Watson stars as Australia begin with a win

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Updated: September 19, 2012

Shane Watson pounded Ireland with both bat and ball as Australia began their World Twenty20 campaign with an emphatic seven-wicket victory in Colombo.

Watson grabbed three wickets as Ireland were restricted to 123-7 and then smashed 51 off 30 balls to help Australia surpass the modest total in the 16th over of the group B match.

Australia 125 for 3 (Watson 51) beat Ireland 123 for 7 (Kevin O’Brien 35, Watson 3-26, Starc 2-20) by seven wickets