Zeenews Sports Bureau
Australia defeated West Indies by 17 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain stopped play in the ICC World Twenty20 Group B match on Saturday.
Chasing 192 for victory, Australia were 100 for one in 9.1 overs, 17 runs ahead of the par score of 83, when the heavens opened up.
Opener Shane Watson was batting on 41 off 24 balls while Michael Hussey was unbeaten on 28 off 19 at the R Premadasa Stadium.
David Warner, who scored 28 off balls, was the only batsman to fall, to pacer Fidel Edwards.
West Indies: 191 for eight in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 54, Marlon Samuels 50, Dwayne Bravo 27; Mitchell Starc 3/35, Shane Watson 2/29).
Australia: 100 for one in 9.1 overs (Shane Watson 41 not out, Michael Hussey 28 not out).
The game as it happened...
The ground-staff are rushing out with more covers. It does not look good.
It is starting to rain now. This could work in favour of Australia here.
It has started to pelt down now. The players are rushing off and the ground-staff are rushing out with the covers.
The par score, according to D/L, is 83 so Australia are well ahead.
Australia Over: 9 | core: 99/1
Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack and gives away 8 runs in his first over. Hussey got himself a boundary ans Bravo drifted down the leg.
Australia Over: 8 | score: 91/1
Another massive over, 22 runs off it, this time Watson, to Samuels 1, 1, 4, 6, 6, 4. D Smith also dropped Watson in the over.
Australia Over: 7 | score: 69/1
Sammy leaks 7 runs giving away a boundary in the last ball, Hussey walks down the track and clips it past short fine leg.
Australia Over: 6 | score: 62/1
Sunil Narine concedes 12 runs, a free hit and Watson capitalises, slog-sweep for SIX!!!.
Australia Over: 5 | score: 50/1
Sammy into the attack and concedes 8 runs. Hussey with a massive SIX!!!, lofts the length ball wide off long-on.
Australia Over: 4 | Score: 42/1
Narine into the attack, and the Aussies have become cautious, just 4 runs off it.
Australia Over: 3 | Score: 38/1
OUT!!! David Warner out. D Warner c †Ramdin b Edwards 28 (14b 3x4 2x6) SR: 200.00. Full ball angled across outside off, Warner throws his bat at it as he looks to smoke it down the ground, the ball goes past the bat and WI appeal for a catch, umpire Rauf raises the finger and Warner trudges off disappointed, but we need replays to show whether there was an edge, first impression it seemed that there was no edge.
Australia Over: 2 | Score: 30/0
Big over as Ravi Rampaul is hammered for 22 runs in over. Warner with a 6,0, 4, 6, 0nb, 4, 1. Brute force on display and only Warner could manage that in comparison to Chris Gayle.
Australia Over: 1 | Score: 8/0
Fidel Edwards starts off the proceedings with Warner and Watson walk out to the middle. Warner earns himself a four, half-volley between mid-off and extra cover. 8 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 20 | Score: 191/8
Captain into the act with a lucky FOUR!!! and big SIX!!! by Sammy. Sammy then departs in the 4th ball courtesy a mishit, Warner takes a simple catch. Sammy c Warner b Starc 12(7) [4s-1 6s-1]. Starc strikes nest ball as he rattles Dinesh Ramdin’s wicket. Ramdin b Starc 3(2) . Sunil Narine finishes of the West Indies innings with a boundary slapping Starc’s hattrick ball over covers.
West Indies Over: 19 | Score: 175/6
Outside edge and Bravo earns a boundary. He moved away from the stumps to execute an inside out shot but gets the outside edge and the ball flies to third man boundary. Dwayne Bravo b P Cummins 27(21) [4s-1 6s-1] . `Bravo backs away to a full and straight ball as he looked to go over extra cover, misses and hears the sound of timber. 10 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 18 | Score: 165/5
Watson comes in for his last over and starts with a bouncer. Kieron Pollard then goes down town, full delivery Pollard swings as straight as possible and he earns a boundary in a flash. OUT!!! Pollard goes for 10 as Mike Hussey judges the ball well to take a tough catch. Pollard c Michael Hussey b Shane Watson 10(8) [4s-2]. It was a flick towards deep mid-wicket. Captain Darren Sammy walks out to the middle. 7 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 17 | Score: 158/4
SIX!!!, Classic ‘Calypso’ hit, Bravo threw his bat at the wide fullish delivery, he connects and the ball flies over extra cover for a maximum. Cummins follows it up with a front foot ‘No-ball’. FREE-HIT, and Bravo gets a short one, single off it.
West Indies Over: 16 | Score: 145/4
50 to Marlon Samuels in just 31 balls. OUT!!! Hogg with the wicket as Samuels fails to time it well, Warner with a simple catch at long-on. Marlon Samuels c Warner b Brad Hogg 50(32) [4s-3 6s-4]. Kieron Pollard makes his arrival felt with a straight hit as nonchalant as you like. 7 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 15 | Score: 138/3
Marlon Samuels launches one into the orbit, a massive SIX. Full length delivery and Samuels puts his entire weight behind it and what a follow through that was. Another SIX!!!, short one from Watson, Samuels was on the back foot and he swirls and with disdain pulls it with brute power. Flat six. 14 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 14 | Score: 124/3
Marlon Samuels getting on the act with a SIX!!! managing to clear long-off by just. Four of the last ball as well as Hogg strays in line and the Samuels puts the long hop past short fine. 13 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 13 | Score: 111/3
Dan Christian comes back into the attack replacing Watson who got the wicket of Gayle. Samuels clobbers the good length delivery with good timing behind point. 100 up for WI. SIX!!! by Samuels and again great timing as he executes the inside out shot getting his front leg out of the way. 12 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 12 | Score: 99/3
Hogg spins the ball well, tough Samuels having tough time to pick the Chinaman. Just 2 runs off the over
West Indies Over: 11 | Score: 97/3
Top edge and Gayle is OUT!!!. Watson’s first ball in the 11th over, Gayle tried to play the off-side delivery towards leg side, closes the face of the bat a bit too early, gets a leading edge and Watson holds on to a simpler catch making amends to his earlier drop of Gayle. Gayle c and b Shane Watson 54(33) [4s-5 6s-4]. Dwayne Bravo walks to the middle. 4 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 10 | Score: 93/2
5 runs off the over as Starc holds his nerve well and bowls a couple of good block hole deliveries giving no room for Gayle and Samuels to work with.
West Indies Over: 9 | Score: 88/2
Watson comes back into the attack, 0, 1, 0, 1, 2 read his first five ball but concedes a boundary off the last ball. Samuels picks up the slower ball well and early to open the face of the bat guiding the ball past behind point.
West Indies Over: 8 | Score: 80/2
A massive SIX!!!, 86 meters first ball by Gayle, greets Glenn Maxwell well. Again, a nonchalant hoist after reaching the pitch of the ball over long-on. Maxwell bowls a long hop, Gayle goes on to the back foot and BAM over mid-wicket, 96 meters hit. Last ball, quicker one Gayle inside edges the ball to four, Lucky break for the big fella, the ball missed the leg-stump by a whisker. 18 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 7 | Score: 62/2
The Chinaman Brad Hogg comes into the attack, and after 4 balls, Hogg flights the ball as Gayle gets under the ball and hoists it well over long-on. 9 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 6 | Score: 53/2
Dan Christian comes into the attack and gets the wicket of Johnson Charles. Charles was surprised by the bounce from a good length delivery and in a bid to evade, tried defending it but the ball crept up his bat and hit the stumps. Charles b Christian 16(12) [4s-2 6s-1]. Charles had earlier got a boundary in the first ball flicking the leg-side ball past short fine. Gayle got a boundary as he murdered a short ball past cover. 10 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 5 | Score: 43/1
Gayle stretching his muscle as he hit three fours and a SIX in the Pat Cummins over. 15 runs off the over. Brute force on display as he drove the first ball to point, and then hammered a short one past midwicket on the back foot twice, finishing the over with a massive flick over deep square for a maximum.
West Indies Over: 4 | Score: 25/1
Gayle dropped by Shane Watson, it was a tough chance as the big hitting West Indian tried hitting the wide delivery straight, got a leading edge and a running Watson from backward point failed to grab the ball. Johnson Charles though got the first SIX!!!of the match as he moved away from the wicket and jabbed a fullish delivery from Starc well over mid-wicket. Charles got a boundary of the last ball as well. 14 runs off the over.
West Indies Over: 3 | Score: 11/1
Maiden over by Pat Cummins to Johnson Charles. A few hits and misses by Charles as he was rooted to his crease. Cummins with a tight line and length.
West Indies Over: 2 | Score: 11/1
Mitchell Starc with the second over and he scalps Dwayne Smith with a terrific in-swinger. It was a length ball and the ball jagged back in swinging late, Smith rooted to his crease looked surprise. Dwayne Smith b Starc 2(5). Just 3 runs came off the over as Johnson Charles comes to the crease.
West Indies Over: 1 | Score: 8/0
Shane Watson starts off the proceeding for Australia with the Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith walking out to the middle. 8 runs came off the over including a boundary courtesy 4 leg byes as Watson tried bouncing Gayle, Gayle ducked the ball hit his helmet as took of over the keeper’s head for four.
TOSS: West Indies have won the toss, and have chosen to bat first.
Having registered a comprehensive win in their World Twenty20 opener, Australia would aim to seal a Super Eight berth when they take on the flamboyant West Indies in a Group B encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.
The Match will start 1930 local (7:30 pm India Time)
However, it won`t be an easy task for George Bailey`s boys as they are up against a formidable Caribbean side which boasts of big-hitting Chris Gayle and mystery spinner Sunil Narine in their ranks.
Led by Shane Watson`s heroics, with both bat and ball, Australia made easy work of an unpredictable Irish side as they cruised to an easy win in the campaign-opener. But come Saturday, the contest is definitely going to be more intense.
The Darren Sammy-led West Indian side has got enough arsenal in its armoury to derail any side.
However, the West Indian batsmen had failed to impress during their first warm-up game against Sri Lanka, in the absence of Gayle, and were scratchy in the second warm-up match against a resilient Afghan side, barring the Jamaican giant.
Australia (From): David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Clint McKay.
West Indies (From): Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin(w), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy(c), Sunil Narine, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo.