Windies blow Australia out of World Twenty20
West Indies were helped by Sammy’s call at the toss; he won and expectedly chose to bat first. Johnson Charles’s early dismissal did not hinder them as Marlon Samuels walked in and smashed 26 off 20 with two fours and sixes each to get them on their way. When Samuels was dismissed in the 8th over with the score on 57, Gayle had only faced 11 balls and made 16 off them. An 83 run partnership with Dwayne Bravo followed in which Gayle could only face 20 balls. Bravo struggled with the pace and low bounce of the pitch to make 37 off 31, unable to rotate strike regularly. Gayle made use of the 20 deliveries though, latching onto the slow left arm bowling of Xavier Doherty, treating Shane Watson’s medium pace with disdain and getting stuck into David Hussey’s allsorts to bring up his 50 off just 29 deliveries.
Gayle and Pollard then battered Australia’s young bowlers, plundering 63 off the last 4 overs with 25 coming off the last over – inexplicably bowled by Doherty. Gayle finished on 75* (41b, 4x5, 6x6), he had already hit 3 sixes before he hit his first four. Pollard made 38 (15b, 4x3, 6x3) as West Indies posted 205/4, the first 200+ total of the tournament.
Australia needed Shane Watson to continue his one man demolition job, this time with support from David Warner. Warner (1) was dismissed in the first over by Samuel Badree, two overs later in the 4th Mike Hussey (18) was caught and bowled by Marlon Samuels before Watson (7) fell to Badree in the 5th, bowled. Two fours from Bailey in the 6th over helped Australia reach 42/3 at the end of their powerplay overs. Ravi Rampaul began the 7th over and had sent back two big hitting T20 giants Cameron White (5) and David Hussey (2) by the third ball of the over. Sunil Narine’s introduction in the next over fetched the wicket of Matthew Wade. Australia 43/6 in 7.2 overs.
George Bailey’s ferocious counter attack saw him move from 10 off 7b to 63 off 29b, bringing up the fastest fifty of the tournament off just 23b. It was too late, too little. Pollard broke the 68 run partnership between Bailey (63, 29b, 4x6, 6x4) and Cummins, sending both back off consecutive deliveries in the 14th over. Narine and Rampaul cleaned up the tail by the 17th over to bowl Australia out for 131.
Chris Gayle picked up the Man of the Match award.