Windies demolish Aussies to reach final

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The West Indies produced the perfect display against Australia on Friday to advance to the World Twenty20 final, beating the Aussies by a massive 74 runs as they defended the first score over 200 of the tournament.

The West Indies produced the perfect display against Australia on Friday to advance to the World Twenty20 final, beating the Aussies by a massive 74 runs as they defended the first score over 200 of the tournament.

Chris Gayle was the star of the show for the men in maroon, scoring 75 not out and batting from start to finish as they put on 205 for four, though he picked up a side strain near the end of his knock and did not field.

Gayle's runs came off 41 balls, and in the 18th over he needed some treatment on the field when it seemed like he had pulled a muscle. While moving gingerly, he still managed to hit the next ball for a boundary.

The Aussies scored 131 all out and were still more than three overs short of completing their allotted overs, with Ravi Rampaul taking three scalps and only George Bailey providing any resistance with a flashy 63.

The Windies had won the toss and chose to bat first on what seemed like a dangerous spinning track, but Gayle, and to an extent Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, made light work of the Australian slow bowlers.

Pat Cummins was the strike force for the Aussies, bowling Samuels for 26 and then getting Bravo caught for 37, but all the bowlers came in for some stick as the Windies hit 14 sixes and 13 fours.

Only Johnson Charles failed to get a substantial score, making only 10 before being caught behind off Mitchell Starc. Kieron Pollard was alongside Gayle right until the last ball, his score on 38 off 15 balls.

The final over was bowled by Xavier Doherty, and he was absolutely destroyed, with Gayle and Pollard going to town with four sixes in five balls. Pollard was caught off the final ball by David Warner, trying to get a fourth six, but 25 runs had already come off the over.

The Aussie chase got off to the worst possible start, with Samuel Badree tipping the bails off David Warner's stumps in the first over. There was some confusion as to how the bails were removed, but a review showed the ball had clipped them.

Mike Hussey, the saviour in the previous game against Pakistan to get the Aussies this far, could only add 18 off 12 balls before being caught and bowled by Samuels, skying the ball high in the air. This left them on 22 for two.

Shane Watson's loss for seven runs in the fifth over put the Aussies deep in the mire, bowled by Badree with the score on 29. This brought skipper Bailey to the middle needing to play the knock of his life after a lacklustre tournament.

Cameron White's showing demonstrated how little time the middle order had seen at the crease recently, and he was caught behind off Rampaul with the score on 42. David Hussey, recalled for this game, was out for a duck two balls later.

Sunil Narine was then introduced and he struck immediately, Matthew Wade caught at short fine leg trying to sweep the spinner. This left the Aussies on 43 for six, and the semi-final took on a rather disappointing palour for being so one-sided.

Bailey was determined to put up a fight though, and hit 21 runs in one over off Andre Russell, taking the score to 89 for six after 11 overs. The skipper moved to his fifty in the next over, off 23 balls.

Kieron Pollard was introduced as the seventh bowler, and he soon struck, removing Bailey for 63 off 29 balls. Bailey tried to heave his fifth six, but was caught on the ropes by Russell. Pat Cummins departed the next ball, for 13, leaving the Aussies on 111 for eight.

The ninth wicket fell with the score on 121, when Brad Hogg found himself out of his crease and stumped by Denesh Ramdin off Narine for seven. Doherty came in as the final man and added nine runs before Mitchell Starc was bowled by Rampaul to end the match.

Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey, Cameron White, David Hussey, Matthew Wade, Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree

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