ICC World Twenty20, 8th Match, Group B: Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Sep 22, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 8th match, Group B
Australia won by 17 runs (D/L method)
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
22 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Chris Gayle is out, wearing an arm guard, which he doesn't often wear. The pirate bandana is there. Dwayne Smith is opening partner. Shane Watson has the new ball in hand

7.25pm The Aussie national anthem is under way. West Indies team anthem is already done. We are not too far from ball one

7.15pm It's a dry, breezy and cloudy evening in Colombo. Which means there will be some decorum, and not the pretence of a match played over seven overs. I know it's a fast-moving world and all that, but seven overs?

"Still do not understand the selection of George Bailey! Infuriating we pick a bloke as a captain, I hope he proves me wrong, but he and White (hack) holding out David Hussey really makes no sense!" Matt, I am not supposed to run down players, but I'd pick Clarke over Bailey any day - even in T20s

"No Andre Rusell! what kind of team balance is this? And Johnston who?" Prateek Mittal sounds like he is playing Cricinfo Fantasy

"I agree Sid, don't know why they just didn't extend, surely for a world cup that's possible? 7 overs truly relies on luck doesn't it? Just swinging the bat & hoping for boundarys!" SthAussie, my other issue with the previous match is, that it has no consequence on the rest of the tournament whatsoever. Only negatives could have come out of this game - injuries, for example

West Indies have won the toss, and have chosen to bat first. Here are the teams

West Indies Darren Sammy, Marlon Samules, Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Johnston Charles, Dwayne Smith, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard

Australia George Bailey, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Pat Cummins, Brad Hogg, Cameron White, Mitch Starc, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade

6.45pm Hello and welcome to the 10th match of the extended warm-up round of World T20. If only we had teams carrying points forward to the next round, these matches between two big teams would have carried some consequence. Anyway, this is a promising contest: Watson, Warner, Gayle, Samuels - that's some of the best T20 talent going around - will be on show. The toss will happen in 15 minutes. Meanwhile you can enjoy (if you can) what is happening in Hambantota. I wouldn't call it cricket. Cricket doesn't happen over seven overs and 10 wickets


Watson to Smith, 1 run, Windies go slam bang first ball. Short, and Smith goes deep into the crease, and pulls it to deep square

Gaye, who turned 33 yesterday, and scored 333 in Sri Lanka, to take first strike in this WT20


Watson to Gayle, no run, length ball outside off, and left alone


Watson to Gayle, 4 leg byes, these are the most annoying runs a team can score. Gayle has ducked into a bouncer, he is not playing a shot, has been hit in the helmet, and has got four leg-byes. MCC, wake up and change this law


Watson to Gayle, 1 wide, that's a wide, and a big one outside off


Watson to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away wide of short fine for a single


Watson to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked off the hip for a single


Watson to Gayle, no run, an increasingly familiar watchful start from Gayle. Left alone outside off

End of over 1 (8 runs) West Indies 8/0

    • CH Gayle 1 (4b)
    • DR Smith 2 (2b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0

Mitch Starc to share the new ball


Starc to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, gets it to shape back in a little, and Smith's wild drive is beaten


Starc to Smith, no run, swinging in but too far, and ricochets off the pad to short fine leg


Starc to Smith, OUT, that's a right riper from Start. A ball and a half. Length ball, just outside off, swings in late, leaves Smith stunned, and hits the top of off. Smith is clearly surprised by this late movement

DR Smith b Starc 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Johnston Charles is the new man in


Starc to Charles, 1 run, short of a length, swinging in again, off the inside half of the bat, gets a single wide of short fine


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, full, angling in, worked away to deep square

"Always associated Australia with Yellow. Pity that it is all green now! Is that why they are not as good as the all-conquering team of the 90s?" Jake, are you sure it is green? I am yet to make my mind up on that. Somewhere between green and black


Starc to Charles, 1 run, length ball, on off, flicked away to deep square

End of over 2 (3 runs) West Indies 11/1

    • J Charles 2 (2b)
    • CH Gayle 2 (5b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-3-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0

Pat Cummins to bowl the third over


Cummins to Charles, no run, length ball, outside off, 85mph, left alone


Cummins to Charles, no run, Yorker, 140ks, dug out


Cummins to Charles, no run, full, wide outside off, beats the drive


Cummins to Charles, no run, seemed to be swinging with his eyes shut. Misses a length ball just outside off. That would have hit the fourth stump


Cummins to Charles, no run, they call this game hit or miss. At the moment, Charles is only missing. Another big drive tried, and he is beaten outside off again


Cummins to Charles, no run, Cummins may as well ask him to hold that thing straight so that he can aim at it. Driving outside off, and beaten by the slight movement away

End of over 3 (maiden) West Indies 11/1

    • J Charles 2 (8b)
    • CH Gayle 2 (5b)
    • PJ Cummins 1-1-0-0
    • MA Starc 1-0-3-1

Starc to Gayle, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to mid-on


Starc to Gayle, 1 wide, wide down the leg side


Starc to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle is still biding his time. Looks to work this shortish delivery to leg side, gets a leading edge for two past mid-off


Starc to Gayle, no run


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, swing outside outside off and a wild edge to third man it's dropped by Shane Watson coming in off the third man rope, tough chance diving in but he got there and should have held it


Starc to Charles, SIX, backed away, length ball on the pads and swung away over long on, good strike that


Starc to Charles, FOUR, backed away and slogged off the inside half of the bat past short fine leg

End of over 4 (14 runs) West Indies 25/1

    • J Charles 12 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 5 (9b)
    • MA Starc 2-0-17-1
    • PJ Cummins 1-1-0-0

Cummins to Gayle, FOUR, length ball wide outside off, driven over cover point


Cummins to Gayle, no run, covered up around off stump


Cummins to Gayle, FOUR, back of a length outside off, hammered past midwicket, wasn't totally timed but enough bat on it to get it out for four wide of deep square leg


Cummins to Gayle, FOUR, four into the same region, it was a touch straighter but swung into the same part of the boundary, only this blasted one bounce over the rope


Cummins to Gayle, no run, well bowled, slower ball bouncer, Gayle set himself for the pull again but pulled out after the ball pitched


Cummins to Gayle, SIX, back to full pace and nailed into the stands over square leg, it was around middle stump and swung high towards deep square leg who thought he might get there for a moment but it sailed over his head

What a cruel game. Cummins bowled a maiden last over, and has now gone for 18

End of over 5 (18 runs) West Indies 43/1

    • CH Gayle 23 (15b 3x4 1x6)
    • J Charles 12 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • PJ Cummins 2-1-18-0
    • MA Starc 2-0-17-1

Dan Christian to replace Mitch Starc


Christian to Charles, FOUR, they are hemorrhaging runs here. Short of a length, into the pads, with short fine up, and he has placed it past short fine


Christian to Charles, OUT, more timber. Not as comprehensive as the first wicket, but Australia needed this more desperately. Seems like a slower ball that kicked at him, hit the glove as he looked to run this down to third man, and rolled over to the stumps. In fact it's a big offcutter that hits his arm and ricochets onto the stumps

J Charles b Christian 16 (17m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

"Ha Johnson Charles should not wear West Indies colours! A man with two last names, have they forgotten how bad Patterson Thompson was?" Andre Williams introduces a whole new logic


Christian to Samuels, 1 run, length ball, on off 127ks, dabbed to third man


Christian to Gayle, FOUR, CH Gayle. Has. Arrived. Bowlers and fielders duck for cover. Backs away, takes a perfectly decent delivery from off, and smacks it over cover-point


Christian to Gayle, no run, slower ball, yorks a charging Gayle. Good comeback


Christian to Gayle, 1 leg bye, Gayle backs away, looks to pull, seems to have been beaten by low bounce, but gets a leg-bye

End of over 6 (10 runs) West Indies 53/2

    • CH Gayle 27 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 1 (1b)
    • DT Christian 1-0-9-1
    • PJ Cummins 2-1-18-0

Brad Hogg - oldest swinger in town, according to David Lloyd - to bowl to Gayle now


Hogg to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, guided past short fine for a single


Hogg to Samuels, no run, that turned in, from full and outside off, but Samuels gets outside the line, negating the appeal


Hogg to Samuels, no run, leaves the crease, is beaten in flight, and pads this away towards cover


Hogg to Samuels, 1 run, wrong'un, doesn't turn a long way, Samuels reads it off the pitch, and has enough time to push this short delivery into the off side for one


Hogg to Gayle, SIX, easy does it. It's like pushing for a single to long-on in the middle overs of an ODI. Full, on off, and casually, effortlessly he lofts this over long-on


Hogg to Gayle, 1 run, sweeps. These are not the shots for Gayle. The ball turns away, Gayle's one hand comes off, but he manages to make contact before the ball reaches the pad. Gets a single to deep square

End of over 7 (9 runs) West Indies 62/2

    • CH Gayle 35 (21b 4x4 2x6)
    • MN Samuels 2 (4b)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-9-0
    • DT Christian 1-0-9-1

Glenn Maxwell to face this barrage now


Maxwell to Gayle, SIX, oh hello. Maxwell is launched first ball. Nothing too wrong with the ball. On a length, middle and leg, and nonchalantly lofted over long-on. How cool is he


Maxwell to Gayle, 1 leg bye, tries the sweep, beaten by a quick ball, gets a leg-bye


Maxwell to Samuels, 1 run, meanwhile, there is a different game on with Gayle not on strike. Samuels is beaten in the flight, gets an inside edge for a single


Maxwell to Gayle, no run, stop the press. Somebody has managed an appeal against Gayle. Fast and flat, beats his shot, hits him in front of leg, and this is missing leg according to the umpire. That really did look close to me, though


Maxwell to Gayle, SIX, whoa... these stadiums are not big enough for Gayle. Same ball, flat, darted into the pads, but Gayle backs away this time, and pulls this over wide long-on - that went 95 metres before bouncing


Maxwell to Gayle, FOUR, bowled'im. No he hasn't. Oh, that seemed gone for a moment as Gayle swung hard and seemed to miss. However, he got a tiny little inside edge in front of off, and it missed everything

End of over 8 (18 runs) West Indies 80/2

    • CH Gayle 51 (26b 5x4 4x6)
    • MN Samuels 3 (5b)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-17-0
    • GB Hogg 1-0-9-0

Christian to Samuels, no run, pace and bounce here. Short of a length, rising towards the chest, Samuels keeps it down, but can't get the single


Christian to Samuels, 1 run, length ball outside off, opens the face, gets Gayle back on strike


Christian to Gayle, no run, big wind-up, gets a slower delivery on off, opens the face, towards short third man


Christian to Gayle, 1 run, mis-hit after backing away, gets a single off the inside half of the bat

Very good over by Christian in the context of Gayle's recent striking


Christian to Samuels, 2 runs, length ball, on off, nicely driven on the up, wide of long-off, gets a couple


Christian to Samuels, FOUR, Shot and a half. The best of the day. Slower ball from Christian, Samuels waits and waits, and then square drives it, bisecting the two men in the deep on the off side. It reached the boards before you could say four

End of over 9 (8 runs) West Indies 88/2

    • MN Samuels 10 (9b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 52 (28b 5x4 4x6)
    • DT Christian 2-0-17-1
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-17-0

Samuels has scored 10 out of this 41-run stand. Meanwhile here is Starc


Starc to Gayle, 1 leg bye, some late swing into the pads, Gayle has set himself up for a flick over midwicket, but is beaten by the movement. Takes a leg-bye

Round the stumps to Samuels


Starc to Samuels, 1 run, full, angling into off, driven inside-out, gets a single


Starc to Gayle, no run, well bowled. Either he saw Gayle back away or guessed he would do so and slipped in a full and wide delivery, which Gayle couldn't reach


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, misses the yorker, but the low full toss goes just for a single to wide long-on


Starc to Samuels, 1 run, yorker, dug out to straight short cover, Christian tries to run Gayle out, but concedes an overthrow. Gayle was back in anyway. Starc not happy, but trying to run Gayle out is worth the risk, I feel


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, full, angling in, can't get under it, smashes it to deep midwicket for one

Good over from Starc, but the run rate is still 9.3

End of over 10 (5 runs) West Indies 93/2

    • CH Gayle 54 (32b 5x4 4x6)
    • MN Samuels 12 (11b 1x4)
    • MA Starc 3-0-21-1
    • DT Christian 2-0-17-1

Watson is back. He has this intangible knack for something special, but he dropped Gayle today


Watson to Gayle, OUT, there it is. The Watson effect. I don't know how, but he always tends to produce something out of the hat. Somehow. This is short of a length, middle and leg, hip high, Gayle looks to work this for a single, gets a hefty leading edge, Watson runs towards straight extra cover and claims it himself. Has Watson's drop caused enough damage already, though?

CH Gayle c & b Watson 54 (47m 33b 5x4 4x6) SR: 163.63

Dwayne Bravo is the new man in, but Samuels is on strike


Watson to Samuels, 1 run, short, hurries onto him, lobs into open space into the leg side. That could easily have gone to hand too

Slip is in for Bravo


Watson to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, pushed wide of cover for one


Watson to Samuels, no run, lovely bouncer, 133ks, half way between shoulder and head. Beats him on the hook


Watson to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, chipped over cover, gets a single


Watson to Bravo, 1 run, nicely played. Punched, on the up, gets a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 97/3

    • DJ Bravo 2 (2b)
    • MN Samuels 14 (14b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-1
    • MA Starc 3-0-21-1

Hogg comes back now. He will find life more livable now that Gayle is gone. One slip in place


Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, turning into the pads, worked away for a single


Hogg to Samuels, no run, leaves the crease, Hogg bowls flat, Samuels is beaten in the flight, defends it back to him


Hogg to Samuels, no run, lovely delivery, dipping, pitching middle off, turning in sharply, hits the pad. Wade shouts from behind, "He is not reading it."


Hogg to Samuels, no run, and he clearly isn't reading it. This is short, outside off, and he sets himself up for a big cut, but is beaten by the googly that leaves him as opposed to coming in


Hogg to Samuels, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on


Hogg to Bravo, no run, googly again, short of a length, cut away, but can't beat backward point

End of over 12 (2 runs) West Indies 99/3

    • DJ Bravo 3 (4b)
    • MN Samuels 15 (18b 1x4)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-11-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-1

Christian to bowl now


Christian to Samuels, no run, and he makes a good comeback again. Shortish, cutting in, cramps him up. Another dot


Christian to Samuels, FOUR, lovely shot. No room available here, and it is short of a length too. So he has neither the length nor the width but he punches this mighty fine, past point, and the ball races away


Christian to Samuels, 1 run, slower bouncer, pulled away, wide of deep midwicket, they take just the one


Christian to Bravo, no run, short of a length, punched to the left of Dan C, but he dives to keep the batsmen at their respective ends


Christian to Bravo, 1 run, slightly slower, short of a length, punched away to long-off


Christian to Samuels, SIX, lovely shot. I tell you what, Gayle played a blinder, but some of Samuels's shots haven't been half bat. In fact they have been more pleasing to the eye. Length ball, on off, makes a little bit of room - ever so slight - and then chips/lofts it over extra cover. And inside-out it goes for a flat six

End of over 13 (12 runs) West Indies 111/3

    • MN Samuels 26 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4 (6b)
    • DT Christian 3-0-29-1
    • GB Hogg 2-0-11-0

Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, makes room to punch it away for one


Hogg to Samuels, 1 leg bye, looks to hoick this shortish delivery, is beaten, but gets a leg-bye


Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, short, pulled away from outside off, gets a single to long-on


Hogg to Samuels, SIX, is this a googly? Seems like one as Samuels looks to go straight at a full delivery, but gets a sort of leading edge towards long-on. Maxwell there is interested in it, but it keeps going and going over him. Let's stop calling them leading edges, they are the side faces of the bat


Hogg to Samuels, no run, flighted don off, pushed to cover


Hogg to Samuels, FOUR, short, turning in, cramps him up, but Samuels gets enough bat on the pull to send it past short fine leg for four

End of over 14 (13 runs) West Indies 124/3

    • MN Samuels 36 (26b 3x4 2x6)
    • DJ Bravo 6 (8b)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-23-0
    • DT Christian 3-0-29-1

Watson is back again, for what I presume will be another one-over spell


Watson to Bravo, no run, full, on the pads, pushed to straight midwicket


Watson to Bravo, 1 run, bouncer, 134ks, pulled away to deep midwicket


Watson to Samuels, no run, well bowled again. Slower ball, on off, moves away a little. Samuels aborts the big wind-up, but is beaten on the attempted dab too


Watson to Samuels, SIX, There is no justice for the bowler. Watson has seen Samuels back away, followed him, cramped him up, but Samuels somehow gets enough bat on this to clear long-on with ease. This goes high, has the fielders interested, but goes long too

Fine leg goes back


Watson to Samuels, SIX, and it was telegraphed that a bouncer is to follow. Samuels is camping back, takes the expected bouncer from chest high, and absolutely hits the pants off this. Deep square leg is just a witness


Watson to Samuels, 1 run, full and straight, dug out for a single to long-on

End of over 15 (14 runs) West Indies 138/3

    • MN Samuels 49 (30b 3x4 4x6)
    • DJ Bravo 7 (10b)
    • SR Watson 3-0-22-1
    • GB Hogg 3-0-23-0

Hogg to bowl out now


Hogg to Samuels, 1 run, flighted on off, driven to long-on to bring up the fifty. The whole dugout is up on their feet. Samuels raises his bat, shakes Bravo's hand. Lovely striking


Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, good airtime on this delivery, full on the pads, worked away for another single, which brings Samuels back on


Hogg to Samuels, OUT, Hogg gets Samuels who hasn't always picked the senior spinner. Samuels leaves the crease this time, the ball is flatter, falls slightly shorter than he expects it, and the mis-hit carries to long-on

MN Samuels c Warner b Hogg 50 (45m 32b 3x4 4x6) SR: 156.25

Kieron Pollard is in. No respite for Australia, at least on paper. Bravo is on strike, though


Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, short, on the stumps, punched away to deep point


Hogg to Pollard, FOUR, the long-off is very wide, and Pollard capitalises. The first ball, full, and he chips it straight, just left of the stumps, and the long-off is not even in the frame


Hogg to Pollard, no run, turns in sharply, hits the pad, but is missing leg

End of over 16 (7 runs) West Indies 145/4

    • KA Pollard 4 (2b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 9 (12b)
    • GB Hogg 4-0-30-1
    • SR Watson 3-0-22-1

In comes Pat Cummins


Cummins to Bravo, SIX, and pat he goes sailing. Length ball, outside off, Bravo stands rooted, and chips it over extra cover for a six. What a very Caribbean shot


Cummins to Bravo, 1 run, into the pads, worked away into the leg side


Cummins to Pollard, (no ball) 1 run, no-ball... that's not good. Oversteps bowling a length ball into the pads, goes for a single

Free hit coming up. I am almost sure this is going to be a slower bouncer


Cummins to Bravo, 1 run, and slower bouncer it is, pulled away to deep square for one

Ten fours and ten sixes in the innings


Cummins to Pollard, no run, that's a useful delivery, wide yorker, beats his attempt at steering it fine


Cummins to Pollard, 1 run, slower ball again, short of a length, waits for it, works it around the corner for one


Cummins to Bravo, 2 runs, another slower bouncer, pulled away to deep square, Maxwell fumbles on the one-handed pick-up and concedes a second

End of over 17 (13 runs) West Indies 158/4

    • DJ Bravo 19 (16b 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 6 (5b 1x4)
    • PJ Cummins 3-1-31-0
    • GB Hogg 4-0-30-1

Watson to bowl out. Starc and Cummins have one each left


Watson to Pollard, no run, lovely bouncer, follows him like a stalker, and Pollard can't do anything with it. The head falls away as he swats at it


Watson to Pollard, FOUR, that's a kill-me ball. Length ball, outside off, and Pollard has murdered it to the left of the stumps at the non-striker's end


Watson to Pollard, OUT, Michael Hussey, what a cricketer. This is a low full toss, Pollard flicks it in the air, Hussey charges in from deep midwicket, and completes a low catch diving forward

KA Pollard c Hussey b Watson 10 (10m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

In comes Darren Sammy. He can hit the ball. But he is not on strike


Watson to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched away for one


Watson to Sammy, 1 run, big wind-up, but Sammy doesn't get the length, and just bunts this shortish delivery for a single towards point


Watson to Bravo, 1 run, full, into the pads, driven to long-on

End of over 18 (7 runs) West Indies 165/5

    • DJ Bravo 21 (18b 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 1 (1b)
    • SR Watson 4-0-29-2
    • PJ Cummins 3-1-31-0

Cummins to continue. Four men inside the circle on the off side


Cummins to Bravo, FOUR, and he has still got four on off. Bravo makes room, Cummins follows him, sort of handcuffs him, but this thick edge from outside leg beats the keeper on his right

Fine leg comes up now and third man goes back


Cummins to Bravo, 2 runs, slower bouncer, Bravo throws the kitchen sink and the wash basin at it, mis-hits it off the cue end, gets a couple to long-on just because of the mis-hit


Cummins to Bravo, OUT, timbahhh. Cummins bowls slightly short of a length, Bravo makes room, looks to go ever extra cover. Bravo misses, the ball hits the top of middle and leg

DJ Bravo b Cummins 27 (39m 21b 1x4 1x6) SR: 128.57

In comes Denesh Ramdin


Cummins to Ramdin, 3 runs, full toss on off, that's a nice welcome, Ramdin cashes in with a steer past point. Hogg runs from third man, doves, saves one run, and then waves to the applauding crowd


Cummins to Sammy, no run, Sammy wanted to send this to Galle, but the slower ball never arrived, and he pulled out of the shot


Cummins to Sammy, 1 run, another slower short ball, Sammy is wise to it, but gets just a single to deep square leg

End of over 19 (10 runs) West Indies 175/6

    • DJG Sammy 2 (3b)
    • D Ramdin 3 (1b)
    • PJ Cummins 4-1-41-1
    • SR Watson 4-0-29-2

Australia are already 11 minutes slow. This innings should have finished at 8.50pm. Starc to bowl the last over. Round the wicket


Starc to Sammy, FOUR, that's cruel. Sammy winds up big time, swings at a length ball, and the edge flies between the keeper and short third man

Third man goes back now


Starc to Sammy, SIX, what are these bats made of? This one looked like a skier the moment this left the bat. Had I been at long-on, I would have set myself up for the catch, but this just keeps sailing and sailing over that man


Starc to Sammy, 2 leg byes, everyone's a-stumbling. This is a sharp delivery, cramps him up, hits him on the pad, has hardly reached the 30-yard circle at square leg, but Sammy wants two. As he turns, Sammy stumbles, but Wade stumbles too as he tries to pick up and throw. Sammy makes it


Starc to Sammy, OUT, this ball has been to the moon and back. Full toss, hits it high on the bat, and skies it. Warner runs in from long-on, sets under it, completes the catch, with fingers pointing up in front of his upper abdomen. That was slightly uncomfortable, but not for Aussies

DJG Sammy c Warner b Starc 12 (12m 7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 171.42


Starc to Ramdin, OUT, more timber. Ramdin backs away big time, Starc stays full and straight, and hits the base of middle and leg. Cant blame Ramdin much, but Starc is on a hat-trick

D Ramdin b Starc 3 (8m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Sunil Narine here. What will be his first instinct? To deny him the hat-trick or try as many runs as he can get?


Starc to Narine, FOUR, Narine doesn't bother. He has backed away and creamed a short delivery over extra cover. Gayle would have been happy with that shot

West Indies would have taken 191 had you offered them that before the innings. Bit how they kept going despite falls of wickets. Gayle, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Sammy... they were like a battery. How much will they rue that dropped catch off Gayle. Watson was the culprit, and pretty soon he will get a chance to make up for it with the bat. Do stay around

End of over 20 (16 runs) West Indies 191/8

    • SP Narine 4 (1b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 0 (0b)
    • MA Starc 4-0-35-3
    • PJ Cummins 4-1-41-1





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