Mirpur - West Indies captain Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 34 off 13 balls
to virtually knock Australia out of the World Twenty20 with a dramatic
last-over win in Dhaka on Friday.
The West Indies, chasing
Australia's challenging 178-8, appeared headed for defeat when they were
148-4 in 18 overs, still needing 31 runs from the last two overs.
Sammy plundered 19 runs off paceman Mitchell Starc in the penultimate
over and then hit two sixes in James Faulkner's final over to seal a
six-wicket win with two balls to spare.
It was the second win in
three games for the defending champions in group two of the Super-10s.
Australia's second successive loss meant they may not qualify for the
semi-finals even if they beat India and Bangladesh in their remaining
Sammy and Dwayne Bravo (27 not out) put on a match-winning
stand of 49 in 19 deliveries after opener Chris Gayle had hammered 53
off 35 balls at the start.
Gayle and Dwayne Smith put on 50 for
the first wicket by the fifth over when Starc broke through by forcing
Smith to edge a catch to wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.
Gayle, who began with four consecutive boundaries off Starc, was dropped by Haddin off Glenn Maxwell when he was on 26.
left-hander hit six fours and two sixes when he fell in the 13th over,
pulling 20-year-old leg-spinner James Muirhead to Maxwell on the deep
Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels also fell in
quick succession, but Sammy and Bravo counter-attacked to post a
memorable win for the West Indies.
Earlier, Australia survived a spin assault to compile what appeared a commanding total after electing to take first strike.
Six of the eight wickets fell to spinners, with Samuel Badree, Samuels and Sunil Narine claiming two wickets each.
hit 45 off 22 balls at the top of the order, while Brad Hodge chipped
in with a 26-ball 35 during a sixth-wicket stand of 52 with Faulkner.
propelled the innings with a stunning knock that contained three sixes
and five boundaries before he was fifth out in the 12th over with the
total at 100.