India v Australia, World T20 2016, Group 2, Mohali March 27, 2016

Watto signs out with a blinder

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The catch

Shane Watson entered this match not knowing if it would be the last of his international career. He had a night to remember, particularly with the ball. But his most memorable moment arguably came off the bowling of James Faulkner, when Yuvraj Singh lobbed the ball up towards cover. Watson had to run back and to his right and looked no chance of getting there, but a desperate dive paid off when the ball stuck in his right hand. It looked more like the work of a lithe young athlete, not a 34-year-old injury-prone allrounder in the last tournament of his career.

The introduction

India have not tried to mix things up too much in this tournament, using the same 11 players in every match. But they can still spring a surprise. When MS Dhoni called on Yuvraj in the 10th over of Australia's innings, it was Yuvraj's first chance to bowl in the tournament. How did he repay his skipper? With a wicket first ball. Yuvraj found spin and bounce and, in the opinion of the umpire Marais Erasmus, Steven Smith's outside edge through to Dhoni. Smith was unhappy with the decision of the umpire; Dhoni was thrilled with his own.

The stumping that wasn't

A good wicketkeeper will keep an eye on the batsman's back leg when up to the stumps, and be ready to whip the bails off if said leg lifts off the ground. Peter Nevill noticed Yuvraj Singh lift his back foot, he just got the timing wrong with his gloves. Yuvraj missed Adam Zampa's googly and Nevill hesitated before taking the bails off. The third umpire was called, and replays showed Nevill moved his hands forward as Yuvraj lifted his foot, but baulked from taking off the bails. By the time he decided to do so, Yuvraj was back in safe territory.

The switch-hit

At his best, Glenn Maxwell can leave you lost for words. When he is struggling he looks as fluent as Manuel from Fawlty Towers. But it was the Indians who were left wondering - que? - when Maxwell smashed his way out of a poor start in this game. He scratched his way to 21 from 24 balls without a boundary, but then came a conventional slog-swept four and next ball a switch-hit for six. Ravindra Jadeja sent down a low full toss and Maxwell, with the slick hands of a magician, switched his grip on the bat and slogged a six left-handed over what had started as cover.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • advaitha on March 29, 2016, 12:52 GMT

    Watto has been a great modern day all-rounder. Australia would possibly feel he is retiring a little too early given the way he performed. He could have been given a better farewell after years of giving it all for his country. He was the a key reason for Rajasthan Royals win in thei inagural IPL. Welcome to Bengalury now for this year's IPL.

  • Cricinfouser on March 28, 2016, 23:28 GMT

    @MR.BALA Yeah it is important to remember we all have our affiliation with our beloved Nations but if we let complete bias rule our passions I feel it can diminish true performances, in the end the umpire gave him out and have to honour that too. I personally keep an open mind on such things when things go the way of my team too (lucky edges for four, favourable decisions from upmires ect).

    There was no doubt that Kohli played a wonderful innings though and I truly respect what he has done for India cricket and cricket in general, he is an excitement machine.

    As for Watson personally I feel he was at his best in the limited overs form of the game, Test cricket just kept catching up with him. I do wish him all the best!

  • aJourneyer on March 28, 2016, 12:51 GMT

    For the last decade he is the best limited over allrounder any team could manage

  • VillageBlacksmith on March 28, 2016, 11:23 GMT

    aus nearly won... LBWatson always the nearly man... but just not quite good enough... smith def out cheerio cheerio cheerio aussie

  • Mr.Bala on March 28, 2016, 11:08 GMT

    @DANNY - I agree with you, I too feel he may not be out, but very hard to pick that by umpire.

    Also agree with you, if it was Kohli, may would be yelling, may be because he is a certain match winner and not like Smith.. Just wondering....

  • Cricinfouser on March 28, 2016, 9:03 GMT

    He wasn't out if there was a huge nick why didn't snicko spike high, snicko was just picking up regular background noise. If this was Kohli instead of Smith people would be yelling bloody murder

  • VMANCROWNS on March 28, 2016, 8:31 GMT

    Smith was too animated in his walk-back to the dugout.. there was a clear sound and also a blip on the snickometer at the point of impact (or the ball crossing the bat).. It was a noisy cauldron and the umpire gave a great decision and the right decision.

  • rvv600 on March 28, 2016, 6:39 GMT

    What was Smith shaking his head at, one doesn't know. There was an big audible nick as the ball passed the bat. Snicko also showed a tiny blip consistent with a thin edge.

  • Nivalink on March 28, 2016, 5:55 GMT

    Watson was good. What marred for him were long injury layoffs. We should see him as a regular for at least 2 years in IPL, BBL and some of other leagues. Retirement timed perfectly.

  •   Rickey Mickey on March 28, 2016, 2:36 GMT

    congratulations for Shane Robert on his fantastic international career, hope he'll play with the same form in this year's IPL.

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