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Shane Watson and Michael Hussey starred in a 108-run stand as Australia comfortably beat West Indies by eight wickets in the first T20I of the two-match series being played between the two sides. Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, the hosts managed to get to a score of 150 thanks to Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard’s blustery half-century. Pollard, who recently won the Player-of-the-series award in the five-match ODI contest between the two sides, came into bat with the score at 66 for three in the 11th over but only managed to score his first run in the 13th over of the innings.
Then, with West Indies losing their fourth wicket off the first ball of the 13th over at 72 for four, Pollard helped the hosts score 78 off the last 7.5 overs as he smashed a 26-ball 54* that included five sixes. Deccan Chargers’ Daniel Christian took three for 27 while Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brett Lee finished with two for 30 as Australia managed to restrict the West Indies to 150 despite the Pollard onslaught.
The visitors lost Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner (0) in the very first over of their run chase. However, Rajasthan Royals’ Shane Watson and Chennai Super Kings’ Mike Hussey struck their seventh and third half-centuries in T20I cricket respectively to build a solid platform for the visitors. Watson (43-ball 69) was eventually dismissed in the 13th over, but with Hussey remaining unbeaten on 59* (off 45 balls) and CSK’s George Bailey (17-ball 21*) also contributing, Australia cruised home with 11 deliveries to spare.
The second T20I between the two sides will be played on March 30 at Bridgetown.
Brief scores: Australia 153/2 in 18.1 overs (Shane Watson 69, Mike Hussey 59*, Krishmar Santokie 1/27) beat West Indies 150/7 in 20.0 overs (Kieron Pollard 54*, Daniel Christian 3/27, Brett Lee 2/30) by eight wickets
Man-of-the-match: Shane Watson for his allround performance; 4-0-16-1 and 43-ball 69
DD paceman takes six for 23 but NZ hold on to draw Test
By IPL desk
Mumbai 27 March 2012
Morne Morkel took six for 23 but couldn’t help South Africa win the third and final Test against New Zealand being played at the Basin Reserve here in Wellington today. Morkel’s six-wicket haul won him the man-of-the-match award and was the fifth instance where the Delhi Daredevils paceman has taken five wickets or more in a single innings of a Test match.
South Africa began Day 5 of the Test match at 75 for no loss in their second innings, having gained an overall lead of 274 over the hosts. Although the visitors lost Alviro Petersen (39) and Pune Warriors India’s Graeme Smith (41) early in the morning, a quick half-century from Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers (68 off 49) helped South Africa declare their innings at 189 for the loss of three wickets. Deccan Chargers’ JP Duminy, centurion in the first innings, remained unbeaten on 33.
Set an improbable target of 389 to win from 81 overs, New Zealand almost collapsed without a fight. Morne Morkel simply ran through the Kiwi top order to reduce them to 83 for five before Tea had been taken on the final day. Morkel would add to his wicket-tally in the final session (Kruger van Wyk – 39), but with Kane Williamson battling it out with a gritty century, and South Africa dropping catches, New Zealand managed to draw the game.
Williamson remained unbeaten on 102 as Graeme Smith called off the Proteas’ challenge two deliveries before the scheduled day’s play was to come to an end.
Having won the second Test at Hamilton, South Africa won the three-match series 1-0.
Brief scores: South Africa 1st innings 474/9 decl. in 148.4 overs (Alviro Petersen 156, JP Duminy 103, Mark Gillespie 6/113) and South Africa 2nd innings 189/3 decl. in 29.4 overs (AB de Villiers 68, Daniel Vettori 1/40) drew with New Zealand 1st innings 275/10 in 96 overs (Martin Guptill 59, Vernon Philander 6/81) and New Zealand 2nd innings 200/6 in 80.4 overs (Kane Williamson 102*, Morne Morkel 6/23)
Man-of-the-match:Morne Morkel for his incisive bowling performance in the fourth innings which read 16.4-7-23-6