Earlier this week Australia’s Twenty20 side looked like the best in the world. Now they’re out of the World Cup.
Chris Gayle was the deciding factor as the West Indies took their semi-final against the Aussies with a big 74-run win on Friday.
Gayle smashed 75 from just 41 balls, leading his side to a total of 205-4 from their twenty overs with an innings that included five 4s and six 6s.
In response, the Australians could muster up just 131 after falling to a pathetic 46-6 in the eighth over. It was the second straight game in which the Australians had failed with the bat after a dominant start to the tournament.
The West Indian bowlers went to town on their Australian counterparts, Ravi Rampaul (3-16) and Samuel Badree (2-27) had a field day with the batters.
Australian captain George Bailey provided the only resistance to the West Indian bowling attack; his 63 from just 29 (six 4s and four 6s) deliveries ensured the loss was slightly less embarrassing than it could have been.
Renound for their pace bowling attack, the West Indies opted for a spin onslaught; a similar tactic used by Pakistan in their 8 wicket victory against the Aussies on Tuesday. The West Indian spin bowling helped claim Australia’s first three wickets.
Sri Lanka will play the West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup Final on Sunday.
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