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Barbados: Australia ruined India and won the match by 49 Wickets.

Barring the toss, which Mahendra Singh Dhoni won and opted to field, nothing went right for India today and the Australian team, under Michael Clarke, made a statement that they are determined to win the only major trophy missing in their cupboard.

Put into bat, Australia rode on the blistering 104-run stand provided by openers David Warner (72) and Shane Watson (54) in 10-odd overs to post a commanding 184 for five even though they looked good for the 200-mark.

The misery of India’s chase could be gauged from the fact that barring Rohit (78 not out), none of India’s top eight batsmen could reach double digit score and they eventually collapsed in 17.4 overs for a meagre 135.

Rohit waged a grim battle with an unbeaten 45-ball knock, scoring nearly 60 percent of the team’s total with the help of four fours and six sixes but his single-handed effort could only delay the inevitable.

Harbhajan Singh (13) was the only other Indian batsman to reach double digit.

For Australia, Dirk Nannes (3/25) and Shaun Tait (3/21) led India’s rout.

Murali Vijay (2), who has struggled against the short rising ball, meekly chipped Nannes to Cameron White at backward point to begin the exodus and soon Gautam Gambhir (9) top-edged a pull off Nannes to Michael Hussey as India lost both the openers inside three overs.

Suresh Raina, who had made a rollicking 101 against South Africa, fell in similar fashion to Tait and when Nannes castled Yuvraj Singh with a dipping yorker, the writing was on the wall for India.

At 23 for four, India were staring at defeat and they were eased out of their agony as the Aussies fired on all cylinders to complete the kill in the 18th over.

Rohit waged a valiant battle but the war had already been long won by the green and gold-clad Aussie legion.

Earlier, Shane Watson and David Warner bludgeoned the Indian attack into submission to guide Australia to 184 for five at the Kensington Oval.

The awesome openers set the stands on fire with a plethora of sixes, while posting a powerful 104 runs for the first wicket in 10.5 overs.

Watson struck six sixes in his 32-ball 54 while the stocky Warner did one better — hit seven sixes — in his breezy 42-ball 72.

There were as many 16 sixes in the Australian onslaught, with David Hussey (35 off 22 balls,2×6) and Brad Haddin (one six) continuing what Watson and Warner had begun.

Among the Indian bowlers, Harbhajan Singh (4-1-15-0) had been at his constricting best, tying down the dangerous Watson in his crease, even bowling a maiden in the first over the innings.

Ravindra Jadeja, however, undid all the good work, conceding as many as 38 runs in his two overs.

Watson smashed the 21-year-old for three successive sixes in his first over. Warner struck three in his second to ensure India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not turn back to the promising left-arm tweaker.

India could do little but watch in desperation as Watson and Warner cleared the pickets with effortless ease. In fact, the ground seemed too small for the power-hitting, There were a couple of times when the twosome cleared the roof.

It was good fortune for India that Watson perished in the 11th over and Warner demised in the 14th. The kind of form they were in, they could have possibly produced 200 runs for the first wicket, had they been at the wicket till the end of
the innings.

Yusuf Pathan produced the breakthrough, castling Watson as he made room to smash the ball. Then Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra produced four wickets in the death overs to check the rampaging Aussies in their tracks.

Barbados: England won the 1st match of super eight by beating the champion Pakistan by 6 Wickets.

England won the toss and elected to field.

Innings of Pakistan:

Good start by Pakistani batsman as the first wicket got down on 31, the victim was Kamran Akmal (15 runs on 18 balls, while 2 ‘Fours’ and 1 ‘Six’.

English bowlers became curious when the score leads 50, Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez batted well. Pakistan recieved another shock on the score of 71, when Salman Butt (34 runs on 26 balls, while 3 ‘Four’ and 1 ‘Six’) caught catch out by Collingwood on the ball of Swann.

Then Umer Akmal entered ito the ground and start batting, after scoring just six runs, Mohammad Hafeez (18 runs of 14 balls, while 2 ‘Four’) got out at the ball of Michael Yardy and caught by Stuart Board.

After that captain of Pakistani team Shahid Afridi took guard and slipped at the next ball due to a wrong call by his partner, Afridi (0 run on 1 ball) got run-out by Luke Wright. This was the big wicket for the England, the all were looking too happy.

Misbah-ul-Haq entered into the ground and start adding to the total of Pakistani team which was 77-4. At the score of 102, Misbah also turned back by leaving Umer at the crease alone at the score of 102, Misbah (13 runs on 14 balls, while 1 ‘Six’) was bowled by Michael Yardy due to beautiful swing.

The next batsman from the Green side was Abdul Razzaq, he tried to hit with his partner but the English bowlers were giving them tough time. Umer Akmal (30 runs on 25 balls, while 2 ‘Fours’ and 1 ‘Six’), after so much struggle, comes to an end at the score of 118, after a beautiful and magnificent catch by Kevin Pietersen at the bowl of Rayan Sidebottom.

Fawad Alam (1 run on 3 balls) took the guard and started helping his partner, but he left him at the score of 120 at the bowl of Stuart Board caught by Crag Kieswetter.

Mohammad Aamer; the rising star of Pakistan, entered into the ground and start adding into the total by his precious singles, but on the other hand Abdul Razzaq (10 runs on 9 balls, while 1 ‘Six’) got out on the delivery of Ryan Sidebottom which was caught by Tim Bresnan at the score of 132.

Mohammad Asif (0 runs on 0 ball) then took the guard and start fighting but Mohammad Aamer (3 runs of 7 balls) after adding three runs say ‘Good Bye’ to the ground at the score of 132.

Saeed Ajmal a talented spinner entered into the field. English bowlers were looking quite good because they restricted the Pakistan at the score of 132 and just a last wicket was remaining, but this is cricket, no one knows that what will happen at the next ball, same phenomenon took place here; Saeed Ajmal (13 runs on 5 balls, while 1 ‘Four’ and 1 ‘Six’) succeeded in scoring 13 runs of just 5 balls. He pushed the score of Pakistan to 147. Beautiful six and Four were added in the total by Saeed in the last over.

So Pakistan managed to score 147/9 in 20 overs after so much trouble.

Innings of England:

148 was not a big target for England n 20 overs having 10 wickets in their hands. Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter were the openers from the English side, where as, Abdul Razzaq from the other side was the attacker appointed.

Beautiful piece of batting was seen by the both openers, while Pakistani felt dissapointed when Saeed Ajmal dropped the catch at Mid-on, the catch was caught by Ajmal but when he tried to throw it up in celebration, he mis-judged the ball and dropped it.

Pakistan put down five catches, with Saeed Ajmal dropping three, in an error strewn display.

Pietersen, who put on 60 for the third wicket with captain Paul Collingwood (16), gave England a scare when he clipped his ankle with his bat on 16 and he was dropped on 34.

n total, Pietersen faced 52 balls with two sixes and eight fours as his side finished on 151 for four in reply to Pakistan’s 148 for nine. England won with three balls to spare in a match their star batsman ended with a boundary, off Ajmal.

“The ankle’s fine,” Pietersen said to the relief of England fans around the ground. “It’s not an easy wicket but our boys bowled really well on it. We need one more victory and hopefully we can get to a semi-final.”

Collingwood added: “Let’s not get too carried away, but we’re delighted with the win and to get some points on the board.

“There are a few areas to improve on, we were a bit sloppy at the end, but I was pleased with how we took the momentum back in the middle of Pakistan’s innings.”

However, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was left reflecting on his team’s mistakes. “You can’t afford to miss opportunities,” he said. “Had we taken the opportunities the match could have turned out differently.”

England had a huge slice of luck early in their reply when in the first over of their innings Craig Kieswetter, on nought, struck Abdul Razzaq straight to mid-on only for Ajmal, who appeared to have caught the ball, to drop it as he tried to throw it up in celebration.

Ajmal then gave left-hander Michael Lumb, on 23, a reprieve, when he dropped another catch hit straight to him. But the spinner did help end a first-wicket stand of 44 when he had Lumb (25) stumped by Kamran Akmal for 25. Kieswetter, like Lumb and Pietersen born in South Africa, also fell for 25, well caught by Umar Akmal at long-on off Razzaq.

Pietersen recovered from his injury to strike Razzaq for two fours in three balls and he was given a life on 34 when a drive off Ajmal was tipped over the boundary for six by Fawad Alam. He completed a 37-ball fifty with a straight six off leg-spinner Afridi.

Upcoming Matches:

Both sides are back in action here on Saturday when Pakistan face New Zealand and England play South Africa.