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149dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Watson carries Australia to victory again

Shane Watson has carried Australia in every match of this tournament and has now all but muscled them into the semi-finals with another outstanding all-round performance against South Africa

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
70(47) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 1 7 7 13 11 11 20
MEK Hussey
45(37) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 11 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 6 8 12 8 5 6

Best performances - Bowlers

XJ Doherty
O4
M0
R20
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Watson
O4
M0
R29
W2
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Siddhartha Talya

A comprehensive win for Australia in the end. South Africa reached a score they didn't look good to reach at one point, but despite reaching 146 they weren't able to contain a team in form. Watson, again, led the way and Hussey gave him superb support. Australia are in a great position to qualify for the semis, thanks to another convincing win. South Africa are not out, but much will depend on how the other results in the group go. A marquee clash of sorts this, and one more coming soon, but it turned out to be not quite a closely-fought game. We shall bring you the presentation shortly, but do read Brydon Coverdale's report here.

AB: "Very disappointed. Just frustrating when we don't click. I just can't put my finger on one thing, it went wrong everywhere. They didn't allow us to get off to a flier and we lost quite a few wickets and that didn't give us the momentum. Watson is a class player. It's not all doom and gloom, hopefully we'll win on Tuesday."

Bailey: "A tough call to make for a winning team, but Doherty really helped put South Africa on the back foot. The way Shane, Mike and Warner have been batting, chasing has gone very well for us. 146 was about par. Great start for Doherty, he was brought in to pick some early wickets against batsmen who like the ball to come on a bit more."

Another MOM award for Watson: "Nice to be able to continue to play well. I know how important my role is. It's still a hell of a long way to go. Facing Steyn and Morkel was going to be a very big challenge. I knew if we got through the first four overs, we had to take on a few other bowlers but it was going to hold momentum for the innings. Hussey stabilised the innings. The top four batsmen are the ones who win you games consistently. Hussey took the pressure off me to score."

Well, that's basically it from here. Time for another big one, India v Pakistan, shortly, at the same venue. So stay tuned in for that. Take care, be well. Cheers.

17.4
6
Botha to White, SIX runs, White finishes it off in style, a flat six swung away over deep square leg, had made up his mind there and connected well enough to clear the ropes by a distance
17.3
1
Botha to Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets back and works it through midwicket for a single
17.2
1
Botha to White, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets across and works it away behind square for a single
17.1
1
Botha to Hussey, 1 run, fires it flat on middle from round the wicket, turns it wide of square leg for a single

Australia have put themselves in an excellent position to go through. Hussey's played a smart knock as well. South Africa a bit down in the field today, and they couldn't afford to be given the target they were defending, that too against a batsman in form like Watson. Botha to bowl now.

END OF OVER:
17 | 13 Runs | AUS: 138/2 (9 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 3.00)

  • CL White14 (11b)
  • MEK Hussey43 (35b)
  • RJ Peterson4-0-41-1
  • J Botha3-0-22-0
16.6
4
Peterson to White, FOUR runs, Mid-on is inside the circle and White goes over the top this time, tossed up on middle and he clears the circle with ease
16.5
1
Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, pushed past extra cover for a single

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10SR WatsonDA Warner
2nd99MEK HusseySR Watson
3rd38MEK HusseyCL White

World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.900
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.540
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017