Australia vs W Indies
The West Indies have won, convincingly, by 74 runs and will advance to the final on Sunday where they'll meet hosts Sri Lanka. It's been an epic game with West Indies pretty much controlling everything from the onset after Gayle, Samuels, Bravo and Pollard all played a part in their massive total. Australia's captain, George Bailey, put on a brave fight but in the end there was only one team up for today's challenge and that was of course the Windies. Join us on Sunday for the final which, given this West Indies performance, promises to be a cracker!
Over 16.3 - AUS 131/10 (Doherty 9)
WICKET! BOWLED! Rampaul gets his third of the innings clean bowling Starc who tries to smash him straight back down the ground! That's the ball game folks!
Over 16 - AUS 127/9 (Doherty 6, Starc 1)
Rambdin celebrates the stumping of Hogg but the umpire wants to go upstairs - the third umpire confirms Hogg has to go - that's unfortunate for the oldest player in the tournament. What a scoop from Doherty who goes over the top of mid-off for four.
Over 15 - AUS 121/8 (Hogg 7, Starc 1)
Rampaul continues - Hogg and Starc do just enough to get a few runs added to the score. I think it's fair, given Australia's current situation - it's all over.
Over 14 - AUS 112/8 (Hogg 1, Starc 1)
The boundaries seem to be coming thick and fast for George Bailey - he picks up another one for four. But just as he's getting settled - he's OUT! WICKET! Russell takes a standard catch on the boundary as Bailey looks to pull Pollard's second ball of the match for six. Pollard gets Cummins too! WICKET! The batsman skies it high and mid-off makes it his business to get under it and takes another easy catch straight down his throat. Mitchell Starc and Bradd Hogg are the two new men in the middle.
Over 13 - AUS 107/6 (Bailey 59, Cummins 13)
Darren Sammy gets handed the leather. This is the Captain's knock I was talking about earlier - regardless of the result, it's a great effort from Bailey who manages another six runs from a poor Sammy delivery - this time its just over the fielder on the ropes; but it's the maximum and that's what counts!
Over 12 - AUS 96/6 (Bailey 51, Cummins 10)
Narine returns with the hope of cutting down Bailey's run rate - not a bad effort as the Aussies prove they can run between the wicket pretty well.
Over 11 - AUS 89/6 (Bailey 49, Cummins 7)
George Bailey is really trying to turn things around. He smashes a six off the first, a four off the second and third and a six off the fourth - and to end off, a four!! WOW! Andre Russell looks horrified - what can he do, it's his first over.
Over 10 - AUS 64/6 (Bailey 28, Cummins 3)
Badree back into the attack but Bailey smashes him over midwicket for a really large six runs! Nice on, Captain!
Over 9 - AUS 53/6 (Bailey 18, Cummins 2)
Four singles from the over - the runs are drying up and Australia will know they need to do a lot better than this to even stand a tiny chance of winning...
Over 8 - AUS 49/6 (Bailey 16, Cummins 0)
Another bowling change, this time Sunil Narine joins the bowlers and immediately it's Wade that gets his shot wrong, and he's out - a really simple schoolboy catch for Badree! Pat Cummins comes in, doubt he can do very much. Bailey gets a four - although no-one really seems to care too much as the stadium goes silent...
Over 7 - AUS 43/5 (Bailey 10, Wade 1)
Cameron White is gone!!!! Another massive wicket for West Indies, but Ravi Rampaul isn't finished his anihilation of this Australian batting line-up as he removes David Hussey with a caught and bowled! WOW! Matthew Wade comes to the middle, he has a massive job to do with his Captain, but you can't help but think it's all over for the Aussies.
Over 6 - AUS 42/3 (Bailey 10, White 5)
White picks up a couple off the first as Samuels continues into his third over. Bailey goes straight down the ground as he picks one out the block and plays it away for four. He has a go again on the last of the over, steps back and drives it back past mid-off for four more!
Over 5 - AUS 31/3 (Bailey 2, White 2)
WICKET! Badree gets to continue, and a good decision at that as Watson is clean bowled - that's the danger man, GONE! George Bailey gets off the mark with a couple - so he'll be relieved... He needs a massive Captains knock here if he wants to make a name for himself... And get his team into the final!
Over 4 - AUS 28/2 (Watson 7, White 1)
WICKET! Samuels does the work off his own bowling with an easy high catch. Mike Hussey departs - a HUGE wicket for the West Indies and Samuels celebration includes kicking the ball away with his feet - that could hurt a little! In comes Cameron White - what can he produce.... Watson smashes a four, driven through the covers, off the last.
Over 3 - AUS 22/1( Watson 2, Hussey 18)
An expensive over for Badree and his fellow West Indies folksas his first two are punished by Hussey for four. Hussey picks off two more from the fifth and a quick single from the last.
Over 2 - AUS 11/1 (Watson 2, Hussey 7)
Michael Hussey is in the middle, possibly a bit earlier than he expected. Watson picks up a single of Marlon Samuels' first ball. Hussey plonks Samuels over the top of mid-off - a few bounces and four runs. Hussey gets a few to end the over, cutting one away through the off side.
Over 1 - AUS 2/1 (Watson 1)
Some banter before the over is bowled as Warner gives some words of advice to the West Indies - he umpire has to get involved and separate the teams and tell them we need to get on with things. A couple of singles from the over and some excellent fielding at cover to stop a certain four. There's a but of controversy as the bails are toppled but no-one knows how/why - some confusion as Ramdin appeals - replay shows Warner is clean bowled!
Australia Batting Innings
Watson and Warner open the batting. Samuel Badree takes the ball for West Indies.
End of Innings
Australia require 206 to win - a huge total but they've got a pretty decent batting lineup who could manage this feat... Join us shortly and lets see how they fare.
- 5th Oct 2012
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- A S Dar and H D P K Dharmasena
australia BATTING CARD
|White||c Ramdin b R Rampaul||5|
|Bailey||c Russell b Pollard||63|
|Hussey||c&b R Rampaul||0|
|P.J. Cummins||c J. Charles b Pollard||13|
|M A Starc||b R Rampaul||2|
|G.B. Hogg||st Ramdin b Narine||7|
|Total||All Out, 16.4 Overs||131|