Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Narine battle key for Australia

Jarrod Kimber

October 4, 2012

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Sunil Narine bowled superbly taking 3 for 20, New Zealand v West Indies, Super Eights, World Twenty20 2012, Pallekele, October 1, 2012
Sunil Narine could become Australia's tormentor again © AFP

West Indies tours for Aussie fans are often dream-like. They're late at night, often look like someone had smeared Vaseline on the lens and have a kicking soundtrack. It also means that more people hear about great deeds by Aussie players in the Caribbean, than actually see them.

It also means when something happens in an ODI series as Australia tour the West Indies that no one cares about, few fans notice.

Had they stayed awake, looked through the soft-focused Vaselined screen and kept the sound down as not to wake anyone in the house, they would have seen one man tormenting the Australian batsman: Sunil Narine. In a five-match series he took 11 wickets at an average of 14.45 and a scary economy rate of 3.32. He stopped the top order from scoring and dismissed the middle and lower order with ease. Narine was still a mystery to world cricket, his faux-hawk was barely known, his mystery knuckle ball was unplayable and his offspinner gripped and ripped off the dusty surfaces. It was even before he became a cult hero in the IPL.

In the oppressive heat of Sri Lanka, Australia will again meet West Indies, a side who have many players who can win a T20 match on their own. Chris Gayle can decapitate a bowling unit, and he's done that to Australia before. Marlon Samuels can score with ease and make decent bowlers doubt themselves. Dwayne Bravo changes the game with the bat, the ball or with his hands. Kieron Pollard can score at a strike rate that previously never existed. Fidel Edwards bowls swinging yorkers. And even backup players like Andre Russell are capable of amazing destruction.

Yet when the West Indies looked like they would lose to New Zealand and fall out of the tournament, it was Sunil Narine who bowled two overs for only five runs in the 17th and 19th of the match. He also took two wickets.

Australia have already shown they can beat West Indies at the Premadasa in this tournament. In that match, Narine bowled two overs for 15 before the rain came down before he got to bowl his last two overs, and the Australians played him quite cautiously. If they find themselves in another big chase, with a soaring run rate required, their battle with Narine could be the difference between playing in the final or not.

The group game against West Indies was not all smooth sailing for Australia. They punished their bowlers and actually should have made more than the 192 they ended with. No Australian bowler went for less than seven-an-over. The West Indies handled the pace of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins easily, Johnson Charles aside. Dan Christian just didn't look like a viable option with the ball. Brad Hogg tried hard, and took one of his two wickets in the tournament. And Glenn Maxwell got Gayled for 17 runs in his one over. But it was a great pitch for batting, as the Australian top order showed when they smacked the West Indian bowlers everywhere.

While all of Australia's matches have been in Colombo, the pitch has changed on Australia. It is no longer the pace-friendly wicket of late September, it's quickly becoming the spin-happy track of early October. The constant use of this square has brought it back in favour of the spinners and sub-continental batsmen.

Starc and Cummins' pace was a real factor at times early in the tournament. Cummins beat up the Indians and barely went for a run. Starc was almost as good against the Pakistanis and took three wickets. Sohail Tanvir showed that, even though the pitch is spinning more, the fast bowlers could still be important, although their pace will be less so against West Indies.

But there is no doubt that spin will play a massive part from here on in. The England v New Zealand women's match was dominated by the English spinners, and for the first men's semi-final the ball continued to spin considerably. Xavier Doherty came in for Christian a few matches back and has by far been Australia's best spin option in this tournament. His early wickets against South Africa set up the game, and against Pakistan he took the wicket of their best batsman Nasir Jamshed.

Brad Hogg has struggled far more. It's not that Hogg has been a catastrophe; he's just not had the impact he had when he first made his comeback. His economy rate of 7.5 is fairly high - only Cummins is worse for Australia - and Hogg's batting is now non-existent. At the age of 41 his eyes can no longer allow him to bat like a man with an average of 35. Australia are yet to bat all the way down in this tournament, and they may not, but Hogg is now probably Australia's No. 11.

With the middle order struggling to get a hit, or look good when they do, it seems Glenn Maxwell is the man who may make way for David Hussey. Maxwell has done little wrong, but he is being barely used as a bowler, and has had little chance to perform with the bat, only batting twice in the tournament for one failure. It would also be a panic move from Australia, as Hussey was in terrible form in the UAE, and most of the Australian middle order have had only one chance to bat under pressure.

Australia could also drop Hogg for David Hussey. Maxwell and Hussey could combine as the fifth bowler whilst strengthening the batting. When Doherty came in for Christian, Australia lost another batting option, this would fix that problem, and while Hussey's bowling is not of the standard of Hogg's in the real world, this is T20, where Hussey's step, step, sling, offspin can work.

On paper the West Indies side looks like a side that should beat Australia, but on the field they seem to be unsure and their decision to bowl Marlon Samuels in the Super Over against New Zealand seemed to stem from the input of too many people apart from Darren Sammy. They are a dangerous opponent, but one that Australia will believe they can beat.

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Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 5, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@SIRSOBERSFAN: I don't know why WI are so reluctant to open with Gayle and Smith! We saw the same thing happen during the England series: they preferred to open with Simmons, who's a decent player but NOT as an opener! Gayle and Smith IMO would be one of the most destructive opening combos in the shorter formats from any current team. I guess every team is the same though; player choice is so subjective.

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 5, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

where are the Indian fans told us that our group is weak? look our group is dominating. the team we already beaten trashing the team that trashed india. so what is your next excuse?

Posted by ibbani on (October 5, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

I already see many srilankan fans having butterfly run in their stomach. Guys I am sorry, this is how Gayle and KP plays.

Posted by ibbani on (October 5, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

now thats the way Chris Gayle bats. he just pats the pitch as though nothing has happened after hitting a hug six. Go on Gayle, you have 100 crore Indians supporting WI to beat AUS and later the minnows Lanka.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

WEll what a surprise Charles fails again ! No other country apart from W.I would experiment with a inexperienced youngster opening the innings in a World Cup he is so limited why do W.I do this what happened to Xavier Marshall Barath e.t.c always throw youngsters in at deep end and then discard them whilst experienced t20 man like Smith is on sidelines SMH

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT)


Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Smith had to play it's like South Africa not playing Du Plesis not playing Smith is ridiculous ! I'd have Smith IN THE 11 ahead of Charles Pollard Russell and Rampaul I just can't understand why he's been left out. He's the best batsman out of all the all rounders best boundary fielder and he can also keep it tight bowling more so than Russell Pollard and Rampaul with the ball who all leak runs.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Windies too relying on Gayle, and there'll be silent after gayle storm gets over. and in bowling nothing special, sunil narine is over hyped, ashwin, doherty, raza and all better bowlers than him, only gayle performance will be watchable.

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 5, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Go WI Go...... Go Gayle, Samules, Pollard & Bravo crush the kangaroooooooooooooss.... all d best from INDIA.

Posted by ms2000 on (October 5, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Its funny that India still thinks they are a beter side in T20. Over many years it was proved that they are wrong. Indians are a minnow team in T20 and got a long way to reach the semis! Only the best reached teh Semis. If India was that good why did they depend on other teams loss/win to go to the semi finals? why could not they go like the aussies and the sri lankans did? funny isnt it?

Posted by ibbani on (October 5, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

My dear RCB Gayle storm, please bludgeon the AUS to tatters. I want you to rip the Aussies and then again the Minnows Srilanka in front of their stupid home crowd. All Indians are supporting your team. We Indians certainly dont like the PAK/SRL/BD winning anything as they all hate Indian Cricket team. Hence we curse all these teams. 100 crore backing WI. Does not matter if it is going out of Asia. If India played, then we wanted it to be in Asia/India. But now, please dont show any ,mercy on the SRL and AUS.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

KIndly Post... Smith should open with Gayle and Charles come in at 3 or 4. Charles puts too much presdure on Gayle but Smith will give an explosive start and let Gayle settle. Only Rampaul need as Seamer for obvious reasons that WI have several options eg Sammy, Russel and Pollard to open with Rampaul. No need for Edwards.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

this tym Gayle Rain.. we expect Gayle throw kanGaroo out of BoundrY com on GaYle.. plz reply thiz commenT bY ur baT

Posted by cflook on (October 5, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Dwayne smith needs to get a sweat today!!! Polly boy as much as I like you, you are not firing at all and it's time to give smitty another chance. Maybe not at the top of the order but around 4 or 5

Posted by simonviller on (October 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

My concern is ,that WI will not bowl in the right areas to the Australians ,especially Watson and Warner . Bowling short or giving width to these guys is a bad idea ; so bowl line and length let them out themselves by going after the ball . As for WI lineup ,D Smith should be included at the top of the order with Gayle . Charles depite his success against England fell short at this position because of his not picking the singles . Maybe a rest would alert him to his errors as they have done to Mr Smith .

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Australia lost to Pak and thereby killed two birds with one stone. They eliminated two top teams namely South Africa and India.

Posted by Vikum72 on (October 5, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

At the super 8 stage, lot of people (mostly Indian fans) were complaining about how unfair the grouping was. There were lot of comments about one being a super group of winners and the other being a group of losers, minnows, etc. Now I see 90% of the comments predict a WI win! What a turn around; two teams from the loser's group are gonna make it to the finals and win the tournament. What a funny sport this is; the weak win while the super sides go home early!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Expect Australia to use Watson late in the innings bowling and Hogg to come on early. Warner may get a bowl as well. When WI bat, D. Smith is a good alternative to Charles as an opener as he will struggle early and thus put pressure on Gayle. All we need from Smith in an explosive start of 25 or so runs to allow Gayle to settle in. Charles is not doing that. Play him instead of Darren Bravo, but open with SMITH. Bowling: Baderee seems an excellent option for this match as he opens the ball spinning, moving it away from the right handed Watson. So Smith, Gayle, Charles, Samuels, Dwane Bravo/Pollard, Russel, Sammy, Rampaul, Marine, Ramdin, Badree.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

All da best Windies.. Go and Thrash your opponents #CarribeanKings

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Dwayne Smith should replace Darren Bravo if Dwayne Bravo is still injured. Most batsmen in this series seem to forget batting techniques (especially India, Windies and Pakistan) and cross bat too often and get out. Sri Lanka batsmen have been the best so far. Hope Windies don't fall into this tendancy. My team Gayle, Charles, Smith, Samuels, Pollard, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine, Bhadree.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

@Mihil Ranathunga..Mate. Hallucinations? Really? The lowest win loss ratio of India against SriLanka is 1.44 which comes in ODI. T20 and tests are much higher. Fans might boast but stats don't lie. ;)

Posted by Vikum72 on (October 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

All who think Aussies have a weakness against spin should realize that WI are not great players of spin either. In Doherty & Hogg (they must play Hog today) Australia have two very capable spinners in addition to their excellent phase attack. On the other-hand, except for Gayle all WI have are a bunch of IPL heroes. One thing this world T20 tournament has proven is that when it comes to the international level most these league heroes fall far behind.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 5, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

We feel ashamed that our team has not reached semifinal.But We will send our team to SL after this world cup to restore the pride by trashing the SLans.We will show the world how we can make a lion curry.

Posted by nomanpk on (October 5, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

I think Aussies will win this contest and final as well. They are so professional than Windies. WI team often drop catches in important matches and their ground fileding is a worst. The only chance WI have is to post 180+ while batting first and try C. Gayle, M. Samuels and S. Narine fully in bowling instead of F. Edwards and R. Rampaul. It's 70%/30% for Aussies.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

today is going to be tough match and pitch also supports for the bowlers if gayle stands wat ever it may me be ball on fence,in aussie watson playing key role ! all best for both teams.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

@Arzenic Onfire Kiwi's are New Zealand, not Australian, birds. Although, you're probably talking about the fruit, which are actually from Hawaii. Think pineapples are also originally Hawaiian, not from the West Indies and do you have many lions in Sri Lanka? Particularly ones that are skilled chefs? Apart from that, good comment. SL has done well, has been a good enough tournament (apart from the group stages/ Super8 stage format), with challenging conditions and the best 4 teams in the semis. While the tournaments had some dud performers, Buttler/ Dhoni/ NZ+ Bangaladesh+ Zimbabwe sides, think now the focus can shift on to the question of: Bailey vs. Sammy, who is least deserving a place in their sides first XI ?

Posted by aravind077 on (October 5, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

today gayle storm will begins. so aussies will haveto stop the gayle to stay in the contest

Posted by bhopinder on (October 5, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

WI has upper hand over Aussies ,they have strong t20 specialist batters with class of Narine,Gayle and lot of spining options Vs Aussies who batting mostly depends on Watson and if he fails Aussies struggle to reach even 120. Aus needs to play with both hussey brothers M& looks to me WI 70:40 . Aus has higly rated Warner as opener ,,,for me he does not have all shots range that any t20 sepecialists like Gayle .sammuels ..bravos have ...Good luck WI ..this T20 WC belong to you ...Cheers

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Go aussies, Go windies, But I would like to see Aussies at the final. Coz otherwise we 'd be meeting Gayle again. That's dangerous! You don't give a second chance to Gayle! :D On the other hand i would like too see how SL play against mighty aussies who thrashed excuse driven )india (According to their fans who would probably always might beat SL Huh! Huh! hallucinations!!)team out of the tournament. Come on Aussies! show us your mettle!!

Posted by AllInFairNess on (October 5, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

I need WI win solely for the purpose of Simon Taufel to officiate the T20 final to give him a proper send-off.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

West Indies are going to win today and eventually the finals. They are high on luck and are due for a big one for long now. This may well prove to be the turning point for what all they have gone through in the near past.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

"WINNING TOSS" ( and bat first ) is "KEY TO BATTLE" !!!! All of Watsons, Warners and Gayles + Narines are of elementary importance !!!!!!!

Posted by p.tyagi on (October 5, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Why is d.smith not playing??????? he is in great form and can destroy any bowling attack.

Posted by kushnish on (October 5, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

i think west indies got big oppertunity to through to the final here... WI must play badree and narine in the semi so they can make a big challnge to aussies.. aussies are not playing well against sppiners.. i like to c WI in the final VS SL.. that could be a big final then... all the very best WI... !!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Coach Arthur thinks over semi changes So replace Pat cummins with Ben hilfenhaus and david hussey with Glenn Maxwell. Hilfenhaus can move new ball pretty well enough than young pat cummins.. And that powder pitch can surely favors Hussey's Off break... Please coach do atleast one change either of these two..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Tomorrow's headline, Aussies blown away by Gayle force. Aussies spins and crashes in front of Narine. Aussies dance to Calypso tunes.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Go Windies Go,you are the only team out of the 4, which really deserved to be in Semis. Australians will be thrashed by this honest and hardworking team today and will again crumble today against Narine and company, the same way, they crumbled against the average Pakistan bowing. WI will lift the 2012 WCT20. All the best and good luck.

Posted by Damo_s on (October 5, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Its a Watson v Gayle show. Whoever stays in long enough to do the early damage will be victorius. I'm supprting WI because if the Australians win this tournament we wont hear the end of it for at least 20 years lol

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

The Windies still hasn't convinced me as a collective unit. They depend heavily on the power of Gayle at the top and the technical fluenacy of Samuels in the batting, with Narine's variety and Badree's accuracy in the bowling. The Aussie pairing of Watson and Warner have been highly impressive so far, followed by Mike Hussey's inventive brilliance. Too much was made about the Pakistan defeat, as they knew the target required to make the semis and every team can have a below-par day during a tiournament. For me the Windies only chance is to play to their strengths and bat second, chasing whatever target Australia presents them. I don't think the Windies bowling/fielding is disciplined enough to defend a competitive total against Oz. My head says Australia, but my heart is hoping the Windies can do it.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (October 5, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

From what transpired yesterday ( PAK vs S.L. ), "TOSS + PITCH" will have a major effect on result. Hence, pitch behavior need to watched ( WT20 ) earlier !

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan, I'd love to see Aussies are coming out of today's game 'n face us in the final on Sunday, so we can have another shot at them just like in '96. :)) Of course nothing against W'indies. Anyway best of luck to both teams and may the best team (or the best man Watson vs Gayle :P ) win !!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

I made three predictions before the semi-finals - 1) SL's win 2) WI's win 3) SL's win again in Final. 1st one was right. Still 2 to go. I can sense a BIG ONE from Gayle. Aus depends too much on top-3 batsmen - 2 Ws and Hussey -The Pro. Unless D Hussey returns to the playing XI, Aus have NO CHANCE again WI. WI might have not performed as a unit so far in this tourney but then this is T-20 and even a Sammy's quick 30s down at No. 8 can change the match which is something Australia can not think of. Wade is just a joke in sub-continent. Maxwell is like Shoaib Malik - Good for Nothing. Not sure about White's form. Who left ? Bailey ? this guy doesn't even desrve to be in team forgt captaining Australia. All these guys might be Excellent T-20 players in Australia. But this is sub-cont., u should have skills to play spinners. Pak exposed Aus's weakness against Spn and the depth which doesn't exist in their bating. D Hussy should be in side if Aus want to go to Finals. Hoping 4 a gud match

Posted by JG2704 on (October 5, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai on (October 05 2012, 03:36 AM GMT) So you're supporting WI because you believe that Australia deliberately lost/did not try vs Pakistan so that India would go out? 2 questions - 1 - we all know how brilliant Pakistan can be on their day and how woeful they can be on a bad day as they proved vs India and Australia. Can you not just accept that teams have good days and bad days? 2- Why would Australia want a team they thrashed by 9 wkts out of the competition?

Posted by LilAnzac on (October 5, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@sachinindiawins. The idea of a tournament is to win as many games as possible and to win them well. So Aus lost one game they won there others well hence they make the semis. It's not rocket science mate try and keep up!!

Posted by JG2704 on (October 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 04 2012, 20:00 PM GMT) Australia have been in excellent form over the last year or so in test cricket. I'd (as an Eng fan) say that by beating India and SA by 9 and 8 wickets respectively is good enough reason for Aus to be in the semis

Posted by SamAsh07 on (October 5, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Dave Hussey is coming back, Aussies are going to win the World T20. Watchout SL :P

Posted by JG2704 on (October 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (October 04 2012, 17:01 PM GMT) You're basing your comments on one failure there. Are you saying that guys like Warner and Hussey can't do it and also there are 3 facets to the game. Australia are a good fielding side and have bowled well throughout.

Posted by nck483 on (October 5, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Attack AUS with spin. Thats more then enough. If WI win toss.. bat first and post big total with inform WI biggies. Then just try to take openers thats it.. AUS will sum up fast. Teach them the lesson of underplaying against Pakistan. They deserve to be in the T20 ranking bottom.

Posted by seniorgators on (October 5, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge and RednWhiteArmy Its ok my friends. I understand your pain at an underachieving England and the Aussies going strong. Just a few more sleeps to the realisation of your worst nightmare.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (October 5, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

After reading the first few comments it seems clear that the majority of support is going towards the Windies - so heres one for Aus - C'mon boys. Rated below Ireland before the tournament even started and already into the semis. I would say that we are the underdog of this tournament - a side with good players but not a good T20 side - its time for some of the senior players to step up their game and perform. BTW - I started reading this and after the first paragraph looked to see who the writer was, thinking that it sounded like something Jarrod would write - and i was right. I love the language used "smeared Vaseline on the lens" - I know exactly what you mean.

Posted by sunny1307 on (October 5, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

The hardest working cricket team on the planet will win.No marks for guessing who...

Posted by ThumpingWin on (October 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

People should stop blaming Australia for India not reaching finals.. They previously struggled against pakistan in T20 in gulf and that was a repeat so its not their fault india did not qualify.. For today's match Australia just needs to keep cool under pressure as they always do they can easily go through to final.. Best luck Australia.. Bring the pride back home..

Posted by Gappistan on (October 5, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

If WI has to win, CHRISTOPHER HENRY GAYLE has to play as a separate team

Posted by dsig3 on (October 5, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Aus should win this. Aus only have 2 good batsmen, but thats double what the windies have. Narine could be a the field! The worst fielder since a young Panesar?????

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Australia will win today. They play their cricket really hard.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

play with badree,narine gayle and samules in spin options... As pak pack aus with spin attack.... Include Simmions as keeper instead of Ramdin and d.smith for Ravi rampal

Posted by solankibhavesh on (October 5, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Gayle and Narine are the main weapon of Windis for Aus in semifinal and every body know only one man can do anything Watson He is the one man show for Aus in semifinal. Get Ready for bettal between Watson and WI team

Posted by sachinindiawins on (October 5, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Hope West Indies rattles Aussies, Since Aussies srtuggled(actually or wantedly..) even to get 112, but yet in semis.. Go WI ..Gayle..scores ton....all d best chak de India!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Hopeful that WI can win and will win.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Why all the anti Aussie rubbish? The only team that come close to having a side as good is SL. Australia lost to Pakistan but the Pakistan side normally plays one great game a Tournament and then they go back to their usual under performing. Which they of course did. The West Indies are the biggest one man team here. If Gayle fails then they don't win. And even when he does fire they often loose anyway. Barring Gayle getting 120 I can't see the Windies winning tonight.Australia overall bats better, bowls better, fields better and out thinks better. SL could be a different story but Australia has the wood over them in big matches. Australia for the win tonight and a harder fought win on Sunday.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 5, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

As an Indian We all will be supporting WI.Its not because we hate Australia or We love WI more.Both are too good teams we accept that.But we support WI because We were all expecting Australia to trash Pak like they did to us or SAF.Atleast could have won.But this is the second time in the year they have sent us out from the tournament.Yes we accept its our own mistake none to blame but still Mind is not allowing to support Australia as they were the culprit for not allowing us a place in Finals seeing the opponent in Semi was SL.Yes it hurts a lot and seeing SL As opponents we can only blame ourselves.We were not lucky enough to reach Finals.

Posted by binojpeter on (October 5, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

I am sorry, I didn't Roach is not in the 15. so it should be: Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russel, Kieron Pollard, Dinesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Sunil Narine

Posted by binojpeter on (October 5, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

All the best for both teams. I think WI should play: Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russel, Kieron Pollard, Dinesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine

Posted by pitch_curator on (October 5, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

@ Chris_P -- You are correct. Average sides dont reach World cup semi-finals. We have seen that in 2011 world cup. But when the number of matches come down and net run rate comes into the picture then it is possible that teams that are placed below Ireland might sneak in ahead of other deserving teams. Unfortunately that is the nature of the game. Dont worry, these undeserving teams would be weeded out once the knock out games start.

Posted by Hammond on (October 5, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Would love to see the Windies get up (they need a boost) but Australia have a new confidence about them and Watto truly is on fire. With their captain leading from the front with both bat and ball, Australia will be very hard to beat.

Posted by bobagorof on (October 5, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

RameshRayaprolu: You call Australia a 'one man army' but then list 2 men. lol. You're also forgetting the rest of the bowling line-up - Starc has been a force so far in this tournament, outperforming Narine by some margin. Even Doherty has taken as many wickets (at a better economy) than Narine, and he's only played 2 matches. But good luck with the 2 hour final - do you have something better to do?

Posted by Marcio on (October 5, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Unfortunately there are 16 other overs to be bowled in the innings after Narine finishes, and guys like Warner and Watson, Maxwell and even White could have a field day against the others (so why isn't this very possible scenario mentioned in the article?). And Narine hasn't exactly set the world on fire in this comp. Australia have a good shot at a win in this game. However the pitches have mysteriously transformed into spinners' paradises in the last week (the will of the Creator, I suppose), so if they make the final it will be tough to win. But win or lose tonight, Australia has done a great job in this comp and deserve congratulations.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (October 5, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Many may feel the Aussies have a weakness against spin, but so do the Windies and with disciplined batting.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

Those fans who are saying that the IPL made Sunil Narine should read paragraph 3.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 5, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge. Perhaps if my team lost 6 out of 11 tests this year & fail to go past the super 8 stage, I would think about not posting. But, hey, that's just me. How's those sour grapes?..LOL

Posted by Chris_P on (October 5, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster. How are those sour grapes? Still chewing them I see. Let me see, if they are pathetic, & they were doing a real job on your lot, where does that leave your mob in your view? "Average" sides don't get to WC semi finals, pal. Try reading more about cricket rather than on back of cereal packets.

Posted by braindead_rocker on (October 4, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Although the East Indians did not make it to the semis, the West Indians did....Go Windies!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Gayle, Samuels, Bravo & Narine...our men.. Pollard....hope he clicks somehow. Wonderfully power packed team, but uncertain...only Disciplined performance can give a win for Aussies.. Hussey has a big role to play apart from Watson... It's more or less Evens Stevens.... Good match on the cards & most importantly no Hype and No Glut of Advertisement on TV sans good watching on cards!!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (October 4, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Cmon W.Indies! The world is behind you to knock out the smug aussys

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 4, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

All tournament the Aussies have been underestimated and written off but I think they can do a number on WI. I think Hussey for Hogg will be a good move as it enhances the chance of reaching or setting a competitive total but yet again their top 3 will need to provide the bulk and Starc,Watson and Doherty will be critical along with a need for an improved effort from Cummins. If they get Gayle and Samuels cheaply they will win but if not it will be a real struggle - very simple. I think they can

Posted by disco_bob on (October 4, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

I would not want to predict a winner from this match, all the early barnstorming from Australia counts for nothing now. I would be surprised if they get past both WI and SL, but pleasantly so.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 4, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

I'd be looking at opening with Gayle and Badree v Warner n Watson Gayle can keep it tight and has habit of gettin wickets - Even if Dwayne Bravo is back W.I have to play D Smith I don't think there is space for Rampaul he hasn't been great and W.I need to boost the batting line up. Throughout the tournament all the focus has been on Gayle but Samuels has been the key batsman throughout and again I think he will need to be tomorrow if W.I are to win

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

WI should play a bowling attack consisting of Narine, Badree, Samuels, Bravo, Russell/Smith, Sammy, Pollard, Gayle and play remaining specialist batsmen and the WK. This would give depth to the batting and would be more balanced than playing Fidel Edwards.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 4, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

It's a sad state of affairs when a team as comically weak as Australia have been for the last five years are within a shot of the final in any competition. Not even their fans think they should be there. And don't mention Test cricket whatever you them the hurt.

Posted by rishiupersad on (October 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

I think that Darren Sammy should take a rest. He has done notting for the West Indies and continue to be a pain in the side. Is he a batsman or a boweler????? That continues to puzzle the caribbean public.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 4, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

McKay should come in for either Hogg or Cummins. I was really impressed with him (McKay) during the England series in England. Hogg has been O.K.(ish) but nothing great of late, while Cummins is very raw and seems all pace-obsessed with no consistency, plan, accuracy or luck. For WI, the likes of Gayle and Samuels need to fire; I'd be tempted to bring Smith back to open as well. Bowlers need to bowl out of their skin!

Posted by naeemkh on (October 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

no matter what, its going to be an islandic final. and i have a feeling the cup is going home to a cluster of tiny islands. GO WINDIES

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (October 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

I hope WI win this match. I do not want to see a team which is ONE MAN ARMY go into the finals of a tournament. We saw how AUS slump without Watson (or Warner)!!

If at all AUS reach final, I wish SL to thrash them and finish the finals in less than 2 hours...

Posted by loke_cricfan on (October 4, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

West Indies have a realistic chance to make into the final. For that the King of Calypso must fire tomorrow with the support of Pollard and Samuel. If they make anything over 170, it is very difficult to chase for Australia. Australian batting revolves around warner, watson, and hussey, if they pick them early, Australia will be buried. Best of Luck West Indies on behalf of India.

Posted by jb633 on (October 4, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

If West Indies can get Warner and Watto early the Aussies have no chance. However I predict a big day from one of them with the Aussies holding there nerve and winning the trophy.

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 4, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

WI will clinch the CUP.... :)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

W.Indies would exploit Aussie spin weakness for sure..

Posted by xylo on (October 4, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

David Hussey should replace Cameron White rather than Brad Hogg - have you seen Brad Hogg bat?

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

My team for WI :- 1.Smith 2.Gayle 3 .Samuels 4.Bravo 5.Pollard 6.Russel 7.Ramdin 8.Sammy 9.Narine 10.Badree 11.Edwards. If WI go with this combination they will definitely go to FINAL. WI all the best.

Posted by DWO1 on (October 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

The West Indies must face this semi final like it were a final if they're to get past this hurdle. It will be GLORIOUS time in the West Indies if both the male and female teams convincingly destroy the Australians in tomorrow's two semi finals ...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

:P bring it on lads :D kiwis or pine apples , Lions are absolutely ready to cook them :D

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Windies should play:

Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Lindel Simmons (WicketKeeper), K. Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Rampaul, Sammy, Badree, Narine. This eleven will give me the batting depth to take Australia out of the park while at the same time serving them a 'Spin attack' with Narine (towards the end), Badree (upfront), Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. Sammy must never serve two pace bowlers at any time except for the first two overs maybe. With that strategy, I am confident of a Windies win.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

ONLY Watson is capable on slow, low pitches. The rest are pathetic. WI should win this EASY now. SL vs WI finals is what I anticipate !!! God luck Windies.

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