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Rain dampens thrilling chase

Rain dampens thrilling chase

Australia won their 2012 ICC World Twenty20 game against West Indies by 17 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain stopped play at Colombo on Saturday.

Chris Gayle started in usual fashion, taking his time to settle in after West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first. After reaching 5 off 9 balls in 4 overs, he began a rampage against Pat Cummins in the 5th over where he took 18 off the young pacer. Dan Christian and Brad Hogg were the next to feel the heat before Glenn Maxwell was hit for 17 runs. 4 of those came via an inside edge which just about missed the stumps and ran away for a boundary behind the keeper. It also brought up his half century, off just 26 balls.

A leading edge off Shane Watson soon after that ballooned up and Watson took the catch at mid off to send Gayle back for 54 (47m 33b 4x5 6x4). Marlon Samuels (50, 32b, 4x3, 6x4) and Dwayne Bravo (27, 21b, 4x1, 6x1) chipped in as West Indies posted 191/8 in their 20 overs.

David Warner began a thundering reply to the West Indies total, racing away to 28 off 14b (4x3, 6x2) before his dismissal in the 3rd over, a contentious caught behind decision he showed his displeasure at. Shane Watson however launched a brutal assault on the Windies bowlers, using the slog sweep repeatedly and successfully. He went after Marlon Samuels in the 8th over, taking him for 22 runs with two fours and sixes. He received good support from Mike Hussey (28*, 19b, 4x3, 6x1) at the other end and he was on 40* (24b, 4x2, 6x3) when rain halted play. Australia were on 100/1 in 9.1 overs, 17 ahead of the par score according to the Duckworth-Lewis method and were adjudged winners, sealing their passage to the Super 8s stage of the tournament.

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maheshvinoth on 27 Sep 2012, 11:15 PM
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