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WICKET! Australia 131 all out after 16.4 overs
Mitchell Starc b Rampaul 2 (5b, 0×4, 0×6)
Bowled him! Mitchell Starc gets a taste of his own medicine and West Indies are through to the finals of the World T20 with a 74-run win over Australia. Excellent all-round cricket.
WICKET! Australia 121-9 after 15.1 overs
Brad Hogg st Ramdin b Narine 7 (7b, 0×4, 0×6)
Hogg is Stumped by inches. For a moment it seemed he had his toe back in the crease after he missed his shot, but Ramdin is quicker than expected.
WICKET! Australia 111-8 after 13.3 overs
Pat Cummins c Charles b Pollard 13 (15b, 1×4, 0×6)
Two in two for Pollard then. Pat Cummins gets taken at extra-cover. Windies are certainly through to the final now. We’ll eat our hats if otherwise. OK, we’ll eat our keyboards.
WICKET! Australia 111-7 after 13.2 overs
George Bailey c Russell b Pollard 63 (29b, 6×4, 4×6)
Bailey’s done brilliantly but he has to go for the big shot. He’s taken on the leg side– which is the longest boundary at the park.
Australia 64-6 after 10 overs
Bailey 28, Cummins 3
Surprise! This is not a wicket update. Bailey has brought a smile to Aussie faces with a huge six over mid-wicket. Lone battle for him now.
WICKET! Australia 43-6 after 7.2 overs
Mathew Wade c Badree b Narine 1 (5b, 0×4, 0×6)
Another one! Narine strikes. Wade tries to sweep it and just manages a top edge which goes straight to short fine-leg.
WICKET! Australia 42-5 after 6.3 overs
David Hussey c & b Rampaul 0 (2b, 0×4, 0×6)
Rampaul hurls in a short ball and Hussey’s defence is weak. The top edge is looped in the air and Rampaul takes. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy now…
WICKET! Australia 42-4 after 6.1 overs
Cameron White c Ramdin b Rampaul 5 (6b, 0×4, 0×6)
Rampaul gets his first wicket of the match and the Aussies are tumbling. White goes to flick one past fine-leg and gets a faint edge. Soft dismissal, that one.
WICKET! Australia 29-3 after 4.3 overs
Shane Watson b Badree 7 (9b, 1×4, 0×6)
Huge wicket, this one. Badree’s ball stays low, Watson pulls and misses his shot and that’s that. Windies surely on their way to a big win now?
WICKET! Australia 22-2 after 3.1 overs
Mike Hussey c&b Samuels 18 (12b, 3×4, 0×6)
Hussey has swatted three boundaries since coming on. He is in quite a hurry and rightfully so… Australia are not chasing a small total. But he tries to take on Samuels, gets a top edge and the bowler’s happy to take.
WICKET! Australia 2-1 after 1 over
David Warner b Badree 1 (3b, 0×4, 0×6)
Uh-oh, that’s not a good start. Badree’s delivery just brushes Warner’s off-stump. It first didn’t seem clear but the third umpire checks and Warner walks.
AUSTRALIA COME OUT TO BAT
WICKET! West Indies 205-4 after 20 overs
Kieron Pollard c Warner b Doherty 38 (15b, 3×4, 3×6)
6-1-6-6-6-wicket. That’s how the last over went. Pollard, scoring three of those sixes after Gayle gave him strike (he ended on a majestic 75*). This total is not only hard to get, it’s probably impossible to chase. But if there’s one team who can do it, it’s Australia.
West Indies 178-3 after 19 overs
Gayle 68, Pollard 18
Gayle gets a six off the first ball and then hands over the strike to Pollard who flicks one away for four before getting the same result through fine-leg.
West Indies 163-3 after 18 overs
Gayle 61, Pollard 10
Gayle gets a thick edge first and then pulls one towards mid-wicket and both go for four runs. Pollard on the other end is chilling.
WICKET! West Indies 140-3 after 15.5 overs
Dwayne Bravo c Bailey b Cummins 37 (31b, 1×4, 3×6)
Bravo sends a high six straight down the ground before whipping one to mid-off. Good catch from Bailey, but Bravo’s job is done.
West Indies 132-2 after 15 overs
Gayle 50, Bravo 30
Great batting from these two. Bravo sends a flat six over mid-wicket before Gayle sends one 102 metres off his bat for six. There’s a Gayle four squeezed between the two. Gayle gets to 50 with another four and does a semi-Gangnam style celebration.
West Indies 104-2 after 13 overs
Gayle 33, Bravo 21
Two overs without a boundary with Gayle and Bravo at the crease? It does happen but both batsmen end that run there with a six from Bravo and four from Gayle. Gayle is adjusting himself with patience and it looks like he wants to stick around till the end.
West Indies 83-2 after 11 overs
Gayle 28, Bravo 10
Doherty stares at Gayle… Gayle stares back and then swats a six over his head. Apart from that, the last two overs have been pretty quiet. But the Windies have wickets in hand and can take a risk or two.
West Indies 64-2 after 9 overs
Gayle 18, Bravo 5
Bravo’s opened his boundaries account and how. He smashes a shot through the off-side and it’s gone through Hussey’s hands for four.
WICKET! West Indies 57-2 after 7.2 overs
Marlon Samuels b Cummins 26 (20b, 2×4, 2×6)
Samuels first lifts Cummins over the covers for four and then gets completely baffled by the slower ball. It’s dead-eye and the middle stump is gone.
West Indies 53-1 after 7 overs
Gayle 22, Samuels 16
It’s six-hitting time. First Gayle goes over mid-wicket with a flick of his wrist and then Samuels goes right down the ground for six more.
West Indies 33-1 after 5 overs
Gayle 10, Samuels 8
There we go! Crack of the bat and Gayle has sent it out of the park. Huge six… humongous actually.
West Indies 24-1 after 4 overs
Gayle 4, Samuels 7
No boundaries for Gayle yet, but Samuels is off the mark in that department. His drive is full faced and unstoppable.
WICKET! West Indies 16-1 after 2.5 overs
Johnson Charles c Wade b Starc 10 (13b, 2×4, 0×6)
Soft dismissal. Charles frees his arms, can’t connect with the ball and edges one to Wade. Samuels is up next.
West Indies 12-0 after 2 overs
Charles 9, Gayle 1
Charles has played a couple of solid shots which race away to the boundary. The first one through mid-wicket was a treat.
West Indies 2-0 after 1 over
Charles 1, Gayle 0
One extra and a single. That’s all that has happened at the moment. Maybe because Gayle hasn’t played a single delivery.
West Indies have won the toss and will bat first
Australia team: Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey, Cameron White, David Hussey, Mathew Wade, Bradd Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty
West Indies team: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree