ADELAIDE: Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz, who was at his best in World Cup quarter final against Australia, also impressed veteran Australian allrounder Shane Watson, who admitted he was lucky to escape Wahab Riaz’s classic spell of intimidatory, eyeball-to-eyeball fast bowling.
Watson scored an unbeaten 64 off 66 balls but he was dropped on four by Rahat Ali at fine leg off a 145kmh Riaz bouncer.
During the Friday’s match, the all-rounder seemed to be under physical siege.
Riaz charged in, peppering the batsman with a series of short-pitched deliveries and sarcastically applauding and even blowing the 33-year-old a kiss at one stage.
“Wahab gave it everything, he was right on the money and there were some really nasty balls in there,” Watson said, adding “I was lucky to get through that spell.”
Riaz finished with two for 54 but he should have had more wickets, with Sohail Khan dropping Glenn Maxwell late in the innings.
“(Rahat Ali’s dropped catch) was a crucial moment. We would have had Watson and a wicket to put more pressure on Australia,” Riaz told Sky Sports.