Aus post 147/7 in 2nd T20I

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Published: Friday, January 14, 2011, 15:33 [IST]
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Aus post 147/7 in 2nd T20I

Winning the toss and opting to bat first again, Australia got off to a quiet start with openers David Warner and Shane Watson just pushing the ball around for a couple of singles in the first over. But they initiated a crescendo in the next over, when the pair ran two doubles off Ajmal Shahzad and Warner struck a four. Australia had raced to 26/0 after 3 overs.

Then Watson began the third over by carting Chris Woakes for a six, and after he and his partner scampered a few runs, Warner rounded off the over with a four past mid-on. In the fourth over, Watson got after Shahzad, smashing him for a huge six over midwicket, before Warner followed up with a boundary.

But Watson had played one shot too many when he picked out Morgan at deep square leg off Woakes. Australia were 37/1 with the danger man headed back to the shed. But new batsman Tim Paine, wasn't going to waste any time settling in. He lofted Woakes for another six and then ran two doubles to take his side to 49/1 in 5 overs.

Then Paine welcomed Tim Bresnan with an aggressive uppercut four. He then attacked the off-spinner Graeme Swann, getting him away for a four in the 7th over. But just two balls later, the bowler had him caught by Paul Collingwood at short midwicket for 21 off 12 balls. Australia had slipped to 63/2 at the end of 7 overs.

But there was much more trouble in store. After a couple of quiet overs, Yardy got Warner out for 30 off 26 balls and in the very next over, Swann trapped captain Craig White plumb in front for a duck. Just one over after that development, Yardy pegged back the hosts further when he had Hussey snapped up by Woakes at midwicket for 8. Australia had stumbled to 80/5 in 12 overs.

New batsman Aaron Finch settled in quickly to take Australia to 100 in the 15th over, courtesy a boundary off Pietersen. The batsman began the 17th over by hammering a six off Pietersen over mid-off, and then three balls later, smacked him for a boundary through the covers. Australia had climbed to 118/5 in 17 overs.

In the 19th over, Shahzad got Smith out for 13 of 18 balls and Australia were 131/6 with 8 balls left in the innings. At the start of the last over, Bresnan bowled Steve O'Keefe for 1. Then Finch and Johnson got their running shoes on as they scurried 4 doubles to take the total to 147/7 at the end of 20 overs. Finch remianed unbeaten on 53 off 33 balls with Swann and Yardy taking 2 wickets each.


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