Friday, May 7, 2010

Disastrous second round starter for India

Awful batting show by Indians, all the big guns of T20 fuzed in front of Aussies..DISASTROUS..
Look at the score of some of top T20 batsmens - Dhoni (2), Yuvraj (1), Gambhir (9), Raina (5), Pathan (1), Vijay (2), they all contribute 20 runs..

Only Rohit Sharma waged a grim battle with an unbeaten 45-ball knock, scoring nearly 60 percent of the team's total with the help of four fours and six sixes but his single-handed effort could only delay the inevitable.

Harbhajan Singh (13) was the only other Indian batsman to reach double digit.

Barring the toss, which Mahendra Singh Dhoni won and opted to field, nothing went right for India today and the Australian team, under Michael Clarke, made a statement that they are determined to win the only major trophy missing in their cupboard.

Put in to bat, Australia rode on the blistering 104-run stand provided by openers David Warner (72) and Shane Watson (54) in 10-odd overs to post a commanding 184 for five even though they looked good for the 200-mark.

 Shane Watson and David Warner bludgeoned the Indian attack, awesome openers set the stands on fire with a plethora of sixes, while posting a powerful 104 runs for the first wicket in 10.5 overs.

Watson struck six sixes in his 32-ball 54 while the stocky Warner did one better -- hit seven sixes -- in his breezy 42-ball 72.

There were as many 16 sixes in the Australian onslaught, with David Hussey (35 off 22 balls,2x6) and Brad Haddin (one six) continuing what Watson and Warner had begun.

Among the Indian bowlers, Harbhajan Singh (4-1-15-0) had been at his constricting best, tying down the dangerous Watson in his crease, even bowling a maiden in the first over the innings.

Ravindra Jadeja, however, undid all the good work, conceding as many as 38 runs in his two overs.

Watson smashed the 21-year-old for three successive sixes in his first over. Warner struck three in his second to ensure India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not turn back to the promising left-arm tweaker.

India could do little but watch in desperation as Watson and Warner cleared the pickets with effortless ease. In fact, the ground seemed too small for the power-hitting, There were a couple of times when the twosome cleared the roof.

For Australia in the bowling, Dirk Nannes (3/25) and Shaun Tait (3/21) led India's rout.

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