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Watson stars as Oz thump Ireland
Reuters
Colombo, September 19, 2012
First Published: 18:11 IST(19/9/2012)
Last Updated: 00:10 IST(20/9/2012)
Shane Watson (L) is watched by his teammate Michael Hussey as he raises his bat to the crowd after scoring a half-century during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Ireland at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. AFP Photo

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.

Chasing a modest target of 124, the Aussies romped home in only 15.1 overs with the opening duo of Watson (51) and David Warner (26) having set the tone by adding 60 runs in the first seven overs in the opening Group B encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Watson’s 51 came off 30 balls with help of five boundaries and three huge sixes. By the time he got run out at his team's total on 91, the result had become a mere formality.

Watson had earlier scalped three Ireland wickets for 26 runs — including the wickets of O'Brien brothers Kevin and Niall — from his four overs as Australia restricted their opponents to 123 for seven.

Easy target
The target was never a problem for the formidable Aussies as Watson started the onslaught in the fourth over which was bowled by Trent Johnston.

After hitting the pacer for three boundaries, Watson flicked him over deep square leg for his first six.

The second six off Paul Stirling went over deep mid-wicket boundary. But the stand-out shot certainly was the one Watson hit off left-arm spinner George Dockrell to bring up his half century.

The batsman rocked back and muscled it into the deep mid-wicket stands. The ball rebounded off the balcony of the upper tier of the stadium.

Watson's 50 came off only 28 balls.

He was run-out immediately after that but not before he had taken his side on the verge of victory. The game was a bit of a grudge match too as Australia had slid below Ireland in the ICC Twenty20 Rankings.


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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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