Allrounder Shane Watson claimed his third successive man-of-the-match award as Australia swept past India by nine wickets in their Globe Twenty20 Super Eights clash on Friday night.
Watson (three-34) and 19-year-outdated paceman Pat Cummins (2-16) aided restrict India to 7-140 prior to Watson (72 off 42 balls) and David Warner (63 not out from 41 deliveries) spanked India’s bowlers all close to Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium.
Openers Warner and Watson shared a national-record partnership of 133 as Australia powered their way to 1-141 with 5.one overs to spare.
Watson hit 7 sixes, equalling a nationwide record set by Warner twice previously.
Irfan Pathan was the largest victim among India’s attack with -19 from one particular in excess of.
But it was India’s selection to perform frontline spinners Ravi Ashwin (-32 off three.five overs), Harbhajan Singh (-20 off four) and Piyush Chawla (-14 off one) that backfired in the wet circumstances.
Australia’s innings was interrupted briefly in the 1st more than of their run chase by rain.
“There was no real grip for them,” India captain MS Dhoni explained of the challenge faced by his slow bowlers.
“That was the principal purpose we have been unable to place pressure on them.”
Watson stated the Aussies had been prepared for India to play three expert spinners plus left-arm slow bowler Yuvraj Singh.
“India did go in with 3 frontline spinners so there is also a likelihood there’s going to be some rain around, particularly here in Colombo,” Watson mentioned.
“You’ve got to make the most of situations that you’ve received.”
Watson mentioned Cricket Australia’s choice to rest him from the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in late August left him feeling refreshed mentally.
Watson returned to the national squad for the T20s against Pakistan in Dubai earlier this month, including 111 for the first wicket with Warner in game three of the series.
“I came off a 5-week break. It was a time I was capable to get some physical strength and fitness but also have a bit of a psychological break as well, to be capable to hit this Twenty20 World Cup operating,” Watson said.
“The games in Dubai were a brilliant lead-up for us to be able to modify to the warmth like we have here.
“At the minute a couple of things are falling my way nicely.
“We’ve surely received the top quality of players to be able to have a great deal of accomplishment in this tournament.”
Australia’s second of three video games in the Super Eights phase is against South Africa on Sunday night.