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Aus lose by 14 runs despite half-century by DD’s David Warner
By IPL desk
Mumbai 31 March 2012
Pune Warriors India’s Marlon Samuels took three wickets for 23 runs while Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo put in an all-round performance (24-ball 23 and two for 27) as West Indies leveled the two-match T20I series against Australia 1-1.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, West Indies were put on course for a big total thanks to a blustery opening stand of 72 off just 6.4 overs between Dwayne Smith (34-ball 63) and Johnson Charles (21-ball 37). Australia, however, fought their way back into the contest after Charles was removed by Rajsathan Royals’ all-rounder Shane Watson (two for 26) in the seventh over. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brett Lee took three for 23, while Mumbai Indians’ Clint McKay’s two wickets helped bowl out the hosts for 160 in 19.4 overs. Other than the openers, CSK’s Bravo was the only other double-digit scorer for the West Indies.
Australia, powered by a run-a-ball 58 from Delhi Daredevils’ David Warner, seemed to be on course to comfortably chasing down the target set by their opponents. However, when Warner was run-out by a direct hit from Bravo, fielding at mid-on, in the 13th over, the tide turned in favour of the West Indies. Some tight bowling by the hosts, and the inability of the Australian middle order to match the asking rate, eventually resulted in the hosts keeping Australia down to 146 for nine in 20 overs.
Marlon Samuels and Fidel Edwards took three wickets each, while Bravo had two wickets to show at the end of his four overs of bowling. Although Australia would be disappointed with the drawn series result, having comprehensively beaten the hosts by eight wickets in the first T20 game, captain Shane Watson being adjudged Player-of-the-Series gave them some consolation. The RR star hit 69 runs and was the most economical bowler (economy-rate 5.25 and three wickets) in the two-match series. Brief scores: West Indies 160/10 in 19.4 overs (Dwayne Smith 63, Brett Lee 3/23) beat Australia 146/9 in 20.0 overs (David Warner 58, Dwayne Bravo 2-27, Marlon Samuels 3-23) by 14 runs
Player-of-the-series: Shane Watson for his all-round performance; 69 runs at an average of 34.50 and 8-0-42-3
Kallis’ 42-ball 61 helped hosts trump visitors under D/L method
By IPL desk
Mumbai 31 March 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir scored a blistering 28-ball 49* but with rain forcing an early halt to the one-off T20 International between South Africa and India, the visitors lost the contest by 11 runs. India, who were 71 for no loss in 7.5 overs thanks to Gambhir’s heroics, needed a par score of 82 under the Duckworth/Lewis method when rain forced the game to be called off.
Earlier, the Proteas batsmen put up an excellent performance to post the highest score by any side against India in a T20 International. Mumbai Indians’ recent acquisition, Richard Levi, smashed 19 off eight balls getting the hosts off to a flier before edging an Irfan Pathan delivery in the second over straight to first slip.
With Levi gone, Jacques Kallis and Colin Ingram went about punishing the Indian bowlers on a flat and placid Wanderers wicket. The pair raised the 100-run mark for South Africa in just 11.2 overs while bringing up their respective half-centuries shortly after.
Desperate to stop the South African onslaught, India captain MS Dhoni used as many as eight bowlers, but it wasn’t until the 15th over when Chennai Super Kings’ R Ashwin managed to put an end to Kallis’ innings. The Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounder was caught at the deep mid-wicket boundary by Rohit Sharma while trying to slog-sweep Ashwin out of the park. Kallis made 61 (42 balls) and the hosts were 141 for two at the fall of his wicket.
Ingram, meanwhile, helped himself to his best T20I score of 78 off just 50 deliveries. He was eventually dismissed by Suresh Raina caught by Rohit Sharma off the first ball of the 18th over.
With Kallis and Ingram out of the way, it appeared that the visitors would restrict the hosts to under 200. However, with Suresh Raina conceding 26 runs off the final over, the most by an Indian bowler in a T20I, South Africa reached 219 for four of 20 overs. Justin Ontong (22 off seven) and Albie Morkel (16* off three) were the batsmen responsible for Raina’s miserable last over.
India, though, responded in style to the target set by the Proteas. Gautam Gambhir smashed 49* off just 28 deliveries, including 16 from Albie Morkel’s second over, to take India to 71 for no loss in just 7.5 overs. Pune Warriors India’s Robin Uthappa also chipped in with an unbeaten 19-ball 18.
However, with the rain pelting down in Johannesburg, the match was eventually called off after a 45-minute wait. Since India were behind the D/L target of 82, South Africa won the match by 11 runs.
Brief scores:South Africa 219/4 in 20.0 overs (Colin Ingram 78, Jacques Kallis 61, R Ashwin 1-33) beat India 71/0 in 7.5 overs (Gautam Gambhir 49*, Robin Uthappa 18*) by D/L by 11 runs.
Man-of-the-match:Colin Ingram for his blustery 50-ball 78 (8x4, 3x6) which helped South Africa post a mammoth score of 219