Zeenews Sports Bureau
West Indies defeated Australia by 74 runs in the second semi-final of the ICC World T20 played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Once Doherty went for 25 runs in the last over, the Windies always had that psychological advantage. They came with all guns blazing and apart from that cameo (63 from 29) from Aussie skipper George Bailey, the Kangaroos looked like a bunch of ordinary cricketers who lost wickets off poor shots.
16.4 over: 131 Rampaul to bowl his final over. Starc takes a single off the first ball. A dot ball. Doherty works the next ball on the leg-side, three runs scored. And that’s it! Starc attempts a big stroke as the ball knocks his stumps! The West Indies have won by 74 runs and they will now lock horns with Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 final on Sunday!
MA Starc b Rampaul 2 (5b)
16th over: 127/9 Narine comes into the attack. Brad Hogg is run-out off the first ball. Australia one wicket away from a humiliating defeat. Dogerty hits the last ball for a boundary at long-off. Six runs from that over.
GB Hogg st †Ramdin b Narine 7 (7b)
15th over: 121/8 Rampaul has been brought back into the attack to clean up the Aussie tail. Eight runs from that over.
14th over: 113/8 Pollard comes into the attack. Bailey welcomes him with a boundary! The Australian skipper attempts another big stroke off the next ball, but that doesn’t go the distance and that’s the end of an incredible innings from George Bailey! And Pollard dismisses Cummins off the next ball. So Pollard is on a hat-trick. Starc is the new batsmen. No hat-trick for Pollard, 2 wickets and six runs off that over.
PJ Cummins c Charles b Pollard 13 (15b)
GJ Bailey c Russell b Pollard 63 (29b)
13th over: 107/6 Darren Sammy comes into the attack. Two singles taken off the first two balls. Sammy goes full and Bailey smashes the ball over deep midwicket for another Six! Bailey takes a single. A dot ball. Cummins ends the over with a couple. 11 runs from the over.
12th over: 96/6 Narine to continue. Just seven runs from the over.
11th over: 89/6 Andre Russel comes into the attack. He begins with a fuller legth ball and Bailey smashes that straight down the ground for a Six! Top shot that! Another fuller length ball and this time Bailey hits it over extra-cover for a boundary! Russel bowls another half-volley and Bailey goes straight down the ground, Rampaul runs from wide of long-off and spills the catch at the last moment and the ball goes for a boundary! Bailey has gone berserk here! Another length ball and Bailey smashes it towards deep midwicket for another Six! The Aussie skipper is fighting here for his team! Bailey takes a single. And Cummins ends the over with a boundary! What an over it has been for Australia! They targeted the weak link and the over produced 25 runs!
10th over: 64/6 Badree to bowl his final over. Bailey takes a single. A dot ball. Cummins takes a single. Bailey gets a fuller length ball and he smashes that over deep midwicket for a Six! Bailey takes two runs. Bailey takes a single to keep the strike.
9th over: 53/6 Rampaul to continue. Just 4 runs from the over.
8th over: 49/6 Sunil Narine comes into the attack. He begins with a dot ball. And he dismisses Wade off the second ball of his spell. Wade attempted a sweep shot and was caught easily at short long leg. Bailey scores a boundary off the next ball. Two dot balls. Bailey scores a couple off the last ball.
MS Wade c Badree b Narine 1 (5b)
7th over: 43/5 Ravi Rampaul comes into the attack. And he strikes first ball! The first delivery drifted on the leg-side and White nicked it to the keeper. A dot ball. And Rampaul dismisses Hussey! It was a short ball and Hussey tried to turn that on the leg-side as the ball went in the air and Rampaul tool a very easy catch. The Australians are wobbling now. After the spinner, Rampaul has joined the party. Wade is the new batsman. One run and 2 wickets in the over for Rampaul!
DJ Hussey c & b Rampaul 0 (2b)
CL White c Ramdin b Rampaul 5 (6b)
6th over: 42/3 Samuels to bowl his third over. White works the first ball for two runs. White takes a single. Hussey plays the third ball towards point for no run. The fourth ball nips in and Hussey defends it for no run. Samuels goes fuller and Hussey smashes that towards long-off for a boundary! Another short ball by Samuels and Hussey targets the same gap for four runs! 11 runs from the over.
5th over: 31/3 Badree to bowl his third over. White takes a single off the first ball. A dot ball. And Badree scalps the Big Fish, Watson is bowled! It was a quicker one from Badree, Watson went on the backfoot and the ball knocked the leg-stump. David Hussey is the new batsman. Two runs scored off the last ball. Excellent over by Badree, just 3 runs and the wicket of Watson.
SR Watson b Badree 7 (9b)
4th over: 28/2 Samuels to continue. And he strikes! Hussey plays a shot very high in the air and Samuels takes the catch of his own bowling! Another Big Blow! Mr Cricket departs for 18. Cameron White is the new batsman. Samuels bowls a short ball and Watson finds the gap on the off-side for a boundary. Excellent over by Samuels, a wicket and just 6 runs.
MEK Hussey c & b Samuels 18 (12b)
2nd over: 11/1 Mike Hussey is the new batsman. Samuels to bowl the second over. Two runs came off the first three balls. Hussey scores the first boundary for Australia. Two dot balls. Hussey finds the gap at point and scores two runs. 9 runs from the over.
1st over: 2/1 Badree to bowl the first over. Warner gets off the mark with a single. Two dot balls. Watson gets off the mark with a single. The last ball kept low, deceived Warner and Ramdin has appealed for a stumping. And the replays show that Warner is OUT! Big blow for the Aussies as the danger man departs!
DA Warner b Badree 1 (3b)
25 runs came off the last over and that could be the turning point of the match. It was a very surprising decision by Bailey and West Indies will now come with all guns blazing.
20th over: 205/4 Doherty to bowl the final over. Gayle begins the over with a Six! A single taken. Doherty bowls a length ball and Pollard smashes that over deep-midwicket for a Six! Doherty bowls another full-toss and Pollard clobbers that over long-off for another Six! Doherty bowls one more in the slot and Pollard hits his third consecutive Six! Gayle loves that as he celebrates at the non-striker’s end in Gangnam style! Pollard tries to dispatch the last ball for another Six, but is caught at wide of long-off just inside the boundary by Warner who takes a good catch. 25 runs from that over!
KA Pollard c Warner b Doherty 38 (15b)
19th over: 180/3 Starc to bowl his final over. And Gayle smokes the first ball over deep midwicket for a Six! Starc bowls a good Yorker, no runs scored. Another good ball from Starc, Gayle gets an inside-edge for a single. Starc bowls a full-toss, Pollard works that towards deep square leg where Mike Hussey misjudges the bounce, 4 runs scored. Pollard gets into dilscoop mode and scores another boundary. A single to end the over. 17 runs from the over.
18th over: 163/3 Cummins to bowl his final over. Pollard scores a couple off the first ball. Pollard takes a single to bring Gayle back on strike. Cummins attempts a bouncer, Wide given by the umpire for the height. Cummins bowls a short one and Gayle smashes that towards deep midwicket for a one-bounce boundary. Gayle hits the next ball towards covers, one run taken. Cummins bowls a Yorker and Pollard bisects that gap at deep midwicket for a boundary.
17th over: 150/3 Gayle mistimes the first ball towards deep square leg for a boundary! Gayle cuts the next ball, no runs scored. Gayle takes a single. Pollard plays the next ball straight to Watson for no run. Pollard takes two runs. Pollard ends the over with a dot ball.
16th over: 141/3 Cummins back into the attack. Bravo takes a single off the first ball. Cummins surprises Gayle with a slower one. Gayle gets off-strike with a single. Cummins bowls a fuller length and Bravo hits that high in the air, it looked like a mistimed shot but it went for a Six! Bravo tries to hit the ball over covers but finds the fielder, Cummins picks his second wicket. Kieron Pollard is the new batsman. He gets off the mark with a couple towards midwicket.
DJ Bravo c Bailey b Cummins 37 (31b)
15th over: 132/2 Hussey to bowl his second over. Bravo gets off the strike with a single. Gayle read a quicker one and he smashes that wide of long-on for a boundary! Another quicker one from Hussey, in the slot for Gayle and he smokes it straight down the ground for a Six! (102 m) Gayle scores a couple off a tough chance dropped by Mitchell Starc. Two leg-byes scored. Hussey bowls a length ball again and Gayle guides that towards third-man for a boundary! Chris Gayle reaches his 50 off just 29 balls! 19 runs from that over!
14th over: 113/2 Hogg brought back into the attack. Hogg bowls a wrong one, Bravo reads it this time, waits and clobbers that over deep midwicket for a Six! A dot ball. Bravo wanted a quick single, which wasn’t there, rightly refused by Gayle. Bravo nicks the next ball for a single. Gayle works the next ball for a single. Bravo ends the over with a single towards long-off.
Chris Gayle 33*(24b) Dwayne Bravo 29*(27b)
13th over: 104/2 Watson is back into the attack. Two dot balls. Bravo flicks the third ball just wide of George Bailey at midwicket, two runs scored. Watson follows it with a fuller length ball and Bravo clobbers that over long-on for a Six! Bravo works the nest ball towards wide of long-on for a single. Gayle plays the last ball for a boundary! 13 runs from the over.
Chris Gayle (b) Dwayne Bravo (b)
12th over: 91/2 Starc comes back into the attack. Bravo takes a single towards long-on. Starc bowls a full-toss, goes wide and the wicket-keeper fails to collect it in time. A dot ball. Gayle takes a single. Bravo misses to score off a full-toss. Bravo ends the over with a single. 8 runs from the over.
11th over: 83/2 David Hussey comes into the attack. Bravo takes a single. Gayle works the next ball towards midwicket for a single. Bravo takes a single. Gayle takes a single towards long-on. Hussey bowls a full-toss, Wade misses it and the ball goes for a boundary. Bravo scores a single off the last ball. Nine runs from the over.
10th over: 74/2 Stand and deliver from Gayle. Another fuller length ball and he plays that over deep midwicket for Six! Gayle takes a single. Bravo works the next ball on the off-side for another single. Gayle takes a quick single. Bravo works the last ball towards long-on for a single. Ten runs from the over.
NOTE: Chris Gayle has played just 14 balls in these 9 overs!
9th over: 64/2 Hogg to continue, Gayle on strike. He plays the first ball back to Hogg. Hogg bowls a leg break and Gayle plays a sweep shot for a single. A dot ball. Hogg invites Bravo for a drive, he goes for it over the cover fielder and David Hussey misfields and the ball goes for a boundary. Another dot ball. Hogg ends the over with another dot ball. Both these batsmen are not reading his wrong ones.
8th over: 59/2 Cummins to bowl his second over. Samuels hits one towards covers for a boundary. Cummins has the last laugh as he clean bowls Samuels! It was a good off-cutter that knocked the stumps. Dwayne Bravo is the new batsman. He gets off the mark with a single. Gayle comes back on strike. He takes a single. Its the 8th over and Chris Gayle has played only 12 deliveries so far! Bravo blocks the next ball for no run. A dot ball to end the over.
MN Samuels b Cummins 26 (20b)
7th over: 53/1 Hogg is introduced into the attack. And Marlon Samuels welcomes him with a Six! straight down the ground. 50 up for Windies. The second ball kept very low, no runs scored. Samuels defends the third ball for no run. Another dot ball by Hogg. Hogg bowls another wrong-one, dot ball. Samuels ends the over with a risky single. Good comeback by Hogg after being hit for a six first ball. Seven runs from the over.
Marlon Samuels 22*(18b) Chris Gayle 16*11(b)
6th over: 46/1 Doherty comes into the attack. Three dot balls in a row. And now Samuels smokes the next ball over deep long-on for a Six! Samuels works the next ball towards wide of long-off for a single. Doherty tries to escape with a quicker delivery, Gayle was ready and he smokes that over deep midwicket for a massive Six! 13 runs from the over.
5th over: 33/1 Watson to bowl his second over. Samuels takes a single. Gayle attempts an aggressive stroke towards leg-side, doesn’t connect. Watson follows it with a good bouncer, no runs scored. Watson appeals for an lbw the next ball, denied by umpire as the ball had an inside-edge. Samuels plays a Yorker towards midwicket for a single. And there he goes! Chris Gayle smashes the last ball towards deep cover fence for a Six!
4th over: 24/1 Pat Cummins comes into the attack. Two singles taken off the first two balls. A dot ball. Marlon Samuels drives the third ball through covers for an elegant boundary. Samuels takes a single on the leg-side. Gayle works the next ball towards covers for no run.
3rd over: 17/1 Starc to continue. Gayle plays the first ball towards third-man for a single. Starc once again offers some width, Charles slashes on that one and the ball falls short of Cameron White at slips. Gayle works the third ball towards point for no run. A wide ball. Gayle takes a single. Starc beats Charles with pace as he nicks one to the keeper. Charles is Out! Samuels is the new batsman. He gets off the mark with a single. Five runs from that over.
J Charles c Wade b Starc 10 (13b)
2nd over: 12/0 Watson to bowl the second over. A lbw appeal straight away first ball, turned down by the umpire, a leg-bye taken. Chris Gayle on strike. Gayle gets off the mark with a single towards long-off. A dot ball. A fuller length ball from Watson, Charles smashes that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Charles almost played the next ball onto the stumps. Watson bowls another fuller length ball and Charles plays that for another boundary towards wide of long-on. Ten runs from the over.
1st over: 2/0 Starc begins with an in swinger and Charles lets that go to the keeper. Starc offers some width off the second ball and Charles plays that towards point for no run. The third ball is a Yorker and Charles does well to block that one. A Wide ball. Another Yorker length delivery and Charles defends that for no run as well. Charles drives the fifth ball towards Brad Hogg at cover for no run. Charles takes a single off the last ball. Excellent start from Starc!
Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over. Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles to open for the Windies.
Both the sides have made one change each. David Hussey replaces Glenn Maxwell while Dwayne Bravo is in for Darren Bravo.
TOSS: West Indies have won the toss and Darren Sammy has decided to bat first.
The Australia will rely once again on Shane Watson and David Warner to get them to a flyer while the West Indies will leave no stone unturned to seal their berth for the final. They haven’t won a major ICC tournament of late and we can be rest assured of some fireworks keeping in mind the presence of numerous swashbuckling cricketers on both sides.
The problem with West Indies is that they have too many explosive batsmen thus they need someone to stabilise the innings as the others go berserk.
Players to watch out for:
Shane Watson: He has proved once again what a phenomenal all-rounder he is. Australia at the moment don’t boast of big names, but Watson has been an exception and has single-handedly helped his side reach the semi-final.
Chris Gayle: From the beginning of the ICC World T20, West Indies were the favourites keeping in mind the depth in their batting line up and also due to the presence of Sunil Narine. A big knock from Chris Gayle is due and it could be his match today.