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World T20: Yuvi, Ashwin help India destroy Australia, win four in four

Impatience on the part of Australian batsmen and some very tight bowling allowed India to humiliate Australia by 74 in the World T20 match at the the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2014 08:31 IST
Agnibesh Das

Impatience of Australian batsmen and some brilliant display of bowling allowed India to humiliate Australia by 74 runs in the World T20 match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

Aaron Finch (6), the first to fall, went down on his knees to slog a tossed-up delivery by Ashwin into the stands in the fourth over, but mistimed it. Virat Kohli took an easy catch at mid-on.

In the next over, Bhuvneshwar struck, getting Cameron White for a duck. White tried to clear the circle. But he mistimed a pitched-up delivery outside off. Ravindra Jadeja made no mistakes in latching on to it.

Australia's woes continued as Mohit Sharma came good in the next over, castling Shane Watson for one. Mohit cramped Watson for room as he looked to angle it to third man, the ball came in and knocked off the stumps. For a moment it looked like Dhoni might have removed the bails with his gloves before the ball, but TV reviews confirmed the dismissal was clean.

The seventh over, bowled by Raina, gave the Australians a moment to breath as it went for 16.

Ashwin came back in the next over to put the pressure right back. David Warner (19) tried to slog Ashwin into the stands but mistimed it. Rohit Sharma took a good running catch at deep mid-wicket to remove him.

Glen Maxwell (23) still threatened to save the day for Australia, but Ashwin made sure that did not happen. The explosive all-rounder tried an unnecessary shot, trying to reverse sweep Ashwin. He left all his stumps exposed and the ball found his leg stick.

The carnage continued for Australia in the next over, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. George Bailey had just hit him for a six. Instead of building upon it, he tried to go again, failed to clear the ropes and was caught on the boundary.

If Indians were tempted to take it easy at this point, they did not. The next strike came two overs later. Brad Haddin tried to slog Amit Mishra, mistimed it and got caught in the deep for 6. Things took a turn for the worse when Mitchell Starc (2) got run out.

Little was left for the Australians, who were on the ground to salvage some pride. The match was a dead rubber by all reckoning. India have already qualified for the semi-finals and Australia had no hope of moving into the next level even if they won this match.

But that made no difference to Australia's fortunes. Brad Hodge got down to his knees, trying to slog an Amit Mishra delivery and found the safe hands of Jadeja in the deep.

The last to fall was James Muirhead, who tried to make room and cut Ashwin away, but got stumped instead.

Ashwin picked up his second man of the match award in the tournament for his brilliant figures of 4/11. Amit Mishra also registered a neat 2/13, while Bhuvneshwar, Mohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a wicket each.

The return of Yuvraj Singh
In the earlier session, Yuvraj Singh's spectacular return to form got India to 159/7, even though the Men in Blue lost early wickets. In a big plus for India, Yuvraj hit a brilliant 43-ball 60. He looked the swashbuckler of old times, hitting five fours and four towering sixes.

Losing the toss and invited to bat first, India lost Rohit Sharma (5), who fell in the very first over. He started with a four off Brad Hodge, but then tried to hit a tossed up delivery over cover in the fourth ball and managed only to get an outside edge, sending an easy catch to point.

Virat Kohli (23) then came in to join Ajinkya Rahane (19), who opened the innings instead of Shikhar Dhawan.

Virat looked in good form, hitting two fours and a six. Just when he seemed to have settled down, he tried to loft a tossed-up James Muirhead delivery down the ground, but did not get the elevation. His shot went to Cameron White at long-off for an easy catch.

Rahane fell an over later, trying to guide a Doug Bollinger delivery to the third man, and was cramped for space and ended up edging to the keeper.

Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina then came together. They tried to stitch together a partnership and survived for two overs. Glenn Maxwell removed Raina for six. Like Kohli before him, Raina tried to loft a tossed-up delivery into the stands, but found the fielder instead.

Yuvraj and skipper Dhoni (24) staged a dogged fightback. The two put up a fifth-wicket partnership of 84 runs. They took the attack to the opposition bowlers, hitting them for sixes and fours regularly.

Dhoni fell in the 19th over when Mitchell Starc bowled him after pitching one in the block hole.

The first ball of the next over saw Yuvraj sent a catch to long-off, becoming the third Indian batsman to fail to clear the fielders down the ground.

India skipper MS Dhoni lost his first toss in the World T20 on Sunday and was invited to bat first by his Australian counterpart George Bailey.

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