World T20: Australia decimate hapless India by 9 wickets
Shane Watson was the star of the match for the Aussies with a 'full of sixes' 72 and a three-for while bowling. India were no match in any area to the might of the Australians.
Shane Watson was the star of the match for the Aussies with a 'full of sixes' 72 and a three-for while bowling. India were no match in any area to the might of the Australians. (All AFP Photos)
Gautam Gambhir started off pretty well on a pitch that was supposedly 'typically sub-continent'. He was run-out, though, just as he was looking to step it up. Pat Cummins was absolutely brilliant to get him with some exceptional 'football skills'.
Irfan Pathan looked set to justify his opening the batting as he hit 31 runs from 30 balls but failed to capitalise falling to Watson in the eleventh over.
India's primary reason for not getting quick runs was not being able to hit out against Brad Hogg who ended up conceding just 29 runs off his 4 overs.
Pat Cummins was economical and deadly at the same time taking crucial wickets of Dhoni and Yuvraj which prevented India from getting a decent partnership. He finished with 2/16 in 4 overs.
MS Dhoni's 15 runs from 21 balls did not help India's quest for a big total as they failed to make the most of the middle overs.
Suresh Raina scored a vital 26 towards the end to help India reach 140/7 in their 20 overs which at the time seemed a decent score.
Shane Watson however had other ideas and smashed his way to 72 off just 42 balls hitting 2 fours and 7 sixes. With David Warner keeping him company with an unbeaten 60, the Aussies finished off the match in the 15th over winning by 9 wickets. It was a heavy defeat for India who now have to pick themselves up before Sunday's clash against Pakistan.