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Aus post 157/4 in 1st T20 vs Eng

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Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 15:38 [IST]
 
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Aus post 157/4 in 1st T20 vs Eng

In what is shaping up to be a keen contest between hosts Australia and the touring English side, the former has scored 157/4 in their 20 overs. Their innings started in a somewhat cautious manner due to some tight English bowling, but then Shane Watson launched a stiff counter-offensive before he was out for a blistering 59 off 31 balls. England once again wrested control of the match as Australia struggled for runs at the end of their innings.

Batting first, Australia got off a circumspect start with the usually hard-hitting David Warner and Shane Watson subdued in the first couple of overs. They picked the debutant English pacer Chris Woakes, for just 4 in the first over an in the second, just a couple off Ajmal Shahzad.

But the batting duo hit their stride soon enough, with Warne smacking Woakes for two back-to-back fours in the 3rd over and then Watson joining in on the fun with another boundary later in the over. The hosts had raced to 20 in 3 overs. Then the same batsman went after Tim Bresnan, knocking two boundaries off the seamer in the 4th over.

The batting pair tried to keep up the momentum which began to dip a little. Watson smashed Shahzad for one boundary over mid on in the 5th over and after a quiet 6th, Warner came down heavily on slow left armer Michael Yardy, getting him away for two more fours. With those shots, Australia had reached their 50.

Watson licked his lips when Graeme Swann came onto bowl, sending the off-spinner for a hat-trick of sixes and then followed it up with two doubles and a four. A massive 26 runs had come off the 8th over in what could well be the turning point in the game as Australia had surged to 76/0 in 8 overs.

But Yardy put an end to the blitzkrieg when he bowled Watson in the next over. The batsman had played his part though, scoring 59 from 31 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes to his credit. One-down batsman David Hussey, took his time to settle in as Australia moved to 86/1 in 10 overs.

Then Warner started to up the ante, taking Yardy for a double and then two balls later, swinging at him for a mid on boundary. But Yardy had the last laugh when later in the over, he had the batsman caught by Sahzad for 30 off 28 balls. Australia were wobbling at 92/2 in 10.5 overs with two relatively new batsmen at the crease in Hussey and captain Cameron White.

A couple of quiet overs followed as the hosts sneaked past 100. After the batting duo just pushed for one and twos for three overs straight, Hussey finally broke the boundary drought when he struck Woakes for a four to fine leg in the 15th over. But with the last ball, Woakes picked up his maiden Twenty20 International wicket when he had White caught by Pietersen at long on. Australia were in a spot of trouble at 115/3 in 15 overs.

The new batsman Aaron Finch and Hussey again looked for mainly ones and twos as the big hits were becoming harder to come by. But Finch came back with a powerful cut past point for four off Bresnan in the 17th over, before two balls later Hussey, carted him for a huge six. But in the very next ball Bresnan bowled the batsman for 28 off 27 balls and Australia were 133/4 in 16.5 overs.

The next man to take guard Steven Smith and Finch, settled into the same old routine of picking singles which was the only apparent option with Yardy coming back to bowl. Then Bresnan compounded the hosts' woes with a frugal 19th over, conceding just 3 runs. But the batsman scurried like rats in the last over, from Sahzad, taking 13 runs in all from it as Australia climbed to 157/ 4 at the end of the innings.

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