Australia Routs India in World Twenty20 Cricket; Pakistan Wins

Australia routed India by nine wickets in their Super Eight game at cricket’s World Twenty20 championship, while Pakistan defeated top-ranked South Africa.

Shane Watson and David Warner shared an opening 133-run stand as Australia reached its total of 141 with 6.1 overs remaining in the Group 2 game in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Watson scored 72, with seven sixes, from 42 balls before being caught off Yuvraj Singh. Watson was 63 not out with three sixes among his 10 boundaries.

“That’s the absolute beauty of those two players, when they’re on, there no two better batters in the world,” Australian captain George Bailey said in the post-match presentation.

Earlier, Watson took 3-34 as India was limited to 140-7 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. Irfan Pathan scored 31 for India, which stumbled to 74-5 after losing three wickets in seven balls.

Pakistan beat South Africa by two wickets in today’s opening game. Umar Akmal scored 43 runs and Umar Gul had 32 as Pakistan finished 136-8 to South Africa’s 133-6.

Pakistan was 76-6 in the 15th over before Umar Akmal and Umar Gul put it back on track. The two shared a 49-run stand in just 4.3 overs before Gul was caught by Robin Peterson off Dale Steyn.

Akmal, who top-scored with 43, then hit a six with the second ball of the final over and clinched the victory with a four two balls later. Gul scored 32 off 17 balls.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan’s spin bowlers took advantage of a slow wicket, with Mohammad Hafeez taking 2-23 and Yasir Arafat 2-25. JP Duminy scored 48 for the Proteas, the No. 1 team in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 ranking.

The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The Super Eight consists of two groups of four, with the top two teams in each advancing to the semifinals.

In Group 1 tomorrow in Pallekele, defending champion England meets New Zealand and host Sri Lanka plays West Indies. Sri Lanka and West Indies won yesterday’s opening games.

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