Shane Watson's all-round brilliance powered Australia to an easy seven-wicket victory over Ireland in their opening Group B match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Wednesday. Opening the bowling, Watson claimed three wickets for 26 runs and returned to hammer a 30-ball 51 as Australia chased down the 124-run victory target with 29 balls to spare.

Australia's bowler Mitchel Starc (L) celebrates after he dismissed Ireland's Ed Joyce (R) during the ICC World Twenty20 Group B match between Australia and Ireland at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. -Photo by AFP
Australia's bowler Mitchel Starc (L) celebrates after he dismissed Ireland's Ed Joyce (R) during the ICC World Twenty20 Group B match between Australia and Ireland at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. -Photo by AFP
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (C) celebrates after he dismissed Kevin O'Brien (R). -Photo by AFP
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson (C) celebrates after he dismissed Kevin O'Brien (R). -Photo by AFP
Kevin O'Brien goes on the attack. -Photo by AFP
Kevin O'Brien goes on the attack. -Photo by AFP
Brad Hogg, right, celebrates after taking the wicket of Ireland's batsman Gary Wilson, unseen. -Photo by AP
Brad Hogg, right, celebrates after taking the wicket of Ireland's batsman Gary Wilson, unseen. -Photo by AP
David Warner times one to the boundary. -Photo by AP
David Warner times one to the boundary. -Photo by AP
Watson (L) is watched by his teammate Michael Hussey as he raises his bat to the crowd after scoring a half-century. -Photo by AFP
Watson (L) is watched by his teammate Michael Hussey as he raises his bat to the crowd after scoring a half-century. -Photo by AFP
Australia's batsmen George Bailey, third from left, and Cameron White, second from left, shakes hands with Ireland's players after completing a comfortable win. -Photo by AP
Australia's batsmen George Bailey, third from left, and Cameron White, second from left, shakes hands with Ireland's players after completing a comfortable win. -Photo by AP
India's bowler Yuvraj Singh successfully appeals to dismiss Afghanistan's batsman Nawroz Mangal. -Photo by AP
India's bowler Yuvraj Singh successfully appeals to dismiss Afghanistan's batsman Nawroz Mangal. -Photo by AP
Afghanistan cricketer Shapoor Zadran (R) celebrates after he dismissed after he dismissed Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. -Photo by AFP
Afghanistan cricketer Shapoor Zadran (R) celebrates after he dismissed after he dismissed Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. -Photo by AFP
Afghanistan's Izatullah Dawlatzai, a substitute fielder, drops a catch from the bat off India's Suresh Raina. -Photo by Reuters
Afghanistan's Izatullah Dawlatzai, a substitute fielder, drops a catch from the bat off India's Suresh Raina. -Photo by Reuters
Afghanistan's Shapoor Zadran (C) shakes hands with India's players after the match. -Photo by Reuters
Afghanistan's Shapoor Zadran (C) shakes hands with India's players after the match. -Photo by Reuters
India's batsman Yuvraj Singh, center, leaves the filed after being dismissed. -Photo by AP
India's batsman Yuvraj Singh, center, leaves the filed after being dismissed. -Photo by AP

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