Windies send Aussies packing

2012-10-05 19:07

Colombo - Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 75 off 41 balls as the West Indies stormed into the World Twenty20 final with a record 74-run demolition of Australia in Colombo on Friday.

The left-hander pounded six sixes and five fours as the Windies piled up the tournament's highest total of 205-4 after electing to bat on what was regarded as a slow pitch unsuited to aggressive batting.

The Australians found the huge target too hot to handle and folded up for 131 in 16.4 overs at the Premadasa stadium in front of 28 000 awe-struck spectators still reeling from the West Indies innings.

Skipper George Bailey played a lone hand for the Aussies, making 63 off 29 balls with four sixes and six boundaries after adding 68 for the seventh wicket with Pat Cummins.

Darren Sammy's men take on hosts Sri Lanka in Sunday's final with both sides looking for their first World Twenty20 title.

The biggest Twenty20 win for the West Indies, surpassing their 70-run victory over Ireland in 2010, was celebrated by the entire team performing an energetic version of global hit Gangnam Style in the middle.

"To be honest it was a slow track, but it was important not to panic," said man of the match Gayle.

"I waited for the bad balls and when they came in my slot I hit them. Frankly we did not expect this big a total. We were looking at 140-150, but we got 50 runs as a bonus.

"We had to get the top three Australians early and that helped to win the game."

Bailey admitted Australia were outplayed and the West Indies deserved to be in the final.

"Were we helpless? Probably Chris Gayle can do that to you," the Australian captain said. "But the fact is that we just got outplayed.

"There are no excuses. The best team absolutely won the game tonight. There is a gap between your best and worst cricket, and we did not play good cricket at all."

Gayle, who lost his opening partner Johnson Charles in the third over, plodded for nine balls to make four before swinging Shane Watson for a six over long-off.

That opened the floodgates for an onslaught as Marlon Samuels and Gayle smashed left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty for a six each in one over and Brad Hogg was greeted into the attack with another six from Samuels.

Samuels contributed 26 in a second-wicket stand of 41 with Gayle when he was bowled by Cummins attempting another big hit.

Gayle, who faced just 18 balls in the first 10 overs, still managed to bring up his half-century off 29 deliveries with the help of four sixes and three boundaries.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo (37) helped Gayle add 83 for the third wicket from just 51 deliveries to propel the innings at a brisk pace.

Kieron Pollard hit 38 off 15 balls as the West Indies plundered 55 runs in the final three overs, including 25 off the last six deliveries by Doherty.

Doherty was the most expensive Australian bowler with 1-48 from three overs, while Watson went for 35 runs in four unsuccessful overs.

Australia never recovered after opener David Warner was bowled by spinner Samuel Badree with the sixth delivery and crashed to 43-6 by the eighth over.

Badree took two of those wickets and seamer Ravi Rampaul chipped in by removing Cameron White and the recalled David Hussey in the space of three balls.

Pollard dismissed Bailey and Cummins off successive deliveries in the 14th over to end Australia's resistance.


  • UNITY - 2012-10-05 19:12

    OZ choked!!! Maybe its normal to choke.. Note... Spinners rule this format.. Backed up with medium pace...

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 19:54

      Good bowling rules this format. Just as it does any other. Pace or spin, doesn't matter, you need to bowl well. As SL have shown, it's very difficult to beat good pace bowling to open when there is some swing available, spin in the middle overs, pace again at the end.

      daleinn - 2012-10-05 20:16

      Its spin for me Barnes , and thats the way I see it...

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 20:42

      Go for it. Don't let the views of the international and IPL captains sway you.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:29

      barnsey good bowling and a man of the series performance. previous years, afridi, KP and now gayle. this cup belongs to the windies mate :P

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:46

      @unity. did you check what pollard and gayle did to aussie spinner doherty in the last over? that is the exact reason why you shouldn't bowl a spinner at the death. you need yorkers.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-06 13:29

      Yeah, spin at the death is always a huge risk in T20. Those who were insisting that AB should have used Botha for the 17th and 19th overs against Pak clearly haven't watched much T20. He might have got away with the 17th. But Johan Botha, a stock off-break bowler who doesn't have batsmen guessing which way it's going to turn, bowling the 19th is a disaster waiting to happen. Two IPL teams tried it this last season. Against Mumbai, KXIP had 32 runs to defend in two overs. Piyush Chawla had bowled 3 overs for 19 at that point. David Hussey considered it a fair bet that Piyush could keep it down to 16 or less from his 4th over and tossed him the ball. Ouch. Robin P and Rayudu took him for 27 in that over and Mumbai won easily. Against Chennai, RCB were even better positioned - CSK needed 42 off 12 balls. Kohli took the ball for the 19th. With Albie Morkel facing. OMG, that was ugly. Albie took him for 28 and Chennai won. AB was standing right behind Albie during that over, he had a grandstand view of what spin can cost at the death. I can't blame him for not wanting to repeat the experience. He should have bowled JB out but it should have happened earlier in the innings. Not in the final few overs. Dale and Morne are the go-to guys there. Nobody in the IPL bowls JB at the death. Not even his former Royals captain Shane Warne. And Warnie is a spinner himself who thinks the world of JB. But you just don't do that to a spinner.

      UNITY - 2012-10-06 20:25

      Afridi..did u see what the spinners did to OZ? Sri lankas Herath to Pakistan? And what heppen to boom? Cmon give me a break.. I don't care where u guys bowl your pacemen..its chalk n cheese.. Each side has a different game plan and a different calibre of spinners? Are u saying then doherty spin was as good as the windies spinners??? Then that still means Oz choked???

  • Joe - 2012-10-05 19:20

    Chokers!! I hope you have a bumpy flight home.Bye

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-06 12:10

      Actually some of them fly to Sa

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-10-05 19:24

    Jamaica rocks..go there every year. Montego Bay. YA MON

  • robert.desousa.90 - 2012-10-05 19:44

    Bravo bravo I warned u there was gayle force winds out every minute of that aussie choke.

  • peter.strydom.37 - 2012-10-05 19:54

    Goya WI, great for you guys, my money on you for the title.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-10-05 20:05

    one of the greatest days in cricket, to see Aussies choke-priceless

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-10-05 20:11

      I would have been a great day IF our Proteas were already in the Final. However they were already home ...having been knocked out BEFORE Australia. Pointing fingers and sniggering at Aus is great fun ....but when your own team does WORSE only look like a Goose.

  • rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-10-05 20:20

    This is what happen, if you throw your match to get easier opponent in the final! Aussie lost their track while doing so against Pakistan.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 21:02

      Aus didn't throw anything. Even with the loss to Pak, they topped their Super Eight pool. A team would only throw a game to demote itself to second in the group.

      rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-10-05 21:44

      You may be right richard! but I think the other way! Its my personal observation and opinion, don't bother about it!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 21:48

      Fair enough. :)

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:31

      technically in all fairness, the aussies got the ''easier'' opponent. and with the sri lanka match, we should have got the 140 easy. it was a bad lbw decision that turned things around. lol

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 21:02

    So the "group of death" doesn't produce either of the finalists. Instead, both come from the supposedly "weaker" Super Eights group...

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 21:26

      Also interesting that NZ, one of the least fancied teams in the tournament, took both of the finalists to a Super Over.

      gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-10-06 09:11

      And like SA, failed to win a game.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-06 12:52

      Sure, but it just illustrates how tight it is among the eight teams. Whoever wins tomorrow, either Aus or SA will be able to say that they beat the eventual champions during the pool stages. So Pak will be able to say that they beat the team who beat the champions during the pool stages. And India will be able to say that they beat the team who beat the team who beat the champions during the pool stages. How many national soccer or rugby teams can claim, after a World Cup, that they beat the team who beat the team who beat the champions during the pool stages? It doesn't happen. Soccer and rugby have far more predictable results/margins. Those are the margins at the top of cricket. Yet South Africans seem to think that, if we get a different coach and captain, somehow we can ensure victory. You can never ensure victory at this level. All the squads have great T20 players, they all prepare thoroughly, they all have mental conditioning coaches, they all study the opponents and have a plan for each player, they all have strategies geared to their strengths. What makes the difference is who brings their best form on the day. And there is no coach or captain in the world who can ensure that players are in top form. Shane Watson peaked in the first four matches that Aus played and won MoM each time. He didn't peak in the next two games and Aus crashed out. There is nothing Mickey Arthur or George Bailey could do about that.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-06 16:00

    I just LOVE it, they came 4th in a 2 horse race. made my day. Really don't mind who takes the trophy. it can not be Australia or England so what do I care? Windies always an entertaining side to watch. they usually play for the enjoyment of the game and when it comes together like that, it is great entertainment.

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