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Australia's George Bailey throws his hands up over woeful batting display against India

Capain laments collapse of scorers after India limited his already eliminated side to 73

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 9:13pm
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2014, 9:13pm

A dejected and embarrassed George Bailey lamented Australia's exit from the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, labelling the 73-run capitulation to India the worst batting performance of his tenure as captain.

Australia entered the tournament among the favourites in the wake of a comfortable series victory over South Africa, but they were knocked out before a ball was struck when Pakistan beat hosts Bangladesh.

It's the most disappointing game that I've led from this team, for three years
George Bailey

Any thought of saving face was quickly extinguished as they crashed out for 86 when chasing a modest victory target of 160 against India, prompting coach Darren Lehmann to storm off during their batting effort.

"I'd go so far as to say it's the most disappointing game that I've led from this team, for three years," Bailey said in Mirpur.

"I'm disappointed for the team. I'm disappointed with the way we batted.

"But I'm not embarrassed for anyone, apart from myself. If I was embarrassed I'd say it is with my own performance."

Prior to the match, Lehmann said he felt three of his more senior players - Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin - had failed to fire when needed.

Watson's horror run continued on Sunday when he was bowled for one, giving him a total of just seven runs in three innings.

Warner, who scored 19 off 21 balls, also threw his wicket away when Australia needed him to buckle down.

The left-hander top-edged a sweep off Ravi Ashwin and was caught in the deep after he and Glenn Maxwell had combined for a promising 23-run partnership, which left Australia 44 for four in the eighth over. The team capitulated from that moment.

Australia's final game is against Bangladesh today.

Dashing left-hander Yuvraj Singh struck 60 runs off 43 balls as the 2007 champions posted 159 for seven before skittling Australia in 16.2 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Off-spinner Ashwin claimed four for 11 as Australia's powerful top order imploded and only three batsmen got to double figures before succumbing to their third successive defeat.

Indian spinners claimed seven of the 10 wickets, once again exposing Australia's frailties against slow bowling.

It was a highly satisfying outing for India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose team had already qualified for the last four.

India did not drop a single catch, Ajinkya Rahane and Mohit Sharma got a game, the middle order was tested and, above all, persisting with the struggling Yuvraj paid off.

The architect of India's 20-over (2007) and 50-over (2011) World Cup triumphs, Yuvraj showed glimpses of his vintage form, hitting five fours and four sixes.

"It was a brilliant innings, the way he paced it," said Dhoni, who shared an 84-run stand with Yuvraj. "An innings like this was needed for him, when he can be expressive. He just needed to be himself. It was an ideal opportunity. He went in, played a few deliveries and then expressed himself.

"We all know the kind of batsman he is. He can clear any ground in the world. [It] doesn't matter whether [it's] a fast bowler or a spinner bowling.

"Initially he may struggle in the first five or seven deliveries. Your good luck is if you get him out, if not he will take you out of the game."

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