ICC World Twenty20, 16th Match, Group 2: Australia v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 28, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 16th match, Group 2
Australia won by 9 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
28 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Ashwin to bowl the first over. Watson on strike. One slip in place


Ashwin to Watson, no run, goes a bit away after pitching short of length, pushed to the off side


Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, tapped towards mid-on for a single

Warner takes strike. How will he fare against spin?


Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, fullish and outside off, spinning away and that is carved through cover for four

9.14pm It has started to drizzle. Covers are coming on. Within a couple of minutes most of the covers are in place.

9.17pm The rain abruptly stops. Covers are going off. If Duckworth-Lewis comes in, India - or any team defending a total - are up against it. For example, if this match is stopped at the end of five overs, even if India have taken four wickets by then, Australia will be good if they have scored 51 runs. D/L assigns too much weightage to wickets in hand, and not enough to wickets taken. That's for a T20. It works fine in 50-over cricket, though

"What a brilliant and original captain we have in MSD. He makes the most destructive batsman sit out, open's the batting with a fast bowler and then open's the bowling with a spinner." Rakesh, well of course

9.21pm The rain has caused a seven-minute delay, and we are ready to go again


Ashwin to Warner, FOUR, flighted half-volley, tossed up generously, and Warner throws the bath tub at it, slogging it between the umpire and mid-on


Ashwin to Warner, no run, the one that come in, Warner reads it off the pitch, but keeps it out


Ashwin to Warner, no run, another slider, Warner gets an inside edge onto the pad, but all is safe

End of over 1 (9 runs) Australia 9/0 (132 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.94)

    • DA Warner 8 (4b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 1 (2b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-9-0

Zaheer Kahn to bowl


Khan to Watson, 2 runs, Sharma scored one run and has conceded two already. Pushed to cover, where Sharma doesn't go down, doesn't get behind the ball, and lets it through


Khan to Watson, 1 wide, big wide outside off, Watson tries to hit it, but can't

Irfan Pathan is effective with the new ball mostly, but he hasn't got it


Khan to Watson, no run, length ball, on off, pushed back to him


Khan to Watson, no run, shaping in slightly, driven on the up, but straight to mid-off

Fine leg is up


Khan to Watson, no run, short of a length, just outside off, angling away, beats his dab


Khan to Watson, 1 run, length ball, on off, driven on the up, just to the left of Chawla, and they steal a single. Not many fielders would allow that


Khan to Warner, no run, short of a length, gets the width, goes hard at it, gets a bottom edge into the pitch

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 13/0 (128 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.11)

    • DA Warner 8 (5b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 4 (7b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-4-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-9-0

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, offbreak, middle and off, flicked away past midwicket for one


Ashwin to Warner, no run, pauses and delivers, turns it into the pads, pushed to square leg


Ashwin to Warner, no run, another pause before delivering, Warner backs away to punch a flat delivery, but straight to cover

Dot balls adding up


Ashwin to Warner, no run, angling in again, inside edge onto the pad


Ashwin to Warner, 3 runs, incredible shot. Makes room to this delivery angling, takes it from well outside leg, and punches it between two cover fieldsmen. Chawla's chase allows an easy three


Ashwin to Watson, no run, sweeps, sweeps fine, but straight to short fine

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 17/0 (124 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 7.29)

    • SR Watson 5 (9b)
    • DA Warner 11 (9b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-13-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-4-0

Khan to Warner, FOUR, another incredible shot. All hands and wrists. Short of a lenght, no room, and he has punched it away past point. All the power coming in through the wrists


Khan to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, shaping away a little, draws respect from Warner


Khan to Warner, no run, walks down to Zaheer Khan who digs it in at 131ks and hits him in the ribs. No show of pain


Khan to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, 135ks, kicks at him, takes the shoulder of the bat, but it's wide enough of point

Kohli having a chat with Watson. They are not discussing their meals, I can tell you


Khan to Watson, no run, short of a length, defended


Khan to Watson, no run, big lbw shout, but this is not swinging at all and is pitched at least a foot outside the line of leg

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 22/0 (119 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.43)

    • SR Watson 5 (11b)
    • DA Warner 16 (13b 3x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-13-0

Ashwin to bowl his third over


Ashwin to Warner, 1 wide, paused and delivers a flat wide down the leg side


Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, makes room and pulls a dart to deep midwicket


Ashwin to Watson, no run, the carrom ball, length ball, on leg, straightens, punched to straight midwicket


Ashwin to Watson, SIX, long hop outside leg, and there is no hope if you bowl that to Watson. He has pulled it over square leg. Doesn't matter if it is a carrom ball or a chess ball if you bowl that short


Ashwin to Watson, no run, presses forward, goes deep into the crease to pull this, but finds midwicket


Ashwin to Watson, 2 runs, carrom ball outside off, late-cut past slip, gets a couple


Ashwin to Watson, SIX, this is a bit of rubbish from Ashwin. Another long hop, into the pads, and Watson has deposited it over midwicket

End of over 5 (16 runs) Australia 38/0 (103 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 6.86)

    • SR Watson 19 (16b 2x6)
    • DA Warner 17 (14b 3x4)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-29-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-0

Zaheer to bowl his third too. One slip in


Khan to Warner, FOUR, short, wide, gentle pace, and he has punched it between cover and cover-point. An over too many for Zaheer?


Khan to Warner, no run, huge shout, and he looked dead. Length ball, just outside off, skidding on, hits him in front of middle and leg. That was close, but Umpire Kettleborough thought it was headed down, but replays show he was dead. Kohli is not happy, and lets it be known through a popular Indian expletive


Khan to Warner, no run, length ball on off, defended back to him


Khan to Warner, FOUR, length ball, outside off, and he has driven this with an open face, and over point. India running away with it


Khan to Warner, 1 run, fuller, middle and leg, pushed to mid-on


Khan to Watson, no run, another huge lbw shout, but without any swing this has to have pitched well outside leg. Zaheer doesn't find it amusing, though

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 47/0 (94 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 6.71)

    • SR Watson 19 (17b 2x6)
    • DA Warner 26 (19b 5x4)
    • Z Khan 3-0-18-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-29-0

Harbhajan Singh to bowl now


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, length ball, outside ff, punched away to sweeper-cover


Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, flighted outside off, pretty slow through the air, defended well


Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, drags this short, Watson ricks back and pulls this to deep midwicket along the ground


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, FOUR, short again, 87ks, Warner rocks back too, and pulls this smack between long-on and deep midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, flighted this time, on off, defended with an open face


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, this one doesn't turn after pitching off, hits the inside half of the bat

End of over 7 (6 runs) Australia 53/0 (88 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 6.76)

    • DA Warner 31 (23b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 20 (19b 2x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-6-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-18-0

Piyush Chawla to bowl now


Chawla to Watson, SIX, welcome to the crease. You may as well give the red rag to a bull. Long hop, middle and leg, to Watson. Need I mention what happened after that?


Chawla to Watson, 1 run, not-turning legbreak, cut away to deep point


Chawla to Warner, no run, non-turner again, pitched on leg, defended off the back foot


Chawla to Warner, 1 run, slides with the angle again, cut away to deep cover


Chawla to Watson, no run, slider, well bowled, accurate, Watson stays back to defend


Chawla to Watson, SIX, wide half-volley, Watson is not going to respect them. Slog-sweeps it dead straight for a flat six

End of over 8 (14 runs) Australia 67/0 (74 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.37, RRR: 6.16)

    • SR Watson 33 (23b 4x6)
    • DA Warner 32 (25b 6x4)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-14-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-6-0

Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, flighted, 85ks, pitches outside leg, beats his drive


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, SIX, that's a bull-headed shot. Flighted outside off, played against the turn, mis-hit slightly, but he has enough power and bat behind it to clear deep midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, SIX, if mis-hits are flying for sixes, imagine when he hits them clean. It goes deep towards the end of the stadium. This is carnage


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, 1 run, Harbhajan's most threatening delivery. The tppie that slides into the left-hand batsman. He got Morgan that way, but Warner gets his bat down in time


Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, only slightly short, but Watson rocks back to pull this away


Harbhajan Singh to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, gets a bottom edge on the cut

End of over 9 (14 runs) Australia 81/0 (60 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 5.45)

    • DA Warner 45 (30b 6x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 34 (24b 4x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-20-0
    • PP Chawla 1-0-14-0

"Did Dhoni check if the spinners could bowl a bit?" Ravi is not letting Dhoni get away with what he said. Here is Irfan Pathan


Pathan to Watson, no run, length ball, on middle and leg, angling towards off, defended back to him


Pathan to Watson, SIX, that's into the third tier. Irfan is not even quarter the bowler with the old ball. why would you not give him the new swinging ball? This is short and a sitting duck. Don't bowl this to Watson


Pathan to Watson, SIX, "Ridiculous bowling," says Mark Waugh, but hang on that has only gone into the second tier. Short again, and Watson is not going to let you get away with this

Most sixes in this tournament now have come off Watto's bat

Round the stumps


Pathan to Watson, FOUR, oh he has angled this well down leg with fine leg up. It's gone past that man for his fifty


Pathan to Watson, 2 runs, late-cuts this for a couple, fine of third man


Pathan to Watson, 1 run, late-cuts again, and keeps strike

End of over 10 (19 runs) Australia 100/0 (41 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 4.10)

    • SR Watson 53 (30b 1x4 6x6)
    • DA Warner 45 (30b 6x4 2x6)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-19-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-20-0

Dhoni goes to Virat "Harris" Kohli


Kohli to Watson, no run, full, on off, inside edge into the pad


Kohli to Watson, no run, slow, legbreak, defended again


Kohli to Watson, 2 runs, full toss, on the pads, driven to long-on


Kohli to Watson, no run, slow through the air again, defended solidly


Kohli to Watson, SIX, beautiful shot. Nothing brutal about it. Full, middle and leg, and he has lofted this dead straight. Just a caress


Kohli to Watson, 2 runs, short of a length, hurrying onto him, pushed towards long-on, and they steal the second

End of over 11 (10 runs) Australia 110/0 (31 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 3.44)

    • SR Watson 63 (36b 1x4 7x6)
    • DA Warner 45 (30b 6x4 2x6)
    • V Kohli 1-0-10-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-19-0

Yuvraj Singh is Dhoni's last throw of the dice


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, no run, slow, very slow, and has he dropped it? Yes he has. Warner went to cut it hard, edged it, but it didn't stick in. Dhoni is not getting anything right here


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, no run


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, no run, tries the slog-sweep, but is beaten


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to extra cover

India's best bowler today


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, 1 run, flat outside off, punched to deep cover


Yuvraj Singh to Watson, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on for a quiet little single

End of over 12 (2 runs) Australia 112/0 (29 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.33, RRR: 3.62)

    • SR Watson 64 (37b 1x4 7x6)
    • DA Warner 46 (35b 6x4 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-2-0
    • V Kohli 1-0-10-0

Sharma to bowl. Dhoni now just chancing his luck


Sharma to Watson, 2 runs, short of a length, pulled away, gets a couple wide of long-on

Australia looking to end this soon and get a big run-rate positive


Sharma to Watson, 1 run, slog-sweeps this flat, and well short of deep midwicket


Sharma to Warner, 3 runs, three more runs gifted by Chawla. Short of a length, on off, punched to extra cover, and it hits Chawla's hand and ricochets to wide of long-off


Sharma to Watson, 1 run, Watson has missed out on a six. Full toss, on the pads, mis-hits the slog-sweep, gets just a single


Sharma to Warner, 1 run, fifty for Warner too, with a punch down to long-off. He has heard a bit from Indian fielders, and is pretty satisfied with his effort. No Indian fielder near him now


Sharma to Watson, FOUR, full, on the pads, smacked away with a flick of the wrists, and it keeps travelling, beating deep midwicket

End of over 13 (12 runs) Australia 124/0 (17 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.53, RRR: 2.42)

    • SR Watson 72 (41b 2x4 7x6)
    • DA Warner 50 (37b 6x4 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-12-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-2-0

Yuvraj to continue. Will this be the last over?


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, SIX, It might well be. He starts with a buffet full toss, and Warner has cleared deep midwicket with ease


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, 3 runs, that's insult to injury. Yuvraj gets another edge, past keeper, through vacant slip region


Yuvraj Singh to Watson, OUT, Yuvraj gets a wicket. Short of a length, Watson punches it, straight to Tiwary at short extra cover. Good for Tiwary, who finally gets to enter the field, if only as a substitute, and takes a catch immediately

SR Watson c sub (MK Tiwary) b Yuvraj Singh 72 (55m 42b 2x4 7x6) SR: 171.42

Glenn Maxwell to face now


Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, flighted, full toss, driven to long-on


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, FOUR, wide half-volley, slog-swept over midwicket. One shot away now


Yuvraj Singh to Warner, no run, India will at least bowl another over. Yuvraj ensures it with a quicker flatter delivery, which Warner punches straight to extra cover

End of over 14 (14 runs) Australia 138/1 (3 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.85, RRR: 0.50)

    • DA Warner 63 (41b 7x4 3x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 1 (1b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-16-1
    • RG Sharma 1-0-12-0

Cruel TV cameras are trained on Sehwag in the bunker. Sehwag tries his best to not emote at all


Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, Ashwin finally gets an edge with a carrom ball, but it falls short of slip


Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, offbreak now, off and middle, defended back


Ashwin to Maxwell, 2 runs, carrom ball, wide outside off, punched to sweeper-cover


Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, slower now, flighted on off, defended to leg


Ashwin to Maxwell, 1 run, fitting end to the match. Zaheer at cover dives on this like London Bridge falling down, and lets it through for four

So India's proud record of not winning Super Eight match since the inception of the IPL remains untarnished. That's all we have from tonight, folks. Just an update on net run-rate: Australia have gone +2.506, and India -2.506. That almost rules out progression based on net run-rate. Remember India play the last game of the Group, so if it does come to it, India will know what exactly to do. That's a tough ask, though. Thanks for joining us. Wondering who is ever going to stop Watson in this tournament, this is Sidharth Monga signing off. Cheers

Presentation "We need to analyse what really happened," says MS Dhoni. "We got off to a good start, but lost quick wickets, and we were not in a good situation to cash in. We were 20 short. Rain came just at the wrong time. Just after the wicket was rolled. The wet ball is not good for spinners. It was like bowling in England. That was the main reason we lost. We need to give them credit for the way they batted, but the ball was not stopping as it did in the first innings. And everybody it went into the outfield, the ball got wet. No spinner told me the ball is not wet. It's important to look at what mistakes what we have committed, but it is also important to get it out of the system. we will try to do that, but it will still be there, in some corner of our heart"

"It was impressive performance," says George Bailey. "Set up by some good bowling. Patty was outstanding, the best we have seen him bowl in this tournament so far. We were probably behind the eight ball after six overs but we came back very well. The absolute beauty of those two openers is, that when they are on, there are no better hitters. I don't think rankings matter when you get to the World Cup. As good as this win is, we have to be up and ready for South Africa"

"The last couple of games have been pretty good," says Shane Watson. "It's nice when things come together like this. Probably batting is a bit more enjoyable, when it is two of you against 11 of the opposition. That's probably more satisfying, but enjoying being an allrounder."

Warner and Maxwell hug each other. This is a huge win. More than five overs to spare. Imagine what it'll do to the run-rate situation. This is a good old-fashioned thrashing. Dhoni has got to be frustrated, although he is not showing it. There's a tweet going around, from Achettup: "India picked five bowlers, and used eight of them in less than 15 overs."

Australia enjoying it thoroughly. They have mauled India on a slow track after losing the toss. And before the start of the match, Australia were ranked No. 9 to India's No. 3

Watson is not quite the Kallis, but isn't he the Most Valuable Player in limited-overs cricket? Yet another emphatic performance from him: 3 for 34 with the ball and 72 off 42 with the bat. He has the most match awards, most wickets, most sixes, and is not far off most runs in this tournament






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