ICC World Twenty20, 8th Match, Group B: Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Sep 22, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 8th match, Group B
Australia won by 17 runs (D/L method)
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
22 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Back. Warner is scratching his guard. Fidel "Castro" Edwards is ready to sling his way in


Edwards to Warner, no run, what a delivery to start. Full, swinging, tailing towards off, beats the bat, misses the off stick by a whisket


Edwards to Warner, 1 wide, short of a length, wide outside off, 138ks, beats his attempt at the punch, called a wide. That's a bit harsh


Edwards to Warner, FOUR, the faster they come, the fatser they go. Half-volley at 142ks, outside off, and he drives it on the tun, between mid-off and extra cover, all along the ground


Edwards to Warner, no run, length ball, widish, the bat handle turns as he looks to drive at it without any feet. Back she goes to the bowler


Edwards to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length, punched away square, the ball flies across the fast outfield, Ravi Rampaul is slow on his feet from third man, but puts in a swinging-pool dive to keep in


Edwards to Warner, no run, full, driven back into the pitch, and it threatens to bounce over Castro's head, who parries it to mid-off


Edwards to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, wide, doesn't come on at all, Warner is early into the punch and limply hits it to mid-off for one

End of over 1 (8 runs) Australia 8/0 (184 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 9.68)

    • DA Warner 7 (6b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-8-0

Ravi Rampaul to share the new ball


Rampaul to Warner, SIX, Rampaul starts with a bouncer, Warner upper-cuts it, more like a boxer than other upper-cuts, in the sense that he really threw his hands at it. The third man came around, but was lobbed


Rampaul to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to cover

Umpire has a word with RR. Close to running on the danger area


Rampaul to Warner, FOUR, Warner goes boom again. Length ball, on off, drives inside-out, over mid-off. This chase is on at, at least at the moment


Rampaul to Warner, SIX, this is a crazy game. Short, into the ribs, and he has short-arm pulled it over deep square leg. Top timing


Rampaul to Warner, 1 no ball, Beaten. Short of a length, outside off, angling away, beats him. I think it seamed a bit too. But he has overstepped too

Free hit coming up


Rampaul to Warner, FOUR, Warner clears the front leg, gets a length ball, goes at it with all his might, gets a thick inside edge between the keeper and short fine leg


Rampaul to Warner, 1 run, nicely bowled. On a length, middle and leg, gets a thick edge from him, but Warner takes a single to keep the strike again. Watson has been a spectator so far

End of over 2 (22 runs) Australia 30/0 (162 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 15.00, RRR: 9.00)

    • DA Warner 28 (13b 3x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 0 (0b)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-22-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-8-0

Edwards to Warner, OUT, Warner is not going anywhere, but the finger has gone up. Stands, smiles wryly, and walks off. He is not happy, is Warner. This is a length ball outside off, Warner plays for the swing and tries the big booming drive. The ball doesn't quite come in, and Edwards and Ramdin are fairly certain he has nicked it. So is Asad Rauf. But Warner is raging. There was a noise but no deviation. We don't have a hotspot or snicko

DA Warner c †Ramdin b Edwards 28 (10m 14b 3x4 2x6) SR: 200.00

Michael Hussey is the new man in


Edwards to Hussey, 1 run, and just like that, without fuss, he runs a length ball to third man for one

Watson to face for the first time


Edwards to Watson, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked away for one


Edwards to Hussey, FOUR, short, wide, Hussey cuts it over point. No fuss again. Edwards kicks at the ground in disgust

".......by a whisket? I like that: whisker, wicket, cricket. Sid has just added to the cricketing lexicon." Trevor, with readers as generous as you, I can't do anything wrong


Edwards to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length, slight shape away, runs off the thick edge for a single to third man


Edwards to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, steered away to third man

End of over 3 (8 runs) Australia 38/1 (154 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 12.66, RRR: 9.05)

    • SR Watson 2 (2b)
    • MEK Hussey 6 (3b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-16-1
    • R Rampaul 1-0-22-0

Big moment now. Sunil Narine is on now. To bowl like Mendis in the land of Mendis. One slip in place. Watson will want to slog-sweep


Narine to Watson, 1 run, straight delivery first up, glanced to short fine for one


Narine to Hussey, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, turning towards off, pushed wide of cover


Narine to Watson, no run, big offbreak, short of a length, outside off, turns down leg, cramps him up


Narine to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, turning in from outside off, worked away for a single


Narine to Hussey, no run, short of a length, outside leg, turns towards the stumps, Hussey pushes to midwicket and wants one, but Watson doesn't. They are all safe, though, with Samuels's misfield


Narine to Hussey, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 42/1 (150 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 9.37)

    • MEK Hussey 8 (6b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 4 (5b)
    • SP Narine 1-0-4-0
    • FH Edwards 2-0-16-1

Sammy to bowl now


Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, short ball, on the stumps, pulled in the air as it hurries onto him, but it doesn't carry to mid-on


Sammy to Watson, 1 run, short, 122ks, Watson doesn't bother going back, and pulls away off the front foot. Gets a single to deep midwicket


Sammy to Hussey, no run, short of a length, hits him on the pads, and then bounces into his face. Good job he is wearing a helmet


Sammy to Hussey, SIX, short-arm pull-drive. Length ball, pitched leg, angling towards off, Hussey stays low, clears the front leg, and lofts it wide long-on


Sammy to Hussey, no run, slower ball, looks to late-cut it, but can't beat backward point

Round the stumps


Sammy to Hussey, no run, short of a length, angling in, Hussey backs away, gets a bottom edge for one

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 50/1 (142 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 9.46)

    • MEK Hussey 15 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 5 (6b)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-8-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-4-0

Narine to Watson, 2 runs, short offbreak, pulled flat towards deep midwicket, Smith charges in even though he knows he is not going to make it, and does well to get his body behind this half-volley


Narine to Watson, no run, the carrom ball, Watson doesn't read it, and it squeezes under his pulling bat


Narine to Watson, 1 no ball, another carrom ball, but this time he has overstepped

Free hit coming up


Narine to Watson, SIX, offbreak, on off, on a length, and a free hit. That's recipe for a slog-swept six from Watson


Narine to Watson, 1 run, carrom ball, backs away to cut it wide of cover for one


Narine to Hussey, 1 run, big offbreak, on off, turning away sharply, Hussey gets a bottom edge towards short third man


Narine to Watson, 1 run, straight delivery, on a length, middle and leg, Watson backs away to muscle it to long-on for one

End of over 6 (12 runs) Australia 62/1 (130 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.33, RRR: 9.28)

    • SR Watson 15 (12b 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 16 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 2-0-16-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-8-0

"We've seen before from HotSpot that it's quite possible for a batsman to edge the ball and not know it so, while it's possible that Warner didn't get an edge, I certainly don't think that we should take his reaction as proof that he didn't." Yes, John, I am in no position to say anything on that. Especially when in T20 you hardly get time to watch replays properly


Sammy to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, late-cut away to third man


Sammy to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, short of a length, punched to long-off for one


Sammy to Watson, no run, that kicked at him. Short of a length, and bounces towards his chest. Watsin's head falls back as he fends with soft hands. It doesn't carry to point


Sammy to Watson, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him


Sammy to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away for a single


Sammy to Hussey, FOUR, innovation. Hussey walks across the stumps, takes a perfectly acceptable length ball on off, and drags it to the right of short fine leg

End of over 7 (7 runs) Australia 69/1 (123 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.85, RRR: 9.46)

    • MEK Hussey 21 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 17 (16b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-15-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-16-0

Samuels to operate now


Samuels to Watson, 1 run, length ball, quick, on middle and leg, pushed to long-on


Samuels to Hussey, 1 run, he has made up his mind to sweep long before he leaves the ball. Samuels is short and quick, but he still it drags it from wide outside off for a single to short fine


Samuels to Watson, FOUR, short, flat, outside off, and he has got the room to swing at it and drag it over midwicket. That went flat and fast for four


Samuels to Watson, SIX, oh that seemed like he had mis-hit. The bat face turned open as he tried to loft over long-off, but it kept flying over the man. what bats are they using? Or are they playing in the rarefied atmosphere of Johannesburg?


Samuels to Watson, SIX, short, flat, Watson pulls straight to deep midwicket, but this has burst through the hands of DR Smith. What a drop. That was simple by Smith's standards. That could have the final say in the match


Samuels to Watson, FOUR, short of a length, angling in, rocks back, and whacks it away past square leg

End of over 8 (22 runs) Australia 91/1 (101 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 11.37, RRR: 8.41)

    • SR Watson 38 (21b 2x4 3x6)
    • MEK Hussey 22 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-22-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-15-0

Bravo comes on


Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, slower ball, full on off, pushed to long-off for one


Bravo to Watson, 1 run, another slow ball, 110ks, full, on the pads, and flicked away for one


Bravo to Hussey, FOUR, slow again, and short, and he has pulled it into the vacant deep square leg region. This is weird field placement. No square leg inside the circle, and none at the boundary either


Bravo to Hussey, no run, gives him the charge, Bravo bowls slow again, and this time Hussey hits straight to straight extra cover


Bravo to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss, first time he has bowled at regular pace, and it's driven to long-off for one

"192! Oh dear, oh dear! This is exactly the target Pakistan set Australia in the last WT20 semi final and Mike Hussey it was! WI must pray he doesnt stick to the end!" That's some memory from ChSherlock


Bravo to Watson, 1 run, slower ball, almost like a flighted delivery from a spinner. The half-volley is driven back at Bravo, and he misfields to allow a single

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 99/1 (93 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 8.45)

    • SR Watson 40 (23b 2x4 3x6)
    • MEK Hussey 28 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0
    • MN Samuels 1-0-22-0

"Not denying that his reaction shouldn't be taken as a proof. However, I don't see anything wrong with DRS. A review per innings, sounds good, aye? Besides enough replays were played without HotSpot and snicko. Oh ICC!" But Lucy, do you want to slow this game down further? As it is, people hardly bowl their overs in time in T20 what with all the conferences going in. Meanwhile here is Rampaul, and also lots of rain


Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, length ball, on off, stops at him, it is bowled at 123ks, and it is chipped short of long-on

Okay so that's it. A cold tournament finally reaches biggish matches, and rain allows only 43 overs of cricket over two matches. I have got a bad feeling about this tournament. Hoping for a better day tomorrow, this is Sidharth Monga signing off. Cheers

Presentation "Weather took away a very exciting game," says Darren Sammy. "Everybody was looking forward to it. The batsmen did what was required of them. we knew Australia would come back hard, and we took too long to respond. Just the way he goes about his innings, we just sit in the dressing room, and just enjoy watching him play. Edwards started well, but like I said we took too long to respond."

"There was some good stuff but there was some ordinary stuff as well," says George Bailey. "That's what the challenge is, to lessen the gap between the good and the ordinary stuff. We did do that in patches, but there were certainly patches when they got away from us. Watson and Warner did the job, Huss was good too. Disappointed with the rain, because an exciting finish was set up."

"It was a good day in the end," says Shane Watson. "Obviously disappointing to let them score 190. Dropping Gayle was a pretty bad feeling, especially when the next 10 balls go for 30-40 runs. So good to make up for it with the ball and the bat. It was great to watch Warner from the other end. That's the thing about our partnership. One day is his day, the next one can be mine."

10.55pm I am being told it has been pouring down in Colombo, and they are trying to find a place to hold the match presentation. However, I stay committed to bringing you those quotes, no matter how banal they might be

10.43pm Australia have won by 17 runs on D/L. Shane Watson is Man of the Match. A result reminiscent of West Indies' first match of the first World Twenty20, when they scored 200-plus, and failed to defend. This now turns West Indies-Ireland into a knockout game.

Gayle, Samuels were superb, and so was Watson. For a nine-over innings, as it turned out to be, Warner was useful too. Unfortunate day for the bowlers what with mis-hits flying for sixes. Stay back for quotes from the presentation

10.30pm Still sheeting down and David Hopps has spotted a fan in football jersey body-surfing on the covers. On a more serious note David lets me know the October monsoon is just setting in Sri Lanka, and this is not good news for the tournament. Also don't forget the Champions Cup that was washed out in Sri Lanka ended on September 30, which was roughly the same season. Not the cleverest bit of scheduling then

Meanwhile Rakesh, a West Indies fan if there ever was one, is tearing his hair apart: "In my 35 years of watching cricket, i am unable to recall a single game where i have seen such poor bowling and fielding by any team as the WI today"

"A question about D/L: say we lose 10 overs, turning it into a 10 over match. But say Australia is still ahead of D/L. Do they declare the game over then and there?" No, David, they could still lose wickets in the next five balls, thus changing the par score. Or, wait, I might be wrong. You have got me here

10.20pm Still pouring in Colombo. Australia getting closer to the win every passing minute

10.02pmWe are going off with this massive downpour. The covers are coming on, they will cover the whole ground, but let me tell you that the par score at this moment is 83. Australia are well ahead of it. My amateur calculation says they will start reducing overs if we don't resume play by 10.16pm. One over for every four minutes lost after 10.16pm






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