Australia take Caribbean cruise into semis

St Lucia: Australia eased into the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup on Tuesday after a comfortable six wicket win over West Indies, a result which eliminated the hosts.

Australia will face Pakistan in their semi-final on Friday while Sri Lanka, who earlier produced a last ball win over India, will face England on Thursday.

A passionate capacity crowd at Beausejour Stadium were hoping for a spirited performance from the home side but they crumbled after skipper Chris Gayle was bowled by Dirk Nannes in the first over of the game.

Shivnarine Chanderpau and Ramnaresh Sarwan put on 34, the highest partnership in the innings, but even though Sarwan stuck around it was largely to witness wickets tumbling at the other end with legspinner Steven Smith picking up three, for 20 runs.

Australia knocked off the total with 3.4 overs to spare and for the loss of just four wickets with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin top scoring with 42.

Bureau Report