Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Watson leads Australia to 6-262

February 22, 2011 -

Australia\'s batsmen failed to dominate Zimbabwe\'s modest bowling attack in their World Cup opener, reaching 6-262 from their 50 overs.

On a pitch that appeared to be a little two-paced in sunny Ahmedabad, the African cricketing minnows used seven bowlers, including five spinners, to limit the Australians.

Opener Shane Watson top-scored with a fine 79 off 92 balls including eight fours and one six.

Advertisement: Story continues below Vice-captain Michael Clarke was unbeaten on 58 from 55 deliveries as Australia pushed on strongly in their final five overs which yielded 55 runs.

Watson and Haddin (29) started slowly, eventually adding 61 for the first wicket.

Haddin had a life in the 13th over when a delivery from Prosper Utseya lobbed off his pads onto his stumps but failed to dislodge a bail.

Zimbabwe struck in the 19th over when Haddin was lbw to off-spinner Utseya after Zimbabwe called for a video review.

Watson\'s dismissal lbw to leg-spinner Graeme Cremer also came after the bowling side called for a review with the score on 140 in the 32nd over.

Australia then suddenly had two fresh batsmen at the crease, Clarke and Cameron White, in the 33rd over.

Chris Mpofu\'s spectacular throw from deep square-leg hit the stumps at the bowler\'s end to run out Ricky Ponting for 28 to reduce Australia to 3-144 in a crucial blow.

Australia took the batting power-play after the 40th over but managed only 35 runs in the five-over block for the loss of White (22).

David Hussey (14) was bowled by spinner Ray Price in the 49th over and Steve Smith hit a breezy 11 from four balls as Mpofu (2-58) claimed his second wicket.

Australia\'s batsmen found the spin of Price (1-43), Utseya (1-43) and Cremer (1-41) difficult to get away, but the Africans would have been disappointed with the way the final five overs unfolded

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