Clarke banks on ace openers to see him through to 20-20 finals

May 9th, 2010 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Barbados, May 9 (ANI): Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke believes that at present he has the world’s two best openers in David Warner and Shane Watson, and hopes they can help the team reach the finals of the World Twenty20 championship.

Speaking ahead of his team’s clash with Sri Lanka today, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying: ‘I believe we have the best two openers in Twenty20 cricket in the world. They bat fantastically together, left-hand/right-hand combination. Both very aggressive, but, if they need to take their time, they aren’t too distressed.”

“If we can continue to make totals like that, with our bowling and the way we’re fielding, it’s going to be hard for opposition teams to beat us,’ he added.

Warner and Watson shared a 104-run partnership to set up Australia’s total of 5-184 against India before pacemen Dirk Nannes (3-25) and Shaun Tait (3-21) bowled the latter out for 135 in 17.4 overs.

Man-of-the-match Warner hit an Australian record of seven sixes in his innings of 72 from 42 deliveries and Watson’s 54 came off 32 balls with six sixes.

In-form Nannes has bagged 10-84 in Australia’s three victories to top the wicket-taking list in the Caribbean tournament. (ANI)

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