Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz and Australian all-rounder Shane Watson called a truce today, after their compelling World Cup quarter-final tussle.
Wahab won widespread plaudits for a fierce spell of fast bowling which forced Watson to duck into and under a series of short-pitched deliveries in the game at the Adelaide Oval.
Wahab even applauded the Australian and blew him a kiss as Watson survived on his way to helping the co-hosts to a six-wicket victory.
“It was a good battle on the field. U played well. @ShaneRWatson33 . Wishing u best of luck for the semi’s . #Respect,” tweeted Wahab, who was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for his exchanges with Watson.
“Special spell from @WahabViki the other night. Very lucky to have come out unscathed #Nohardfeelings #Respect,” tweeted Watson, who was docked 15 per cent of his fee.
Watson ended Friday’s game on an unbeaten 64 off 66 balls but he was dropped on four by Rahat Ali at fine leg off a 145kmh Riaz bouncer. All time cricket great and West Indies living legend Brian Lara had offered to pay Wahab’s fine to the ICC.