Clarke banks on ace openers to see him through to 20-20 finals

Barbados: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke believes that at present he has the world`s two best openers in David Warner and Shane Watson, and hopes they can help the team reach the finals of the World Twenty20 championship.

Speaking ahead of his team`s clash with Sri Lanka today, a newspaper quoted Clarke, as saying: "I believe we have the best two openers in Twenty20 cricket in the world. They bat fantastically together, left-hand/right-hand combination. Both very aggressive, but, if they need to take their time, they aren`t too distressed."

"If we can continue to make totals like that, with our bowling and the way we`re fielding, it`s going to be hard for opposition teams to beat us," he added.

Warner and Watson shared a 104-run partnership to set up Australia`s total of 5-184 against India before pacemen Dirk Nannes (3-25) and Shaun Tait (3-21) bowled the latter out for 135 in 17.4 overs.

Man-of-the-match Warner hit an Australian record of seven sixes in his innings of 72 from 42 deliveries and Watson`s 54 came off 32 balls with six sixes.

In-form Nannes has bagged 10-84 in Australia`s three victories to top the wicket-taking list in the Caribbean tournament.

ANI

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