Australia v West Indies, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo

The gatecrashing monsoon

Plays of the day from the Australia v West Indies Group B match in Colombo

David Hopps in Colombo

September 22, 2012

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Shane Watson runs through the rain, Australia v West Indies, World Twenty20 2012, Group B, Colombo, September 22, 2012
Did Shane Watson sense how badly his side needed him to take apart Marlon Samuels' bowling at that precise point of time? © AFP

Shower of the day
The scheduling of the World Twenty20, with the October monsoon in Sri Lanka and the final not until October 7, leaves the tournament needing a lot of fortune not to run into serious weather problems. The first heavy rains to arrive in the capital, Colombo, on September 22, prematurely gatecrashed what had till then been a memorable party.

Expression of the day
Shane Watson's look of raging commitment as he ended Chris Gayle's innings on 54 with a return catch ... Look as fierce as you want Shane, everybody still remembers how you had put down Gayle, on four, off Mitchell Starc, diving forward at third man.

Shot of the day
This is like being a kid in a sweet shop. Kieron Pollard's introductory four, a dead-eyed slug back past the bowler, Watson, takes some beating. Then there was Marlon Samuels' serene inside-out six as he made room with the subtlest shift of position, against Daniel Christian. And that is before you even think about Gayle.

Over of the day
Australia began the eighth over of their chase at 69 for 1 and Shane Watson presumably had no knowledge of impending rain. But he had concluded that Marlon Samuels' offspin was the bowling that Australia must target. He took 20 from the last four balls, including a pull to straight midwicket that burst through the hands of Dwayne Smith and fell over the boundary for six. Seconds later, the drizzle began.

GPS requirement of the day
Dwayne Smith, running back to boundary as Shane Watson hauled a short ball through the leg-side, stopped the ball with his thigh and, as he spun around, he was not sure where he was and certainly had no idea where the ball was. It was time for him to field with a GPS device in his pocket.

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Posted by ausfor4 on (September 22, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Watsons drop was memorable, but, not as memorable as Smith's drop catch for 6. That probably cost West Indies the game.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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