T20 World Cup, Australia vs West Indies Highlights: Australia kept their semi-final hopes alive by recording a facile eight-wicket win over West Indies in a Super 12 Group 1 match of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Already out of semi-finals race, defending champions West Indies were propelled to 157/7 by skipper Kieron Pollard, who smashed 44 runs off 31 balls. Useful contributions from Evin Lewis (29), Shimron Hetmyer (27) and Andre Russell (18 not out off 7) also helped the Caribbean side in posting a decent total. Pacer Josh Hazlewood took four wickets for 39 runs, his second-best figures in T20Is. Later, Australia opener David Warner hit an unbeaten 89 off 56 balls while Mitchell Marsh scored 53 as they overhauled the target in 16.2 overs.
Brief Scores: West Indies: 157 for 7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 44, Evin Lewis 29, Shimron Hetmyer 27; Josh Hazlewood 4/39). Australia: 161 for 2 in 16.2 overs (David Warner 89 not out, Mitchell Marsh 53; Akeal Hosein 1/29).
Warner (89*) seals it with a four against Chase and Australia win by eight wickets! The brilliant stand by Warner and Marsh put the contest beyond any doubt in the middle overs. After the end of the match, Australia form a guard of honour for both Bravo and Gayle as “Champion, Champion” plays in the background. AUS: 161/2 (16.2 overs)
Gayle signs off with a wicket! He dismisses Marsh on 53 off a catch by Holder. AUS: 157/2 (16 overs)
With a boundary in each over, Australia are currently marching towards victory in hope of sealing their semi-final berth. Marsh (50*) takes on Holder and hits two boundaries before completing his fifty with a single. AUS: 133/1 (14 overs)
Marsh (33*) goes berserk against Russell and makes it easier for Australia. Two fours and a six. AUS: 98/1 (10 overs)
Warner brings up his fifty with a quick two after slaughtering Walsh on the first ball of the over with a huge six. He raises his bat gently after reaching the landmark in 29 balls. Marsh is on 18*. Things looking good. AUS: 82/1 (9 overs)
Australia manage to get just eight runs in two overs after the skipper’s dismissal but Warner (40*) is still in the middle. He makes his presence known against Hosein with his second six and his fifth four of the innings. AUS: 53/1 (6 overs)
Finch (9) misreads the line of Hosein’s delivery, gets an inside edge and the ball hits the sticks! AUS: 33/1 (3.3 overs)
After hitting a boundary against Chase in the previous over, Warner (23*) ups the ante early on! He takes on Holder and smacks him for two consecutive fours and a massive six. On the other end, Finch is on 9*. AUS: 33/0 (3 overs)
Aaron Finch and David Warner open the chase for Australia as Akeal Hosein restarts the proceedings with the ball. With a man placed at silly point, West Indies begin quite aggressively. Just five runs off the opening over. AUS: 5/0 (1 over)
West Indies fail to make the most of the final two overs as Pollard (44) falls to Starc in the last over. Maxwell with the catch. But Russell (18*) finishes it with two sixes to put up a fighting total. Holder ends on 1*. WI: 157/7 (20 overs)
After Hazlewood bagged his fourth of the innings, Pollard (42*) goes berserk in the death. He follows up his six and four against Cummins with two excellent boundaries against Hazlewood. Russell is still on 0*. WI: 136/6 (17 overs)
Bravo (10*) and Pollard (17*) are under quite some pressure now, only managing singles for a while. But the former breaks away from the script and thumps Starc for a six over cover. The big shots have arrived. WI: 109/5 (16 overs)
West Indies slip further down as Hazlewood gets his third of the innings! Hetmyer fails to read the short ball down led and he gloves it behind to the wicketkeeper Wade. The batter departs on 27. On comes Bravo. WI: 91/5 (12.5 overs)
Australia keep it tight against Hetmyer (24*) and Pollard (8*) but the latter hits Zampa for a four. WI: 87/4 (12 overs)
Zampa gets his first of the afternoon! West Indies lose another settled batter as Lewis is sent back to the pavilion on 29. He slices a googly up in the air and Smith takes a brilliant catch, coming in from long-on. WI: 70/4 (9.3 overs)
Marsh and Zampa put some pressure on the batters, limiting them to occasional singles for two overs. But Hetmyer wakes up from his slumber and goes hard on the drive, hammering it down the ground for a boundary. WI: 65/3 (9 overs)
Hetmyer (7*) comes on and ups the ante with a four against Cummins. In the next over, Lewis (21*) helps his partner with a four against Maxwell and brings up fifty for the team. A mixed bag of a powerplay for Windies. WI: 50/3 (6 overs)
Hazlewood continues his spell and makes amends! He removes the dangerous Pooran (4) with a shortish delivery. The batter slices it straight to cover point and into the safe hands of Marsh. On comes Chase next and he is instantly sent back on a duck! An absolute beauty of a delivery bowls the batter out. West Indies in some trouble. WI: 35/3 (3.3 overs)
Gone! Gayle (15) gets cleaned up by Cummins right after hitting his second six of the innings. WI: 30/1 (2.2 overs)
Hazlewood comes into the attack and Lewis (13*) finds his rhythm. He takes on the bowler and punishes him with a pulled four and then two more to fine leg and long-on. Gayle (9*) ends the over with a maximum. WI: 24/0 (2 overs)
Australia have a chance of making it to the semifinals despite never looking anywhere close to their best. They’ve gone from very efficient to very substandard, and everywhere else in between, already in the UAE. Their humbling defeat to England was followed soon after with a proper thrashing of Bangladesh, where their bowlers ruled the roost. David Warner’s form has been very symptomatic of the entire team’s progress. The West Indies, meanwhile, have had nothing to say so far, and understandably so based on their forgettable display as a team. The defending world champions have barely been a shadow of their mighty selves and find themselves prematurely eliminated. If anything, they have enough reasons to be upset with their own performances and get riled up to finish their campaign on a high.
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