Australia v India, World T20 2012, Super Eights, Colombo September 28, 2012

Watson and Warner destroy India

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Australia 141 for 1 (Watson 72, Warner 63*) beat India 140 for 7 (Pathan 31, Watson 3-34) by 9 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia's captain George Bailey doesn't think his side is over-dependent on Shane Watson. Who'd be able to tell? Watson has hardly given any of his team-mates a chance so far in this tournament, and that continued in Australia's first Super Eights match as they crushed India by nine wickets in Colombo. To be fair, David Warner was also outstanding and Pat Cummins played a key role with the ball. But Watson was again the stand-out performer, as he has been in all of Australia's matches in the World Twenty20.

Chasing 141, the Australians reached their target with 31 balls to spare. India's decision to pick three spinners - Virender Sehwag was left out to accommodate a fifth bowler - did not work, although there was little distinction between the slow bowlers and the fast men. They were all monstered by Watson and Warner. Yuvraj Singh picked up the only wicket, when Watson drove to cover with eight runs still needed and it meant India narrowly avoided their first ten-wicket defeat in a T20.

Watson had made 72 from 42 deliveries with two fours and seven sixes. He cleared the boundary straight down the ground, over midwicket and over square leg. A pair of enormous consecutive sixes pulled over midwicket off Irfan Pathan showed Watson's power, but also highlighted India's poor bowling. Short balls on the leg side to Watson made about as much sense as dropping Sehwag.

In slightly slippery conditions the spinners also failed to have any impact and were routinely dispatched by both Watson and Warner, whose 133-run partnership was their second century stand in a T20 international this month, and the Australian record for any wicket. Warner muscled three sixes of his own, including two in a row off Harbhajan Singh, whose two overs cost 20 runs. Rare though it may be, Warner was the quiet partner.

He still managed 63 not out from 41 deliveries, striking seven fours and playing a key role in demoralising India early in the chase. They remained disheartened throughout the innings, and the comprehensive nature of the result will make it hard for them to drag themselves back into form for their next match. But they must do so to have any chance of progressing to the semi-finals. And to do that, they need not only to bowl much better, but to bat with more conviction as well.

Their batsmen struggled for firepower and stammered to 140 for 7, which seemed like just a moderately competitive total. That India managed only two sixes said a lot about their performance. Cummins was especially difficult for the batsmen to score from and his pace and accuracy brought him 2 for 16 from his four overs, while Watson picked up 3 for 34 and jumped to the top of the wicket tally for the tournament, with eight from three games.

A few late boundaries from R Ashwin and Suresh Raina helped India push their total up but at no point did their batsmen dominate. Gautam Gambhir picked up a few early boundaries before he was run out for 17 from 12 deliveries, the victim of a fine piece of footwork from the bowler Cummins, who soccered the ball onto the stumps at the striker's end in his follow through.

Pathan and Virat Kohli added 35 for the second wicket before Kohli top-edged Cummins and was caught for 15, and Yuvraj Singh (8) also succumbed to a top-edge when he was taken at deep midwicket off Watson's bowling. Watson struck again in the same over when Pathan (31) chipped to midwicket and things didn't get better for India any time soon.

Rohit Sharma was done in by the angle from around the wicket of the left-armer Mitchell Starc, who bowled him for 1, and at 74 for 5 India were in trouble. Dhoni and Raina steadied with a 30-run partnership but neither man really went on the attack and a build-up of pressure from the Australians eventually brought the end for Dhoni, who drove Cummins to cover for 15.

Ashwin clubbed Starc over midwicket for six and Raina found the boundary twice in the last over from Watson before he holed out to long-off. They at least gave India's bowlers something to defend, but the way India bowled and the way Watson and Warner batted, Australia could have chased down 200. Australia will now enter their second Super Eights match against South Africa full of confidence. And maybe someone other than Watson will get a go next time.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on October 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    India are just an ordinary team :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    The way 2w's (Watson and Warner) are playing it seems that they will take Australia to win the cup this time

  • div09 on September 30, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @SL-123.......I hope you remember the Ind V SL series just 3 months ago, I think the score was India 4 - 1 in ODIs and India 1 - 0 in T20, so I think SL should be playing the intercontinental cup because losing this badly at home is just embarrassing.

  • Smack-DAT on September 30, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @To all SL fans and specially SL_123: Dont know how many times you people will eat the humble pie but there is a five letter word in english called "SHAME"..and if it is left even a bit of it then please..please..please..dont ever take us from granted..take that

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    WATSON RULES!!!! COME ON AUSTRALIA

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    I think even its a very humiliated defeat, no body (even not some illogical Indian fans too, who everyday snatch the test status from BD) would claim for snatching the test status from India & give it to the team like Ireland & Afghanistan.....hahahaha

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Where is Abhishek Purohit now? Shouldn't you now consider writing the article named- "Enough is enough for inconsistent India" ???

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on September 30, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    well played Aus u deserved to win this match. India will surely bounce back

  • sutherland22 on September 30, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    I think ICC should arrenge two WCs. One for the super 7s & one for the minnows like India.

  • amilag on September 30, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    India's test status should be stripped off and it should be given to Afganistan or Ireland. Those teams are very much better than this pathetic Indian team..a..sorry..team india..LOL

  • on October 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    India are just an ordinary team :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    The way 2w's (Watson and Warner) are playing it seems that they will take Australia to win the cup this time

  • div09 on September 30, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @SL-123.......I hope you remember the Ind V SL series just 3 months ago, I think the score was India 4 - 1 in ODIs and India 1 - 0 in T20, so I think SL should be playing the intercontinental cup because losing this badly at home is just embarrassing.

  • Smack-DAT on September 30, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @To all SL fans and specially SL_123: Dont know how many times you people will eat the humble pie but there is a five letter word in english called "SHAME"..and if it is left even a bit of it then please..please..please..dont ever take us from granted..take that

  • on September 30, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    WATSON RULES!!!! COME ON AUSTRALIA

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    I think even its a very humiliated defeat, no body (even not some illogical Indian fans too, who everyday snatch the test status from BD) would claim for snatching the test status from India & give it to the team like Ireland & Afghanistan.....hahahaha

  • on September 30, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Where is Abhishek Purohit now? Shouldn't you now consider writing the article named- "Enough is enough for inconsistent India" ???

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on September 30, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    well played Aus u deserved to win this match. India will surely bounce back

  • sutherland22 on September 30, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    I think ICC should arrenge two WCs. One for the super 7s & one for the minnows like India.

  • amilag on September 30, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    India's test status should be stripped off and it should be given to Afganistan or Ireland. Those teams are very much better than this pathetic Indian team..a..sorry..team india..LOL

  • Smack-DAT on September 30, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    @wonderstar1: Thanks mate for the info as welll as compliment..but I really wonder what makes SL fans so happy..somebody please tell them their own record against AUS..and since I assume that some of the SL fans might again boast about reaching finals of CB series then please make a note of it..we won it on the last occasion..dont just be satisfied with the runners up trophy..again..and again..and again..

  • sutherland22 on September 30, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Now its Pakistan's time to bash some minnows.best wishes from Australia.

  • indiabadri on September 30, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Now i think people will understand the performance of Harbhajan, Piyush Chawla. Harbhajan cannot perform against those teams who play spin very well. He can only perform against England, Zimbabwe and those countries who doesnt play cricket. Congrats to our Captain for maintaining his strike rate less than 100 on a T 20. Why is Rohit sharma playing not able to understand at all. He is a total waste. Since he is from mumbai he got selected. I think Manoj Tiwary should be given more chance than this Waste. My 11 against Pakistan should be 1. Viru 2. Gauti 3. Virat 4. Suresh Raina 5. Yuvraj 6. Manoj tiwary 7. MSD 8. Irfan 9. Ashwin 10. Dinda/Zak 11. Balaji.

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    watto is on fire watto is on fire he is a cool guy

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 29 2012, 13:42 PM GMT) - yes, you have got me there. I previously (only a few days ago), said that SO'K should bat higher. However, after the Tassie match - no way! At FC level, I tend to think his bowling is now ABOUT where Watto's is with less likelihood of injury. Hopefully he will get a good run this year, last year he started fairly well but didn't get much of a look in later in the year (from memory).

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on September 29, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    @randyvoncanterbury - let me get this straight - from the result of this match , you were able to form an opinion about a team that wasn't even involved in this match ? Fascinating ! How do you do it ?

  • Deepak-Anand on September 29, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Dhoni was first wrong in team selection and then the using his bowling options. When he knew that anyways Australia is winning this match. Why he didn't use Zaheer's 4th over, given he was most economic of Indian bowlers. Who knows India might need this NRR in the end. Totally off color performance by Team India.

  • CricketFanIndUS on September 29, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Shane Watson is on fire in this series and he just may take man of the series. Is it already 3 mom awards?

  • CricketFanIndUS on September 29, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    The game was lost before the first ball was bowled. Australia prepared well and India were overconfident with that win over Englad and prepared poorly in terms of strenght/weakness analysis of the opponent players. Sewag's omission really may not have impacted this. Also, when the opening batsmen dominate like that in a T20 game, sometimes there is nothing much you can do.

  • kingofspades on September 29, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @yash25: I agree. India is just as great a nation as we Pakistanis. Best of luck to both teams for Sunday game.

  • bcric12 on September 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    pathetic performance. india should not play T20I.

  • Chris_P on September 29, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @Meety. Finally he is showing just how talented he is. He looks all class when he bats, his bowling is close but not quite there yet & his fielding is simply outstanding. I think he deserves to bat higher than SOK? What a great start he has had, let's hope all that promise he has shown is finally cashed in this season. His career averages don't do him justice, not by a long way.

  • Ponz on September 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Aussies Cashed in on every mistake done by India. Its simple now to include Sehwag, Never disturb opening batting combination. 1, 2, 3 & 4th batsmen should be constant in order. Get Piyush Chawla out of the playing XI. Use your bowler's spells effectively to their strength. Never experiment at this part of the tournament. That's it you can be the best Team India. Never repeat this mistake. Go India Go... Win the remaining two games and enter Semi's... Give yourself all the chance that you have got... Go India Go...

  • AshrafGul_FU on September 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    "655 comments" already !?! Love India or Hate India, but you just can't ignore it.

  • on September 29, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    India should have specialist player for t20 not a test player look to the other and learn from than

  • wonderstar1 on September 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @From-INDIA-with-LOVE out of all yours is the best comment in this thread.651 comments for a loss or thrashing whatever. Indian cricket has so many neighbors and good friends bro. keep it up.

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 29 2012, 10:46 AM GMT) - weren't able to comment on the NSW v Tassie game, meaning to say, looks like Henriques is finally cashing in on his talent. His Shield ave is 289 this summer & he is picking up wickets. He is now statistically superior to Christian in FC batting (& way ahead in bowling).

  • Meety on September 29, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @From-INDIA-with-LOVE on (September 29 2012, 09:37 AM GMT) - there is an article on here about you know who, when he was selected in the Cricinfo all time XI, it had over 900 comments, that would take some beating! @Chris_P on (September 29 2012, 10:46 AM GMT) - I actually think there is not so much in the way of excuses on this article, certainly a lot less than I have come accustomed to when India lose, maybe a) the usual suspects are maturing? (nah), or 2) Just getting use to being beaten?

  • passionatecricbug on September 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    it's kinda funny how life can change, can flip 180 in a matter of days.........but we still love cricket..un hunh

  • on September 29, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    expected more out of this game considering the heading of cricinfo "Final before the final". I mean, come on! It was dreadful of one-sided game in super eight so far.

    Anyways pretty sure India will come hard at Pakistan. Sunday encounter is a massive. Go green go!

  • yash25 on September 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    To all India and Pak Fans. Do you really hate each other or it is just a war of words for the sake of writing comments ? Personally, I don't hat any Pak cricketer or fan. I always support Pak when they are playing against other teams. We have same culture, language, food, music, movies. How can we hate each other ? I wish both team can go to semi final from the group. By the way, I have many Pakistani friends. They are really very good and just like Indians. They have the same family bonding, respect for elders and culture as that of Indians. They really like Indian people. As per my opinion, people of both countries love each other, but artificially separated by the politicians. Please let me know your opinion.

  • Chris_P on September 29, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @JG2704. Said with tongue slightly in my cheek. I was just reminding some of the "experts" who extolled the virtue of the rankings. But, like you I guess, it made my breakfast an enjoyable part of the day reading the posts!

  • RandyOZ on September 29, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Australia show once again why they are the best in all formats of cricket. There has never been a better cricketing nation.

  • yash25 on September 29, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Continued from my last comment. 4th Mistake - India has flexibility in bowling options. If the Pitch assist spinner, then he has enough spinners like Sahewag, Yuvraj, Rohit and Raina to Asssist Ashwin and Harbhajan. Third spinner is just waste. India should go with Zahir, Irfan, Ashwin, Harbhajan and 7 batsmen. This is the ideal combination, Kohli can also bowl medium pace if required. So actually India has 9 bowlers in elevan except Dhoni and Gambhir. Actually I would like Praveen kumar in above squad in place of harbhajan. But he is not available.

  • yash25 on September 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Dhoni's Mistakes (1) Played 5 bowlers. Yuvraj, Kohli, Rohit, Raina and Sahewag can bowl better than Chawla 9 out of 10 times as a 5th bowler. Yuvaraj is not a part time bowler. In bowling, he is similar to Afridi. Also Dhoni has stopped using Sahewag as a bowler without any reason. Sahewag is as good as Yuvraj. He used to bowl full quota of 10 overs. (2) Second Mistake - Kept Sahewag Out. He may not be in better form recently. But if he plays once in every 4 game, then India can post big total. Without him, India can post average 150 to 170, which is not enough considering India's current bowling strength. (3) Third mistake - Choose first batting. With current bowling strength, he should not hope for winning if the target for opposition is less than 180. We should accept that we don't have good bowlers to defend low totals. If you bat second, you know the target, and most of the time, with current batting strength (offcourse with Sahewag), you can chase the target.

  • on September 29, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Indian cricket team in t20 looks like the weakest team in super 8..poor batting, bowling all look very dull..dhoni plz bat opening..bring yusuf and rahane..give rest to rohit and harbhajan..

  • pandude1 on September 29, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    india will bounce back...our god cricketers will score first 400+ in t20.....

  • crikcool on September 29, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    It was a horrible match where India was outclassed in every department by Aussies. Its really an embarrassment to see a team just falling apart in no time without giving a fight and just justifying the outcome by blaming the weather. Indians did made a big mistake by leaving Sewag out and getting an extra bowler in. It was a big psychological uplift for Aussies as they had problems with Sewag's bat. Another thing which was missing was the confidence level and the attitude of the entire team. They never looked interested and enthusiastic on the field which really hit them hard. A really simple advice to the boys........."Play & behave like a Team".........."Don't take the game for granted"......"STOP EXPERIMENTS"

  • SyedAbidHussain on September 29, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Drop Gambhir, get Sehwag.......

  • Smack-DAT on September 29, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @cricinfo: What is the record for most comment in a single thread??LOL

  • on September 29, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    And do you think IPL is helping ? After the introduction of IPL, India have never won a Super-8 game in World T20. Hope to see them good aganist Pakistan. Good luck.

  • on September 29, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    What more to say about Dhoni. -No a good decision to bat first. You know you don't have a star bowling line up. With strong batting they could have chosen to chase a target. -Playing 5 bowlers. Well, Dhoni was the one who was stressing the role of part-time bowlers. Why then pick 5 bowlers ? And Piyush Chawla, what more to say about him. His body language shows all. Ojha(not even in the squad) is a far far better bowler than him. -Sending Irfan as opener. Oh common this is not a 50 over game. You need to make your best batsmen play maximum number of balls. Irfan should more focus on his role as a bowler. He could bat at 8. *MY OPINION*

  • abhyudayj on September 29, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    -@ Hammond- Once the Aussies Openers Dismiised it will be cake walk for any oppenent to win the matches

  • abhyudayj on September 29, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    @Rubaiyat Wahab - Pakistan,South Africa and India are struggling, may be australia also struggling since they openers are only played in this world cup, once openers fails the then only we can analysis the strength of Aussies. South africa has suffered against spin and Pakistan narroly escape defeat.

  • Sakthiivel on September 29, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    India U19 have some possibility of winning some match here comparing this old men team

  • on September 29, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    lets be honest and accept the fact that indian bowling is very weak........on turning wickets harbajhan and chawla is getting real beating.....irfan and balaji are ordinary bowlers ............ so keep ur expectation low

  • Sam8889 on September 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    rubbish. atrocious performance. Just because IPL = THECICKET KILLER. Look at the body language, look at the attitude of Indian Players. Does it look like they want to win? Or even they want to play? NO... 1 six in the innings? Ru idding? India will not be able to hit as many sixes as Chris Gayle alone would hit. This team does not deserve to play t20 cricket. Ok. everyone will forget and these guys will be heroes soon in Chamion leage. Lets play more and more leages and kill cricket. pathetic

  • ZMB on September 29, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    well played India.. lol that was sumthing outstanding!

    hoping the same in Pakistan vs India

  • nickcarter80 on September 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    India, how about going home right now without receiving even more humiliation from SA and Pakistan?

  • Hammond on September 29, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Really enjoyed watching Australia humble India in their preferred format. A team of 11 taken from a population of 20 million beating the chosen team in the chosen format of country with over a billion people. Makes one scratch the head with wonder.

  • on September 29, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Victory is sweet, defeat is painful, Good Luck India next time!

  • prannsshu on September 29, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    The fact is india depends on kohli only, if he fires, india won, if he doesnt.. Game over. Jst remember last few games, how many times you read kohli saves INDIA ???? Without kohli indian team is below afghan.. Pathan as openor u must be kidding. He is nt an all rounder at internati0nal level. NO-HIT SHARMA wat the hell he is doing in the team? I wish kambli, kanitkar, bhardwaj, kartik got such no. Chances in past.

  • on September 29, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Watching last few years performance, India should play qualification round with associates countries to play world cup. They were almost loosing to Afganisthan. Most hyped team with weakest bowling line up. Five years of IPL took them nowhere except players becoming rich.

  • on September 29, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    India still on warm up matches....Dhoni please take the game Serious..its world cup.as u have experienced Batsmen i dont understand why u Open the game with an ALL ROUNDER.....TIRED OF SEEING EXPERIMENTS...PLEASE GIVE BATSMEN SOME RESPECT...DONI PLEASE BAT @NO.7 ..

  • Vibhanu on September 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    india haven't won a super 8 game after world cup win in 2007...will they repeat it here...

  • on September 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    The only game in Super Eight that was one-sided. India should go through a qualification phase with Nepal and Papua New Guinea b4 being allowed in 2014 World T20.Its a shame that teams like India are playing cricket.

  • PakCricSpin on September 29, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Tough luck India. Its alright. There is still opportunity to go forward. Looking forward to the Pakistan vs India encounter.

  • ozwriter on September 29, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    this game proves that WATSON and WARNER should also be the test openers. that other cowen dude really needs to go

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    dhoni time quit the t20 format.Last two t20 world cups india has lost all the super eight matchs.This year also india will happen the same.He is capable of playing one day only.

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    when dissappointed team india , MSD What r u doing ?

  • SL_123 on September 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I think there was some mistake has happened during the preliminary round. Afag's should be here in Sri Lanka and these pathetic minnows must be in South Africa for ICC Intercontinental Cup ( with Netherland, Namibia, Canada, U.A.E .....etc )

  • JG2704 on September 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @Chris_P on (September 28 2012, 23:00 PM GMT) I wouldn't say it was a huge upset as far as the rankings are concerned. India weren't ranked too high pre tournament either. I'd say the margin of victory was more surprising but as I said previously , any team can beat any other team or even thrash any other side in this tournament. Congrats

  • JG2704 on September 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @TRAM on (September 28 2012, 21:01 PM GMT) Sharma looked decent enough against England. Sometimes you have to look at the other side and say a particular well done to Watson/Warner who made a competitive total look anything but that.

  • JG2704 on September 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @jupiter-uk on (September 28 2012, 20:40 PM GMT) This is déjà vu . I'm sure I've heard something similar when India have lost matches before. Again , man up - you lost fair and square.

  • JG2704 on September 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @Naresh28 on (September 28 2012, 20:19 PM GMT) The groups were done and dusted before the tournament started. I don't agree with the way it was all set up but the only way any of these teams would not have been in their particular group would have been if any of Afghan,Zim,Bang,Ire qualified ahead of one of the major nations. Also please remember that England beat Pakistan and Australia in the warm up matches a week or so before the tournament began and NZ beat India (I believe in India) a few weeks before it began (not that I'm saying those results would be repeats now) so please let's not have this rubbish. Man up and face up to the truth that Australia (who many thought pre tournament) were the least threatening side beat you comfortably. Nothing to do with England whatsoever.

  • on September 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Dhoni should no longer be the captain of India. His choice of players is awful. I don't understand, why Ajinkya Rahane is not in the team. Why Sehwag is kept out and why Gambhir and Rohit Sharma are still in the team.

    It seems Indian bowlers do not know how to bowl yorkers, slower deliveries, bouncers and full length deliveries. Almost all bowlers were bowling short outside the leg stump and getting beaten for a four or a six.

  • SL_123 on September 29, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    There will be two more practice sessions for Pakistan & South Africa on 29th Sep and 2nd Oct in the same venue. On the dawn of 3rd Oct minnows will be packed home for their regular club level matches. ( IPL )

  • rajattiwaari on September 29, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Well, disappointing loss. India's RR wud ensure that even if we win next two games, we might not qualify for the semis . Too much was read into spinners performance against ENG. I have a feeling that we are not going to loose against our wonderful neighbours, but against SA , its going to be very difficult.

  • Prabh_Hundal on September 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    there is no place for ashwin and dhoni in this team .everyone is saying ashwin is the best spinner but his t20 record 9 wickets from 13 matches at average of 43.11. dhoni is reason behind the loss of India because of his lack of intensity and poor record in t20 . his strike rate is just 109 and he have not score a half century yet after 36 games. DOES HE DESERVE TO BE CAPTAIN OR DOES THERE IS A PLACE FOR DHONI IN THIS TEAM.

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    zaheer had both the openers plumb LBW had those decisions been in indias favour the results would have been diffrent and any day sehwag is a match winner

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    MARK MY WORD COMMING SUNDAY SOUTH AFRICA BEAT AUSTRALIA AND INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN LED STAGE OF VITUAL QUARTER FINAL BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND AUSTRALIA AND INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA

  • SumoSumo on September 29, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    India is still playing T-20 the way 50 Over game is played. You need boundary hitters at the top of the order.To me it again portrays how hollow IPL is.

  • UsmanMani199 on September 29, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    @ NeZan arthas khan, What do u think? it was totally luck . haan? So Raza hassan, Ajmal, Hafeez's bowling was a luck , haan? Actually it was a luck that we restricted s.africa on 131.. ? c,mon dude. It was a team effort in fieldinn every 1 showed their performance. And according to you it was mistakes by s.africa. So Morne Morkel the furious bowler in world cant defend 9 runs against tail enders,, haan? its their mistake. They r the quality bowling side but they were keep hitting six like club bowlers. So it was totally luck. What u know about cricket? if u called that luck which is also a point then why did not u gave credit to pakistani bowlers who done the hard work ?

  • lakers51982 on September 29, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    There are two mistake did by the Indian skipper (I am really shock of that) 1. Dropping Sehwag in such crunch match looks so funny and 2. Dhoni misreaded the pitch by seeing PAK VS SA match. Same time rain interrupted the pitch badly which never allowed spinners for any tricks. Moreover my personal opinion is that tomorrow match. This will be an huge important for South Africa & India. If these team win then Group 2 will get extra excitement because the last match for all the four team will be do or die. Winner will go to Semi and Runner will pack up the things. So my personal opinion still there is so many things to see in Group 2. So let's wait till tomorrow.

  • immithegr8 on September 29, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @Jupiter-uk India did not lose the toss :P Dhoni elected to bat first after winning the toss

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Ashwin is a better batsman than Sir Nohit sharma

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    6+5 or 7+4 is not the right combination for india. Please put all the 15 cluless guys in the squad againt pakistan's 11.still this club level minnow cant win .it will be a nice headline for cricinfo

  • Metal2k12 on September 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Cricinfo called it a grand final before the match started. Cricketing world calls it a grand defeat after the match.

  • shaun65 on September 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    .lolz.however i support india but in this world cup am gona support only in one match india vs pak rest i want india to loose against SA... bad timing for world cup tournament because this is the time when exams and campus placement are held,you cant watch every single match,no matter how crazy you are about cricket match....

  • Siva-The-Human on September 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Hey SL fans and rest of the nation who were critzing india, In this match we have verified with our new cobination against top team. ok its failed but wait and see we back with bang.

  • Smack-DAT on September 29, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    @maddinson: On sep 23 2012 against ENG..:) wow 514 comments!!! IND make news for whatever they do..SL fans really LOVE India..:)

  • Ricky_IndCricFan on September 29, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Awesome Aussies thrash Pathetic India... We ain't gonna win any T20 WC with this sort of laclusture Bowling Attack..... If we are gonna be worldbeaters in this format we have to learn the art of defending low totals.... The batsmen ain't gonna win us every match.... Bowlers have gotta contribute.... Ind Vs Pak.... Would again come down to how much Indian batsmen can cover up to cushion our spineless bowlers

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Good to see that nohit sharma is back to form. Loved the dismissal of Nohit sharma. Lets wait and see how many chances will he get. India will fail miserably if these type of players getting chances abundantly.Please bring sehwag back.

  • soumyas on September 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    we need team of performers, we dont need their past glory and hidden talent. enough of sehwag,Yuvraj,R Sharma,Chawla,pathans...

    team shud Be... Rahane, gambhir, kohli, raina, M tiwari, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, P kumar, Zaheer, Yadav

  • Alexk400 on September 29, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I do not think india misread the pitch or rain played any factor. Simple reason is this. barring 2007 world cup india never played T20 international matches that well at all. Because indian batsman can not hit internation quality bowler like they do in IPL. IPL is exbition match , people just having fun rather than serious business. Also if indian batsman can not raise strike rate above 100 against quality bowling. It is a fact. Only sehwag has the capability hit out against international batsman. His quick fire 30 upset opposition plans that make things easier for other batsman. These intangibles that people fail to notice when they have obsessed hate over sehwag playing style because they have conservative mind. sehwag is free spirit. He has to play that way with reckless abandon. Knowing Dhoni he wants to win but he literally hiding his weak bowlers. He can not say selectors gave him useless bowlers. So he dump the person he most despise.

  • kunalx on September 29, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Really hopeless performance from India. This team not gonna qualify for Semis for sure. But I've some thing to say for other country people who are bashing, abusing and making fun of India for this loss. We are the only country who won topped all the three format atleast once in a 5 year span. 2007 - T20 Champion, 2010 - Test No 1 spot. 2011 - ICC ODI WC CHAMPION. No other team has guts to achieve it. Still proud of India :)

  • Advanced_Donkeys on September 29, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Well... these things happen when you drop your best player.You swallowed the bitter pill Mr.Dhoni!

  • cricketerkhan on September 29, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    What a grand final, which concluded to grand defeat to India. India should only play IPL's, they are the lion of their own grounds. They should be ready for departure.

  • on September 29, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Bad Luck India, this time rain done the trick after rain the ball get wet and quit heavy not easy to bowl i'm quit sure that MSD 11 bounce back very well in coming matches Wish u best of Luck *A big Indian Cricket Fan From Pakistan*.

  • smartguy786 on September 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    WHat a national shame, India were a total disgrace! beaten by ten wickets by a team ranked no. 9

  • christened on September 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @A_Vacant_slip ..... Happy and thanx for fellow readers for bashing this guy.... And i would be glad not to see again such TRYING TO BE COOL CHAP here again.....

  • VICKieeee on September 29, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    this is anhilating win for australia and we all know india is known for their fight backs!! so india will enter semis

  • Solid_Snake on September 29, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    @mhb1->FYI even if England had won their match against India,even then they would have been placed in the easy group.These super 8 groups were decided long ago.Group rankings dosent matter.Also even if Pak had lost to Bangladesh,they still had to go to the death group despite having 2nd position in our group,NZ being 1st still had to go to the easier group. Eng lost in their match coz England is not like Aus and Eng batsmen are so weak against Spinners.Out of form bowlers like Harbhajan even he took care of English batsmen.Now in yesterdays match,all the world saw how Indian spinners got thrashed.Some people were saying that the 'Great' Ashwin is on par with Saeed Ajmal..Lol i guess yesterdays match opened your eyes and brough back Ashwin to the place where he belongs

  • experienced11 on September 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    it's the time to realize for mr.cool....now bring back sehwag,who is much needed against pakistan..forgot what happened on yesterday,it's only for our sake....now sehwag will definitely blast in remaining matches...and it is better to left out ashwin and chawla as pakistaanis are better against spin....

  • on September 29, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Next match India should drop Gambhir & Dhoni, then add Balaji & Dinda......what a unit, all 11 players can ball........hikz

  • anjumsaeed2004 on September 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    look at the score and ball played by the MSD as a front line player, the Australians played like playing with the kids--- sorry to say waste of time on the match like this --- Australians beaten by Pakistan in U A E convincingly 2 week prior to tournament

  • on September 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I wasn't Even Slightly Surprised to see the Spanking that India Received at the Hands of Australia . Dhoni's Unorthodox Approach Continues yo Falter . The team Selection itself is very Baffling , Leaving Out Umesh Yadav , the Most successful Indian Bowler in IPL & the Fastest Indian Bowler Was A Mistake . I mean Look at Australia ,they Did not Drop Cummins even if he was Below Par in the First Few Matches . There is No Alternative too Raw Pace . And then the Decision of Not Playing Sehwag ,I mean You Need Impact Players in This Format and Shewag was Our Best Bet to Get us A Run Rate of 10-11 at the Start of the Innings with Gambhir Complimenting him by Rotating the Strike and Binding his Time . The Decision to Break the Best Opening Combo for India Across all three formats is A Decision that has No Brains .Pathan is Much Better as he can Form Crucial Partnerships with Ashwin if need be in the Middle Order . MSD , Luck Will get you only this Far but After there is only Failure .

  • Aussie_Cricket on September 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Such a fickle game 20/20, but hey you take the wins when you them.

    It's pretty obvious but I still find it amazing that just 2 batsmen showing form or the brilliance of a single bowler make such a massive difference in your chances of winning. So different to test matches where the majority of success is driven by team cohesion and show downs between a batsman and a bowler (or at least not in fast forward like happens in 20/20).

    The odds of Indians back home burning effigies of Dhoni if India don't get through the Super 8's = 100%. Especially with the contention around including Sehwag in this match.

  • Solid_Snake on September 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Lol..I am a Pakistani and even i can see how unlucky Dhoni was yesterday..Batting first,when it was time for indian spinners to roll,Rain cameinto action and shattered all the Indian dreams @Mhb1->I guess you did not see the Last T20 pak vs Aus series? In the last match Watson and Warner went berserk and started the rain of 6's.. I am a Pakistani but i am a Cricketing fan as well.So if something is fact then being a Pakistani i dont have to hide from it..Ajaml no doubt is on top and the best spinner out there right now.But our last match with Aus,even Ajmal took a beating.Well in T20 any bowler could take a beating so no worries.Ajmal still is the best out there.The way Lei the hard hitter danced yesterday on Ajmal's bowling..Wohooo classic moment

  • DANNY_MAC on September 29, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    My pick for the Semi Finals: West Indies , Sri Lanka , Pakistan , Australia ! what about you guys ?

  • prasadg79 on September 29, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Job well done India ... Please continue the same in the next two matches and come back to India or go to SA to practice for champions league. It is a pleasure to watch Indian bowlers bowl. Any country would love to bat against India as we dish out amazing deliveries. Off-spinners not bowling the off-spinners and the pace bowlers not bowling with pace. It happens only in Indian cricket. Again, wonderful performance by India and please keep up the good work in next 2 matches.

  • Rock_cricket on September 29, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Unfortunately this time India will not win , I think its either WI, PAK or AUS

  • heathrf1974 on September 29, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    The rain helped Australia, but the Aussies also play spin much better than England. Also the Aussie batsmen are much stronger than the Indians and are use to playing on large grounds, so hitting sixes in SL is a piece of cake.

  • desi-blue on September 29, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    This was an absolute HAMMERING..nothing less,nothing more...the defeat is not as bad as it looks...IT'S WORSE!!...this will mess up the run rate quite a bit and will make the job of M.S and Co. even more difficult as far as qualification is concerned...hopefully IND regroup and perform better in the next two games and who knows maybe even sneak through into the semis...at this point the serious contenders for the title seem to be 1)S.L 2)PAK 3)AUS and 4)W.I/S.A.....

  • Chamithg on September 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    'Rain hampered spinners' - Dhoni. Another typical bold excuse from him. It's just brilliant performance from ausi. Indian spinners showed they can't do anything against better batsmen. This will surely again will show in SA match.

  • vivek_k47 on September 29, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Its time india get some specialist T20 players or change their way of playing,especially Dhoni.He plays as though it is a 50 over match where u can eat up 3-4 overs and start off slowly and make it up with big shots at the end.but this is t20 u have only 20 overs and usually by the time he comes in its 10 overs or less.Agreed that there was a collapse(losing 5 wickets for 75 odd runs),but if u dont score atleast marginally over 100 strike rate there is no point in playing T20.He simply comes in and leaves the ball or blocks them irrespective of the delivery for 2-3 overs.The score could be atleast 10-15 runs more has he played according to the merit of the delivery and as he should play T20,aggressively.This is not the only game he has done this(as everyone knows).So its high time he changes his attitude towards batting.And dropping Sehwag..wat can i say.How can he keep Rohit who was completely out of form(until he scored a half-century the other day) and leave out sehwag.Hope he plays

  • rsurya on September 29, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Ross Taylor deciphered Indian spinners with the attack key, Australia followed the same key. India were too much dependent on kohli to look like a dangerous batting attack, once kohli failed then the weakness revealed. What ever the pitch may be, for India to win a match they need to put 160 plus atleast to fight. The previous match played a big role in the minds of Indian batsman. South africa can defend a score of even 50, but India is not a Southafrica. Yuvi is now becoming a bowling alrounder. It would be no justice if a team having dinda balaji chawla in the sqaud win a worldcup and steyns, morkelels go home losing. And for Australia, "U can't feel too high, u just won a freebie and the real tournament starts now for u".

  • on September 29, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    opening bowler irfan pathan is batting opening...he bowling 10th over...and the dhasing opener sehwag s sitting out...this is d reason y v loss d match....dhoni want to take the corrct decision

  • Bay-Lagaam on September 29, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Rain is gonna come for india with green storm... as Pakistan gonna make this trophey just a dream for india... pack ur bag guys coz Pakistan has to win this tournamnet at any cost... so many analysis so many critism over Pakistani team but in the end winning matters not analysis and history proved that Pakistan is the only team to play every semi final and this time final too... Go Green Go... Thrash Indian Club Cricketers they only can perform in commercial club cricket (IPL).

  • Alex159 on September 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Now Indians fans will say that T20 Is just an unpredictable game.. one can win on his day.. But in case of Win...wow..Indian thrashed Aussies. blah blah blah

  • Alex159 on September 29, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Oh RAIN has ruined their bowling??? really??? Did India had Any Bowling?? LOL ..just one match against England..and they were out of bounds!!!.... AND WHAT about THIER SO CALLED WORLD BEST BATTING LINE UP??? INfact most OVERRATED batting line up..that works only against Bangladesh And Srilanka in Sub-continent..

  • killbillgbu on September 29, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    For India-->Batsmen batted poorly because they were in shock after Sehwag drop. It's all in the mind.....Then rain did not help spinners. Fast bowlers, they do not have...

    Australia--> No sehwag to fear(It's all in the mind, kiddo...). No spin...slippery ball. what do you do?

    Stars just aligned for Australia....

  • aaqil-cricketfan on September 29, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    when all countries agree to use DRS system BCCI said no to it .And now they are blaming umpires.well played aussies.

  • hisnulhasfan on September 29, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Watson and Warner rocked!!!!!......Australia is the bestcricket team in T20 WC

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Indian should learn a lesson from this match. What a earth play five bowlers ? Luckily y'day Raina got some runs on the board. Otherwise it will be a competitive score. Also why batsman like Shewag rested ??? for me, Sewarg is the most dangers T20 Batsman.

  • indianphysio on September 29, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    well i am an indian but was very much disappointed to see my team performance last night..looked like indians were just not ready for a big match...wel now to say honestly india is almost out of tournament as i dont think thy can win both matches as current time and even tough they win and it comes to run rate inida is far behiend to others thx to lose by 31 balls to spare..so dear indian friends stop supoorting ur team as they are just loosers for this tournament..best of luck to pak and lanka ..may asian team lift the trophy

  • SLBU on September 29, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Poor Dhoni, when they lost the game because of their ordinary bowling he always criticize the pitch or weather . Indians bowlers were hammered by Watson & Warner. Once again Poor Dhoni.

  • Joby_George on September 29, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @maddinson..It was last week, india beat world T20 Champions by 90 runs..FYI.

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Fittingly other fan's are taking a bite at indian fans for their attitude towards other teams. WBT going for such meek surrender must be so unacceptable. News Flash! India never were a great team, but they had a great batting card. For a team to be great their needs to be class bowlers as well, India has none. So it's an average side. But can win if the batting fires, but time to time these kind of hidings are totally possible. It's a FACT India can only win at home recently, and don't talk about recent ODI series in SL, most of great players Sanga,Kula,Eranga everybody was injured, it's just a fluke. Get Kohli! Get India !!

  • Biggus on September 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    It's a bit of a shame when a cricketing powerhouse like India is beaten by we T20 minnows eh?

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    mr.ganguli who is the better india or irland?

  • samvarma on September 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    I think it is a matter of the BCCI and selectors making some bold decisions now. We need to bring in youngsters more in batting and bowling and make coaching staff work on their skill sets. Tired of seeing this kind of tired peformances without any spirit to fight. I still feel BCCI having wrong priorities.

  • Buddhika_Prasad on September 29, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Indians you'll not gonna win this world cup...well done ausi.

  • khan586 on September 29, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    What a shame! Playing so much T20 cricket throughout the whole year, including IPL thing and look at the results. I think they must focus more on IPL. lol

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Grand final!!!!!looool...

  • Romenevans on September 29, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Dont worry Indian fans....Our boys are playing these matches as practice matches to prepare for "Champions" League! Go Dhoni Whistle Podu! :P BTW Our spinner bowling short bowl to watson was awesome...but they could bounce it up to their chest height. lol.

  • ArtieDundas on September 29, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    maddinson (00:38 AM GMT), Sep 19, 2012 against Afghanistan. Is there a prize for getting that right?

  • on September 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    someone said it would be the grand finals before semis...... i am an indian and i think that even ireland would give a better fight. india will COMFORTABLY lose against pakistan and sa

  • nwone on September 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    There are many things that i want to point out------- 1> Virat Kohli failed- India failed.(Batting is a big woe for India). 2> Watson and Warner both were out lbws by zaheer khan.(Poor Umpiring) Aus could have been 30/2 with in 6 overs. 3> Three Spinners-Bhajji,Ashwin and Chawla.Man! How many spin options india have,even Yuvraj bowled better.Balaji was dropped-Don't know why? Pathan didn't open the bowling even after rain-he drew first bloods in former matches. 4> Dhoni's experimental facts in word-cup's is too controversial.Why is he experimenting in world-cups. Last world cup-jadeja was a below-average performer,same is with chawla's inclusion.Though,last night was poor performance by all spinners. Dhoni's poor batting performance back-to-back in T20's. 5> Sehwag is a class player in all formats.Even in T20's has record of 5 consecutive 50's and better record than other indian players. Rohit's attitude is disgusting.Bring in Manoj Tiwary. 6> India should hit more 6's than 4's in T20

  • ArtieDundas on September 29, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    "watson lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!go pathan"

    I'm sorry, Praveen Rai (14:21 PM GMT), I didn't quite hear that. Could you say it a bit louder?

  • on September 29, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Dhoni still has to say something this time too. It's "rain didn't allow spinners to perform". Not bad pitch or omething else. Anyway good luck for the rest.

  • on September 29, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    You are wrong! Dhoni destroyed India by keeping Sehwag out!

  • on September 29, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Good win by the Australians.....I think the shining light for us tonight was Cummins....bowled very well I thought. BUT this is T20 cricket....anyone can beat anyone on any given day. However what i find amazing is the passion the Sub-continent fans show on this comment thread. On one hand it is commendable to show loyalty to your side BUT going overboard with sackings/droppings etc can get too extreme at times. In my opinion, the biggest problem with the Indian side is not talent or skill, it is attitude. 90 percent of a game can be won between the ears.

  • on September 29, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    The best ranked Indian batsmen ........The only Indian to get a century in all 3 formats( t20 hundred against SA in WI during the previous t20 WC) .... The highest Indian run getter in twenty20 and the second highest run getter in t20I only behind Gautam Gambhir....... Suresh Raina batting at no 6 behind the likes of Pathan, Kohli,Yuvraj and Joker Sharma ?? Even yesterday , he tried his best to get Ind out of the rut and was the best batsman getting 26 off 19 ! Your best batsman coming into bat during 13 or 15th over ?? Dhoni needs to shift from his present ideas and put the same batting line up he used in the NZ series with Raina @ no 3 or 4 !

  • AS7777 on September 29, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Who cares.... IPL is the best.... No one can beat us in IPL lol....

  • Anjana_nd on September 29, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    kohli seems well on his way to becoming the next self-appointed deity in India. Coz it seems that only when he fires that India can win a match. Remind you of someone from the 90's - early 20's?

  • on September 29, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Come on guys.. Dont blame India so heavily. therewere three lbw appeals by zaheer against warner,watson and it was not given out.

  • VivtheGreatest on September 29, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Congrats to Australia for absolutely thrashing India. Dhoni should stop making lame excuses after every hiding. The shock treatment for Zaheer seemed to work as he bowled really well. The only thing is Dhoni doesnt do the same to some of his favourites like Raina and Rohit who keep on getting picked. Anyway I hope they dont panic and abandon the 5 bowler formula. Drop one of either Yuvraj, Raina or Rohit and give Tiwary or Rahane a chance and three spinners is a bit too much. Everyone is not as incompetent as England at playing spin

  • cricket.lover.at.his.best on September 29, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Finally someone has reminded Ashwin where he belongs to..... Who were the 5 bowlers that India used. Are you counting Chawla, Pathan Z. Khan and H. Singh as bowlers???? hahahahahahaha

  • ThirdRenegade on September 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    With the shake-up in the Selection Committee, it just a matter of time how long Dhoni remains Captain! What with his share of blunders not aided in any way by his poor control of batting, bowling & lack of support of one of his big players. By not playing Sehwag, not knowing when to have the best bowlers bowling, poor team selection, lacking support & intensity of the players sums it up best. It's no joke & a telling statistic that since the 2007 T20 WC, India haven't one a single Group Stage match! It may be time to take some hard decisions with this ageing team before India loses its ranking. Time to inject fresh blood for this outing~ Replace Rohit with Manoj Tiwari; Piyush Chawla with Amit Mishra & Raina with Cheteshwar Pujara

  • plinnq on September 29, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    where are Nehra - the best death over bowler we got!, Munaf, RP Singh, hard hitter Yusuf, etc... Its not that we don't have good bowlers, only Shrikanth didn't select them in the team... Hope the new comity do better!!!

  • varadhi on September 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    MSD wrong decisions started from the toss itself. When he know our strength is batting and not bowling, he should always prefer to chase whatever may be the pitch and weather conditions rather than defending the target. After the toss he said the pitch is going to slow down and hence he opted to bat first. After the match he blamed it on the wet conditions as the bowlers could not grip the ball !!! There has been showers in Lanka from the day they landed. Is he so naive that he cannot understand the weather conditions.

  • jonesy2 on September 29, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    just in case you were wondering, shane watson is the greatest cricketer on the planet. not even sure he is on this planet actually. if we needed to have the gulf between the best team in the tournament (aus) and the worst team (eng) articulated, then this was it. we (and india) sure learnt the difference between playing australia and playing england

  • addles on September 29, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    I am an Aussie fan but I have to agree with 'igorolman' - who cares, T20 is 'hit & giggle'. In T20 a reasonable level of skill + lots of luck = success in this format. Even ODI's are a truer examination of a player's genuine skills, and then there's test cricket - the pure form of the game. Let's get this rubbish over and done with and move on to some genuine cricket.

  • Matt..Hartley on September 29, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    @SMITH ROBERTSON .. .....AGREE WITH YOU...

    I THINK INDIA SHOULD SWAP THEIR STATUS TO IRELAND/CANADA NOW BECAUSE 100 YEARS OF PLAYING CRICKET AND STILL ORDINARY UPS AND DOWNS WHICH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH ESPECIALLY FOR A COUNTRY OF A BILLION PEOPLE...

  • ozwriter on September 29, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    the worst thing about the australian win is that bailey will get accolades, despite being a passenger and one of the weakest links in the team. i hope the aussie batting gets tested in the next few games so the world can see how hopeless bailey and white are. catching a free ride.

  • Bogelking on September 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    It is true that the team's strategy to field five specialist bowlers, sacrificing a specialist batsman backfired. Besides that I am not turning a blind eye to the way that the batsmen dealt with the Australian attack. Their approach(Indian's) lacked the agility of which you should handle the bowlers with Panache. But let us not brood too much into the matter, for there are two more games to be played against PAK and SA. I know that it will not be easy, but India could take some lessons from the morale crushing defeat that they had against the aussies. And one more thing that I would like to add is regarding the swapping of places with the affliated nations, as one of our friend has put in here. WI was a mighty team and the present one is only a shadow of their past. Even Australia had a disastorous outing against Pakistan in UAE. Does the above mentioned two events prompt both the top teams to swap the status with affliated nations? "Be sensible" is what I have to say to some people.

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    india missing shewag , robin uthappa , y pathan , srisanth .

  • Wacco on September 29, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    The country of 1.5 billion now has no sport to cheer about. only outlet was cricket and now they are getting wiped out in every corner of the world - be it in UK, or AUS, BD and SriL.

  • fguy on September 29, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    MSD, a career SR of 110 in t20?? it seems he needs a few overs to get going & thats why he's more of a force in ODI then in t20. made few tactical blunders today - 1) choosing to bat first when the threat of rain is around which would always help the team batting 2nd due to D/L method & wet ball (2) opening with pathan. a regular batsmen (kohli/sharma) if they lasted 30 balls would have been around 45 - 50. (3) if its rained & ashwin's one over has shown the difficlulty for the spinners then change tactics & bowl pathan. he swings the new ball & has the knack of picking wickets first up

  • fguy on September 29, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    finally coming to the match. people talking abt sehwag as if he was dropped after scoring back to back 100's. he has NEVER been a force in t20i's. look at his avg. plus he's woefully out of form for seasons now. plus he's a liability in the field (except fr slip). the rare 30 from him doesnt cover up for his failures the rest of the time. he should be dropped from all forms so that he can rediscover the hunger. atleast rohit was MoS recently in 2 series (in WI & against them at home). ideally MS should be going with 5 bowlers but seeing the quality on offer its better to stick to 4. its not like the part-timers will do any worse. yuvi has been an emotional selection. its clear he's out of touch. but atleast he can bowl a decent 4 overs....

  • JayGoswami on September 29, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Australia have won because of watson and warner. When they will not perform what is the backup in batting? Same is happening with India Virat is in prime form and he did not play well in one game and indian batters were falling. So Australia beware and bring D.Hussey in.

  • fguy on September 29, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    5th : thats why i dont like the IPL. a lot of international players come, take the big sums of money & get used to the conditions which hurt us when they travel with their national teams. we get nothing in return plus unappreciative barbs from them & their nations fans. better to just keep it restricted to domestic players (maybe only include WI - they have cricketers who play attractive cricket & are good natured at the same time). i really hope they win this tournament.

  • akram343 on September 29, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    in next game against pakistan team india is going to out of world cup so bad news for indian fans

  • mumerashfaq on September 29, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    India literally out-classed in all departments.......Indian need to learn that there is something named "Internatioon t20 cricket" which is more important than IPL and CLt20 and should be the 1st priority.......got to be serious at this level.

  • Sinhaya on September 29, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    @Mohan Kumar, this Lankan side played this Aussies side in 7 ODIs this year and beat them 4 times. The 3 losses were very narrow too by the way. We have a good recent ODI record against this Aussies side but yes our recent ODI record against India is poor.

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Well, what can I say, I was stunned to see India beat England in the previous game. Now this is more like team India. I feel the current Indian team are capable of beating any side in a 50-over game, but are weak as a T20 unit. If you need a strong team, you need some young guys in the team who can pack a punch (heave deliveries for sixes) and bowl lethal deliveries! My ideal Indian team for a T20 would be Sehwag (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Yousuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Umesh Yadav. This looks like a strong bowling unit that can pack a punch in T20 matches.

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    A team whicn't neither bowl or bat deserves such annihilation!!

  • jango_moh on September 29, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    i dont get dhoni.... he makes irfan open(altho i thot he did an OK job), and then didnt open the bowling with irfan who has been swinging the new ball recently... the batting was not great by india, but im sure they'll be back.... somebody will get some runs for sure.......

  • on September 29, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Drop Rohit & bring back Sachin.....!!!!!!! Without sachin we cant win a single match

  • Test-is-the-best on September 29, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Australia could have brought under 19 team to play this game. Then there would be a real fight..ha ha ha..

  • criccritic1 on September 29, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    DHONI thinks he is playing T200 game instead of T20 game!!!

  • criccritic1 on September 29, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    India should SERIOUSLY THINK about REPLACING DHONI!!!!

    HE IS THE ONLY wicketkeeper WITH SUCH A LOW STRIKE RATE!!!!

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Man of the match, kettleburough. Two wickets for none!

  • on September 29, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    The very cause of India`s defeat is too much experimentation.Irfan pathan as an opener,,its a joke. There is no need for 3 spinners in the side because yuvraj and Raina can act as third spinner.Still believe in Dhoni`s captaincy..India should come back!!

  • Hammond on September 29, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    @Chris_P- no actually it was Advance Australia Fair that got me. Still don't like Watson but I was actually cheering for my own country for a change and it felt nice.

  • Shan156 on September 29, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    @Naresh28, I am an England fan and I would like to believe what you said about England's thrashing at the hands of India. However, I don't think our guys 'threw' the game so that we could be part of the other group (mighty good that did to us as proven by the defeat at the hands of the WI) but they were simply clueless against spin. I saw the game and that was one of the most appalling performances against spin as far as I can remember. Anyway, good luck to both India and England. They would need loads of that to progress to the semis.

  • maddinson on September 29, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    when did India(IPL champs) last win a T20 match in world cup??

  • on September 29, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    i think India miss read the pitch, having seen SA loosing a low scoring game vs Pakistan Dhoni felt 140 plus is a very good total to defend.Pakistan spinners bowled well and their batsman played poor shorts that is why the game went down to the last over other wise it should have been a easy win,India need to bring Shewag back and Yuvaraj is not at his best, SL, WI, AUS,SA will make in to the Semifinals.

  • Moorators on September 29, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    i wateched a thrill last night pakistan won a beautiful typical T2o match but slept after the game knew whats gonna happen next match, in the morning, news didnt shock me at all, india lost, not a news anymore

  • Farce-Follower on September 29, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Wise strategy by Indians - treating the WT20 as practice for Champions League. I think that's what Dhoni is captain for anyway. The Board president sacked a selector over the MSD as captain issue.

  • on September 29, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    @Imran Nisar I am Pakistani and I can assure you India/Pakistan team are about the same right now. This win does not tell you anything. Even though Pakistan won the match against South Africa, it was due to luck, mistakes by SA not because of Pakistan performance. I will not take away credit from Umar Akmal and Umar Gul, they performed good however Gul is not likely to repeat his performance which is reasonable and so is umar akmal. Pakistan bowling is not what is used to be. We rely on spinners and India/Aus is good at playing spinners. I am sure India will bounce back. Our batting is still weak so is our bowling. We have useless players like Tanvir, Arfat and Imran nazir in team. performance against Bangladesh does not count. Good luck to both teams on Sunday. I am not saying I don't want pakistan to thras india, i am just being realistic because both teams has weakness whcih will produce a good.

  • theRule19 on September 29, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    The share of India's loss purely goes to the batsmen not scoring enough runs. Don't think the Australian bowling is unplayable..after setting such a score, surely Aus. were the favorites to win this one, unless there were early break throughs and India needed lots of them at regular interval to build some pressure. But that sort of total is gettable and Indian bowling looks below par defending that sort of a total. Hence, the only way to get over the remaining two games is to score as many runs in excess of 175 which could be a par total set by this Indian team for their opponents. Despite all that, the Aussies did play well.

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Gambhir, Harbajhan, Zaheer Khan,Uviraj, are too old for this game. Select youngsters if you want to win. Do not depend on your slow bowlers. A fast bowler can bowl slow to fox the batsman but slow bowlers cant bowl fast to surprise the batters. Australian bowlers were far superior to Indian bowlers.

  • nileththi on September 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    India is not a favorite team to win this time unfortunately... it will be Sri Lanka or WI this time.

  • igorolman on September 28, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    God almighty, people. It's T20. It. Doesn't. Matter. You may as well toss a coin for who wins (assuming both sides are even slightly capable). India got humped, sure. Remember what happened in their last game? That's right, they caned the champions and until recently #1 rated England. All it takes is one slogger to come off, or one bowler to get lucky, and you win.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 28, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    are u CRICINFO grand final is like that..........don,t just make headline

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    So proud Australia have won. Its very clear they are climbing up again and winning this World T20 will give us great confidence heading into the South Africa and series and the biggest prize the Ashes. I think India should swap their status to Ireland now because 100 years of playing Cricket and still ordinary ups and downs which is not good enough especially for a country of a billion people. But good luck next time India especially when your're trying to qualify for the semi and final spots :D

  • getsetgopk on September 28, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Must be a sad day for India fans, first Pak won and now they got hammered, bruised and battered LOL its a very happy day, cheers!

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Australia will win every match if the WS at the topclick. There is no batting behind. Australian selectors please select the best batters only Warner and Watson deserve their places in the team as batters. Bowling is sound except Hogg. David Hussey should be in the side there are are 3 or 4 passengers in the side.

  • pandude1 on September 28, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    'Rain hampered spinners' - Dhoni... haaa.haa..v funny excuse...typical indians

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on September 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    @ Syed Rakib Rahman - Funny how people bring the population picture when india loses a game - defies common sense and science - Just some facts for you - #1 ranked football team(Spain) - Population 47 Million , China - with 1.4 Billion - Ranked 78th -- does that explain anything ??? . Now please don't tell me that the Chinese are lacking resources .. Its a stupid excuse that fans from SL,BD use the population card time and time again..Get over it !! We atleast won 3 world cups - how many do you have ???

  • cyborg on September 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    WATSON SAVES AUSTRALIA AGAIN , NO FAULT IN NOT PLAYING SEHWAG , IM SURE HE PLAYS THE NEXT GAME , WATSON AND WARNER ARE TRULY WORLD CLASS , ALL THE HYPE OF A FINAL TALK WAS A WASTE

  • WC2011Champs on September 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Dravid and Sachin had recently started to get bowled out regularly after playing for 20 odd years. Their concentration level must be extremely high for occupying crease for hours. Our 23-year old "talent-only" Rohit Sharma gets bowled in the first over itself. He got more than fair chances already. Time to move on really. There is no shortage of talented batsmen even after Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar have gone. Bowling is entirely different matter.

  • on September 28, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Bangladesh is way better India in terms of playing t20

  • Chris_P on September 28, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    @Hammond. I would suggest that you, as well as a few English fans really had enough of the posts jabbed at you earlier in the week, hence the reason you watched the carnage. I would also add, that as for rankings, this would have to be classified as a HUGE upset, would it not?

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    "Grand Final" ... What? you kidding Admin? lOl

  • Chris_P on September 28, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    I got to admit, it has been somewhat entertaining reading the posts as I eat my breakfast. I do note all the "expert" fearless fans haven't posted. I have said it before & I'll say it again, (especially after we win, which takes away the sour grapes accusations), who really cares about T20 cricket, really.

  • borat_my_man on September 28, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Indians were pathetic with the bat and the ball but most of all the captaincy was even more pathetic. And then he blames the rain for the bowling debacle.

  • AneYako on September 28, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Now even fans blaming the rain? Grasping at straws at its finest!

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on September 28, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    @ Dimitri_SL - Don't worry about our super 8 matches mate - worry about your team as to when you will ever win a series against India .. Talking of minnows People call bangladesh a minnow for having a poor test record - Please answer this - How many test matches have SL won in India for the last 30 years since their inception as a test team - Don't worry about that - SL Fans have a short term memory anyway - the answer is ZERO (SL team is the biggest minnow out there).. Our batting and bowling was way better than your team's Pathetic display against SA though !!!! Eat some humble pie

  • Gamaraala on September 28, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    My oh my... How thrilled I am to see this news in the morning... It made my day... It wouldn't be feeling this good if it wasn't for the defeat of a team this much overrated by their fans... I had fun seeing Pak vs. SA game (with their humble fans) and was happy for Pakistan team... And couldn't be happier to see India getting thrashed, specially because of the attitude of all the pundits & gurus commenting here... Sad this is not given much attention here as footy finals are in this weekend...

  • shawon_aus on September 28, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Harsha should write a story now about India saying, "India should try to challenge top teams in overseas!!!!"

  • True_Speaker on September 28, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Firstly, Dhoni made a right call to bat first. He was well aware of the fact that rain might play a part in this match and team batting second is always at loss because of DL system. Secondly, you all bashers need to grow up a bit....one fine win, you are all gaga over team and one loss prompts u to oppose everything the same team did in last win. Theory of 5 bowlers seemed like a perfect combination after match against England. Also, England did not lose the last match on purpose....they are better than that.

  • UK_Chap on September 28, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    The Indian bowling was totally pathetic, excuses about the rain are pitiful, it only rained for about two minutes. Anyone who watched the match witnessed the rubbish that was described as bowling, it was one dolly after another by the Indian spinners. The way warner and watson came at them, they were shell shocked..... Still... good batting by the two.I have read through all the comments and I also note the deafening silence from the likes of rabid types such as "sobersfan".

  • Htc-Android on September 28, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    its time to swap india with Ireland or Afghanistan for this super8 group. they would give a better fight than India who couldnt win a super8 game for the past 2 editions of the t20 world cup.

  • warnerbasher on September 28, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Who cares? Call me when the test cricket is back on

  • postandrail on September 28, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    PATHETIC AUSTRALIA!!! Losing a wicket to India is so embarrassing!

  • Kays789 on September 28, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    LOL. I'm not even oz and yet this is the most satisfying result of the whole tournament so far. this rubbish team with the rubbish captain provides new definition for the word minnow.

  • Praveen_Akm on September 28, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Ooops... Grand Final...This is no where near to even a Tier-2 club team playing against Ireland. India don't even think about going to semis, because cricket fans need to see good games, not so one sided encounters.. Well played Aussies!!

  • saintsinister on September 28, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    As soon as i saw Kohli's dismissal i changed my mind about India winning on a spinning wicket. Kohli has by far been the tempo, strength and backbone of Indian Batting. No matter wat any1 says i still think Kohli and Dhoni are the people keeping Indian team up there. Whenever they fail to deliever, most often than not India loses bad. Well Best of luck Pakistan on Sunday.

  • on September 28, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Didn't some one tell you not to count your chickens before they hatched buddy? Or has indians sent a club team out there for this tournament? look at the bunch of them and their hapless cricket..

  • torturecell on September 28, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    pakistani players didnt play IPL But woww look at their performances.And Indian players taking part in every international T20event but still not capable of playing T20 lolzzzz

  • Jimi01 on September 28, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    I love how all the ind are questioning Viru being dropped. When was the last time he scored a half century? He is a walking wicket. And Dhoni coming up with the regular excuses, Rain. Really?

    Its sad because this is the team that called SL minnows, now look, IND got hammered. I expect them to be out of tournament after they get hammered by PAK.

    IND what a joke.

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Dhoni finally has lost his mind by living Sehwag out and let Rohit play. Out of three game Rohit had performed only once and you cannot depend on him. Sehwag should have been better choice against Australia

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Its good to see people being realistic and giving true critisism, I am a Pak fan, but whne Sanjay manjarakar was commenting on the Pak game today, it seemed he already had India playing the final, not surprised as no Indian commentator has given Pak the respect (probably jelousy), dont take my word, go look st youtube videos. The Indians need to be realistic, this is not India, and your team is no where near as most of you think it is, its the third best team in Asia, after Pak, Sri Lanka. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but this is true, Pak went through the same stage after the retiremenst of so many players in 2003, but we accepted we were bad through out the 2000's, look at us know, every country wants to play us and our record speaks for itself, we can truely win outside our home conditions (SA, england, NZ, WI). Pak to win on sunday.

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    hahaha what a performance by india though they have been playing cricket for decades! not even a 50 from any indian batsman. at least BD batsmen had 50s in each of their matches. "now india's test status should be taken off" :P how does that sound BD-bashers?

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 28, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    2 things came out of this game for me, either there was no spin , or Indias spinners are rubbish, or the Aussies can polay spin, and the other was HOW BAD ARE ENGLAND.

  • MISTERDONBADMAN on September 28, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Logic and rationality would have you going for Sehwag but team management does not seem to grasp such a basic and common sense based selection! Could it be the rift between these two players has resulted in India the loser? When will India have a famed bowling line up of the likes of South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia? Or even fuse together like the West Indies bowling unit? Until then we will just have to watch the rest of these teams Play in the semis and win the 20-20 World Cup! India still has a chance and decisions of rational in nature and intellectual of characterisation need to be taken. How to go into the next game against Pakistan with a decent batting order and plan! How to utilise the limited bowling we have to build pressure sustain pressure and defeat the opposition.

  • immit13 on September 28, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Well, India is exactly following what it has done in the last 2 T20 WCs (2009, 2010). I see them getting knocked out on Sunday... sad thing but looks more likely than not. Before this match I though we had no good bowlers, now i find we have no good batsmen either... Anyways I strongly wish India wins against Pak and keep up their winning record in WCs. Hope this loss just inspires the team to play to their full potential, if that happens INDIA IS UNSTOPPABLE.

  • MISTERDONBADMAN on September 28, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    I just think that at the end of it all INDIA Lost for the actions and decision of certain unwise men at the helm of Indian Cricket! First of all the Indian selectors did a pathetic job of a selecting a bowling unit for this team. I think India has much better bowling talent available than those sitting on the benches. In fact they could have got the under 19 Indian team bowlers to turn up and play and they would have given more guts, blood, soul and heart than the chawla's, Harbhajan's ! No offense but a performance against England does not warrant neither' players return to face a hungry mean Australian side who want to scalp the elusive title of a 20-20 World Cup!

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    I told you guys that Australia are very strong contenders in this tournament we're starting to rise again and become formidable. The next 3 World Cups will be ours again BEWARE!!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    @ all indian bros, y are u all bashing dhoni so much , i mean he might hav made a few mistakes today but trust me if he was not there u wudnt hav won the WC-2011, and all the glories u hav achieved in the recent past, are courtesy the great man Dhoni, thats the reason he is the captain of ICC -XI ... guys if pakistan wud hav failed to chase 136 today, we wud hav been sour critics but wudnt hav bashed our team even half than wot u are doing ... i am a pakistani and i admit he is the best thing happend to india cricket after sachin :s Good Luck, from ur neighbour (Pak)

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    I thnink, India bowlers are so rubbish,,,, Dhoni made wrong decision to bat first after winning toss bcz india has experienced to chase target with strong batting.

  • Tweety20 on September 28, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Congrats to Aussies...they really played well....indians can learn from their mistakes....looking 4wrd for some exciting games....

  • Meety on September 28, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Funny what one night can do to perspective. Sth Africa was "unbeatable" yesterday, but they were awful last night, only Pakistan could of made that match as competitive as it was!!! Oz were "supposed" to be packing their bags for home, as they are no chance of making it to the semis, yet put in the bset display of the Cup thus far.

  • Desihungama on September 28, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    What was that India? After mushrooming of IPL teams, you (India) should be the leading side in Twenty20's. I am shocked at the level of approach and commitment by some players. Seems like playing Twenty20I are cumbersome and just want to get back playing IPL.

  • gabrialgihan on September 28, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    It was always going to be a tough contest for india...And in this group if they loose to ausies obvious they not gonna beat south africa and pakistan. So basically this worldcup campaign is over for india but one must not they are lot of positives they can take from this tournament.They held their nerves in a nailbiter against Afganistan and came through to super 8s which all the other minnows failed to do so.So they can take home some sweet memories and also it is a bit hard to find good players when you only have couple of billions to choose from and specially when you are playing cricket just for 90 years.This is still a learning curve for them,but still its sad to see how their batting fails even Umar gul can easily come in as a genuine batsman..But one must remind how good their best bowler is almost won the match single handedly"Ravichandran Ashwin the king of spin.and gl for my humble friends .cool2cool,eat sleep cricket, sobersfan and FOR THE MEN IN BLUE TEAM INDIA......

  • adhi9215 on September 28, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    It was all because of the guy called "Dhoni." I was such a huge Indian fan but when I heard Sehwag was out of the team, then and there, I wished Australia to blow India out and that what exactly happened....I am glad....

  • OzWally on September 28, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Note to all Aussie bashers - nothing matters in ODI and T20 unless it is the World Cup of each. So forget about what happens in all the little individual match ups throughout the years, or making fun of us being ranked down the list with Ireland. Everything is directed towards finding the right players for that next World Cup. 3 ODI World Cup wins in a row speak for themselves and now it appears we are finally taking T20 seriously after years of it being just hit and giggle cricket.

  • SaleemSabir on September 28, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    An Interesting Stat i heard today on an Indian news Channel, Please correct if this is not right..... " Since the start of IPL in 2008 , India has never won a Super Eight Match in T20 World cup".......!

  • SimplyHK on September 28, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Once I thought it is WC match or any festival match every now and then two W's hit sixes with such ease I couldn't believe this. Open with Pathan was self-destruction, Come on India ! That was very unfair with sehwag. India should do far better than this in their bowling dept otherwise better pack your bags if they continue with this street standard bowling attack. Discussing 1st match was really a real T20 treat, totally nails biting match as I already mentioned on my yesterday post that Pak side is unpredictable even they cant know themselves ;) interesting to see Umer Gul with bat new handy all-rounder for Pakistan (Goodluck Ind, Pak & Sri)...............Asian

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on September 28, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Credit where it's due and credit to the aussie batsmen , that was quite a performance ! Well played lads. I'm not India bashing here but you were beaten by the better side on the day , that's all. Cheers !

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    As a cricketing fan i have 50 50 views on this match between india vs australia, and i am pretty disappointed on the display of indian bowlers, and even there strongggggg batting lineup as the great team like india just bouged down by ausies so easily, that is pthatic and ugly a one sided affair in a super 8 stage is embarrassing, and this comment cumming from a PAKISTANI who loves cricket and loves indian batting, and wanna see pakistan and india going in to the semis and finals not these aussies and south africans so please india dont put this type of ridiculous show in upcumming matches pleaseeeee.. and best of luck for ur next matches against PAK and SA...cheers

  • on September 28, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Its what people in India want. IPL!!! Long live IPL. We have just started getting fruits of this dear tournament.

  • Tusker17 on September 28, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    so only batting and bowling eh king fisher ?

  • TRAM on September 28, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    I cant believe still Indian commentators are defending RSharma. I heard one today saying "He (RSharma) has the problem of not able to focus on the first few balls ..."...!!! What?! That is, other than that one "small" problem, he is the greatest India has ever seen and is the future of Indian cricket!? Still after so many years of chances?? These commentators / lobbyists are the ones destroying Indian cricket. Not the media people. Media people would make every thing dramatic, good or bad. But these lobbyists destroy Indian cricket by deliberately supporting their favorite player and bad mouthing others. From the way our chief selector Srikkanth batted during his days, my judgement about him was that he was a selfless person (never slowed down the strike rate for his personal 50 or 100). If that is correct judgement and still the good players are ignored when he is the chairman, it has to be because of the pressure from these lobbyists, IMO.

  • skipcarver on September 28, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    T20 by its nature is unpredictable. But bowling will mostly trump batting. India's bowling is not up to par with SA, PAK or AUS and thus unless they score above the ground average (in this case 165+) they will have little to no chance to win.

  • kc69 on September 28, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    If my India is not winning the only deserving team i feel is Pakistan.

  • ravi424 on September 28, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    I am supporting Pakistan now....Australia will go down to pak and SA. India just made them look better than they are.

  • WorldWideCricket on September 28, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @Kazi Rezaul Hasan: You are right, a correction, India has been playing cricket for more than 80 years (they got test status in 1932). It is so humiliating that India continuously failing to defend any score against Big Teams outside India's soil. SriLanka and Pakistan are much better team than this pathetic India ! These two teams can perform equally in home and foreign conditions which India can not.

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    dhoni has become too arrogant and thinks he's got some giant cricketing brain. when in fact he's pretty ordinary as captain. he tries to break down and explain everything in detail after every loss as if he's a great philosopher. he should try to remember this is not philosophy. you have to go out and play well against teams like australia. if dhoni thinks irfan pathan is a fast bowler then hats off to him. if he thinks piyush chawla can win him matches against australia, then again he;'s a brillliant thinker. if he thinks rohit sharma deserves a place ahead of sehwag, this again shows he's got a terrific cricket brain. it's plain obvious that he does not get along with sehwag. but his personal issues with sehwag are costing the team.

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Should I write this kind of comment that Even Ireland & Afghanistan are better than India and the test status should be taken from India? Even after this super humiliated defeat by Australia my answer would be- NO. Cause it will be a very illogical, arrogant and foolish comment from me, but such kind of negative comments are being made by hundreds of Indian fans (not all) on each news & articles of BD cricket every time! I don't know why?

  • jupiter-uk on September 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    In the book of record it is defeat. Period. But it does not tell the real story. Win and defeat does not matter. This day was simply not the Indian Cricket team's day. First the game was out of team's hands when they lost the toss and Aussies chose to bat first. The dew factor certainly affects the blowing side and reduces the cutting edge. On top of it, there was a short shower which washed away any remaining hope. The arsenal of three specialist spinners and one part time partnership breaking spinner could not produce the vodoo. It is called man proposes and God disposes.

    No need for any disappointment the tournament is still wide open.

  • Legaleagle on September 28, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Indian team is playing like Bangladesh!! LOL

  • BeautifulWorld on September 28, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Hard Luck to India. It really hurt to see them lose so badly ... until and unless they come up genuine fast bowlers the result is going to be the same. How I wish India and Pak could play a single team with batsmen from India and bowlers from Pak ... I could then bet no other international team can beat them. Anyways good luck to the next games India.

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Well played Australia, they really deserved to win. Good all round performance by them. Hard luck to India, luck and conditions were not in their favour. Appreciate Dhoni for his honest post match analysis which was purely factual. As far as India is concerned, it's too early to rule them out. Dhoni and his boys need to do some home work before their next big match against Pakistan, which has a formidable bowling and unpredictable batting line-up. As far as records are concerned, everybody knows and no need to mention what Dhoni and Indian cricket team has achieved in the recent past. All the best to the Men in blue for their upcoming matches. 2012 T20 WC Super eight matches have been great entertainment so far, let's hope it continues same way in all upcoming matches. Let's watch and enjoy the matches instead of mud slinging each other, not to forget it's just a sport!!! Cheers

  • brusselslion on September 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @Naresh28 on (September 28 2012, 19:40 PM GMT): "I ADMIT WE LOST FAIR AND SQUARE". Congratulations on being the 1st Indian supporter to state the blindingly obvious, although you did spoil this unique display of humility with an unprovoked attack on the Irish. Still, it's a step in the right direction. Now if only we can your 1bn fellow countrymen to follow suit ....

  • Don_Giovanni on September 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    The indian team is so rubbish, its funny. I cant stop laughing at all those clowns singing India's praises. Take me from me clowns...India won't will be out of the tournament again, without winning a single match in the Super 8s. :p

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Dhoni made the wrong decision. Because most time the can chase a score but overall the needed to make some more runs because 140 when playing Australia is not enough. SO GOOD LUCK INDIA FOR THE UPCOMING MATCHES.

  • risky on September 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Wow... A superb batting performance by the batting giants & a so-called best team India. Day dreamers & over rated team thoroughly blendid by 2-W's. '' Number 10'' thrashed ''number1'' badly. Hahahhaha.

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Just watched high-lights of the AUS-IND game and discovered the reason behind INDIA 's defeat... Guess what... it was not Watson nor Warner... it was RAIN (as MS-Dhoni said)... come on MS.Dhoni you are a good captain and player as well.. don't make such statements :)

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Dhoni tried something and it dint work, we will come back with a bang in the next game!

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    grand final!!!!....What a jock....this was the most one sided match.

  • Naresh28 on September 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Hope the new selectors address our "BOWLING PROBLEMS" We never seem to be able to put up a good bowling effort and thus we cannot defend a low score or even PUT UP A FIGHT when the total is low. We may have been HOODWINKED when ENGLAND threw that game so that they could be in the other group.

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Why Indians telling their own team off here? i thought they r unbeatable & the world best team ever(According to Indians)

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    The end of India 11: 1. Harbhajan's new glory 2. Piyush Chawla's place in 11 3. Irfan's batting order as opener 4. Sehwag's benching 5. India's chances of advancing 6. Zaheer being Sachin 7. Rohit/Yuvraj's place in 11 8. India's confidence gained after beating England 9. India's experiment with 5 bowlers 10. India's ability to defend anything under 180 11. India's two-game winning streak

  • KarachiKid on September 28, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Whatever happened today, I would like to remind all my Pakistani countrymen that one thing is for sure, India will come back hard in their coming matches. So need to read too much in Pakistan's unlikely victory and India's devastating loss today.

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    AFTER THE MACTH DHONI TO THE PRESS

    we lost the game because of the rain and fans were too loud ,australians wearing yellow kit so the bowlers couldn't see the stumps,australians using bigger bats ,and finally grass in the ground was green,and the umpire was standing front of the bowler

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    INDIA got the best batsmen.India got the best bowling side.India got the best fielding side too.India Never lose a match.not to mentioned never lose a super 8 match.-Indians

  • on September 28, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @Qazi Hassan.....as per Rob-damn, get your facts right before making obnoxious, rude replies....I'm really surprised CricInfo in their wisdom allowed your comment to stand......I have watched cricket avidly for 40 years, and in my opinion, given the nature of the match, the skills of the teams in question, that was the most one-sided T20 I have witnessed.....It was absolute carnage, where one team, in this instance India, were never at any stage in a contest, they were utterly outplayed by Australia, remarkable in itself considering their demolition of England just a few nights ago. At least England, in their defence, were still in the game for a while, well, at least until India brought the spinners on!!.....cricinfo, please allow this reply to stand...cheers

  • StatisticsRocks on September 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I am sure the world is a better place according to many fans now that India were thrashed by Aussies. I am sure some countries have declared national holiday today looking at some of the comments here. India is ranked 6th and yet the whole world including those fans who want India to lose think very higly of Indian batting. Being an Indian I know this team does not have quality batting like the media claims and everyone knows bowling is at the best club level bowling. ZAK is done and so are some spinners. Even we know we are not one of the contenders ans it is a purely media hype to generate more attention.

  • Meety on September 28, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    @Kazi Razoul Hasan on (September 28 2012, 19:38 PM GMT) - classic! == == == I wonder if our friends like @bouncedout or OhhMattyp1979 care to comment? Not that it matters, but isn't this India side the one that bowled England out for a lofty 80????

  • JG2704 on September 28, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Congrats Australia. If someone had said to me before today that one match would go to the wire and the other would be one sided I'd have said that the SA/Pak match would be one sided in SA's favour and this match would be the tight one. I'm really pleased Pakistan won and proved my thoughts wrong and hope they progress. As for Australia , well their temp rank below Ireland looks absurd now as do many predictions from many quarters inc some Eng fans/pundits that they stood no chance. Anyone who had a punt on Aus before tournament must be pretty happy I guess. I also think this proves that on any given day any team can not just beat another team but thrash another team.

  • MohilPatel on September 28, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    They only way India could qualify to the Semi Finals is that they need to win the next two matches. Australia need to beat South Africa and Pakistan. I do not mean to be offensive but that is what is required most probably. Irfan Pathan should not open and Virender Sehwag should be in the team. Bowlers should not bowl short or short and wide.

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @rob_damn....I seriously recommend that you get your facts right....I've seen an enormous amount of cricket over the past 40 years thank you very much and in the context of this particular game, it was the most one sided affair I have witnessed between two of the recognized top tier teams....I don't include top teams thrashing Associate Member teams because frankly those kind of games do not merit attention....cricinfo please publish...ta

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Those who critise on Zaheer Khan...They should realize the fact that he is the only bowler in Indian team who may consider as match winner..Apart from it, Zaheer always provided India a solid break thru in bowling attack..as he always strike with 1st wicket..The only bowler in Indian team who knows how to reverse swing, others are just worthless...So, Indian team should always support him as he is the Only Genuine Fast bowler left in whole Indian Team...Next match IND VS PAK...Cheers for PAKISTAN...PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on September 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    talks and cries of sehwag sehwag sehwag everywhere.India would have been 4-1 in firsdt over had sehwag played.THE WALKING WICKET. Will score once in 30 innings.Pathetic to see people support him

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    LATEST DHONI'S EXCUSE .....RAIN... :D :D C'MON MATE BEING A PROFESSIONAL CRICKETER U HAVE TO PLAY CRICKET IN ANY SITUATION ACCEPT DIZ U PLAYED LIKE A ZIMBABWE... SA VS PAK WAS A REAL CLASS OF TITANS LEARN SOMETHING FROM US.. GUD LUCK FOR AUSSIES

  • Naresh28 on September 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I ADMIT WE LOST FAIR AND SQUARE - YOU WIN SOME AND LOSE SOME. Some keep saying IRELAND ARE BETTER than INDIA. SO HOW COME IRELAND ARE GONE HOME??????????????? Some say their village bowlers are better than India so bring your village team to play then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PPL11 on September 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    One thing i see Dhoni Gambled today which didnt pay off was winning toss and batting first... Rain was predicted for the evening today and if so then dhoni should have obtained to field first by doing so he could of make sure indian spinners get slow turning rather then wet flat pitch...

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @Abhishek Purohit ..........Hope you have read this.........also dont forget to publish........................ ********Enough is Enough for India. After spending more than 70 years in International Arena and with a population of over 1 billion they couldnt produce a single fast bowler to threaten even Afghanistan let alone Australia.Even a spin friendly surface couldnt save them from a 9 wicket defeat within 15 overs. It is time their supporters, media all realize that and stop expressing overwhelming reactions when once in a blue moon they win a match outside the subcontinent.*********

  • mhb1 on September 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @Solid_Snake warner & watson thrashd ajmal :S in ur dreams may b indian spiners dint trashed england but england fooled them they chosed to lose so that they can compete with less high teams indian spiners just dance on pitch they dont turn they roll the ball as we do in bowling

  • Gauravpartyman005 on September 28, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Is Piyush chawla been selected as a lucky mascot for team India in global events ?? Well whatever it may be but , Mr. Dhoni "lucky jerseyes and lucky mascot" will surely not make u world champion everytime.

  • indirockz on September 28, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    I am not defending the Indian team here but guys c'mon you cherished their victories then support in hard times too. Hope dhoni will learn from the mistakes of dropping his most destructive batsman. Good luck for next game

  • Real_Champs on September 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    as far as dhoni's comment about lbw is not acceptable at all BECAUSE its India who si opposing DRS and due to there influence on ICC DRS is not the part of this world CUP so they should not complain about lbw and the one he makes about RAIN is just pathetic its part of game if Aussies beat them by 5 or 4 wickets and match goes to atleast 19 ovr then it makes sense else these are LAME EXCUSES

  • Rash_inswinger on September 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Wrong time for India to experiment...opening with Irfan, playing 5 bowlers were tactics which should have been tested in the Afghanistan and England games.Seems like all the teams are capable of reaching the semis and an all Asian final (as predicted by many) looks improbable apparently.

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    O common Its not in India that you can expect to win a match from India!

  • Tanveer.bd on September 28, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Bowling is a serious issue for india. 5 or 4 bowlers? it dosent matter unless there is quality ensured. Batting have to be the strength but it has put indi down today against a sharp pace attack. Other-hand, pitch looked harmless while Aussies batting.

  • dw10 on September 28, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Waiting for Dhoni's excuse!! ... get ready to pack your bags!

  • Naresh28 on September 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    WELL DONE TO BOTH OZ & PAK FOR TODAYS ROUND OF WINS. THE USUAL PROBLEM WITH INDIA ..............POOR BOWLING!!!!!!!!!!! WHEN THERE IS A LOW TOTAL INDIAN BOWLING ALWAYS FAILS TO DEFEND OR EVEN TRY AND A PUT SOME SORT OF FIGHT.

  • vkypak on September 28, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    96 runs came through boundaries......................wow......enough is enough for india ......

  • pargat89 on September 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Its been like curse for India from last 2 T20 WCs. India tops its group and then the 2 teams qualifying from that group, for the super-8s finish last in the respective super-8 groups (IND, IRE in 2009 & IND, SA in 2010). So may be we can say that the curse will prevail this time too. IND & ENG will be last in super-8s..... BTW, Being an Indian, I don't want this happen.

  • rob_damn on September 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @ WishW.... bad display... they didnt play well... as they should have

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    India will bounce back...it is for sure!!!!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on September 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    The match was loss at the toss itself once i heard there is no sehwag in the team....this is the reason why we cannot win a single super 8 match in the previous two editions of T20wc...Dhoni tell me one spin bowler who bamboozles sehwag...

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Did you really think that Irfan can make any Impact opening the Innings???? You are really under utilizing the Indian All-rounders. You have a 3 of your Specialist bowlers you can Bat, even for that matter Zak can flog a couple sometimes, even your Spare Bowler Piyush can make a bit of Contribution, With the Likes of Gauti, VIRAT, Rohit, Raina, Yourself, Yuvi, We don't expect this from you guys. You should better start concentrating on Cricket now.

  • keecha on September 28, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    This is systematic demolition by aussie. They have hit each of the 3 spinners for 2 sixes (as if ridiculing Dhoni's plan of playing 3 spinners) and then hit Irfan and Yuvraj for 1 six each. Mistakes India made today 1) Leaving out Sehway or a 3rd spinner 2) Letting Aussie chase 3) Not being aggressive when batting (2 Vs 10 Sixes says that). Hope MSD corrects these

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    wonder why was the so called Grand Final was one sided .... lol ,,but dont blame india as per dhoni the culprit was the stupid weather ...

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I don't get why do we have a sudden urge of defending totals. It has never been India's strength. They are better off chasing. Not sure what role is Duncan Fletcher playing, from the moment he has joined we haven't doing anything, and I mean anything properly. We have out of rank bowlers - Balaji, Pathan, Chawla, Harbhajan playing for no reason. And our better bowler - Praveen Kumar is gone completely.

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    awesome!!! and indians started making excuses! lbw, rain, aussie etc. etc.

  • krazy.cricket.fan on September 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    ms dhoni " we lost bc of the rain" what a pathetic excuse. let see what excuse india has after loosing their next match.

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni, where is your Highest IPL Bid lad Mr. Ravindra Jadeja????

    How could you keep Sehwag out when you have seen him hit over 200 in a ODI???? Do you really need 5 Specialist bowlers if today you bowled 4 of 15 overs by your Part-timers????

  • WishW on September 28, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    so...what have all you Indian fans got to say?bad pitch?injuries?bad luck?rain?bad light?...or....just a bad team?

  • on September 28, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Enough is Enough for India. After spending more than 70 years in International Arena and with a population of over 1 billion they couldnt produce a single fast bowler to threaten even Afghanistan let alone Australia.Even a spin friendly surface couldnt save them from a 9 wicket defeat within 15 overs. It is time their supporters, media all realize that and stop expressing overwhelming reactions when once in a blue moon they win a match outside the subcontinent.

  • superstar100 on September 28, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    luck always not with you MR DHONI !!!!! poor effort i think 140 is not good

  • Anandsadvice on September 28, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    India should remember that when the going gets touch the touch get going. It is time for the young stars like Virat, Rohit, Raina to show their talant as batsmen and prove their worth to be in the Indian team and Viru and Gambhir should make sure india get a decent start, Dhoni once again needs to prove that he is still the best captian India has. I think if india go down in the next two matches there would be big time selection issues with other young stars getting chances.

    So, the current young stars better stepup before it is too late for them.

    Come on India time to step up

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    well said sanga_cricket_fan

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    wish chennai super kings were send instead of india..they cud hav gone in the finals every wt20 event..;P

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    The Typical Kangaroos looked like King Cobras in Indians eyes what a game .......????

  • Solid_Snake on September 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Today it was proved..that when Kohli goes down,whole team goes down Kohli has been performing so well from the day he joined the team.Since then whole team started to rely on him so much.I would not blame Indian Batting.Because for this type of pitch,141 target was more than enough only if you had a quality bowling unit.I dont know why Dhoni said it again and again that we were short of 20 to 30 runs.Come on man be practical.Even i you had managed 30 more runs,then what?Aussies would have made it under less then 15 overs. Instead of saying yeah our bowling was bad.he said that the rain is all to blame for the defeat.Dont forget what Warner and Watson did to Ajmal.Same type of thrashing and guess what,that day it didn't rain.So if batsmen are playing good,you have to give them credit and should point out your own bowlers weakness.Just by sayinf that rain is to blame?Well thats a very pathetic excuse to be honest

  • medbest1 on September 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    dhoni should be responsible for this loss.. and poor team selection.. he should have left out yuvraj instead of Sehwag.. this mistake could hav beem corrected had he sent Rohit or Kohli to open.. I am a great fan of dhoni but i think, its the time to think abt a new captain.. either kohli or gambhir.. captaincy has been a regular job for dhoni and i feel that now he lacks the desire to win... wins n losses doesnt affect him much.. and most imp, with this sort of approach n defensive mindset, he can't succed... look at his captaincy in last two t20 WC and IPL..now india needs new captain... let dhoni play his cricket.. captaincy have destroyed one of the most attacking player in world cricket...he needs to realise what he is made for..

  • Harmony111 on September 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    The hitting by Watson and Warner was unbelievable. I could scarcely believe me my eyes when every ball was going over the ropes. They had done something similar in the 3rd T20 vs Pak 3 weeks back. India already had a very paltry total and any chances of a fight evaporated when these two hitters started to hit their top gear. That said, it is common knowledge that Oz are top heavy and this might/will hurt them in a close game in the business end of the tournament. The middle order got no chances. The batting of India was abysmal, Gambhir could have slid, some other batsmen could have opted to hit 4s instead of trying to hit 6s and getting out in the process. I don't think India lost this match due to absence of Sehwag. I think he has nothing more left to offer to India in T20s, his time is up. Watson and Warner were in such blazing form that even 190 would have been chased. But don't forget that this very same Oz team scored 89 vs Pak. @Arron Dore you see, this is a roller coaster.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Dhoni got it all wrong today, except for the toss. He should have opted to field instead of batting, with the rains always looming large and having to contend with a wet ball. Batting first nullified playing 3 spinners and a batsman short. The spinners weren't able to grip the ball, let alone spin it. Dropping Sehwag was a sin. Barring Gambhir and Kohli, no batsman looked comfortable. Dhoni's field placement and bowling changes were pathetic.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on September 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    A_Vacant_Slip on (September 28 2012, 16:52 PM GMT) I too found myself strangely cheering for Aussie amusing post actually based on previous excuses. Afzal M Faridi on (September 28 2012, 16:49 PM GMT) I like your take on the umpire "English and probably Aussie too" classic.

  • Dilbar786 on September 28, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    My village team has better bowlers thn ind team.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 28, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    MS Dhoni proves a terrible captain yet again. And his India respond with an embarrassing performance.

  • Sinhaya on September 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Remember those who say Sri Lanka is a minnow, we are the first ever team to beat Australia in a T20 international at home, which happened in Perth on the 31st of October 2010.

  • subbiah321 on September 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    India will never win any T20 worldcup with this bowling attack......

  • lee_man on September 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Any comments about the Indian bowlers? I remember everybody rubbishing the WI bowlers when they were taken to the cleaners by the Australian openers. Sometimes you just have to admit that batsmen are good and in form.

  • jamfai on September 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Time after time Dhoni has made excuses for his teams performance During post match interview he pretty much blamed the rain for the defeat. Accept the defeat like a man and ensure you improve in the next few games Seems like last years world cup hangover is still with him

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Today Australians have proved that Indian team have got some highly over rated players other than Yuvraj Singh and Sehvag . Events like IPL never should be a bench mark for determining caliber of a player.Australians look very dangerous side in this format of the game,they are mentally very strong .

  • deathstar01 on September 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Ashwin destroying the spirit of the cricket by just stopping before deliver

  • satanswish on September 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    India could have played 5 or 6 bowlers but result would have been same. Indian bowling quality would have been below par as always. Recent succes which India enjoyed was mainly because of batsmen. IPL might have bred swashbuckling batsmen for India but it had detriorated bowling quality for sure. I wouldn't be really surprised if Pakistan and SA both offering such humiliating defeats to India again.

  • Mianwali_12chak on September 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Believe me more than one million bowlers are available in pakistan better than every current indian bowler,so pathetic even didnt deliver a single thertning bowl to Auses,what an excuse Dhoni given in the conference ,how two minutes rain can cost a such a big defeat,Do bring quality pacers and decent spinners,am expecting a same defeat against pakistan.

  • qasrazakaz on September 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    not anew thing for indian team and fans.Theyhave now lost 7 straight games in world t 20,a real unwanted record which is likely to extend to 9 verysoon

  • Anandsadvice on September 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I think give Indian team a break gentlemen you cannot critize a team just because they had a bad day today. Every team can have one. It is important for India to focus on the game against Pak and South africa. The weak link in this game was the batsmen did not go after the bowlers more freely they were a bit on the back foot it could be because the Aussies bowled very well or Indian batsmen did not take the risks to be more innovative or try to counter attack the bowlers. Dhoni too was not at all aggressive in his batting this time.

    India needs to learn from their mistakes in this match and go forward with new innovative ideas in their batting and bowling for the next match.

  • the_sport on September 28, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    first Ganguly, then Dravid, then Laxman....now trying on Sachin and Sehwag....Dhoni is having political mind....and u will see after Sehwag there will be Yuvraj. Poor Bhajji is questionable coz of his performance. There is no other option so not yet any try on Zak. So when these players go then only any win be totally belongs to Dhoni otherwise we can see part-of-Ganguly in every win of India. Great Dada, who made strong foundation, who built team after match-fixing allegations. I can not see any point, why Sehwag was kept out. Pathan should never come as opener. Sehwag, Gauti and Kohli they are very strong at the top. When atleast one survives, we have better chances to score big.

  • lala88 on September 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Kohli's behavior was pathetic. No matter what a quality batsman he is

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @ Arron Dore. "The most one sided T20 I've ever seen". Obviously you have not seen anything. Actually there were 9 occasions where a team won by 10 wicket. Twice by Kenya, New Zealand, and Ireland. Once by South Africa, Australia, and England.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Clearly the rain ruined the spinners grip and if i were India I would have bowled first because if Aus raked in 200 runs then India knew what they were chasing. Never mind we got destroyed, bring on Pakistan

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    When Bangladeshi players were overwhelmed by BB McCullum,(although they showed much grit than Yesteryear) they showed mental weakness in the field and in their interview, but Dhoni seemed calm and composed after Watson typhoon, in his attitude Dhoni was saying it ain't over till it is over.

    All teams have similar performers, some team have a bad day some time. But rught now, no team has a captain like Dhoni, next to Ganguli, nobody has a spine like him.period.

    But then, no team has 11 spines like Australia does. Period.

  • cricketoverkill on September 28, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    This is exactly what happens when the team composition is changed based on single performance.

  • Jose on September 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Where is Sanjay Manjrekar with his lame-duck excuses and irrational logic to support Dhoni?

  • nadeemzish on September 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    India's bowling was exposed in this match, usually their batting win all matches but if it collapse they dont have any answer to any batting side in the world. This is something where India need serious thinking, I am sure they will bounce back in their next 2 matches. I am a Pakistani but wish Indian team luck for the rest of the matches so that we can have a real battle between India and Pakistan.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Wow, who would've thought the indian team will be crushed like a bug after an emphatic win against enland, well, its only a display of class & technique that made aussies annihilate india to which india hasn't yet shown in the tournament.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    after so much of talking about Ordinary teams, India again puts an example..

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    On a pitch where 4 teams batted, was it only the aussies who felt batting was so simple... Major credit goes to the Indian bowlers for this aussie show. No doubt Aussies batted really well. A gem of an innings from watson. Ashwin really bowled badly with those stop deliveries trying to check the way Warner bats. No sportsmanship at all.

  • rob_damn on September 28, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    @Arron Dore... you seriously need to go through cricinfo archieves... pity you never seen much cricket...

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Oops Solid Snake,,, Nothing Wrong in the pitch. lol.. if Aus were battered first they would have scored more than 200 runs with ease...

  • addsmiles on September 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Against NZ, the pitch had suddenly slowed down. Today it was the rain that took the match away. Now what will be next? Wind blowing too hard? Common mate...you will never run out of excuses, but please accept the fact that India is a pathetic T20 side. No words for the bowlers esp - Luke Wright bowls faster than most Indian pacers. Even U-19 players of SA, NZ, ENG, AUS are way faster than Zaheer and company.

  • OzWally on September 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    @Afzal Faridi - 2 close LBW's cost you the match? Did you take the time to watch the replays? the 1st was missing leg stump, the 2nd pitched outside leg. Just reinforces why India (alone in the world) is against DRS - it takes away your built in excuse for losing.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Finally all the hype giving way ti reality. Nice to see how Dhoni's complains were answered by Watson when he said he didn't even notice a change in conditions

  • Stark62 on September 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @ Afzal M Faridi Why are you complaining about the umpiring?!?!

    Was it not the bcci, that had opposed the DRS system?

  • JazBunny on September 28, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    I am Sri Lankan fan, When we won Against the NZ, there were so much commenst from the Indians boo-ing SL win. What happened today. Entire world is boo-ing at them. Thank you all

  • TRAM on September 28, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    The match was: India versus Rain+Umpire+Aus. Except for selection of Zaheer, the Ind team selection was correct based on the pre-rain condition. Other than that I dont see there is anything wrong with Dhoni's captaincy. He gave chance to the part-time bowlers when he knew this match was gone. Spinners failed because they couldn't grip the ball. ALL the Ind bowlers had brain-freeze to not understand that they cant bowl short to Aus/SA batsmen - which is their bread & butter. Kholi is the best among Indian batsmen and his aggression he is of the level of an aggressive Dravid - thats all. Thats the level of India batting as of today. I never rated Gambhir or RSharma as good batsman ever. The old Sehwag, old Yuvi and old Dhoni are REALLY OLD. Time for youngsters like Tiwary, Rahane.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    i am srilankan......good cricket from austrailia..... keep it up.

  • analyseabhishek on September 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    India's problem, apart from the perennial "who will bowl", starts at the top of the batting order. Sehwag has been misfiring for long and Irfan Pathan cannot be a steady solution in a World tourney. Indian batters were strangely subdued (or kept subdued) today and their Australian counterparts put forth an exceptionally skilled and muscular effort to hammer the never-better-than-mediocre bowling.

  • allieeb on September 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Afzal M Faridi may I point out the umpires also turned down two good Aussie appeals for LBW. It also rained when Australia bowled in last tree overs. Be a man and say well done to your opposition. Ozzies deserved winners by a country mile. India easily beat England, England easily beat Aust (in warmup), so all India had to do is pitch up for the match. But they did not pitch up. T20i is anybodies game

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on September 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Funny to see all the Jibes coming from our neighbors.....WOW - scrapping home with a tie and then rely on a super over + struggling to chase a modest 132 with 8 wickets down isn't exactly setting the SL fields on fire !!!!! I think its time to give credit where its due - Aus Bowled/Batted really well - Hands down!! India bowled their poorest.. i don't know if there is a level below that- but that's where we stand right now after the high over England... Suprised to see Sehwag out - although IMHO i don't think he would've made a difference anyway today - Pat cummins is a good find - we'll test him out anyway in the Indian summer- that's where the real test of any fast bowler lies - Dale Steyn was exceptional the last time proteas toured.. Coming to the next match - should be interesting Vs our Old foes.. we'll find out come sunday.. SL fans please get over it - It doesn't matter if we lose against anyone - but we'll spank your team even with our B side - even at your home !!!

  • medbest1 on September 28, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    dhoni should be responsible for this loss.. and poor team selection.. he should have left out yuvraj instead of Sehwag.. this mistake could hav beem corrected had he sent Rohit or Kohli to open.. I am a great fan of dhoni but i think, its the time to think abt a new captain.. either kohli or gambhir.. captaincy has been a regular job for dhoni and i feel that now he lacks the desire to win... wins n losses doesnt affect him much.. and most imp, with this sort of approach n defensive mindset, he can't succed... look at his captaincy in last two t20 WC and IPL..now india needs new captain... let dhoni play his cricket.. captaincy have destroyed one of the most attacking player in world cricket...he needs to realise what he is made for..

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    It seems to be Watson versus the Rest of the World; and the moment, Watson is winning. With this kind of form, Australia can go on to win the cup without losing any match. Indian batsmen are really struggling to clear the boundaries. Most of their attempts to hit sixes are turning into catches. Players like Watson, Warner, Gayle, Morgan are able to clear the boundaries with ease, at will, with 10-15 meters to spare. I think it is not all due to technique alone. I think their higher fitness level, greater physical strength, stronger muscles are playing a BIG role. India is in a very tough group. I think even winning one match in this group will be achievement for India.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @ Afzal M Faridi:2lbw turned down?...rain came? umpir should not give out Indian players they should call back after out...rain also should not come should start before game start sothat India could get 1 point without playing.....

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Ahhh Man... WHAT A SHAME...!!! Australians really did whipped some out there. Who would drop SEHWAG? What a Stupid Decision by over-rated Mr. Captain Dhoni

  • cjscanada on September 28, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    I look at it this way. India bowled in unfavorable condition but still the bowling could have been better. Australia did well to bide their time initialy and Watson to me is one of the most valuable player. Having Sehwag will really not make any difference. Manoj should play. India will comeback strongly but that will not make an impact on their progress. I will still go with the West Indies group to win the tournament. KiwI's can still be the dark horse. Sri Lanka have a good side but in pressure they seem to panic. Pakistan, especially Umar Gul and not to forget Akmal did really well to pull this victory. Looking forward to an intriguing game against our rivals Pak. Good luck to both.

  • TwohedulAzam on September 28, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    According to some writer, it was enough for BD after loosing to 2 T20's, I wonder whether this thrashing by Aussies (this is the most one sided T20, I have ever seen!) would be enough for India to stop playing cricket or at least to take their T20 status away if not the Test status? In order to make it easy for you I will give you some comparative data, India's population size is 10 times bigger than BD (aprx), economy is 20 (aprx) times bigger than BD, India playing cricket for over 50 years or may be more than that where as BD playing cricket for 12 years. Now you good people please come up with a verdict. If I want to be a critique I will have to say that with this comparison of resources , India can never loose a match, if they do then they are not good enough to be rated as Indian media rate them. But, I am a fan of cricket who understands cricket, who understands that a team that has player like Kohli or captain like Dhoni is a qulaity team, today was just not their day.

  • colombo_SL on September 28, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Come on India, your next match is a big big match with pakistan. Bounce back & show your colours again to the world.

  • on September 28, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Unhappy with the decisions made by umpire the 2lbw appeals made by zaheer was not given if the decision was crrct then the result would be differnt and more over battin of indians has dissappointed a lot had alot of hopes on dhoni and yuvi...!

  • CHANDRAJA on September 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    SHEWAG GHAMBIR KOGLI RAINA YUVRAJ DHONI (YUSUF OR UTHAPPA ). THIS IS THE BETTER TOP 7 ORDER FOR INDIA

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Posted by Afzal M Faridi on (September 28 2012, 16:49 PM GMT) Thanks to Mr. RA Kettleborough for turning down 2 close lbw's (He is English and probably Aussie too) & thanks to rain as well, rest was Dhoni captaincy, thank you all!!!

    Dude what a excuse fellow! Thank you for your comments too lol

  • anton1234 on September 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Apart from a good 2/3 years in the late last decade and the world cup win 2011, India has not really been a good cricketing nation despite the resources of 1 billion people. I think India is again back to becoming a mediocre cricketing nation, and by allowing tons of foreign players into the IPL, they are now conceding the home advantage they use to gain because players from other parts of the world use to lack exposure to Subcontinental conditions. I think Australia will soon regain top spot in all formats of the game, although with 20-20 you can never be sure due to its slightly unpredictable nature. I think South Africa have consistently been the second best team. They have pretty much had this title ever since re-entering the world game in 1991 I think it was. Right now I think SA are the best.

  • Class-Apart on September 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Grand final. More like. GRAND PASTING

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    The decision to leave out Sehwag and Balaji landed in India's worst defeat against Australia. Already in tough group consisting of Australia, Pakistan, South Africa and India, it needs absolutely shrewd planning to select team in Super Eight. When India has rich spinners (Ashwin, Harbhajan,Kohli, Yuvaraj, Rohit Sharma) what is the reason for selecting Piyush Chawla instead of Balaji? Dhoni was experimenting with all spinners in today's game that led to the downfall.

  • colombo_SL on September 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    I can't agree with Dhoni's comment. According to his idea, rain did most of the things against them & it was the main reason for defeat. He also said after 2nd ODI between Ind n SL (hambanthota), that wind was the main reason for their defeat. But i feel, these things are not the sole reasons for the defeats. ( There had a effect of rain to the result, it is true)

  • sweetspot on September 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Hilariously underwhelming if you are a fan of Indian cricket. Was the wicket so different when India batted? Why this lame approach by India? Terrible cricket by MSD and Co. today, even though kudos are due to Watto and Warner.

  • Selfishkar on September 28, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Now that Sandeep Patil is the chairman of selection committe, home town boy Nohit Besharama should allowed to play till next world cup for his 50 against England in the dead rubber.

  • 360review on September 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I believe this is the positive side affect of IPL. Look at what Watson and Warner have learned and Indian players did not.

  • marteen on September 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    INDIA NEED TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY AND WIN OUTSIDE THEIR OWN COUNTRY. THEIR AVERAGE IN OVERSEAS REALLY PATHETIC. PROBABLY THEY SHAKE IN FEAR WHEN THEY PLAY AGAINST AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND OR SOUTH AFRICA OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRY. ITS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MENTALLY SO STRONG LIKE THE AUSTRALIANS. I DONT SEE ANY HOPE FOR THEM IN THIS TOURNAMENT AS IT IS IN SRILANKA. RATHER SRILANKA OR PAKISTAN FAR BETTER THAN THEM.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    poor MEN IN BLUE.so called favorites ...go home and learn basics of the game

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Coming to the batting dept again.. its frustrating to see rohit sharma get out in a similar fashion so many times now.. ball sharply nipping back in.. and rohit sharma faling to get his bat down in time( again lazy elegance.. is it?!!!)whats fletcher doing to correct this... these kind of technical flaws ought to be corrected as soon as they start becoming obvious... the problem is when you are winning..it makes u oblivious to ur flaws.. winning should not make you forget ur shortcomings.. they'll always come back to haunt u unless u correct them..

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    poor MEN IN BLUE.so called favorites ...

  • bigwonder on September 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip, sounds like you are an England fan and a weak cheerleader. I have the best excuse for India's loss "the match was not against England"

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    now where are those people who said SL is a minnow after the shorten game with SA?here Aussies gave you the perfect answer. hikkkzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • 1st_april on September 28, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    ENGLAND...was this the bowling which bowled you out for 80?....BOY, THAT WAS AUSTRALIA'S Measurement of that bowling "attack"!!...lol...:-))

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Ohh come on Boys. We already won the FIrst T20 World Cup and the Record remains in the heart of everyone. There are so many wrong decisions from umpire.. Its ok thatthe experiment failed ..We will show ourselves in IPL-6. Meet you all peoples then.

  • Jose on September 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    What a Game today... Dhoni boosted the confidence of Aussies by dropping Sehwag first, then rest of his club-level (+IPL) batsmen surrendered to a above average quality bowling. India is out of Super-8 today. I am sure Indian fans will still lick Dhoni's feet and continue to project him as a greatest captain of all time.

  • Dimitri_SL on September 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @ All Indian fans..for all that harping of India's performances against SL , can any of you be kind enough to let us know when you guys are planning on winning a Super 8 game in a T20 WC again...then again it's not really up to you is it??, specially when you guys will be pitted against such strong teams like Afghanistan, PNG, Hong Kong ..etc in coming years...

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    wow congrats Aussies.It was a great lesson of how to thrash.minnows are way better than this loosing team.men in blue :P

  • colombo_SL on September 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Can't blame on Umpire's decision on Zaheer's bowling. Because indians are very satisfied with this system without DRS.

  • fr600 on September 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Ordinary performance from an ordinary team.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Watson and Warner destroy India

  • T-e-X-a-N on September 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan so first of all congrats to Pakistan and Australia. But, India and South Africa have nothing to worry about as of right now. This is indeed the group of death and it feels like they have locked 4 Pit Bulls in one cage. I think every team in Group B is going to lose at least one game. South Africa is #1 for a reason and we all know what India is capable of. So just sit back and enjoy the tournament. This Super 8 arena is turning out to be the highlight of the tournament!

  • mark2011 on September 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @ Afzal M Faridi on (September 28 2012, 16:49 PM GMT); nice excuses mate...it is understandable that you need to hang on to something for your consolation... its pathetic to point out Umpire is englishman etc.. and rain.. it is ridiculous to say it was rain.. it was just a drizle and even ground was coverd split second.. ppl talk like it was raining for hours.. it is India's inability in both batting /bowlling insted accepting it dont try hide under rain cover...

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    After the match Dhoni asked Yuvraj! how will u get Watson wickets.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    UNABLE TO ANALYSE THIS GAME TONIGHT. WATSON JUST WAS AWESOME WITH BOTH BALL AND BAT... IT WAS NT THE LIKE THE INDIA VS AUSTRALIA MATCH AT .ALL. TO ME ITS THE WORST EVER PERFORMANCE BY MEN IN BLUE IN RECENT TIMES. COM ON DHONIIIIIIIIIIIII ITS NW THE WAKE UP CALLLLLLL. LETS CATCH THE BUS TO THE SEMIS NOT HOMEEEEEE.

  • wolf777 on September 28, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Good to see both Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh back to their 'Original Form'…

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    continuing my analysis from where i left before.. its baffling what the support staff is doing. the video footage experts are supposed to sit down with batsmen and give them an idea of the variations that the opposition bowlers are going to throw at them.. brad hogg being an excellent chinaman bowler.. India should have analysed his bowling before the match( though he dint get a wicket. his dot balls had the desired effect).. .. before the game against pak ..they got to sit down and seriously analyse ajmal's variations.( got to admit though its not easy to decipher his doosras even with all the technology .. but at least what i want to see is some kind of sincere preparedness before facing a bowler of his quality).... i just hope Indian team does their home work on the opposition team before they face off... strategizing and devising tactics for destructive players like warner and watson is how you are gonna get them out. they wont gift away their wickets just like that..

  • WC2011Champs on September 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA has to be shown the door FOR GOOD. He is a bigger flop than Kambli. Sehwag is also not performing but is a better bet any day.

    For last few games Irfan is getting India the first wicket in first two overs. Why would Dhoni start with any other bowler? This is a ridiculous decision.

    Indian bowlers won the last game that was a pleasant surprise and lost today' game that is more like them.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    I must say that india was there for the practice of Ausies........what thrilling start of super eight matches but that was one sided all the time........

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    n still Sri lanka loses against this bowling attack n cant win against India .. how sad is the SL team

  • colombo_SL on September 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    I think, india selected a wrong team for this match. Whats the purpose of playing chawla, harbhajan & Ashwin in the same match at the expense of Shewag. I feel shewag should be included in the team. Its better if they can open the batting with Kholi n Ghambir. Shewag should be included down the order, since he is not in good form at all. Specially it is better if they can include Bhalaji,Zaheer, Ashwin, Harbhjan & Irfan with Australian game. Hope india bounce back well in the next matches.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Aussies totally thrashed the Indian side. Rohit is a let down could give manoj tiwary or some other youngster a chance.

  • Shivaiscool on September 28, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Firstly don't understand wat was the need to experiment dropping batsmen like sehwag just for someone like chawla. Secondly it was total bad unlucky day for India where firstly batsmen gave in and then weather which turned a turning wicket to batting one by raining. Hope dhoni learnt a lesson not to drop sehwag again and not to pick chawla ever again risking to concede so many runs. Finally it's in.someway as Indians will start playing carefully from Now on.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Next match, MS Dhoni should sit out and allow shewag to play.

  • Angry_Bowler on September 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Perhaps sehwag could hit a fifty, but that wouldn't have prevented this defeat either given the sloppy performance of the entire team. Also, what worked against one team may never work against another. Given the current form and fitness of the team looks even the club team can thrash the Indian team, except the Brits, it was just a fluke.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    And to think that Mr Dhoni had the cheek to say that even his spinners can 'bat a bit'! Why, even the batsmen can't a bit, let alone his bowlers! And can those bowlers do their own job, bowling? Nope.

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    I suppose the amazing victory by Pakistan took the wind out of their (india) sail, watson & warner then did the rest. Ciao..

  • Dimitri_SL on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Virat who????.....Oh that guy who chirps behind the stumps in a girlish voice

  • bdfighter1 on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    bye bye india...go play in your backyard..now a days u r belower than minows outside of urs country's dead pitch.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    I told everyone Australia will crush this useless team but but if Australia play like this then they're strong favourites.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    India Ka To Aaj Balatkaar Ho Gaya :p

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    What a pathetic performance by India & Dhoni. Now a days Dhoni pretends that only he knows cricket.As he said at the time of toss,where were his 5 specialist bowlers?.For taking a wicket he was forced to depend on Yuvi. All Dhoni's ideas are outdated. He has to change his mind.Same old numbers like Ashwin bowling first,Irfan opening.Please realize that Aus is not Ireland.Hats off to AUS.As Sehvag said before the world cup title was not because of Dhoni,but becoz he was lucky enough to lead a team of talented players...

  • irfan.siddique on September 28, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Dhoni.....Plz play with regular bowler.....u can never down 2w's and other auses with sharma,kholi and chawla....also their is big difference between eng and ausses batting....eng most wins were due to only KPs T20.

  • prats_bleedingblue on September 28, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Being an Indian fan....i personally feel the biggest goof up india has done today is the margin of loss..it has simple made there chances of going through really tough, with the kinda weather we are getting in this world T20..there is always every chance that india may not even get to play 2 full games further...points may be shared which india just now cant afford. anything less than 2 wins india are coming back.even 2 wins wont be enough for india now if we are tied on 4 points with other teams.. Speaking about the play i think india showed over confidence in their spinners while batting..there was never a threatining partnership or momentum in their batting...on bowling front rain destroyed any chance our spinners had to pull us back in the match...having said that i still feel india is not that bad a side as it played today..it has enough artilley and fire power to fight back in this tournament...best of luck to our team for sunday..........

  • RuchiWijesinghe on September 28, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    England, India, South Africa are loosing their way. Go for the cup they should provide a bit more. Yeah! loosing hope .. Lets see how other big teams face upcomming matches. On my list they are PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA & SRI LANKA..

  • i_witnessed_2011 on September 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Any excuses will not help India in today's game. Have been THRASHED by Aussies... Now Only way left is be competitive in next two games and have graceful exit. I do not think now they can dream of entering into semi-Final after having such a low run rate.

  • OzWally on September 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Dhoni said the reason they lost was "because of the wet ball". Obviously Watson was aiming for a pond outside the ground on each of his sixes.

  • Akshita29 on September 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    That was total domination by Aussies. I saw somebody talking about 2 lbw decisions . Thats laughable. Its India who is always opposed to Drs if India had not been so stuborn we might have seen drs in all formats . In the recent Nz series more than 10 lbws given against Nz and none against India and some other wrong decisions went against the kiwis . Don't blame the umpire , we indians have no right to blame umpires cause our own bcci won't allow umpiring standard to improve. Great showcase of fast bowling by young Cummins and poor batting by India as if they were thinking Like the english ,Aussies too would implode just seeing some spinner in the Indian team.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Grand Final.....LOL. cricinfo, stop over-rating.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    HAHA, as a sri lankan couldn't get a better result than this. Some even dared to say this been a "grand final" lol. I hope india get eliminated, so their fans can at least be a little more respectful to other teams.(at least a little)

  • Kirk_Levin on September 28, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    why does india get beat in so many T20 games? if the IPL was so good than why doesn't the Indian players do well in t20. IPL doesn't seem to be helping them improve at all. definitely india is one of the worst national teams in T20 cricket. india is only good on paper.

  • colombo_SL on September 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Oh my god! I thought india may beat Australia in this match. Completely dissapointed with the result. Its a day for indians to forget. Anyway, i feel they can win the next matches with good performance & enter into the semis. Tough task, we know that india can do it. All the best for rest of the matches!

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    OH most boring match in the super eight! Indian bowling just a jork and as usual they cnt play agnst gud seam attak! oh what a grnd final :P

  • ThatsJustCricket on September 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip : what a nice retort from a pom. I would think the best excuse here would be "this changes nothing. We would still get on the bus to play the next game. its not like we are going home or something" - rings a bell dude?

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    India's LUCK has begun to SINK..n Aussies have begun to WINK

  • ListenToMe on September 28, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    So there in only one person to blame for as usual and it is Dhoni. I can now be sure that if Dhoni comes to bat, run rate will decrease. At the death overs he is not able to score runs freely. When it comes to captaincy, he continues to prove that his decisions some times click because of sheer luck. So the solution for India to come out of this situation is simple: Make some one else as the captain and kick Dhoni out of the team. I am sure if he plays India will not reach anywhere. Wait and see.

  • Amin.Rehman on September 28, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    The over inflated Indian team has been deflated by ruthless Aussies. The fake No.1 titles obtained through connivance of Sri Lanka, BD and NZ cannot be retained for long.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Lame and pathetic performance by India. We expected better, in the World Cup, between two major sides, we wanted to see a good game of cricket. But it was very disappointing. Even Afghanistan bowlers and batsmen made a better show (against India) than the the Indian players today.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Why to blame Viru and drop him ? What Mr Dhoni's two testes (Raina and Rohit ) did today?

  • cricket.lover.at.his.best on September 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Grand final !!!!!!!!!! Really ??????????????????????? Cricinfo please ?????????

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    nothing much to say but two word; R.I.P India....(R)aped (I)n (P)remadasa........ lol *illustrated*

  • tdslbuwa on September 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    well... well...what a pathetic performence from Indians.And after all Dhoni blaming RAIN for their defeat... wow I wonder why India keep playing a club level bowler like R.ASWIN. even Ravindra Jadeja was a better bowler than him...!!!!!!!

  • dhmts on September 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @ Afzal M Faridi.. Indian fans cannot just stop finding lame excuses. Winning or losing is a part of the game. PLEASE don't blame umpires, weather, picthes, grounds, food, jerseys, IPL, etc, etc.

  • siri12345 on September 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    hahaha -vacant slip lol.wat a comment dude .cannot stop rofl.too much oxygen in air hahaha and here may be some more from their fans.we lost because australia were wearing yellow.we lost because colombo is capital of srilanka.we lost because pluto is smallest planet lol hahahahah.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Being a Pakistani fan I would love India to be in same form , when they would face Pakistan Predict it would be a easy victory for Pakistan

  • Surajdon9 on September 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Gran Ginal Before semis...Just go hell ESPN.................

  • bdfighter1 on September 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    btw have u forgotten the effect of tiger patoudi! U must retain his contributiom before u indian reffer others to discover some one like mr. Patoudi.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    this defeat is really embarrassing and for me.. i was shocked at the total surrender of the Indian team. this was expected to be a ripper of a game. Now for some clear dispassionate analysis... 1)when India was batting.. it was hard to comprehend what was going through the batsmen's minds.. they probably got misled by the low scoring thriller that happened between Pak and SA on the same pitch.. may be they thought 150 was a competitive total. now thats a totally negative attitude to begin a game 2)Again as ian chappell was mentioning during commentary.. Indians were not picking brad hogg in the air.. rather reading him off the pitch which means there is no chance the batsman is going to attack. it was a sobering feeling to see both dhoni and raina failing to pick hogg's chinaman and googlies.. they were looking to play him out for singles. so much for Indians being the best players of spin :(:( to be contd....

  • tdslbuwa on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    well... well...what a pathetic performence from Indians.And after all Dhoni blaming RAIN for their defeat... wow I wonder why India keep playing a club level bowler like R.ASWIN. even Ravindra Jadeja was a better bowler than him...!!!!!!!

  • SachinM7 on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    RA Kettleborough's two poor decisions helped aussies..

  • Yoker111 on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    JAI HO no more......:( :D

  • Yoker111 on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    JAI HO no more......:( :D

  • tdslbuwa on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    well... well...what a pathetic performence from Indians.And after all Dhoni blaming RAIN for their defeat... wow I wonder why India keep playing a club level bowler like R.ASWIN. even Ravindra Jadeja was a better bowler than him...!!!!!!!

  • siri12345 on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    hahaha -vacant slip lol.wat a comment dude .cannot stop rofl.too much oxygen in air hahaha and here may be some more from their fans.we lost because australia were wearing yellow.we lost because colombo is capital of srilanka.we lost because pluto is smallest planet lol hahahahah.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    "GRAND FINAL'........LoL!!!!!!!!

  • monsam on September 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    As soon as the rain came I knew Dhone got his excuse.

  • jasonpete on September 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Well played Australia.What an innings from Watson and a treat to watch him bat anytime.Looks like all haters are having a field day today, enjoy while it last,who knows next turn could be anybody's.Congrats Australia.you are the team to beat in finals.good luck to both teams.

  • Alexk400 on September 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    This is what happens when you ride on LUCK too much Mr. Dhoni. I think it is more your ego got caught thinking you are better than sehwag. Whats your strike rate? You are fit for ODI not T20. You should quit T20. We need smarter t20 captain. Dump dhoni. Sehwga can not captain so kohli or raina should be next t20 captain. Dhoni needs to be dropped from T20.

  • BroccoliPower on September 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    WOW.....that was easy hahahaha

  • AneYako on September 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Bu bu Ashwin is better than mendis? LOL What a joke. And what was up with that pause and deliver style? Rubbish really. Either way this was an absolute thrashing. But leave it to Dhoni to make excuses!

  • Romenevans on September 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Ashwin should go to some Dance competition...Dammit he din't bowl a single traditional loopy flighted off break....Pathetic bowling to say the least. Score was good enough to defend, given the conditions.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    India.....world champion ?? what ?? i dont believe this !! Ireland were better with Australia. I want Mr. Purohit to write a big article now on what happened with the world champions tonight ??

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I must say that india was there for the practice of Ausies........what thrilling start of super eight matches but that was one sided all the time........

  • Abhi_2410 on September 28, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Empathetic win of ausssie......!!! a wake up call for india.... and its spin bowlers........hope to improve the performance in next game ....

  • haq33 on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    The two W's destroy India.....just like the good old 90's.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Do Bangladesh team change their kit color to Blue :P

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Indians lost the script after the Gambhir's runout. This is a bad display by this Indian team - there is a huge difference in the level of commitment and physical ability of players of these two teams.

    That said the team combination was good - Sehwag is a liability in any form of the game and Balaji is simply a placeholder if a bowler is injured - so keeping them out was a fair move. All the spinners were average - Ashwin was scared and bowled short and flat, Bhajji was slightly better - Chawla was not so great either.

    I also get a feeling that all is not well within the dressing room - the team does not seem to enjoying the cricket.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    India should stick to playing minnows on flat wickets. At least, they will score some runs and win matches right. Bunch of club crickters. can't bat, bowl or field.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    why did dhoni pick 5 bowlers when he used three part-time bowlers.... dhoni might ask for few more bowlers in the playing 11 in expense of any other bowlers.....

  • bdcric on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    So guys, should someone start calling India minnow today here on comments section! This is a crash, annihilation, and definitely very one sided game, absolutely dominated by Australia. Remember last week, BD played a much more competitive with Pakistan and still Indian fans took their opportunity of BD bashing (as they always do) and posted a lots of unfair and certainly unnecessary comments. Guys, grow up and at least try to be fair on your comments, even when it appears too hard to do that in your thoughts. Cricket is a beautiful game and it deserves well thought, balanced and positive criticism from the community who cares about the sport.

  • BilalcheemaXI on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    dhoni can give all the excuses in the world but the fact is that he tried a combination that was never gona work....he should hav seen the performance of aussies against Pak in UAE where by the end of 3 rd game, OZs had learnt hw to thrash the spin....rain rain rain his interview was all abt rain !!! who asked u to bat 1st after winning the toss when rain was has been predicted in colombo for 10 days...Mr Gambler got it wrong here...m frm Pakistan and i really wanted india to win today so that 2 sub continent teams can move fwd into the semis but after today's game i think India does not deserve to b in the semis...its not abt result...its abt body language, india was down and out after 9 runs were scored ov 1st over...whereas Pak fought till the end to win a game that most ppl in Pakistan had quit watching...anyways gud luck to both teams for the game on sunday...i blv itz the the "nevr win a WC game vs India" is gona change....cheers !

  • baranasai on September 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    If Shewag has clicked he would have bowled a few overs as well and increased the run needed per over/Indian batsmen wer 45 runs short and the bowlers did not have a clue /they were feeding the Aussies to hit as best as they can/well done Dhoni/when will you and your bunch of jokers will learn/pack your bags and go/you are already out of the competition

  • ScoreField on September 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Grand Final..... what a funny joke....

  • may_the_best_win on September 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    stupid dhoni.. he seems to be a very good person but i hate his post match interviews after losing the game... never accepting mistakes and always finding lame excuses.. "ball was wet so spinners were not getting the grip and this is the main reason of our loss" .. u won the toss Mr. Dhoni and elected to bat first when all the experts were saying the team who wins the toss should bowl so u either u were deaf and dumb or u had an extraordinary plan which failed to materialize

  • Alexk400 on September 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Thank god. Hope Dhoni learned. Pathan 1 over 19 runs. 30 runs with strike rate of 100. What a stupid decision. Rohit sharma over sehwag is laughable. IDIOTIC.

    T20 is about strike rate. What a foolish decision. Oh well . if i am sehwag i pack my bags go enjoy IPL. Let dhoni do his foolish captaincy.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    And people were expecting it to be a GRAND FINALE before the FINAL...ROFL... come on India , GROW UP.........

  • spirit_cric on September 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Well-done AUS! Atleast now, IND will not highly over-rated their team and learn a lesson! As we expected, Mr:"King of excuses" blamed 2 the rain without admitting their mistakes!He's getting used 2 it nw!Like past 2 T20 WCs IND cant surely win even a single match in super 8s! IND will really be thrashed by PAK & go home!

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Poor India. Most overrated and ordinary side in Indian cricket. 1.2 billion people but still can't field a decent side who can face fast bowlers. Still learning the game after so many years eh guys :)

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip: one match does not account for any of your comments. These sorts of excuses like " Ball too round? Bat too wooden? Too much oxygen in air? " can only be thought of by you. Go and get a sleep. Agreed..India did not play well at all, but these are the things that just account for mockery. The last week i checked out the T20I Rankings, Aussies were below Bangladesh ad Ireland! and.. in near future.. may be out of the rankings I reckon!

  • saajankc on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    This hurts as a fan when as a novice you know this combination is not at all right but you see your team opting for that/ Wish we could have some say in team selection!!!!!

  • CricketFundas on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip At least India made a decent 140 in the 20 overs. Now England on the other hand were shot out for 80!! That was a pasting.

    And dude, you really need to chill a bit. It's only a game. :-)

  • Prabhash1985 on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Wow! This is great stuff from Australia. Well played. Congratulations!

  • bdfighter1 on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    look fans of team india, after Mr. Kapil Dev do u really get any fast bowler. B sure, i have not mentioned the 'quality fast bowlers'. Where there is no fast bowler surely quality is the day dream. And u people obviously got some part timers! Lol!

  • indirockz on September 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    For god's sake DHONI, stop giving excuses and start learning to say "We're outplayed"

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    well, bad luck guys,, india did their level best,,, they should be proud of this, at-least they make it to super 8,

  • Wacco on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    India is always overrated. They chose their sides on the basis of sympathy, hope and popularity, not on basis of the cricketing acumen. I am sure England have learned their lessons and will come prepared to draw(at least) the series in this winter. If they cant read Hogg, they wont be able to play Swanny on spinning tracks.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Well that is just why I said England lost that match to avoid this group

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @ Afzal M Faridi : lol he is making a captains speech.

  • East_West on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh INDIA, the king of FLOPs,haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHAHAHHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Shameful, Pathetic, Stupid-That's what India dished out today-leaving out Viru, batting first, Dhoni's donkey-like batting, and then the worst of all-the 5 spinners or rather spooners! And, to top it all, an umpire unwilling to give LBWs and a completely Anti-India crowd. One of the most deflating defeats in recent times, and hardly the best preparation before the war against the Pakistanis on Sunday.

  • BoonBoom on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @ A_Vacant_Slip: Indians have already started coming up with excuses such as bad umpiring from English umpire, rain, wet ball that didn't help their super spinners to turn the ball etc. etc.

  • Nampally on September 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Dhoni's Captaincy, from the XI selection to lack of any tactics, was simply mind boggling.Firstly having 2 off spinners + 1 leg spinner + 1 orthodox left arm spinner as the 4 bowlers was totally uncalled for on a normal batting wicket. Dropping Sehwag at the top meant much slower S/R poor at best. The Aussies are scared of Sehwag & the minute he was dropped their morale boost rocketed!.The idea of opening the bowling with Ashwin was equally crazy. At least the power play should have had 5 overs of seam bowling by ZAK & Irfan. Why was it necessary to bowl part time bowlers with 4 spinners + 2 seamers in the line up? Rohit & Kohli bowled for what? Until last week Dhoni was strongly affirming last week that India is a batting side & will always play with 7 batsmen. In a crucial game he includes all reserves Harbhajan & ChaWla at the expense of the India trump card - Sehwag. No wonder India got thrashed royally due to totally lapsidesical leadership. This more or less eliminates India

  • Hammond on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Two things I am confused about. Firstly is that I actually watched a full t20 game for the first time and secondly that I cheered wholeheartedly for Australia. Not sure where this is leading but it is perplexing on both counts.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Why do we have IPL if we can't select a world class T20 team????????????......Pathetic!!!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Huh poor indians i feel mercy for you, hope you will give little tough time to pak

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    pakistan will send india home

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Grand Finale?.....what a big jock by Indian crickinfo...... Go and play with Afg Irland zim over hype India team..you are just better then Minows ...where are the Indian bro now.....this the most one sided T20 match.

  • sk12 on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Well today's game puts 2 things into perspective - Our over-hyped sping bowling (even with the rain and grippping trouble), and England's batting against spin..

  • Yoker111 on September 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    India got tandooriid today...

  • CricketFundas on September 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    @Arron Dore Sorry, the most one sided T20 was the one between India and England, where England lost their shirt, trousers and what not :).

    Kudos to the Aussies though. Well played. They are looking like a champion team.

  • skumar77 on September 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Looks like Dhoni is losing his touch and his luck. Opening with Pathan who is not a proper batsman was always going to be difficult. Pathan struggled and got the excellent Gambhir and started the slide. The way he was playing balls on his pads showed him as the lower order batsman he is.

    Rohit Sharma is overrated as always; his flashes of brilliance are just not enough to merit a permanent place in the team. Dhoni is now promoting Rohit just like he was promoting Jadeja earlier.

    Are we watching the slow demise of Dhoni, the captain?

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 28 2012, 16:52 PM GMT), looks like you came out after hiding under sofa during those England losses.I guess Afghanistan and Australia literally hammered Indians and what does this say about the overrated England team who got smashed by Indians? Same predictable stuff..YAwN.

  • LAKINGSFAN on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    This is what happens when you have two hapless players as openers in T20. Every team has blazing guns as their openers and India played Irfan as an opener. The match was lost there itself. And,please give me a break with Rohit Sharma. How many times in SL pitches he will get bowled in the same fashion.

    I hope Pak will win all the 3 games and rest of teams will compete for the second place.

  • saajankc on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Pulse Question!!!Should Dhoni quit as Captain???? a)Definitely Yes b) Yesss c) no option after such poor displsy of tactics

  • rob_damn on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Dont bother about NRR... for that, one team has to win all the matches or one (out of four) has to loose all... for India to look forward to NRR, winning team(all matches) has to be australia or the losing team(all matches) has to be SA... both conditions are highly unlikely... so india better win next two... and hope SA doesnt lose all...

  • Sakthiivel on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    We over spoke in the last match and we got the same. Where is the last match hero the No1 over rated bowler the Harbhajan. His econ 10 per over.

  • mess.wif.da.best on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    My dear Indian Fans Specially Sobers fan(Not all)This is wot u call learn from da hard way. In T20s U can't judge a team by 1 Match. Stop hammering other teams.Look wot happened to ur team.I thought it was Afganistan vs Ozzies .ooooops may be i'm insulting to afgans comparing to this pathetic Indian Team. If this match went another over Dhoni gonna ask Kumar Dharmasena to bowl and get him a Wicket.Seriously guys. After 2007 can't win a single match in super 8. Who's da minnows now. Seriously Banlgladesh would be more competitive than this Indian team. Good luck wining at least 1 match before u guys heading home. Peace....

  • Harishonthemic on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Wow!! Just one game, and all the haters come out blowing their trumpets. Their memories are as fickle as these matches. Rant on!

  • coolitbaby on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    @rchathuranga - In case you want to find out what " destroying the spirit of the cricket" is look up Youtube video of Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga and Randiv conspiring to bowl no ball on purpose. Some players have gone to jail for doing that, you know.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Poor Indians are out of the tournament now we can see their houses thrashed. Not a new in T20 Indian have never won any super eight since 2007. Better go back home without getting thrashed by great Pakistani and South African teams.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Good decisions by the umpire for both the innings now india next Pakistan..... Australia will win this Cup INSHALLAH,

  • abshri on September 28, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Dear #MSD Please let us know, How many more matches do we owe to beloved Rohit Sharma??

    So that we can stop watching our matches and resume when you are done with him, coz we are done with him... we'd rather see #Sehwag fail!!

    What a joke... World T20 without Sehwag??

  • ProdigyA on September 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Its easy to blame Dhoni now but it was really a tough call for him given Sehwag's performance of late, not that it would have made any difference with the form the two W's were in. Totally demolished worse than what India to Eng. What was more bizzare for me was Dhoni electing to bat first where chasing was considered India's strength. A really bad day forget it and move on.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    "we were 20 runs short"- dhoni. After looking at aus batting are you sure only 20 :)

  • baranasai on September 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Indian team completely lostthe plot. Their Batsmen did not click.They all depend on the openers.If the openers fail they follow them wasiliy than applying themselves/Look at pakistan team/what a desparate situation they were in still they manged to score the required runs/ People like raina Yuvraj dont play well when it mattters/ Rohit is given a excuse as he has scored 2 50s/same with virat/What excuse Dhoni is going to say about dropping Shewag-it is shear personal fight between these two./the two dont get along well it is quite obvious//Bowling -it is awful except the spiiners/ even they were not able to do any thing as the ever useless fast bowlers especially Zac /he should forget 20/20/please bring in other fast bowler it will be an experience /Indian are never going to next stage/they have already goine out of the tournament/well dhoni-you bring your personal diffrenece with Shewag=look Srilanka persisted with Dilshan /Amarnath is right /dhoni should pack and go with team

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    sad umpiring.. had the two Lbw,s .. bad bad umpiring..

  • cricketoverkill on September 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    This is what happens when you select the players based on single performance.

  • Dilruksh on September 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    hehe so where are the indians now,,,,so whats the excuse for this match....bhajji chawla i feel sorry for u...they were very much happy aftr crushing an inexperience england....wut a thrashing today..well played aussies

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    it's show the difference between these two side..............

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    LoL.... Excuses Excuses !

    There goes the grand final ! With Minnows :)

  • cricket_jaya on September 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    is that Grand Finale b4 the Finale???

  • A_Vacant_Slip on September 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Dhoni is Comedy Boy. It is official. Look at this "It was like bowling in England. That was the main reason we lost". Why didn't didn't he just say "it was like playing in a country that is not India"? Good to see that he hasn't forgotten the excuses he learned in England and Australia last year!

  • East_West on September 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Dhoni is sounding more like Bangladeshi captain! well, afterall we made fun of Bangla after their loss to Pakistan, and now we are facing the same! waht goes around comes around..in a ZIP!!

  • abdul.alim on September 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    some media pompously say that India has the best batting line in the world. they do it just to make the Indians happy. Today Indians had the lessons what the best batting line up means. and their bowling is so ordinary. India is a team of media.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Hahahahaha so much laugh at poor india, what a grand final. Go india and play gilli danda

  • CricF7 on September 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    5 spinners in India team...Puh...........................Come on Pak........

  • saajankc on September 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I think with such huge loss India has shut all doors for place in Semfinals.Dhoni you culprit!!!!!

  • murk on September 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    hard go for India ahead. India dependent on kohli.pathan should have bowled at start.

  • ajrulez1213 on September 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I don't think the performance could have been any worse had Sehwag played. What's the point in playing bowlers that don't even bowl their quota of overs?

  • earthchoice on September 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    India did look like MINNOW infront of Aussies!!! Go Aussie Go!! India go play with Kenya or Ireland!! lol

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    haaaaaaaaaaaaa..........,grand final,4 spinners ran 4 different corners,go Aussies go

  • isport on September 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    I think time has come for Dhoni to step aside from Captaincy. He has been taking wrong decisions. He should have played Sehwag and Balaji. Also Pathan should have opened the bowling. I think the team needs total overhaul and need to bring in some big hitters and players like IQbal Abdullah, Yousuf Pathan and others.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Let us not blame the pitch..Australians batted on the same pitch. Same thing happened in Adelaide Test match 2011-12.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @afzal m faridi: Dun blame on ICC, look at your past, when team india win by favor of umpire decision, nothing in this life will support your fake win

    Best Alvano

  • triptoadd on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Phew, so much for the self proclaimed world T20 champs..if this is the best 11 they can produce out of 1.2 bn population, there is serious lack of talent in India.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    So aftr All 'HUE N CRY',WAS THS MATCH Dres rehersal 4 "FINAL" RIDICOLOUS TO SAY THE LEAST.KANGROS R NT POMS mr HARBHAJAN,lolz.WEL PAK R MORE CNSISTENT t20,test Side than india.I HOPE INDIAN FANS WOULD REALIZE THAT "STARC,CUMMINS" R NT AN EASY PROPORTN.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Minnows just got thrashed. Hahaha.. enjoyed this thrashing more than the SL vs NZ game. Minnows Team India deserved it. 2 more thrashings to come for Team INDIA. Chak de India..

  • Perera32 on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Well, so much for the "Grand Final" then. If Kohli doesnt play well India lose, India is a 1 man team. I think it's time Indian fans stop giving other World Class teams advice and get on with something else. So whats the excuse today then Indians???, If Slogwag played he would of scored less than Pathan.

  • ajrulez1213 on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Dhoni truly is rather dumb. In his words, "We were 20 short." Really dude? Really? You got your rear handed to you with 5 overs to spare, and 9 wickets in hand. Do you really think 20 more would have made difference?

  • bdfighter1 on September 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    is india better than minnows? Performance just said NO.. Be Prepare to get back home lower minnow!

  • saajankc on September 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Pathetic!!!!Dhoni high time keep your ego aside and think for the team. Viru exclusion????Shocking!!!!!!Tactics???? impossible to understand.and your batting???disaster!!!

  • Tusker17 on September 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Where are all the PUNDITS ???

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 28 2012, 16:52 PM GMT), welcome back, the kind of fair weather eng fan who hid behind sofa during the eng vs ind match and came out in full force after India defeat.It looks like England is leading the other group 1. Hope they stand where they belong ie bottom of the table.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    GRAND FINAL!!! AMEN .....

  • Aboss on September 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    pakistan with a win india with a loss kinda the day when u sleep with a smile knowing that Sunday will be a terrific match with india playing out of their skin and pak looking to make the semis early in the super eights.

  • Vibhanu on September 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    yesterday sri lanka won..today pakistan..and india lost..couldn't be happier..

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Final before SEMI....so pathetic

  • king_lion on September 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    great performance by watto and warner. they are fantastic players of spin. i am sure IPL has improved their playing abilities in T20 against spin. we played pathetically, both bowling and batting. i think we should just aim to win one supereight since we haven't done it since 2007. dhoni should accept that our bowling was also not at par rather than making rain as an excuse. i think aus and WI will be in final however next in line would be pakistan if they play consistently.

  • kashifsatti on September 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    OOOhhh how bad india played,redicoulous atleast they should fight guys,seems that watching T20I group matches,they should learn some bowling techiniques from PAKISTAN.im really feeling bad for india,best of luck to pakistan for their next encounter.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    is that big match?????poor indians they were helpless against 2W....always Indian talking too much but doing nothing

  • BroccoliPower on September 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    hahahahaha INDIA hahahahahaha INDIA hahahahahaha INDIA hahahahaha

  • Real_Champs on September 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    I dont know WHY manoj Tiwaree was so much excited after picking Watson's CATCH...:p GAME ON PAK VS india on SUNDAY... its equally important for PAK to win as for India.. Because Aus can cause us problems too altough we were very much better then india to Restrict WARNER

    I dnt know what happend to indian spiners PAK and SA spinners bowled realy well but Indians were too bad

  • Cric2012 on September 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    The most pathetic performance ........... REASON by Indian Captain>>>>>> RAIN - MS Dhoni ......... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • criccritic1 on September 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    should India keep Dhoni in the team??

    what do you guys think?

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Our Men in Blue will come back stronger Hopefully :)

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    first one sided game in super 8 , who invited minnows india in super 8 s ???

  • christened on September 28, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip trying to act cool and funny buddy? If so sorry to say this ,Im just irritated at your so called intented pun.........

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    To say India is overrated is ridiculous. This same Indian team routed England the last match , so what anyone thinks of the WC T20 holders England? Overrated I guess? So don't jumpt overly into conclusions by just one match. Some days are so lucky for one team that everything goes right on that day like Aussies today and India against England other day. But no doubt India cannot afford another match like this in this tournament. India can still beat SA and pakistan and qualify for the semis where they won't meet the Aussies definitely. So I'd say bring em on for the finals for a totally different rematch.

  • rob_damn on September 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    such a pathetic batting... enough of being captain cool, mr Dhoni... taking singles is always better than playing those super cool dots.. raina was off colour, so was yuvraj... and irfan was a wrong choice... I am not asking to drop anyone(except chawla).. this is nice team but they need to believe in themselves... pick up the pace guys... somhow or the other, i am liking this hammering... they would be back on ground (even fans were flying high after beating england)... wehave to win the next 2 matches..

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    india should have practiced, not cherishing Pakistani losses

  • Cric_info_pak on September 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    and for all super 8 games are good fighting game.... only india play like minnows

  • kunalx on September 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Now so many bad words abuses will come from other country for India. They will forget that it's a game, anything can happen any day. Though today's display was really pathetic but still I'm proud of Indian Team. One thing no body should forget, we can champion in all three format. TEST NO 1 SPOT, 50 ovr CHAMPION and T20 CHAMPION. No other country has the guts to achieve that.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Is there any country which doesn't hate Indian fans :P...i am a Indian by the way.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    this was a delight to watch :D :D

  • Sycophant on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Why is it that Manoj Tiwary always ends up as a bridesmaid......coming on to field for someone....what is it that he doesnt have that a player like Rohit Sharma has...is it because he's not from Mumbai.....guess he would be a better bet than Rohit....I cannot think of any other player who has flattered to deceive after having had so many chances....

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @afzal ; the floor was not tiled so you cannot dance right ?

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Minnows got thrashed....there should be a 2nd tier tournament for teams like india. before this game we witnessed 3 good competitive games. India will get even better thrashing from pakistan and SA ..........LOL

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    its shows the difference between hard work (Australians) and luck only (Indians)

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    India thrashed hard... These indian players were dancing when Pakistani wickets were falling. So literally speaking, India lost two matches today...

  • East_West on September 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Fellow indians, I always said on Cricinfo, "we won first T20 that's about it and we will NEVER WIN any other again", well, here is the truth! we just can't bat and bowl BUT we have IPL, and Australia humiliated us, wow! what a way to show us our place! and fellow indians, that is the reason we should learn to be HUMBLE and DO Not make fun of Bangladesh or England or whoever,.....We, Indians DO NOT HAVE what it takes to win! simple as that! Australia, South Africa and Pakistan have a chance and no other country..closest might be Sri Lanka but Indian WILL NEVER WIN another T20 again!!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    That is called annihilation. Now who is underachieving? Is enough enough now? Jokers.

  • 1st_april on September 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    "Final before Grand-Final"....lol....no please we don't want such finals...SA , please play better than IND.....the AUS team should be challenged before we go in the knockout matches...we should not lose the fizz like in WI 2010 before the final...

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    india should play 10 batsmen and 10 bowlers. each bowler will get two sixes from watson lolz

  • sutherland22 on September 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    INDIAN PLAYED 5 SPINNERS INCLUDING THE LEFT ARM SPIN OF ZAHEER KHAN & PATHAN.AND THEY SEND THEIR PREMIER LEFT ARM SPINNER TO OPEN THE BATTING WHO SUPPOSE TO BE BATTING AT NUM 10 OR 11.LOL :)

  • binojpeter on September 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Seems like writing is on the wall. Pakistan, Australia, Srilanka and West Indies will most probably reach semifinals and finals will most probably be Pakistan and Australia. It is hard to say who will win the final.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    playing ipl is one thing. Playing international is a seperate thing.

  • Ramansilva on September 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Oh!!! it was the rain. How can spinners ball with a wet ball. What a pathetic excuse by MS. So what happened to the much hyped batting line-up before the rain.

  • processabc on September 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    This match made a mockery of Indian cricket. A pretty spineless display in all aspects of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. This happened only because of pure lack of will to win on the part of the indian team. The only thing these indians have are the numbers - 1 billion. Good for us ozzies is that these numbers pay for our stint at IPL. A joke of a match indeed...

  • mensan on September 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    The two Ws (watson & Warner) completely annihilated India. I know the Indian fans will be able to find many excuses, top most is Sehwag's non-section. But I am sure that would not have made any difference. We have now seen 20-20 is a game of SIX hitters. Unless you hit SIXES, there is no use runnings 1s or 2s. On a different note, whenever anyone says that Rohit Sharma (or Umar Akmal for the matter) is talented, I get baffled. If Rohit is talented, then what Shane Watson is??? Also what is the use of such wasteful talent?

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    All Indian fans..........stop cursing Australia , instead of cursing Aus, you people can concentrate on Indian team......Now i can only describe you in one word "Loosers" :)

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Well done Aussie openers you did a fabulous job in colombo. As a srilankan fan i support Aussie in this condition. you fairly treated all bowler..........well done.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Enough is enough for underperforming India!!!

  • masodur2000 on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    To stop the Indians' mouth, this kind of Indian defeat is appreciated.

  • Lions_Roar on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Ha ha ha... Expected result.Ausies should have done it without no wicket.Indian bowling attack is the weakest bowling attack among the 08 teams.Now dont blame dhoni.Win without boosting..lose without excuses...and ready to come back home...

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @Arron Dore : Have you forgot India's last outing against the pommies?

  • lemonstealer on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    we've been hammered and the aussies made to look so much better than they are by some very mediocre bowling,we didnt look much better than bdesh against pakistan the other night,apart from zaheer who was a tad unlucky the bowling's been absolutely horrendous,ashwin should stop with this "pause" before he delivers the ball,it doesnt seem to come naturally to him,he could learn so much from how hafeez bowls to attacking left handers,hafeez is pretty brilliant,chawala is too intimidated to pitch the bloody thing up to the bat,i think he problem is he doesnt turn the leg break cuz of his action,with his arm coming right over his head,also hes really to short and was never ever international quality,he has shown that time and again!in hindsight pathan shouldve probably opened the bowling cuz he is a liability with the ball once it loses its shine!needless to say sehwag returns and maybe manof tiwary gets a game for his leggies!give dhoni a break though,cant do much with that kinda bowling!

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    what a 'Grand Final' :):)

  • nilb on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    India got the thrashing they thoroughly deserved!! Mystery spin and senseless bashing is not the formula for world class T20, It's good fielding, accurate bowling, and sensible batting while big hitting. Australia is in serious contention of taking the series and poor "favourites" can be easily beaten by any team in super 8. Looks like India is taking the flat pitch bully label out by performing equally bad in flat pitches.

  • waheed on September 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    was it Grand Final?? first match of the day between Pak and S.A was real T20 match .. this match is waste of time for 1 billion ppl of India....

    Pakistan will beat India on Sunday

  • may_the_best_win on September 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    first uninteresting and totally imbalanced match of super8 round!! all thanks to INDIA!! :)

  • criccritic1 on September 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    There you go… now Dhoni is complaining about RAIN.. wth..

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Well India. Beat Pakistan as you do and then go home. This tournament is not for your sorry bunch of bowlers lol

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    after loosing a one more match,,india out, >>> awsome in srilanka we call it AYYO ipl SALLI :P

  • mhb1 on September 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    hahahahha & they were thinking the actualy outplayed england hahaha actualy england chosed to lose because they dont wana match against PAK SA & AUS india got fooled again GRAND FINAL LOL

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    God only knows what England did against this pretty 3rd rate Indian bowling, just shows how much we freeze sometimes against any road spinner. It will be very fun on Sunday, cos if Pak beat India, its cheerio to India.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Absolutely loved the good ol' thrashing. Go Aussies!

  • cric4world on September 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    so the nail biter of pak v sa gets humble title of 'unlikely win' as if pakistan was an underdog all the way. and the game hyped up as ''grand final before semi final'' turns out to b this??? annihilation, or embarrassment watever u wanna call it. so my question is, who was thinking of this match as a ''grand final'' anyway? india did manage to damage pakistan though, bcoz even if pak beats india on sunday, still they will have to beat aus in last match to get a place in semi final bcoz of aus so high run rate.

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    India being thrashed... These indian players were dancing when Pakistani wickets were falling... So literally speaking, Indians lost two matches today...

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    blame the rain and the pitch typical indians.

  • rushaid on September 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    yow! flat pitch king indians fried by aussies, better play only in india and boast about yourself.

  • Marcio on September 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Australia bamboozled by spin yet again, the spin of the Indian press, that is. The weak Australian middle order failed to negotiate their coffee orders sitting in the stands. I do make that 1-240 in the last two games. Just as well the higher-ranked Ireland didn't make the super 8s, or AUS would have been completely humiliated. As that Pommy JG-something-or-other-number said, Australia is"simply dreadful". At least the game wasn't decided by some big fastbowler planting his foot down the wicket and swinging across the line.

  • sutherland22 on September 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    WAY TO GO AUSSIES...THAT'S HW U TRASH MINNOWS.

  • SL-RokZ on September 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    wo wo.... what a thrashing...... pulled so called MIB to the level ground.... GRATZ to Aussies....

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    oh common dhoni..its not rain done your spiners,poor bowling mr captain..

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    what a grand final...hok...hok...i'm still laughing

  • on September 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Batting FAIL..... India Ta'eel....

  • Buggsy on September 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Good performance by the Aussies, particularly Cummins who is turning into a real star, but they were helped by some shocking bowling by India not to mention a complete misread of the pitch by their selectors.

  • NomiJ on September 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Aussies have exposed Indian bowling and it has three nips!

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Some of the Indian fans are pathetic !! As soon as India won the last watch ya'll were like this is the best combination and Wanted Sehwag permanently out of the side . Now look at you guys saying that Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are useless and you want Sehwag back into the side , get your priorities straight . batting is India's strength and it will always be . India just doesn't have enough bowlers.

  • sMhsn. on September 28, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    I dunno why India cant produce genuine pacers fast bowlers their only weak point is their bowlers, they have a solid batting line no doubt about it!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Haha, glad to see the Aussies put India and their vastly overrated spinners in their place. One win in a dead rubber, however emphatic doesn't win you a world title. From a diehard pommie

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    there was no point watching a team who wanted to lose, i am an indian fan, and i am extremely disappointed with their performance today, id rather send the under 19's to play against austrailia.

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Great Hardcore Hitting By Aussie Openers.. Demolished an ordinary indian bowling attack... India is always lacking a word class bowler that they could rely on... Now IND vs PAK will be a hell of a match !!

  • Sanawana on September 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Man India just ruined my fantasy cricket on cricinfo! What was I thinking? Aussies were trained well in UAE against Pakistan spin; all they needed was to restrict India... I'm sure they have learned alot from playing against Pakistan; the last T20 they won against Pakistan was when they took off though it was a dead rubber. I'm a Pak fan but I wanted India to win to demoralize Aussies coz that's the only opposition I'm scared of.

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Now who r the real minnows???it was a complete hammering,a humiliating loss..IND yet to win a super 8 game after 2007 world cup..

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    This is why i do not like indians........only one match lost......they are talking about removing the players.learn from Sri Lanka guys.............

  • EverybodylovesSachin on September 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    India's batting needs class players who can bat against good bowling attack on a difficult wicket.. All these youngsters will fail when they tour outside India..Kohli always failed against good bowling..So retire old players and Indian cricket will be at rock bottom. And we all know India's bowling..Dhoni should have bowled..HAAA.

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on September 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    get in the seniors... bring back sehwag... convince tendulkar to play t20s... this is absolute humiliation... only zaheer and harbhajan bowled with heart...

  • suve on September 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    India got absolutley Destroyed. Hahaha 10 sixes hit by the Aussies. Shows that India can only play on pitches that offer turn. They almost lost vs Afghans where the pitch had some bounce and here by 9 wickets, haha. Im guessing very few Indians will accept defeat and most will try and find excuses to hide their shame. Well done Australia.

  • bMike on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Wow what a Grand Final before Semis. It should be changed as a Grand Dinner before desert lol

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    This is a "Grand Final" you are talking about.

  • rchathuranga on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    put India down on knee , totally a one sided match so bit bored Watson show again he is a power house

  • Tusker17 on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Aiyo.........MIGHTY ALL CONQUERING , WORLD BEATING, WORLD CLASS TEAM FILLED WITH WORLD CLASS PLAYERS, HEROES AND CHAMPIONS...............What happened ????

    ROFALMAO !!!

  • Raj_Jain74 on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Irfan, Zaheer, Harbajan and Dhoni are now past their prime. Time for youngsters.

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    ha ha ha ha haaaaaaa soooo what do the indian pandits who were commenting on sri lanka has to say :D :D :D LOLS Nice support for the auzies in colombo Auzies all the way :D

  • Nothingness on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    MISMATCH!!!! What horrific captaining by Dhoni!! If India get such an enormous thrashing on a spinning wicket with 3 spinners in the team, they should just pack up and go home. Why do people call the Indian batting line up top notch?? They couldn't get fast ballers away on a spinning wicket. This was not a contest; it was a practice match for AUS for the big games to come.

  • umbuly on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I wonder why Dhoni and Gambhir didn't bowl an over each today. They should have tried it... Sigh!

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    This is the weakest bowling attack in the tournament. I remember one Indian fan say ashwin is a great bowler than mendis,by that im not telling mendis is great tho.to day we saw how great ashwin is.in spin friendly wicket Indian spinners finding it difficult to turn, how pathetic ..India won world cup as a gift from Sri Lanka.this time they won't feature in semi-final also...so for the Indian fans who insulting other teams,, this what you called club level cricket. Half volleys short pitch deliveries & poor bating. If kholi don't fire India done & dust. Without kholi they can't win a single match.for the past few months it's all about kholi. All around poor low level cricket by Indians. Job well done ausy..

  • mark2011 on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    CONGRATZ to AUS...what a victory 5.1 ovrs remaining..AUS thrashed India.. its a one sided game by Aus compared to othr 3 super 8 matches this was exhibition of sixes .. India used 8 bowlers and 4 of them going over 10 rpo.. what a thumping !!!

  • procric on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Dhoni should retire. There are better wicket keeper batsman available in India.

  • always_SA on September 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Just watched the match. India getting walloped. Just a little sign of assistance to pace in the wicket, sign of tall fast bowlers and that is enough for India. I guess the weakness is here to stay. They were not good against quality fast bowling ever in the past and they are not going to be good in the future either. I was hoping for atleast a fight, but nothing at all. Just caved in like they had no clue. And all these Indian fans making fun of England for being weak against spin. Playing good fast bowling and scoring runs is more manly don't you think :).

  • LilAnzac on September 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    I'd like to thank all the cricket EXPERTS for the entertaining reading that's been supplied since this tournament began. So quick to lay the boot into Australia at any given chance while talking up your side for the sake of noise. Now it seems you will turn on your own captain when you lose dreadfully. Sehwag got dropped cause he is old and hasn't scored decent runs at all lately. Get over it!! Dhoni is a brilliant player who won you a world cup or have you forgotten that. He didn't make your precious spinners bowl custard!! Shame on you Indian fans why don't you get behind your team and choose your comments more carefully. LOYAL Aussie fan..

  • rob_damn on September 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    haha... spinners!!!.... gone over 10... this is reality check guys... lets not expect much from our bowlers... should have made 180... 140 was always going to be a losing total against oz... damn u dhoni for your stupid batting...

  • samuditha on September 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    wow.,what a grand final......lol..told India is not big for any team in super 8.well played aussie.

  • Raj_Jain74 on September 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Good Australia didnt bat first. The way Watson & Warner were going, it would be a 200+ target and we'd lose by 60 odd runs.

  • vipravara on September 28, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    As expected, the bowling limitations of India were brutally exposed. Congratulations to Aus and Pak teams. Aussies better go with David Hussey instead of Christian in the next games.- a cricket lover from India.

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    The over rated India crushed by a ruthless Aussie side....The most one sided T20 I've ever seen

  • DataQue on September 28, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    India lost... Aussie outplayed India all the way!!!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on September 28, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Never thought I would ever cheer for Australia - but go mate!!!! WHAT A PASTING FOR INDIA........!!!! I wonder what the excuse from India comedy boy will be this time? Ball too round? Bat too wooden? Too much oxygen in air? GO Aussie. Thrash India out of sight. Crush them. No doubt though that they will say that it doesn't count because it not in India....

  • waheed on September 28, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    we were not expecting this kind of perfomance from Dhoni XI... this is first 1 sided game of Super 8

  • rajesh_singhSTM on September 28, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I am a big Indian fan but this display was pathetic.

  • maddy20 on September 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    After all the hype, India turned up , seemingly with the mindset that they haave already lost the game and performed like a dud. They now have to pull up their socks and play well against Pak and SA. Their remaining two games are like knockouts. The time has come to end this muddle headed experimenting and go with the combination that has always worked for us- Piyush out and Sehwag in.

  • rchathuranga on September 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Ashwin destroying the spirit of the cricket by just stopping before deliver

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Grand Final.....OUCH !!

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    This opening match is turning out similar to 1999 world cup super six , aussies outplaying Indians ...and guess what that time also same next opponent Pakistan. Lets see what happens . It amazes how India has slided in T20 after 2007 , in all next world cups never won a super eights game .

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Thanks to Mr. RA Kettleborough for turning down 2 close lbw's (He is English and probably Aussie too) & thanks to rain as well, rest was Dhoni captaincy, thank you all!!!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 28, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    As i said in my earlier posts,bring out kohli plus raina(to certan dgree)N INDIAN BATNG Z WORSE THAN PAK,WHILE THERE Z SOME DAYLIGHT BTWEN PAK N IND BOWLNG WITH PAK CLEARLy Above.ALL IN ALL,IND Z WEAKEST IN DIS GROUP.

  • S_Singh on September 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    BC, MC coach ko nikaloo...

  • Htc-Android on September 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    As per some indian fans. "Group 2= clash of titans, Group 1= club level gameplay for minnows". both of yesterdays group 1 games proved to be nail biters. in group 2 first game between SA vs Pak proved to be clash titans. the second game ind vs Aus doesnt look to me as clash of titans. it just looked to as if a CLUB MINNOWS TAKING ON A TOP TEAM". infact Ireland played better than india against Australia on the same pitch. CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH.

  • The_Ashes on September 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Brilliant Australia the way you crushed this average below Indian team was a big statement considering you were ranked below Ireland before the start of the tournament. What happened India? lol ordinary batting, awful bowling and sloppy fielding I think Afghanistan should be given a chance now no wonder you guys don't play Ireland because even they could've beaten you but good luck next time because it is going to get tougher with South Africa :D

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I am not worried about loosing today, but Aus has royally screwed our chances of going into semi's bcos our NRR would be -3 or -4 .. Vow..

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    india should not play with 5 bowlers or 4 bowlers instead play with 11 batsmen atleast they could back themselves to chase down anything in t20s and i will never understand the point in opening the batting with a bowler arent the bowlers supposed to bowl rather than bat at the top

  • haq33 on September 28, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Dear eat sleep play cricket.....like I said, kohli is the only matchwinner. He belongs in a team of matchwinners, not ovrhyped india. when kohli goes, the rest of the team collapses...nice to see sehwag has already been put into storage, I predict zaheer is next....then the rest of the museum exhibits to follow after Sunday.

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    sehwag would have bowl better than bhaji and chawala...

  • Leather_N_Willow on September 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    This is not something in hindsight. But when dropping Sehwag, u gotta bring in a bowler who can make half an impact as viru. I mean hw will an oppsition feel playing sehwag. And to see Chawla's name i think shud have been a hell of a turn on for the Aussies. Did we not see Robin Peterson tear him apart in the IPL when he was so sure that Chawla does not have a legspinner he can only bowl googlies.

  • bMike on September 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    What a thrash by Kangaroos with thunders and lightnings. So funny the way so called spin trio (including so called power play specialist Ashwin) was hit all over the park. Better India go home now without playing next two matches. That's the only way they can get rid of forthcoming shameful humiliation. As India is already used to back to back knockouts it's not going to be a new experience for them.

  • Prakmca on September 28, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Why TURBUNATOR bowled only 2 overs???????????? That too he never bowls in Power Plays.....

    DO WE STILL NEED HIM?????

    Against England it is one match Miarcle.....

  • Sycophant on September 28, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Sehwag must really be satisfied......time to quip the usual saying of the so called indian experts .....form is temporary...class is permanent

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    The match is still continued and the Ozs are enjoying the juicy deliveries and lollypop bowling!!! All wickets are in hands!!!Cheers!!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @Slow_Track_Trolley...lol What happened to your Indian team bro? T20 Cricket is not the right way to judge teams accordingly am I right? Good job hope your learnt good luck :))

  • S_Singh on September 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    What a pathetic performance from India, however now its time for BAGGERS to enjoy...

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    india should not play with 5 bowlers or 4 bowlers instead play with 11 batsmen atleast they could back themselves to chase down anything in t20s

  • LilAnzac on September 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @ king fisher. Great call mate!!! You've had a dead set shocker!! Lol!!!

  • freestyler3333 on September 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    hooo look at their bowling playing more spinners dsnt mean u gona won match playing quality spinners matters its nt afghanistan LOL

  • alcapoon on September 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I think Micheal Hussey was the Australian player who was offered the escort service and he was still in shock for that when he gave the interview and said this will be like grand final. This game was like Ireland vs Australia. And we praised Ireland for at-least fighting

  • venkat.b on September 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sehwag is a class player. He knows these conditions very well. Dhoni must learn from this match(Just need a second for that). One more thing, who is piyush chawla and why is he playing only in global events.

  • Sycophant on September 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    This is what will happen when everyone goes gaga over a one off good performance by the white elephants in the team whose real face has got exposed now.....rohit a world beater (please give him a break)....bhajji a class act and back in form (it must be taken that last match was an abberation and he is back into his form in this match).....let the experts come out with excuses now for we have seen how the australian, south african and pakistani spinners have bowled on the same pitch

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    haha...So my respective Indian fans, T20 Cricket is not the format to go after other teams so harshly because India too got crushed by this mighty Australia so what excuse now? :)))

  • Sharbigma on September 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Finally some lessons for Indian selectors, the bowling is too weak. Pick people like yadav and Aaron.. They are wasting talent playing rubbish bowlers. This bowling is nothing really.

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I was going to watch Mr.Bean's funny episodes today but I discarded the idea when I saw India spinners bowling to 2Ws!!! lol

  • freestyler3333 on September 28, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    haha to many 6s poor indian

  • LilAnzac on September 28, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Yeah Aussie batting lineup top heavy alright. Not our fault teams fail to get into our middle order!! Is there any question who is the best all rounder in cricket today?? C'mon ppl love him or hate him.. The answer is Shane Watson! C'mon Aussies c'mon!!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on September 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    yep just goes to show how ordinary England are

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Well Done Australia for showing your class and showing what team India really are. I first thought you played Nepal or something lol. Australia are strong favourites to go all the way now. World Champions yeah right India can't even 'comfortably' beat weak teams like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc so they obviously have no chance against a team of Australia calibre all the best Australia.

  • freestyler3333 on September 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    haha look at poor indians guyzzz hamered all over the ground hahaha enjoyed

  • Legaleagle on September 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    India is gonna get hammered!!!

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Ian Chappel rightly said,"It's purely ridiculous bowling" when 2Ws were smashing and carting the world's worst and toothless bowling 'attack'!!!lol

  • salehafaisal on September 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    loving two Ws playing finest innings of their careers..Pakistani openers should take some clean hitting tips from them..they have outclassed india ...truly!!!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Pathetic india team..such a beautiful bating pitch..India still not able to take a wicket..Some magic need to happen if we need to stay in this tournament

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    lol No surprises that Australia defeated this mediocre side India should play against the likes of Afghanistan so that there is more competition like last time they played them :D

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Congratulations Australia for beating this overrated ordinary Indian team I always said Australia will win this tournament from the moment it first started :)

  • on September 28, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    peterson was Right,,,, "I know Australia would rather face an Indian side without Sehwag in it.".........

  • RameshRayaprolu on September 28, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    :) !! India all set to loose their first super 8....2 more to go....!

  • himohan007 on September 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Dhoni should have dropped Rohit n played Shewag. Still hope for best

  • King_Fisher on September 28, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    So who said that pakistani batting line is a flop?its the same for all the teams!

  • Prakmca on September 28, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    As long as you have bowlers like Zaheer, you cannot defend any score. Also this 5 bowlers concept never worked for India. Pathan not a good prspect to open in T20. Todays performance is pathetic, after playing down 12 overs with the strike rate of 100%. Why Yuvi came ahead of Rohit? Rohit played well at number 4 in the last match. Too much expermenting is not good. For experimenting Dhoni can drop himself for one match. May be after loosing to Pak ins second super 8.

  • on September 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    who said it is a BIG mach ? india can compete with Afghanistan only , dont ever compare them with aussies.

  • on September 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    What is the point of opening with Irfan when he can score only 31 of 30 deliveries. India may have won the match against England, but the decision to open with Irfan was wrong then and today. Sehwag deserves to sit on bench, But India can bring either Rohit or Kohli as an opener.

  • on September 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    why dont dhoni throw himself out of the team instead of sehwag and give chances to some good players....??? a place for the good player is filled by him with out no use.... becoz he is a captain... wat a misery for india india can win without dhoni

  • on September 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Happy, that R. Ashwin, and Irfan Pathan are in the team. India looks like a team, not unlike what South Africa looked like some little time ago.

  • trueanalyst on September 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Why all these expert commentators & Twitters think Dhoni is a big wicket.This useless fellow is the worst T20 player of India.Dont they remember how he lost the match against NewZealand.His strike rate is less than 110.Why don't anyone talk of throwing this Guy out.Poor Sehwag would have scored those 15 runs of 7 balls

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Aus is going to keep their perennial dominance over Ind as Pak did to SA!!!

  • passionatecricbug on September 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    lo, setting aside the aberration nohit sharma played to his true potential again

  • indiabadri on September 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Sehwag atleast would have scored some 10 runs from 4 balls rather than the Captain who consumed 21 balls for his 15 and Yuvraj who scored 8 from 10 balls. Couldnt understand why Yuvraj was sent above Rohit when he was not in form. Rohit normally takes time to settle. This score is tough to defend with this australian lineup.

  • on September 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Kohli scores India win.. Kohli fails India Suffers.. One man show ends here.. Today..

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Guys lets all come and enjoy India's defeat!!! So bye bye India!!!

  • JustIPL on September 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    INDIA HAVE SURPRISED EVERYONE REACHING 140 AFTER LOOSING SO MANY WICKETS EARLY ON (75/5) AND THAT TOO WITHOUT SEHWAG. NOW LETS SEE IF THE CAN SPIN AUSTRALIA OUT OF THIS GAME.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    open with irfan not good idea...30 ball 31 runs ,,,it,s t2o boss

  • pkhunter on September 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    India will need to bowl out of their skins if they're to salvage this dead rubber..

  • Extraz on September 28, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Well 102-5 in 15 overs that doesn't look good but still india have 3 spinners in their team so they can win it for them hope india wins best of luck to India from Pak.

  • Rajavel-cricket on September 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Ha ha look at the dhoni Strike rate.. Is he T-20 grade batsmean,, What the heck. He dropped sehwag as well .. The better option for opening is now ashwin.

  • TheBengalTiger on September 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    I guess when you produce a fast and bouncy wicket it wont help us. These curators are taking the mick, one pitch for the other group, a completely different one here

  • StatisticsRocks on September 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I think it's Bye Bye India. Not that we expected this team to win T20 WC

  • himohan007 on September 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I foresee at end NoHIT Sharma's he will be responsible for most of India's loss let alone his contribution of nothing in India's 99.99% win

  • abi-zaid on September 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    the much vaunted Indian top order failing in the world t20s, where have I heard that one before?

  • Solid_Snake on September 28, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    And people say that our Pak batting line up is even below club level... Now see this great batting line up has fallen..People just like to tease.They dont bother to see how the pitch is behaving.Now see your team is in trouble.. I hope India get through and we both play in the Finals once again to settle the score :)

  • rchathuranga on September 28, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I don't see the aggressive line up India had when u left out guy like Shewag , and this is bad captaincy by Dhoni to still expect the bowlers to the batsman job... Irfan not a batsman either , yes he may be a hitter at the end that's not make one a batsman anyway.... This is a very average line up against other line up, If kholi not get going then the situation will be pathetic. Dhoni try with shewag , he will give a whole lot of confidence to the unit

  • on September 28, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Go Aussie's go.You can do it. Anther reminder that whats happened at Australia. Seems to be solutions are not found.Cant see way through. Couldn't find voices from Indian commentators too. IND - 75/5

  • TheBengalTiger on September 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    This pitch is basically an Australian one. DOnt worry, we know these clowns can't play in subcontinent conditions. These aren't subcontinent conditions

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 28, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    India can't deal with good pace bowling even on Asian tracks again Yuvraj and Sharma have shown how weak they are two hugely overrated players I have no idea how Sharma has kept Robin Uthappa out of Inida 11 in Odis let alone T20's there is a huge gap of talent between the 2 of them I guess it politics ?

  • on September 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    pitch seems difficult it would be trouble for indian batsmen to survive because wickets are falling faster

  • Solid_Snake on September 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    A target of even 130 or above would be so difficult for Aussies.. Whats going on in this WC..One day we see matches in which each team scores 170+..In the next stadium we see pitches like this where even a target of 130 becomes a huge mountain and impossible to chase

  • Solid_Snake on September 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    This pitch is so deadly.. Favours are not with Aussies in this match..Team batting 2nd has to face the Spin bowling.

  • Sadiqahmed on September 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Outrageous decision to drop the dynamite Sehwag, especially when Australia are playing Warner and Watson. India needs 190-200 to win. Don't see how they can without Sehwag.

  • Marcio on September 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It's a miracle! All the grass and moisture has suddenly disappeared from the pitch just as SA and AUS arrive to play on it. Can't these guys be at least a little bit subtle? I suppose they got scared of the early results in the competition, and just decided to kill the wicket stone dead. Looking forward to watching some brave batting from Indian batsmen as the ball rises to meet them at waist height. I earlier praised the SL admin for preparing fair wickets with a little bit for everyone. Too bad they lost their nerve, and all commendations have now been withdrawn. I write this at the start of the game, BTW.

  • King_Fisher on September 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Australia can make it only through bowling and fielding!

  • on September 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I think it is end of road for Sehwag in T20 world cup. Why he is there? anyway he has become the captain of North Zone and got opportunity to bounce back. If India keeps winning with this combination then it will be bye bye Sehwag.

  • on September 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    watson lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!go pathan

  • Hammond on September 28, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Weird, I got all emotional during the national anthem. I'm going down to the pub now to cheer on the Aussies dressed in my odi England cricket jersey. Feeling a touch strange. Saying that love seeing India beat by either team.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    good luck INDIA best wishes from PAk fans...all asian shuold be in semi final...today again kholi gona entertain us....Indain spin will come again

  • Prakmca on September 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Let Harbajan prove him today and in all super 8 Matches. Against England, it's pure luck and Opposition batter as poorly as they can.

    Harbajan, don't let your attitude issues creep up after one performance.

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  • Prakmca on September 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Let Harbajan prove him today and in all super 8 Matches. Against England, it's pure luck and Opposition batter as poorly as they can.

    Harbajan, don't let your attitude issues creep up after one performance.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    good luck INDIA best wishes from PAk fans...all asian shuold be in semi final...today again kholi gona entertain us....Indain spin will come again

  • Hammond on September 28, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Weird, I got all emotional during the national anthem. I'm going down to the pub now to cheer on the Aussies dressed in my odi England cricket jersey. Feeling a touch strange. Saying that love seeing India beat by either team.

  • on September 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    watson lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!go pathan

  • on September 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I think it is end of road for Sehwag in T20 world cup. Why he is there? anyway he has become the captain of North Zone and got opportunity to bounce back. If India keeps winning with this combination then it will be bye bye Sehwag.

  • King_Fisher on September 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Australia can make it only through bowling and fielding!

  • Marcio on September 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It's a miracle! All the grass and moisture has suddenly disappeared from the pitch just as SA and AUS arrive to play on it. Can't these guys be at least a little bit subtle? I suppose they got scared of the early results in the competition, and just decided to kill the wicket stone dead. Looking forward to watching some brave batting from Indian batsmen as the ball rises to meet them at waist height. I earlier praised the SL admin for preparing fair wickets with a little bit for everyone. Too bad they lost their nerve, and all commendations have now been withdrawn. I write this at the start of the game, BTW.

  • Sadiqahmed on September 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Outrageous decision to drop the dynamite Sehwag, especially when Australia are playing Warner and Watson. India needs 190-200 to win. Don't see how they can without Sehwag.

  • Solid_Snake on September 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    This pitch is so deadly.. Favours are not with Aussies in this match..Team batting 2nd has to face the Spin bowling.

  • Solid_Snake on September 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    A target of even 130 or above would be so difficult for Aussies.. Whats going on in this WC..One day we see matches in which each team scores 170+..In the next stadium we see pitches like this where even a target of 130 becomes a huge mountain and impossible to chase