ICC World Twenty20, 2nd Match, Group B: Australia v Ireland at Colombo (RPS), Sep 19, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 2nd match, Group B
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
19 September 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Quick turnarounds in these matches. The Australia openers are not there now. Warner and Watson are a formidable pairing. Boyd Rankin with the new ball...


Rankin to Warner, no run, starts back of a length, takes Warner's pad and bobbles down by his feet

Words shared, the umpire comes in straight away to calm things down. Niall O'Brien, Gary Wilson and David Warner involved.


Rankin to Warner, no run, touch fuller outside off, pushed into the covers

Wilson having a few more words. Aleem Dar isn't impressed.


Rankin to Warner, 1 run, very full, going for the yorker, turned away backward of square and short fine-leg comes around

Shame we can't hear the stump microphones at the moment!


Rankin to Watson, 1 run, full on off stump, Watson always likes to get forward and does so here with a controlled outside edge to third man


Rankin to Warner, FOUR, dropped in short, Warner goes for the pull and, although he doesn't middle it, there's plenty of power as it goes wide of mid-on and runs away


Rankin to Warner, no run, back of a length outside off, driven firmly off the back foot to cover

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (118 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.21)

    • DA Warner 5 (5b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 1 (1b)
    • WB Rankin 1-0-6-0

Both umpires having a word with William Porterfield. Here's the evergreen Trent Johnston


Johnston to Watson, 1 run, on off stump, comes forward and pushes into the leg side


Johnston to Warner, no run, good length on middle and off, defended towards mid-off


Johnston to Warner, no run, well bowled! This zips off the pitch outside off stump and Warner feels for it away from his body as he gets beaten


Johnston to Warner, 1 leg bye, full on leg stump, shapes into Warner and takes the pad to the leg side

"Let the players have words!" says Joshwin. "Sledging is part of international cricket, this is not a creche....Let men be men!!! Umpires are too controlling!!!"


Johnston to Watson, 1 run, full on the stumps, Watson gets forward and plays across his front pad towards midwicket


Johnston to Warner, no run, tight on middle and off, defended to the covers...quiet start from the openers

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 9/0 (115 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.38)

    • DA Warner 5 (9b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 3 (3b)
    • DT Johnston 1-0-2-0
    • WB Rankin 1-0-6-0

Rankin to Watson, FOUR, deflected away fine, angled into Watson and it takes a thick inside through fine leg and it speeds over the outfield


Rankin to Watson, no run, back on off stump, short of a length and defended at the top of the bounce to cover


Rankin to Watson, 1 wide, loses his line down the leg side, Wilson does well to get a glove on it


Rankin to Watson, 1 wide, again, poor ball, fired down the leg side by Rankin


Rankin to Watson, 2 runs, close! Aims to play this through the leg side and gets a big leading edge that loops over mid-on...that's the use of today's very big bat edges!


Rankin to Watson, no run, full outside off, defended firmly into the covers


Rankin to Watson, 1 wide, short ball going down the leg side, Watson doesn't connect with his pull and that's another extra


Rankin to Watson, 1 wide, and another, this is pretty poor from Rankin as another one is speared past the pads


Rankin to Watson, 1 run, that's more like it, back of a length on off stump and it climbs at Watson taking the handle down to third man


Rankin to Warner, 1 run, outside off stump, Warner fetches it into the leg side and will keep the strike at the end of a long over

End of over 3 (12 runs) Australia 21/0 (103 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.05)

    • DA Warner 6 (10b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 10 (8b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 2-0-18-0
    • DT Johnston 1-0-2-0

Johnston to Warner, FOUR, powerful drive, Warner offered a touch of width and he unleashes through the line of the ball


Johnston to Warner, 1 run, pushed firmly into the off side between cover and mid-off


Johnston to Watson, FOUR, dragged down short and that's easy for Watson as he pulls it strongly backward of square...sat up nicely off the surface

"Rankin becomes widekin," says RK. "This is the big difference between a team like Australia and minnows. Yesterday, Zimbabawe conceded too many extras and today its Ireland."


Johnston to Watson, FOUR, width outside off this time, Watson just stands there and drives dismissively through the off side...power and placement


Johnston to Watson, no run, slower ball on off stump, defended carefully back towards the bowler


Johnston to Watson, SIX, poor line again, on leg stump and flicked effortlessly over deep square-leg...didn't use brute force there, just timing

Australia on the charge as that over costs 19

End of over 4 (19 runs) Australia 40/0 (84 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 5.25)

    • SR Watson 24 (12b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 11 (12b 2x4)
    • DT Johnston 2-0-21-0
    • WB Rankin 2-0-18-0

Change of bowling as Alex Cusack comes into the attack


Cusack to Warner, 1 wide, starts down the leg side with a wide, Wilson takes it neatly and whips off the bails


Cusack to Warner, 1 leg bye, outside leg stump, the bowler is fortunate that this takes the pad into the leg side


Cusack to Watson, no run, full outside off, driven into the off side


Cusack to Watson, no run, full on middle and off, pushed towards midwicket


Cusack to Watson, 1 run, very full outside off, a booming drive from Watson although not quite timed and mid-off dives to his right to cut it off


Cusack to Warner, 1 run, nicely timed off the back foot, pinged it to cover who dives and gets his left hand on it but can only parry the ball away


Cusack to Watson, no run, short ball outside off, comes back a touch into Watson and he deflects it to short third man

"I really think Rankin should reconsider his retirement from Irish cricket," says Peter from South Africa. "He's a decent cricket cricketer but not nearly good enough to play test cricket for England. Especially with the waiting list being Onions, Woakes, Meaker, Bresnan, Tremlett (when fit) etc. He should focus his energies on getting Ireland to test cricket."

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 44/0 (80 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.80, RRR: 5.33)

    • SR Watson 25 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • DA Warner 12 (14b 2x4)
    • AR Cusack 1-0-3-0
    • DT Johnston 2-0-21-0

George Dockrell into the attack, this should be a good contest


Dockrell to Warner, FOUR, what a classy shot by Warner, was a full ball on off stump and he places it between cover and mid-off with outstanding timing


Dockrell to Warner, 1 run, he's round the wicket, full on the stumps and work down to mid-on


Dockrell to Watson, no run, pushed in towards leg stump, takes the pad to the on side


Dockrell to Watson, no run, touch slower, on middle and off, hint of turn and defended to off side


Dockrell to Watson, 1 run, plays this late off the stumps, chopped down to short third-man


Dockrell to Warner, 3 runs, a touch short outside off stump, cut away off the back foot and pulls up just short of the deep cover boundary

That's the end of a very good Powerplay for Australia

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 53/0 (71 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.83, RRR: 5.07)

    • DA Warner 20 (17b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 26 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-9-0
    • AR Cusack 1-0-3-0

Cusack to Warner, no run, on leg stump, flicked to midwicket


Cusack to Warner, 1 run, back of a length, pushed across Warner, driven off the back foot down the ground


Cusack to Watson, 1 run, hint of shape into Watson who plays it late down to third man


Cusack to Warner, FOUR, poor delivery, outside leg stump and another superb piece of timing as he flicks it backward of square through the leg side

That's 1000 T20I runs for Warner


Cusack to Warner, no run, played into the off side


Cusack to Warner, 1 run, full outside off, driven without much timing down to long-off

"This is exactly what the Aussie openers need to get themselves into the tournement a small total where they can just get some form," says Dave

End of over 7 (7 runs) Australia 60/0 (64 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.57, RRR: 4.92)

    • DA Warner 26 (22b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 27 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • AR Cusack 2-0-10-0
    • GH Dockrell 1-0-9-0

Dockrell to Warner, OUT, that's the breakthrough...Warner used his feet and flicked it sweetly into the leg side but straight to the man at deep midwicket

DA Warner c KJ O'Brien b Dockrell 26 (33m 23b 4x4 0x6) SR: 113.04

"Talking of Ireland playing tests, it would be good to have some sort of divisions in tests (with promotion/relegation every 3-4 years)," starts James. "5 teams per division (say, SA, England, Aus, India and Pakistan in current Div 1, NZ, SL, WI, Bang and Zim in Div 2). You'd then have a 3rd division with the top associates sides, with a div 2 and 3 play off for promotion/relegation. Any takers?"


Dockrell to Watson, 1 run, touch shorter, played square through the off side through the covers


Dockrell to Hussey, 1 run, full on middle stump, worked down the ground to long-on


Dockrell to Watson, 1 run, nicely bowled, tossed up on middle and off, comes forward and gets a thick inside edge


Dockrell to Hussey, no run, well bowled...slides across the left hander and beats the outside edge. Wilson appeals for a stumping but Hussey got his foot back


Dockrell to Hussey, 1 run, opens the face into the off side

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 64/1 (60 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.00)

    • MEK Hussey 2 (3b)
    • SR Watson 29 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-13-1
    • AR Cusack 2-0-10-0

Paul Stirling gets a bowl with his off spin


Stirling to Hussey, 1 run, hint of width outside off, driven through the covers


Stirling to Watson, no run, round the wicket, swung from outside off straight to midwicket


Stirling to Watson, 1 run, dropped driven straight down the pitch and Stirling can't hold on as he struck up his left hand


Stirling to Hussey, 1 run, full on the stumps, flicked along the ground and beats a diving midwicket


Stirling to Watson, FOUR, nicely played, short on leg stump and Watson sweeps it firmly backward of square


Stirling to Watson, SIX, now he drops short and gets pulled over the deep midwicket boundary...Watson following his wickets with a very solid innings

End of over 9 (13 runs) Australia 77/1 (47 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.55, RRR: 4.27)

    • SR Watson 40 (26b 4x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 4 (5b)
    • PR Stirling 1-0-13-0
    • GH Dockrell 2-0-13-1

"I have a different idea," says Dhanoop. "When a team visits another country, the warm up match should be played with any of these associates."


Dockrell to Hussey, no run, an appeal for lbw as Hussey misses a sweep but it pitched outside leg...would have been out if Porterfield had it


Dockrell to Hussey, 1 run, angled to backward point and that would have been close with a direct hit


Dockrell to Watson, FOUR, that's Watson brutal power, dragged down short and he flat-bats it straight down the ground to beat long-on...he's in a rush


Dockrell to Watson, SIX, that's massive! Watson deep in his crease again and pulls it high and handsome over deep midwicket to take him to a 28-ball fifty


Dockrell to Watson, 1 run, gets this one fuller and it's driven down the ground


Dockrell to Hussey, 2 runs, wrong line outside leg stump, Hussey paddles it in a very controlled fashion behind square on the on side

End of over 10 (14 runs) Australia 91/1 (33 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.10, RRR: 3.30)

    • MEK Hussey 7 (8b)
    • SR Watson 51 (29b 5x4 3x6)
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-27-1
    • PR Stirling 1-0-13-0

Jake from Australia: "I've long held the belief of a 2 division test set up. Except mine generally has 6 teams a division with the Intercontinental Cup acting as a pseudo division 3. With Ireland getting promoted the first year with Afghanistan getting the other spot if they can set up facilities."

Meanwhile, Kevin O'Brien into the attack


KJ O'Brien to Watson, OUT, on off stump, opens the face to short third-man who makes a direct hit and Watson is caught short by Johnston's throw. That was a bit lazy from him

SR Watson run out 51 (45m 30b 5x4 3x6) SR: 170.00

Cameron White up to No.4...but Hussey on strike


KJ O'Brien to Hussey, 2 runs, worked neatly off the stumps through short fine-leg


KJ O'Brien to Hussey, 1 run, pushed firmly towards mid-off and Hussey is quick between the wickets


KJ O'Brien to White, no run, on off stump, defended with bat and pad together


KJ O'Brien to White, 1 run, tucked off the stumps through the leg side


KJ O'Brien to Hussey, OUT, gone! The umpire decides that was pad first. Shaped back late into Hussey who was pushing forward and got caught in front of middle and off

MEK Hussey lbw b KJ O'Brien 10 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

"Completely disagree," says Brett. "All the 2 division thing does is devalue the traditions of the game. ICC should have a clear pathway for emerging nations but it is too soon for Ireland."

Good over from O'Brien but too late for Ireland

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 95/3 (29 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.63, RRR: 3.22)

    • CL White 1 (2b)
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-4-1
    • GH Dockrell 3-0-27-1

Slip in place as Rankin comes back into the attack


Rankin to White, 2 runs, starts with a short ball, White pulls in front of square through midwicket and they make a third with some good running...ah, but wait, it was called one short


Rankin to Bailey, no run, short of a length on off stump, worked into the leg side


Rankin to Bailey, 1 run, cut away into the off side, they race off for the run and the fielder fumbles when a clean pick-up would have provided a run-out chance


Rankin to White, 1 wide, banged in very short outside off stump, climbs through to the keeper and that's a wide


Rankin to White, no run, back full on off stump, defended to the on side


Rankin to White, 1 run, dropped, but that would have been a blinder from Johnston. He was pulled off the top of the bat towards mid-on where Johnston leapt to his right and couldn't grab the rebound


Rankin to Bailey, no run, mistimes another pull as he gets a bottom edge into his leg which bobbles to the off side

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 100/3 (24 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.33, RRR: 3.00)

    • GJ Bailey 1 (3b)
    • CL White 4 (5b)
    • WB Rankin 3-0-23-0
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-4-1

KJ O'Brien to White, no run, full on off stump, pushed up to mid-off


KJ O'Brien to White, no run, full on the stumps, whipped firmly out to midwicket


KJ O'Brien to White, 2 runs, on the pads, worked away out to deep square

Here's Thomas: "Has anyone considered that if we want to develop cricket worldwide any test series between big nations should open with a curtain raiser against a neighbouring minnow nation. England's series against Pakistan last year had a brilliant curtain raiser against a combined minnow side. What if the next Ashes series started with a curtain raiser against Ireland instead of the England Lions?"


KJ O'Brien to White, no run, goes for the pull, but it is another unconvincing effort as he plays over the delivery


KJ O'Brien to White, 1 run, dragged wide outside off, White drills it with a lot of power off the back foot but straight to deep cover


KJ O'Brien to Bailey, no run, opens the face and finds short third-man

"Watching these two makes me thinks that 7 doesn't fit into 6 but David Hussey out of form is definitely a better fit than bailey or white," suggests Martin.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 103/3 (21 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.92, RRR: 3.00)

    • GJ Bailey 1 (4b)
    • CL White 7 (10b)
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-7-1
    • WB Rankin 3-0-23-0

Rankin to White, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the off side


Rankin to White, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, deflected into the leg side


Rankin to Bailey, no run, chopped away into the off side, struggling for his timing here as he finds backward point


Rankin to Bailey, 1 run, another short ball, this time he pulls and gets it in front of square


Rankin to White, 1 leg bye, fuller delivery, White hanging on the back foot and gets more of an inside edge down to long leg


Rankin to Bailey, FOUR, that's better, another short ball. Gets his timing and placement this time as he pulls backward of square and finds the gap

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 110/3 (14 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.85, RRR: 2.33)

    • GJ Bailey 6 (7b 1x4)
    • CL White 7 (13b)
    • WB Rankin 4-0-28-0
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-7-1

KJ O'Brien to White, FOUR, that's pretty dismissive from White as he picks up a fractionally short delivery outside off and cracks it away through midwicket


KJ O'Brien to White, no run, pushes this fuller and it's driven to mid-off


KJ O'Brien to White, FOUR, this is hurry to a finish now, dropped in short at gentle pace and he swivels onto a pull sending it fine of long leg


KJ O'Brien to White, 2 runs, slower ball full on middle, punched nearly down the ground for brace


KJ O'Brien to White, 1 run, driven off the back foot through the covers


KJ O'Brien to Bailey, no run, swing and a miss. Scoots past off stump, a coat of varnish job. He lifted his head on the shot.

End of over 15 (11 runs) Australia 121/3 (3 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.06, RRR: 0.60)

    • GJ Bailey 6 (8b 1x4)
    • CL White 18 (18b 2x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 3-0-18-1
    • WB Rankin 4-0-28-0

Gotcha isn't too happy: "Here lies Australia's T20 troubles. After a great start by Warner, Watson, Hussey in come Bailey and White to crawl at less than 4 an over. No pressure, no nothing and still they can't get going. That's why if a team knocks off the top quickly the Aussies have no where else to go. Why White gets a game ahead of the other Hussey is beyond us all!"


Dockrell to White, FOUR, that's the game, lofted comfortably over the leg side out to the deep midwicket boundary

Here's the post-match: Porterfield "We didn't have a great start, we tried to get a platform but it didn't happen. We've warmed-up well and weren't surprised by conditions. I can't fault the lads for trying."

Bailey: "I thought he started really well and finished if off with the bat. The short ball will be a good weapon for us. We were happy to see that pitch but it will probably get slower and lower."

Watson is Man of the Match. Tough call! "We knew how important the game was to make a statement. I'd been thinking about how to bowl the first over for about a day and it worked out nicely. It's been nice to hit the ball well over the last few weeks."

So, that's just about it for this match. I'll hand over to my colleagues for the India-Afghanistan match which starts shortly. Enjoy the action.

That's a cakewalk for Australia. Puts the rankings into a touch more perspective. Ireland were well below their best and they'll know that. Australia, though, looked very solid with bat, ball and in the field. Questions remain about the middle order, but they couldn't have done much more today. I'll stay around to bring you news from presentation. Suspect Shane Watson will be Man of the Match!

Here's Harsha summing things up: "A comfortable win but this middle order is a trouble.. Dan Christian is surplus and wasted at no8 bowling not needed and won't bat, pick D Hussey and Bailey play as a specialist captain and bat at 8, seems to be only way to fix this"

SU defends the middle order: "At least have a look at the strike rates of Bailey and White. Doesn't look too bad to me. And Bailey is a kind of backbone every batting team requires in T20."






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