Zeenews Sports Bureau
Shane Watson produced a solid all-round performance as Australia launched their campaign in the ICC World Twenty20 with a seven-wicket thrashing of Ireland here on Wednesday.
Here is how the game panned out...
Over 15.1: AUS 125/3 Cameron White 22(19) - George Bailey 6(8) AUSTRALIA WIN BY & WICKETS WITH 29 BALLS REMAINING!!! Cameroon White hit the winning runs in the form of a boundary to seal the match in Australia’s favour.
Over 11: AUS 95/3 Mike Hussey 2(3) - Shane Watson 29 (22) OUT!!! Mike Hussey perished in the lat ball of the over LBW to Kevin O’ Brian.
Michael Hussey lbw b Kevin O'Brien 10(11)
OUT!!! Watson run-out, lazy bit of running as Trent Johnson throw found the stumps.
Shane Watson run out (Trent Johnston) 51(30) [4s-5 6s-3]
Over 10: AUS 91/1 Mike Hussey 7(8) - Shane Watson 51 (29) 50 for Shane Watson, 28-ball fifty. He brought up his half century with a massive SIX!!! over deep midwicket.
Over 8: AUS 64/1 Mike Hussey 2(3) - Shane Watson 29 (22) OUT!!! David Warner gone, wicket for George Dockrell, it was flighted delivery, Warner used his feet and flicked it towards deep mid where a diving Kevin O’Brian took a good catch.
Warner c Kevin O'Brien b Dockrell 26(23) [4s-4]
Over 4: AUS 40/0 David Warner* 11 (12) - Shane Watson 24 (12) 19 runs off the Trent Johnston over as Watson hammered the veteran for two FOURS and a SIX after Warner had earned himself a boundary off a powerful drive in the first over.
Over 1: AUS 6/0 Chasing a modest total of 123, David Warner and Shane Watson scored 6 runs in the first over. David Warner got a four courtesy a pull.
Over 20: IRE 123/7 Ireland set Australia a target of 124 runs to win the second match of the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup at Colombo on Wednesday.
Over 17.1: IRE 101/7 Mitchell Starc got his second with a perfect yorker. Trent Johnston b Starc 7(7) [4s-1]
Over 14.6: 86/6 Kevin O'Brien out!! Slower bouncer from Shane Watson, Kevin tried to upper-cut it but edged behind. Kevin O'Brien c Wade b Shane Watson 35(29) [4s-5]
Over 14.3: 85/5 Niall O'Brien OUT!! Watson cleaned up O'Brien. Niall couldn't judge the line, misses the ball completely. Niall O'Brien b Shane Watson 20(24) [4s-2]
Over 7.2: 33/4 Gary Wilson out!! Lbw!! Gary Wilson lbw b Brad Hogg 5(5) [4s-1]
Over 5.5: 25/3 Ed Joyce out!! Caught by Warner! Ed Joyce tried to go over mid off, but couldn't get it past the thirty yard circle. Warner took a clean catch. Ed Joyce c Warner b Glenn Maxwell 16(18) [4s-3]
Over 3.3: 15/2 Ireland lost their second wicket. Stirling c Shane Watson b Starc 7(12) [4s-1]
Over 0.1: Shane Watson claimed the first wicket off first ball of the innings. Porterfield tried to pull a short delivery, got a top edge and the ball went flying straight to fine leg. Starc made no mistake. Porterfield c Starc b Shane Watson 0(1)
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and decided to bat against Australia in the second match of ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.
Australia: DA Warner, SR Watson, MEK Hussey, GJ Bailey*, CL White, GJ Maxwell, MS Wade†, DT Christian, GB Hogg, PJ Cummins, MA Starc.
Ireland: Will Porterfield (capt), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O`Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O`Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack.