Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo October 5, 2012

Gayle provides knockout blow

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

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.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • 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.

  • parag 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....

  • C 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • Raja 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 !

  • Dummy4 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....

  • Laurie 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.

  • Dummy4 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....!

  • waseem 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..

  • j 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.

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