Warner and Watson prove to hot to handle
David Warner and Shane Watson produced a brutal blitz as they shared an opening partnership of 104 which included 10 sixes to help Australia set India a victory target of 185.
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 Singh 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 Ravindra 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 Murali 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.