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As it happened: Australia vs West Indies, WT20, Match 23


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Mar 28, 2014 at 06:54pm IST

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Sammy came on to score 34* in 13 balls, including two sixes in the final over, to help West Indies edge Australia by 6 wickets at Mirpur.

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TOSS: Australia won the toss and opted to bat against West Indies.

As it happened: Australia vs West Indies, WT20, Match 23

File photo of Chris Gayle in action. (Getty Images)

Commentary (West Indies 1st Innings)

The undoubted Man of the Match for today is Darren Sammy for a truly astonishing innings. That's it from this game. The India vs Bangladesh game is up next.

Chris Gayle had set this up very nicely but in the middle overs, the Australian bowlers continued to choke the run-flow and chipped away with crucial wickets. They controlled the majority of the match but then when it mattered, Darren Sammy smashed 19 off the Starc and that gave him the license to bury Faulkner deep deep, down under.

This has to be one the most extra-ordinary climaxes in the history of World Twenty20. Phew, Darren Sammy, whaddaaplaaya! Australia must have thought that this game was in their hands when 42 were required off 18 balls. Then entered the stage, the captain himself, Darren Sammy and he scored a breath-taking 34 off a staggering 13 balls!

19.4 J Faulkner to D Sammy, SIX! SAMMY HAS DONE IT! Oh, you beauty! West Indies win by 6 wickets! He's hit the ball and ran off in a flash! A full length ball, Sammy absolutely nails it straight down the ground and disappears away in celebration! Gayle is out on the ground and all of them gather to have a go at Faulkner! There's a Korean pop dance going around at the moment and you don't need to guess who's orchestrating it, Christopher Henry Gayle! 179/4

19.3 J Faulkner to D Sammy, SIX! SAAAAMMMMMY! A high full toss outside off, Faulkner slips in his length and how? Sammy blasts it over the long off fence. Chris Gayle doing the chain-saw at the dug-out. 173/4

19.2 J Faulkner to D Sammy, Excellent yorker, right up there in middle, dug out back to Faulkner. 167/4

19.1 J Faulkner to D Sammy, Full and tailing into the pads, Sammy was not expecting it and is hit on the pads. 167/4

James Faulkner to bowl the last over.

18.6 M Starc to D Sammy, A low full toss outside off, slashed down to long on for one. 167/4

18.5 M Starc to D Sammy, FOUR! Sammy is turning it on here! A wide delivery outside off, Sammy helps himself and slices it over point. West Indies the favourites now, in a span of five deliveries. 166/4

18.4 M Starc to D Sammy, Outstanding fielding! A full and wide delivery, Sammy slashes and gets an outside edge. Muirhead hares across from third man and puts it in a dive to save two. 162/4

18.3 M Starc to D Sammy, FOUR! A modified helicopter? A good length delivery around off, Sammy modifies at the last minute and rotates his wrists to heave it over square leg. 160/4

18.2 M Starc to D Sammy, NOT OUT! A high full toss outside off, sliced away over point. Maxwell collects the ball, hurls in a fantastic throw to Haddin who whipped the bails off. Replays show Sammy's dive got him in. 156/4

Appeal for a run out but Sammy looks in...

18.1 M Starc to D Sammy, SIX! Massive hit! Sammy gets a full length outside off and smashes it away over the long on fence. 154/4

31 needed off 12 balls for West Indies... Starc it will be...

17.6 D Bollinger to D Bravo, FOUR! Helps it away! A full toss on the pads, Bravo gets across and helps it to the fine leg fence. 148/4

17.5 D Bollinger to D Sammy, A full ball on the pads, Sammy heaves it through square leg for a single. 144/4

17.4 D Bollinger to D Bravo, Hurls in a yorker, follows Bravo again who's down the leg side, he digs it away towards the off side for a single. 143/4

17.3 D Bollinger to D Bravo, FOUR! Clean hit, he loves it there! Gets a full ball under the bat, opens up and slams it over covers. 142/4

17.2 D Bollinger to D Bravo, Follows Bravo with a full ball right down the leg side to tuck up Bravo who swings and misses. 138/4

17.1 D Bollinger to D Sammy, Excellent yorker, Sammy digs it through mid off for one. 138/4

Doug Bollinger back into the attack.

16.6 M Starc to D Bravo, SIX! High and mighty! Short of a length delivery, Bravo pulls it up miles, miles up and clears the short boundary at square leg. 137/4

16.5 M Starc to D Bravo, Slow and full on off, Bravo digs it away to cover. 131/4

16.4 M Starc to D Sammy, A very full ball, Sammy pushes it through mid off for just one. 131/4

Darren Sammy is in next.

16.3 M Starc to M Samuels, OUT! Hell, he takes yet another blinder of a catch! A slow, full ball outside off, Samuels tries to loft it over covers but finds an outside edge. Haddin absolutely flies to his right and takes a stunner. Apart from winning matches for Australia by slogging through mid-wicket, he's made a habit of taking right-handed blinders too off-lately. 130/4

16.2 M Starc to M Samuels, Very full in length, smashed wide of mid off and Warner covers up in the deep. Just two. 130/3

16.1 M Starc to M Samuels, Short of a length, Samuels attempts to pull but gets a top edge over Haddin for a couple of runs. 128/3

Mitchell Starc to bowl the 17th over.

15.6 J Faulkner to M Samuels, Back of a length delivery, Samuels pulls it away through mid-wicket and takes one. Faulkner has a go at Samuels who doesn't refrain from giving it back. 126/3

15.5 J Faulkner to D Bravo, Short of a length on middle, Bravo tucks it away towards mid-wicket and takes one. 125/3

15.4 J Faulkner to M Samuels, Good length delivery outside off, dabbed away to point for just one. 124/3

15.3 J Faulkner to M Samuels, Another short ball, angled across, Samuels pulls and misses. 123/3

15.2 J Faulkner to M Samuels, Short of a length, slower ball, Samuels mistimes it back to Faulkner. 123/3

15.1 J Faulkner to D Bravo, Short of a length delivery, tucked away through square leg for a single. 123/3

14.6 J Muirhead to D Bravo, Short and turning away, punched away through covers for a single to end the over. 122/3

14.5 J Muirhead to D Bravo, SIX! The youngster feeling the pressure now! A bummer right up there, Bravo swivels and pulls it away high over the short square leg boundary. 121/3

14.4 J Muirhead to M Samuels, Charges out and slams it down to long on for a single. 115/3

14.3 J Muirhead to M Samuels, FOUR! Poor delivery! A high full toss outside off, Samuels smashes it towards long on. Starc tries his level best to push the awkward ball back in play but it parries over the ropes. 114/3

14.2 J Muirhead to D Bravo, Too full in length, clipped through square leg for a single. 110/3

14.1 J Muirhead to D Bravo, Tossed up delivery on middle, whipped away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 109/3

13.6 D Bollinger to M Samuels, On a good length, Samuels punches it towards cover. 107/3

Dwayne Bravo walks in next.

13.5 D Bollinger to L Simmons, OUT! Simmons departs and Australia are favourites here, in spite of West Indies having wickets in hand. Short delivery on middle, Simmons attempts the pull shot, doesn't get the required power behind it and Maxwell, who's right at the ropes, times his leap to perfection at the square leg fence. 107/3

13.4 D Bollinger to M Samuels, Short on the pads, Samuels goes to tuck it away but is hit on the thigh pads. 107/2

13.3 D Bollinger to L Simmons, Length delivery, pushed through mid on for one. 106/2

13.2 D Bollinger to L Simmons, Good length outside off, Simmons rocks back and punches it over mid off. Bailey gives it a valiant chase and flicks the ball back in time to save a couple of runs. 105/2

13.1 D Bollinger to L Simmons, A good length delivery outside off, Simmons punches it towards mid off. 103/2

12.6 J Muirhead to L Simmons, Flighted up on a fuller length, Simmons drives it through mid on for a single. Excellent spell from Muirhead so far, 6/1 in 2 overs. 103/2

12.5 J Muirhead to M Samuels, Way too short and wide, Samuels punches it through mid on for one. 102/2

12.4 J Muirhead to M Samuels, A skiddy delivery, short, Samuels rocks back and punches it to cover. 101/2

12.3 J Muirhead to M Samuels, Flighted outside off, driven hard towards cover. 101/2

12.2 J Muirhead to M Samuels, Excellent leg-break outside off which spins away and beats Samuels' outside edge. This is what a leg-spinner can offer. 101/2

Marlon Samuels walks in.

12.1 J Muirhead to C Gayle, OUT! What a wicket this is! Muirhead loops it up on off, Gayle charges and whips it flat over mid-wicket but there's not much height in it. Maxwell takes a pressure catch and exults in celebration. 101/2

11.6 G Maxwell to C Gayle, Short outside off, punched through mid off for one. 101/1

50 stand between Gayle and Simmons.

11.5 G Maxwell to L Simmons, Charges down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for one. 100/1

11.4 G Maxwell to L Simmons, Appeal for stumping! A lovely slider outside off, Simmons aims to cut but misses. He did lift his back leg up but did well to put it back in before Haddin could whip the bails off. Third umpire was called in and Simmons is safe. 99/1

11.3 G Maxwell to L Simmons, Nicely flighted up, Simmons gets on the front foot and blocks it. 99/1

11.2 G Maxwell to L Simmons, Flat from outside leg, Simmons goes to sweep but is hit on the pads. It goes towards short fine leg for a couple of leg byes. 99/1

11.1 G Maxwell to L Simmons, FOUR! Picked it away! A full ball on middle, Simmons sweeps it away really well and finds the gap past square leg. 97/1

10.6 J Muirhead to L Simmons, Flighted up on off, worked away through mid-wicket for a single to end the over. 93/1

10.5 J Muirhead to L Simmons, Two byes! Nicely tossed up but it's a full toss, somehow Simmons misses it and even Haddin didn't expect him to do that. 92/1

10.4 J Muirhead to C Gayle, Slightly short and skids on quickly, Gayle punches it through mid on for a single. 90/1

10.3 J Muirhead to C Gayle, Loopy and full outside off, Gayle drives it towards cover. 89/1

11th T20I fifty for Chris Gayle.

10.2 J Muirhead to C Gayle, Another loopy delivery, Gayle heaves it away over mid-wicket and finds a couple. Been a well calculated knock so far and needs to continue. 89/1

10.1 J Muirhead to C Gayle, Nicely tossed up outside off, Gayle gets on the front foot and blocks it. 87/1

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