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

Gayle provides knockout blow

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second semi-final in Colombo

Andrew Fernando in Colombo

October 5, 2012

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Chris Gayle celebrates his fifty, Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 5, 2012
Chris Gayle's celebration has taken over West Indies' campaign © Associated Press
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Knockout of the day

George Bailey had led a mini-resistance alongside Pat Cummins, and thanks to their 68-run partnership from 36 balls, Australia had cause to hope again. Kieron Pollard and Bailey had stared each other down even before the over began, and though Bailey hit four from the first ball, Pollard dismissed both him and Cummins from the second and third balls of the over to effectively seal the result and send West Indies to the final.

Celebration of the day

Gayle's Gangnam Style dance has been a theme of West Indies campaign, and over the three weeks, his teammates, and even the West Indies Women have imitated him in their wicket celebrations. West Indies took it to a new level after completing their semi final victory, when the entire team met mid-pitch and performed the dance, lasso move and all, while the DJ blasted the K-Pop phenomenon. It is rumoured the team hope to have large amounts of trash blasted at them if they win the final on Sunday.

Dismissal of the day

When David Warner under-edged the last ball of the first over and the stumps were broken, even the bowler Samuel Badree seemed uncertain of what had happened. Initially it looked like wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin was appealing for a stumping, but replays showed Warner remained well in his crease. Eventually it dawned that the ball had dislodged the bails on the way to the wicketkeeper, and what is usually the most obvious and comprehensive dismissal in the game required a ruling from the third umpire.

Shacklebreaker of the day

Chris Gayle appeared to be playing the same sort of frustrating innings Tillakaratne Dilshan had played in the first semi final when he had managed only 4 from nine balls. He finally connected with the last ball of the sixth over and the colossal strike over long off from Shane Watson lurched Gayle's innings into top gear. It was the first of 14 sixes Australia suffered in the innings.

Fielding of the day
Usually it's batsmen who face chin music, but fast bowler Mitchell Starc got a little bit of his own medicine when Chris Gayle swatted one flat and fast to cow corner. Starc came in hoping to catch the ball on the full, but the ball bounced well short of him and the best he could do was stop it with his face.

Relaxed running of the day

Coaches will tell young players to always run the first one hard, and then look to take a second, but Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle did exactly the opposite in the sixteenth over, when they took two runs off Pat Cummins. Having hit the ball softly into a wide open space on the leg side, the pair sauntered casually for the first, before looking up and realising the fielders were still nowhere close to the ball. Almost reluctantly, Gayle realised they should probably take two, and began sprinting back down the pitch, and Pollard followed suit.

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Posted by BrisVegan on (October 6, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge Bit rich to talk of bare cupboards given your team's history against Australia and your team's performances in this T20 world cup! As @Lozzanova suggests, you can claim ascendancy when (if) your team replicates the kind of domination Oz have experienced in the past over England. My bet, this will never happen as Oz is pretty much rock bottom and on the way up. No team can have an "endless slide down" by the way. Even England gained some ascendancy after a couple of decades of trying, after all.

Posted by SRTMEANSPUB on (October 6, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

I do remember's a dismissal of inzi when sachin bowled him but third umpire was required to give the decision.....i think it was a match in 2005 at kochi and sachin took 5 wickets....

Posted by challagalla on (October 6, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

You can expect Sri Lanka to come hard at the windies with spin from the first over. If windies bat first and put on 170 the game is on. Sri Lanka may find it tough to reach that. The reverse is also true. Anyway we will know tomorrow for sure and till then, this is all speculation. Windies winning a world cup after all these years is good for cricket and for West Indies cricket in particular. I grew up a big fan of Sobers, Kanhai, Hunt and watched the windies play a fantastic test against india in chennai in 1975[ i think ].I dream of those glory days of West Indies . Good luck to Sri Lanka from all Indians and looking forward to a good tight game of cricket from both sides.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

yesterday the match was supperb...west indies had fired specially chris wish u all the best for the final agains sri lanka....

Posted by mr_king on (October 6, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Well done Windies!! You have crushed the awful aussies. Wish you all the luck to beat Srilanka in the finals!

Expecting to see the Gayle crackers !

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

What a wonderful display from Windies. As an Indian fan and after watching today's match, I feel that the current Indian team doesnt deserve to be in the finals.Its a good team but key players are out of form.On the other hand I'm sure that West Indies team will definitely thrash SriLanka in their finals.Go Windies Go....

Posted by Lozzanova on (October 6, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Front-foot-lunge - whilst the Aussie have lost a few too many series to the Poms of late, none of them have been anywhere near a thrashing. When you can start handing out the 5-0 and 4-1 series thrashings we've dished out to you regularly over the past 20 years then you can start the trash talk.

Besides, remind me where the Poms finished in this tournament again? Ha ha.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

It's the spinners. That's the whole point of T20, has been for some time. Now -- who wins -- SL or WI? Who has the better spinners, and who plays the spinners better, will determine the result. Looks like SL to win. Kudos to the revived Windies for exploding all over the Aussies. But SL deserves it -- a class team. And... The Spinners....!

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (October 5, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Lets Go Sri Lanka and win the World Cup..Gayle & Friends will be tied in Knots by Diverse Sri Lankan attack.. A pakistani fan..

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 5, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Australia have the worst spinners in the world, and have had the cupboard so bare for so long. Let's not forget their endless slide down, started by England thrashing them time and time again, to the netherworld of amateurish, boring cricket.

When those useless Australian coaching staff try to investigate what went wrong in this game, and build a video analyesis list, try looking at replays of that final Doherty over for starters. What a joke.

Posted by kre8ive on (October 5, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Aussies were awful with the bat and terrible decision for last over from Bailey

Posted by chancricfan on (October 5, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Lions from lanka? Yo must be kidding, Lions live only in India and africa

Posted by EngineerKhan on (October 5, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

It's the same story of 2007's World T20 and 2011's World Cup that Australia were imagined as untouchables and totally invincible till they encountered Pakistan and they softened them too much to let them integrate themselves. The classical Aussies fall in 2005 Ashes also dates back to VB Series 2004-05 when Inzamam-ul-Haq, Afridi, Rana Naveed and Abdul Razzaq have fully exposed the strongest ever team of the decade. Argubly strongest ever ODI team of Australia

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 5, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Aussies were very disappointing today especially in the fielding which was really sloppy led by Wade who looked tired and disinterested (his batting has also fallen away so glad we are back to whites soon and Hadds can come in. Bowlers did not execute against Gayle and appear to be intimidated by the sight of him and what was Bailey thinking giving the last over to Doherty with Gayle and Pollard at the crease !!!!!!! Nice to see Bailey get runs as he is a quality player and way ahead of Forrest and D Hussey for a test spot when the retirements come (although personally would have Hughes). Poor way to end but encouraging signs for the team generally with Starc's improvement the real highlight (we know Watto can do this in short forms of the game). I think SL might be a bit too canny on Sunday in the final.

Posted by xylo on (October 5, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

This WC is similar to the WC 2011. Pakistan softened Australia with a loss in the last group match, and the next team that took them on delivered the knockout punch.

Posted by bvnathan on (October 5, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Australia was totally Annihilated today, Period. When WI scored more than 200 (and that too in the first match they scored 190+), Australia has mentally lost the match, even if Watson would have fired. GO WI ALL THE WAY ... hope the finals on Sunday will be a HUMDINGER....

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

when the aussies 2 sloggers miss out there is very little skill or quality with the rest. WI scored just about 400 runs from 40 overs overs the 2 games and so the bowlers are no better, when they have to play a 42 year old and a raw 19 year old. it must be hard for australian fans with the lack of talent in the squad and the teams playing state cricket. we always expect the best when the green and gold jersey is worn. but that was sadly lacking. marks of of 10. 3.1/2.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 5, 2012, 17:41 GMT)


Posted by lankavigi on (October 5, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Many were saying that group was tougher and even betted for the Group A winners to go through to the finals, but what's happened now. the indians and south africans were complaining. NOT ANYMORE!!!!!! SL and WI are far superior sides and have real class. Ind,SA,Pak,Aust wer just not good enough!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (October 5, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

A lot of Australians made their highest career T20 batting scores today. This is mainly because the top 3 have been so dominant over the previous games.

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