Australia all but crash out of World Twenty20

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Captain Darren Sammy struck two consecutive sixes to seal a tight six-wicket victory for the West Indies over Australia in Friday's crucial World Twenty20 Group 2 fixture at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Captain Darren Sammy struck two consecutive sixes to seal a tight six-wicket victory for the West Indies over Australia in Friday's crucial World Twenty20 Group 2 fixture at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

The result all but ruled the Australians, who lost to Pakistan earlier in the competition, out of contention for a berth in next week's semi-finals stage.

The Windies, chasing the Aussies' challenging 178 for eight, appeared headed for defeat when they were 148 for four in 18 overs, still needing 31 runs from the last two overs.

But Sammy plundered 19 runs off fast bowler Mitchell Starc in the penultimate over and then hit two sixes in Faulkner's final over to seal success with two balls to spare.

It was the second win in three games for the defending champions in group two of the Super10s. Australia's second successive loss meant they may not qualify for the semi-finals, even if they beat India and Bangladesh in their remaining games.

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.

The 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 mid-wicket fence. 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.

Maxwell 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. Maxwell 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.

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