India blitzed in Barbados

Warner and Watson hammer 13 sixes at the Kensington Oval

Last updated: 8th May 2010  

India blitzed in Barbados

Warner: Blazed a six-hitting trail with seven maximums in his 72

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Australia produced a devastating display up front with both bat and ball to open their Super Eights campaign with a 49-run win over India.

The final margin of victory in Barbados did not do Michael Clarke's side justice, as they hammered out a warning to their ICC World Twenty20 rivals that they intend to return home with the only major trophy they have yet to win.

David Warner made 72 from only 42 deliveries as he and opening partner Shane Watson (54) laid the foundations for a total of 184 for five.

India never came close in their run chase, only a defiant unbeaten 79 from Rohit Sharma seeing them make it into three figures.

Super Nannes

Dirk Nannes was once again the star with the ball for Australia, getting rid of openers Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir in his second over.

After Suresh Raina's attempts to heave Shaun Tait into the stands only resulted in an easy catch for Clarke, the left-arm seamer produced a cracking yorker to bowl the subdued Yuvraj Singh for a single.

The procession of wickets continued and at 50 for seven, India looked set to suffer their most embarrassing defeat in the shortest form of the game.

However Sharma restored some respectability, hitting four fours and six sixes to help his side get up to 135 before they were bowled out in the 18th over. The only other batsman to reach double figures was Harbhajan Singh (13).

Far more at home on the bouncy surface at the Kensington Oval, Australia had buried India's bowlers under an avalanche of maximums.

Watson and Warner managed to clear the ropes 13 times between them during a first-wicket stand worth 104 from only 64 deliveries.

Maiden

Amazingly Harbhajan had started the match with a maiden to Watson, though the all-rounder soon made amends with three successive sixes off Jadeja - the same man who had dropped him on seven at short fine leg.

The left-arm spinner also suffered the same fate at the hands of Warner soon after, meaning his two overs ended up costing 38 runs.

Watson brought up the century partnership, as well as his own half-century, with another six off Yusuf Pathan, before being bowled looking to clear the rope again from the very next ball.

Yuvraj induced an edge through to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni to end Warner's onslaught and from then on Australia's middle order proved unable to maintain the momentum, despite David Hussey's 22-ball 35.

They failed to hit a six in the final four overs, Ashish Nehra removing both David and Michael Hussey to finish with figures of two for 31.