W Indies vs Australia
Australia beat West Indies by six wickets
Australia continue to crush everyone in their path in this tournament. But they haven't faced England yet... That could well be the final - they're certainly the teams playing the best cricket here - as England face Sri Lanka and Australia take on Pakistan in the last four. Join us for the first of those semi-finals on Thursday.
Over 17 Gayle 0-W-4wd
109-4 WICKET! No red-inker for Haddin as he miscues a half-hearted pull shot to mid-on. Strange shot, but at least he's spent some time in the middle, taking 46 balls for his 42. It's not been a thrilling run-chase from the Aussies, but they've got the job done. Gayle can't be bothered stretching things out any further, and bowls a wide bouncer down the legside that gives Ramdin absolutely no chance and runs away to the boundary. A fitting end to a shambolic performance from West Indies, but the ninth-seeded Aussies go marching on.
Over 16 Taylor 1-4-1-0-1-4wd-0
104-3 - Taylor's figures in this low-scoring game continue to stand out. And not in a good way. Hussey gives himself room and hits over cover for four. What should be Taylor's final delivery is a very short bouncer that sails over the batsman's head. To add to Taylor's frustrations, Ramdin makes a terrible hash of taking the ball on the half-volley and it runs away for four. Taylor's four over have cost 47.
Over 15 Benn 0-1-1-0-0-1
92-3 - So it's England v Sri Lanka on Thursday, and Australia v Pakistan on Friday. Benn completes his bowling effort with another tidy over and ends with staggering figures of 4-1-12-1. Not that it's done any good.
Over 14 Taylor 2-1-4-2-1-0
89-3 - Taylor, who got well and truly Warnered first up, is back into the attack to try and massage his figures against an Aussie side now content to saunter rather than race to the finish line. Doesn't work, though, because a long-hop is a long-hop whatever the situation, and Haddin happily smacks it over point for four. That confirms the inevitable: West Indies are out, Sri Lanka are through. A leg-stump half-volley is clipped away for an easy two, and it's a dispirited Taylor who completes the over.
Over 13 Sammy 0-1-1-0-1-0
79-3 WICKET! One to file under Too Little, Too Late, but Bravo's just executed a quite staggeringly brilliant run out to see off Clarke. He dives to his right to make a stunning stop before springing to his feet and throwing down the stumps with Clarke a yard short. Brilliant. Pointless, but brilliant. David Hussey the new batsman.
Over 12 Miller 1-1-0-1-1-1
76-2 - Australia revert to Operation Tap-Tap as Miller completes an excellent but utterly, utterly futile spell of bowling.
Over 11 Deonarine 4-4-0-1-0-2
71-2 - Why must cricketers always make me look foolish? The minute I remark on a) how hard the spinners are to get away and b) how content Australia are to just pat the ball around, Haddin smashes consecutive balls over extra-cover and square-leg for boundaries. Excellent running brings Clarke two runs from the last ball of the over for a punch to long-on. Should never have been a second run there.
Over 10 Miller 2-0-0-1-1-1
60-2 - Another tidy over of left-arm spin from Miller. Haddin and Clarke, it seems, are content to just get some time in the middle.
Over 9 Deonarine 1-0-1-0-1-1
55-2 - Spin's the thing here it seems. Clarke and Haddin are both fine players of slow bowling, but they're struggling to get the ball off the square here against the twirlers. But unfortunately for the West Indies, they don't need to.
Over 8 Bravo 1-4-2-0-4-0
51-2 - Spin makes way for pace once again, and Haddin seems delighted to see Bravo. Boundaries either side of the wicket restore momentum to the Aussie innings and bring up the half-century.
Over 7 Miller 0-1-1-0-1-0
40-2 - The shackles still being applied by the spinners. At least they're making the Aussies work for these runs. Haddin just gets his back foot down in time to avoid being stumped by some sharp work from Ramdin.
Over 6 Benn 0-1-1-0-1-0
37-2 - Just six runs and a wicket in the last three overs of the powerplay. Good - if futile - effort from the spin twins.
Over 5 Miller 0-0-2-0-1-0
34-2 - Spin from both ends now as Miller comes into the attack, and he starts well enough. Clarke's outrageous scampering turns a one into a two and a none into a one.
Over 4 Benn W-0-0-0-0-0
31-2 - Well now. Two wickets in two balls as Watson tries to sweep but somehow manages to drag the ball back onto his stumps off the glove. They couldn't, could they? No. Don't be so silly. But it's a wicket maiden for Big Benn, and the partisan crowd are delighted to have something to cheer. Brad Haddin has joined Clarke in the middle, by the way. The Aussies trying to give a few fellas a bit of a hit it seems.
Over 3 Taylor 1-4-4-0wd-0-6-W
31-1 - A frankly dreadful over from Taylor. He bowls a rank wide ball that Warner flays over the infield for four. Taylor decides to try again. Warner flays it over the infield for four. Taylor decides to try again. This time, it's so wide Warner can't reach it. Taylor eventually brings his line straighter, but Warner levers it over long-on for a giant six. WICKET! Ah, now it all makes sense. This was the plan all along: Taylor goes for the wide half-volley again, and this time Warner nicks it to slip.
Over 2 Benn 0-1-0-1-4-0
15-0 - The Windies go with Benn first up, but Warner is unworried and simply backs away before crashing the ball to the cover-point fence.
Over 1 Taylor 1-2-1-4-1-0
9-0 - Australia up and running in good style, with Warner swatting the first boundary of the innings through midwicket.
Aussie of the day
Top work from Ian Harvey in the Sky Sports studio. On Mitch Johnson's run-out of non-striker Dwayne Bravo: "They work hard on that in the nets." He kept a straight face for about seven seconds. Impressive.
The obvious: stated
I'm sure you've already guessed as much, but Australia are now certain to top this group regardless of what happens in the second innings here. Unless, of course, they manage to get bowled out for roughly -75. Don't rule it out if Duckworth and Lewis get involved.
- 11th - 12th May 2010
- St Lucia
- B F Bowden and R E Koertzen
australia BATTING CARD
|Warner||c Gayle b Taylor||25|
|Haddin||c Sammy b Gayle||42|
|Total||Close, 16.2 Overs||109 - 4|