India Crush Dismal Australia
India 159-7 (Yuvraj Singh 60) beat
Australia 86 (Ashwin 4-11) by 73 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group Two, Mirpur
Tournament favourites India thumped Australia by 73 runs in their ICC World Twenty20 Super 10 encounter in Mirpur to make it four group wins out of four.
The men in blue had already qualified for the semis while the Australians were knocked out of contention, and it showed on the day.
Yuvraj Singh roared back to form with a fine half-century, taking his side to 159 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.
Then, Australia collapsed - in keeping with their poor form in the tournament - to be bowled out for a paltry 86 runs.
Chasing a par score of 160, Australia were never really in the chase, as they began losing wickets early and then kept losing them. Aaron Finch (6) was the first to go, followed quickly by Cameron White (0) and Shane Watson (1), the latter not knowing that he been bowled.
It summed up why Australia haven’t fired in this tournament, leaning heavily on Glenn Maxwell when their top order has not been scoring any runs.
Maxwell top scored again on the day, with 23 runs off 12 balls, hitting three sixes, and adding 23 runs for the fourth wicket with David Warner.
Once the latter was dismissed, for 19 runs off 21 balls with one four and one six, the procession began in earnest. Maxwell followed soon after as 44 for four became 55 for five in the 10th over.
Then they collapsed to 63 for six with skipper George Bailey (8) failing, as did Brad Haddin (6) with the score reading 75 for seven in the 14th over.
11 runs later, in the 17th over, it was all over as the last seven Aussie wickets fell for only 65 runs.
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Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his second man-of-the-match trophy with figures of four for 11 and he was ably supported by Amit Mishra who returned two for 13. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-7), Mohit Sharma (1-11) and Ravindra Jadeja (1-25) also picked up a wicket each.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma (5) came out to open with Ajinkya Rahane, who was playing in place of Shikhar Dhawan.
But the change didn’t help much as the former departed in the very first over. Rahane then put up 40 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli as the two batted with ease.
Just when the two were looking set for a big partnership, Kohli was caught down the ground off James Muirhead (1-24). The star batsman scored 23 runs off 22 balls, with two fours and one six.
It reduced India to 46 for four and they were in further trouble at 53 for three as Rahane was out two overs later. He scored 19 runs in his first outing in this tournament, facing 16 balls and hitting two fours.
Suresh Raina was out for six runs as the Men in Blue further slumped to 66 for six in the 12th over.
It was then left to out-of-form Yuvraj Singh to salvage the situation and he did so with aplomb, scoring his eighth T20I fifty off only 37 balls.
He put on 84 runs for the fifth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni, scoring 24 runs off 20 balls, with one four and one six. It provided impetus to the innings and the 100-run mark came up in the 15th over.
Both of them fell within two runs of each other, but not before taking India past 150 in the 19th over.
Yuvraj scored 60 runs in all, off only 43 balls, with five fours and four sixes, taking his team to a competitive total.
For Australia, Brad Hodge (1-13), Glenn Maxwell (1-20), Micthell Starc (1-36), Shane Watson (1-36) and Doug Bollinger (1-24) took a wicket each.
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