Player of the Match
Player of the Match
226dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

All-round Watson knocks down Ireland

A commanding performance from Shane Watson delivered a handsome opening World Twenty20 victory for Australia over Ireland

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
SR Watson
51(30) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 20 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
2 4 15 3 4 2 7 14
KJ O'Brien
KJ O'Brien
35(29) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 0 3 11 10 2 1 4

Best performances - Bowlers

SR Watson
SR Watson
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MA Starc
MA Starc
O4
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Andrew McGlashan

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."

15.1
4
Dockrell to White, FOUR runs, that's the game, lofted comfortably over the leg side out to the deep midwicket boundary

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!"

END OF OVER:
15 | 11 Runs | AUS: 121/3 (3 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.06, RRR: 0.60)

  • George Bailey6 (8b)
  • Cameron White18 (18b)
  • Kevin O'Brien3-0-18-1
  • Boyd Rankin4-0-28-0
14.6
0
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.
14.5
1
KJ O'Brien to White, 1 run, driven off the back foot through the covers
14.4
2
KJ O'Brien to White, 2 runs, slower ball full on middle, punched nearly down the ground for brace
14.3
4
KJ O'Brien to White, FOUR runs, 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
14.2
0
KJ O'Brien to White, no run, pushes this fuller and it's driven to mid-off

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st60SR WatsonDA Warner
2nd31MEK HusseySR Watson
3rd4MEK HusseyCL White
4th30CL WhiteGJ Bailey

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL33060.998
WI3214-0.375
ENG3122-0.397
NZ3030-0.169
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS32140.464
PAK32140.273
INDIA3214-0.274
SA3030-0.421
Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA22042.825
ENG21120.65
AFG2020-3.475
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
AUS22042.184
WI2011-1.855
IRE2011-2.092
Group C
TeamMWLPTNRR
SA22043.598
SL21121.852
ZIM2020-3.624
Group D
TeamMWLPTNRR
PAK22040.706
NZ21121.15
BDESH2020-1.868