some composure restricting the rampaging Aussies during the last few over as Michael Hussey and Cameron White could only score 11 from the last 3 overs to help the Aussies reach 184-5.
Although India will have a large run chase they can be pleased with the way they ended the innings as they came back into the game to restrict the Aussies to a total of less then 200.