Adelaide, March 20: One of the best fast bowling spells at ICC World Cup 2015 was witnessed at the Adelaide Oval today.
The crowd at the Adelaide Oval and millions on TV enjoyed every ball of the contest between Riaz and Watson. It was cricket at its best.
Eye contacts, few words, fans backing the bowler and the white ball flying. Everything was happening in this match after Pakistan were bundled out for 213 and Riaz was in no mood to surrender easily.
After all the hard work, Riaz should have been rewarded with Watson's wicket (batsman was on 4 then) but Rahat Ali dropped an easy catch. It was nicely set up and the batsman fell into the trap of hooking the bowler but fielder did not support.
Riaz was furious to see the catch being grassed at the boundary. Finally, it was a case of Watson (64 not out) winning the battle, having survived, thanks to Rahat's mistake. And Australia won by 6 wickets to set up a semi-final meeting with India.
The best memory of this match - Riaz versus Watson.
Here are some of the tweets admiring this contest
COME ON Wahab!! Impressive bowling! pic.twitter.com/386R9GGWjh— Mahwish Rajput (@wishrajpoot) March 20, 2015
Best spell of bowling by a foreigner on Aussie soil for years...#Wahab— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 20, 2015
Will watch that Wahab spell many times but will be hard to recapture the thrill of seeing it for the first time. Was hard to stay still— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 20, 2015
Shane Warne "The spell from Wahab Riaz is as good as any spell I have seen from a fast bowler from any country for a long time" #AusvPak— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 20, 2015
"It was bowlology gold." - Fleming on Wahab spell.— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) March 20, 2015
Regardless result clap for Wahab what an aggressive spell...bravo boy#WahabRiaz— Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 20, 2015
Fair play to Watson. Despite being dropped off that dolly he knows if he can outlast Wahab, Australia will likely win #PakvsAus— Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) March 20, 2015
Wahab has bowled by far the best spell of the World Cup— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) March 20, 2015
Brilliant bowling Wahab heart goes out to you #pakvaus— Nilofer Afridi Qazi (@ninoqazi) March 20, 2015
Indian commentstors saying Pak lose or win, it doesnt matter as passion shown by Wahab Riyaz has made them enjoyed the game in a big way..— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) March 20, 2015
Top spell from Wahab...nobody likes the short ball at your throat. Need Rahat to step up now...Wahab can't do it all by himself. #AusVsPak— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 20, 2015
Heartbreaking for wahab riyaz. It was a lollipop catch. He deserved that wicket. Superb bowling spell. Kudos.— Yashwant Deshmukh (@cvoter) March 20, 2015
Kapil Dev says he has not seen a fiery spell like Wahab Riyaz...— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) March 20, 2015
That was stunning over by Wahab Riaz. #PakvAus— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) March 20, 2015