Warner, Watson power Australia to 184 for 5

Warner, Watson power Australia to 184 for 5

Warner, Watson power Australia to 184 for 5

Australia's opener Shane Watson, right, plays a shot off the bowling of India's Harbhajan Singh, unseen, as wicket keeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on at a Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Bridgetown, Barbados,AP

They awesome openers set the stands on fire with a plethora of sixes, while posting a powerful 104 runs for the first wicket in 10.5 overs.

Watson struck six sixes in his 32-ball 54 while the stocky Warner did one better -- hit seven sixes -- in his breezy 42-ball 72.

There were as many 16 sixes in the Australian onslaught, with David Hussey (35 off 22 balls,2x6) and Brad Haddin (one six) continuing what Watson and Warner had begun.
Among the Indian bowlers, Harbhajan Singh (4-1-15-0) had been at his constricting best, tying down the dangerous Watson in his crease, even bowling a maiden in the first over the innings.

Ravindra Jadeja, however, undid all the good work, conceding as many as 38 runs in his two overs.

Watson smashed the 21-year-old for three successive sixes in his first over. Warner struck three in his second to ensure India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not turn back to the promising left-arm tweaker.

India could do little but watch in desperation as Watson and Warner cleared the pickets with effortless ease. In fact, the ground seemed too small for the power-hitting, There were a couple of times when the twosome cleared the roof.

It was good fortune for India that Watson perished in the 11th over and Warner demised in the 14th. The kind of form they were in, they could have possibly produced 200 runs for the first wicket, had they been at the wicket till the end of the innings.

Yusuf Pathan produced the breakthrough, castling Watson as he made room to smash the ball. Then Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra produced four wickets in the death overs to check the rampaging Aussies in their tracks.