Wahab Riaz makes a gesture of blowing a kiss to Australia’s Shane Watson, left.
ADELAIDE: Shane Watson conceded he was lucky to escape Wahab Riaz’s excellent spell of intimidatory, eyeball-to-eyeball quick playing in Friday’s World Cup quarter-last in the middle of Australia and Pakistan.
Watson finished the diversion on an unbeaten 64 off 66 balls however he was dropped on four by Rahat Ali at fine leg off a 145kmh Wahab Riaz bouncer as the veteran Australian all-rounder was under physical attack.
Riaz charged in, peppering the batsman with a progression of short-pitched conveyances and snidely extolling and actually making a gesture of blowing the 33-year-old a kiss at one stage.
“Wahab issued it everything, he was right on the cash and there were some truly awful balls in there,” said Watson, after his group’s six-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval which set up a semi-last conflict against protecting champions India.
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Shane Watson and Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz grasp one another toward the end of the match.
“I was fortunate to traverse that spell.”
Australia skipper Michael Clarke impart Watson’s perspective.
“I am amazingly glad. It was a nearby diversion at last our bowlers made an incredible showing and we were solid in the field. Credit to Pakistan, and Wahab Riaz specifically, for the way they played. It was the speediest spell I’ve seen in quite a while. You are under weight the entire time and the way Watson hung in was awesome.”
Riaz completed with two for 54 however he ought to have had more wickets, with Sohail Khan showing comparative spread fingers to Rahat when he dropped Glenn Maxwell late in the innings.
“(Rahat Ali’s dropped catch) was an essential minute. We would have had Watson and a wicket to put more weight on Australia,” Wahab Riaz told Sky Sports.
“We observed how the Australia gentlemen play and had a visit before the diversion and place arranges set up. I knew Watson was not all that great with short balls so I knew I needed to assault. The arrangements were fruitful on occasion yet shockingly we couldn’t win.”
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hailed the searing Riaz.
“He rocked the bowling alley his heart out and was an alternate sort of bowler all through this competition. I have never seen a bowler knocking down some pins like that and if that catch had been taken who comprehends what could have happened?” said Misbah ul haq.