Australia beat Ireland by seven wickets in World Twenty20

 

Shane Watson inspired Australia to a straightforward seven-wicket victory over Ireland in their opening World Twenty20 group match in Colombo today.

The 31-year-old all-rounder took three wickets for 14 runs and, despite bowling a poor final over, helped restrict Ireland to 123 for seven.

Watson then took to the crease where his 51 runs off 31 balls helped Australia secure victory in just the 16th over of the Group B match.

The comfortable win also saw fellow opener David Warner become the third cricketer to hit 1,000 runs in international T20 cricket, following Kevin Pietersen and Brendon McCullum.

Ireland won the toss at Premadasa Stadium and captain William Porterfield chose to bat - a decision he would rue immediately as he hooked Watson's ball straight to Mitchell Starc to go for for a duck.

Things did not get much better for the minnows as the pair swapped roles to get Paul Stirling out in the fourth over, before Ed Joyce was caught by Warner.

Gary Wilson followed suit after being caught leg before by Brad Hogg to leave Ireland 33-4 two balls into the eighth over.

They responded well, though, and picked up the run rate thanks to the partnership of brothers Kevin and Niall O'Brien (35 and 20).

However, Watson nipped that in the bud by getting them both out in the 15th over to leave Ireland 86 for six.

Trent Johnston was next out but Watson bowled an expensive final over to see Ireland end on 123 for seven.

That score was no match for the Antipodeans, though, as Warner racked up 26 runs - and a T20 milestone - before being caught from a George Dockrell delivery.

It took until the 11th over for opening partner Watson to get out, but he had already hit five fours and three sixes during a mesmeric spell by the time he was thwarted by excellent fielding from Johnston who threw down the stumps.

Mike Hussey went for 10 shortly afterwards, but Cameron White and George Bailey produced a sturdy partnership to Australia through to victory.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas