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Australia v India: Watson’s batting performance key for Aussie’s

| 28.09.2012

Australia head into the Super Eights on the back of three convincing wins and will be confident of toppling the second-favourites for the World t20 in this one.

They’re priced up as 11/10 underdogs to overcome India; a side they have got the better of in three of the previous four encounters.

They chased in both their group games and picked up two emphatic wins, as well as smashing 168 against Pakistan in their previous competitive game.

They achieved their target of 125 against Ireland in just 15.1 overs, whereas their Duckworth/Lewis target of 84 after 9.1 overs was surpassed by an impressive 16 runs against the West Indies.

They also notched 163 in their warm-up game with England when batting first, so their team run-line set at 160 is one you would expect them to reach.

Even if they don’t bat first, their fallible bowling unit will struggle to halt the rampant swinging of the Indians, meaning they’ll have a big target to hit.

For the Aussie’s total to better the 160 Ladbrokes have specified is well worth a bet at 5/6.

Shane Watson’s bludgeoning power at the crease will give them a great chance; his performances have been crucial to his team’s recent joy. His personal run-line is set at 22.5 and, when you consider his last three competitive games have yielded a hat-trick of scores north of 40, as well as a 37 in the warm-up, he looks likely to surpass that mark.

Alike his team, Watson is a 5/6 shot to score a greater amount than what the bookies have set and, if Australia are to prosper in this clash he will have to do well.

He’s also chalked up at 5/2 to score a 50 in Colombo, which could be worth a punt given the great knick he is currently in, as well as the fact that he achieved the feat in his only t20 against India to date.

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James Middleton