Misfiring India crushed by rampaging Watson

Harjit Mehat | cricket20

Shane Watson produced an innings of style and power to almost single handily beat India by nine wickets as Australia went on the rampage at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Watson smashed two boundaries and seven sixes during a devastating 42 ball innings which saw him score 72 runs during an opening stand of 133 with David Warner (63) as the pair almost chased down Indians total of 140-7 single handily.

The openers one man show was finally brought to an end by Yuvraj Singh (1-16) in the 14th over but Warner and Glenn Mawell (4) completed the simplest of victories with 31 balls to spare to hand India a devastating defeat.

It proved to be a poor day for India after their big hitting batsman were silenced by an impressive bowling display by Australia who restricted India to a total of just 140-7.

Having won the toss MS Dhoni decided to bat first but it proved to be the wrong decision as Australia’s bowlers came out on top with Shane Watson (3-34) and Pat Cummins (2-16) leading the way.

Gautam Gambhir looked the most effective batman scoring 17 runs from 12 balls but once he was run out at the end of third over India lost their way with Gambhir opening partner Irfan Pathan taking 30 balls to score 30 runs.

MS Dhoni (15) Virat Kohli (15), Yuvraj Singh (8) and Rohit Sharma (1) all struggled to make any impact as Brad Hogg (0-29) and Watson kept the Indian’s middle order under wraps before a late cameo from Suresh Raina.

Raina smashed 26 runs from just 19 balls during a 7th wicket partnership of 33 with Ravichandran Ashwin (16) to leave the Aussies facing a run chase of 141 to secure victory against their old foes.

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