If there is one team in world cricket on whom the cliché ‘flattered to deceive’ sits perfectly, it has got to be South Africa. At their peak, Australia were ruthless, India boisterous and England meticulous.
Afghanistan went down fighting by 23 runs in their Group A match against India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The underdogs were always in the contest until the end of the 17th when their best batsman Mohammad Nabi holed out to long off thanks to the clever R Ashwin.
Australia eased to a 7-wicket win with 29 balls to spare in their Group B Match against Ireland at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Shane Watson was the Player of the Match for the Australians as he followed up his fine bowling efforts of 3 for 26.
The opening encounter of the WorldT20, between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at Hambantota, turned out to be a disappointingly one-sided affair. Agreed, the home side were always expected to come up trumps, but the kind of thumping Zimbabwe received will sure act as a source of demotivation for the games to follow.