West Indies decimate Australians in Semi Final

 

West Indies decimated the Australians in a clinical display of ruthlessness and aggression. So resounding was the dominance of the West Indies that the Australians were never in the match after the fifth over during the chase. Bailey was the lone man from the Australian side who could offer a semblance of resistance with a 29 ball 63.
 
Earlier in the match, another prolific innings from Gayle took Australia to 205 which is an above par total for the pitch. This was the first time since the super eights that a team had scored above 200 in Colombo and only the second time that the team batting first managed over 150. The going was however not smooth for West Indies as they lost Johnson early on. Gayle like most other innings took his time to settle in as Samuels was the early aggressor. But after Samuels was bowled by Cummins it was time for the Gayle show again. Gayle braved muscle cramps to put up an exhilarating show for all those in attendance in Colombo. His innings was punctuated by five fours and six sixes and one of his hits traveled as far as 102 meters. He was ably supported by Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard throughout the innings. Pollard’s blitzkrieg was instrumental in West Indies crossing 200 as he thrashed Doherty off 3 of the four sixes hit in the last over.
 
In response to such a high score Australia looked out of sorts from the start and Warner’s exit as early in the first over pretty much started a journey towards the exit door. The hero of the last match Michael Hussey also could score only 18 before falling prey to Samuels. Watson’s exit more or less sealed the fate of the match and though Bailey fought on, the cause was always a lost one.

Oct 6, 2012
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