ICC World Twenty20, 2nd Semi-Final: Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Oct 5, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 2nd semi final
West Indies won by 74 runs
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
5 October 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Watson to Gayle, 1 run, and the big man steals a quick single. Pushed straight to mid-off, who is sitting back because of the Gayle force, and they run a single

West Indies 4/0   CH Gayle 1* (1b)

Starc to Gayle, 1 run, full, swinging away as expected, gets a thick outside edge of the defensive bat for a single to third man


Starc to Gayle, no run, dug in short, 137ks, Gayle plays the defensive shot off the front foot


Starc to Gayle, 1 wide, dug in again, looking to tuck him up, but strays too far down leg


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, thick edge again. Two moral victories for Starc. Gayle gets a second single to third man

West Indies 16/0   CH Gayle 3* (4b)

Cummins to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, pitching outside leg, angling towards leg, worked away for another single


Cummins to Gayle, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched to cover-point

West Indies 24/1   CH Gayle 4* (6b)

Watson to Gayle, no run, Gayle swings and misses. Watson nearly gets his man. He clears the front leg and goes over cow corner, but all he connects is thin air


Watson to Gayle, no run, Watson slips in the bouncer, and Gayle ducks under it


Watson to Gayle, 1 leg bye, appeal for leg-before, but this is short of a length, not swinging, and hitting middle and leg, so it has to be pitched outside leg


Watson to Gayle, SIX, Gayle 1, Watson 0. Deep deep into the stands. Length ball, outside off, Gayle goes straight now, and makes a sweet connection. And it sails over long-off

West Indies 33/1   CH Gayle 10* (10b 1x6)

Doherty to Gayle, SIX, this was on the cards, but to the first ball he aces from regulation left-arm spin? Doherty stays round the stumps to cut the angle, but he still lands it in Gayle's swinging zone, and Gayle sends it rows behind deep midwicket

West Indies 46/1   CH Gayle 16* (11b 2x6)

Cummins to Gayle, 1 run, slower ball, short of a length, punched square for a single

West Indies 59/2   CH Gayle 17* (12b 2x6)

Hogg to Gayle, no run, full, really full, don't know which way it is turning because it is a yorker. Hit back to him


Hogg to Gayle, 1 run, nice delivery, pitches on leg, just short of driving length, turning sharply towards off, swept away softly

West Indies 60/2   CH Gayle 18* (14b 2x6)

Doherty to Gayle, no run, short of a length, not in his swinging arc, and Gayle defends


Doherty to Gayle, SIX, full, on off, in his swinging arc, and it goes for a flat six over long-on. Not surprising. Caught well by a policeman in front of the sight screen


Doherty to Gayle, 1 run, swept away for a single. Doherty will be relieved


Doherty to Gayle, 1 run, shorter than Gayle expects it, Gayle sweeps, is beaten by the turn, but takes the leg-bye

West Indies 73/2   CH Gayle 26* (18b 3x6)

DJ Hussey to Gayle, 1 run, full, straight and quick, dug out for a single to deep midwicket


DJ Hussey to Gayle, 1 run, stays full, straight and low again. Not letting him get under it. Another single to long-on

West Indies 78/2   CH Gayle 28* (20b 3x6)

Starc to Gayle, 5 wides, you can't swing it from there. Full, well down leg, five wides


Starc to Gayle, no run, lovely comeback from Starc. A yorker swinging in towards off. Gayle can't do much with it


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, full, swinging in, pushed to long-on for one

West Indies 90/2   CH Gayle 29* (22b 3x6)

Watson to Gayle, FOUR, No it isn't. It's short of a length, has pitched outside leg, and Gayle has glanced this fine of the diving short fine leg

West Indies 104/2   CH Gayle 33* (23b 1x4 3x6)

Hogg to Gayle, 1 run, quicker lebreak, Gayle waits for it, and opens the face to take a single

West Indies 112/2   CH Gayle 34* (24b 1x4 3x6)

DJ Hussey to Gayle, FOUR, that was a good ball. Hussey again managed to not let him get under the ball. Full, straight, low, Gayle gets an inside edge, and it hurtles across, wide of long-on. How badly do you make Gayle to mis-hit to get him out or keep him down to one?


DJ Hussey to Gayle, SIX, quick, 104ks, and finally Hussey lets Gayle get under the ball. And where has it gone? Second tier. Over the straight boundary, which is the long boundary. Joint-biggest six of the tournament


DJ Hussey to Gayle, 2 runs, brave attempt by Starc He has taken it on the chin. Gayle goes across the line, mis-hits, deep midwicket is interested but it is not carrying. Starc, though, goes for the catch, falls well short, is hit on the chin, but shows no pain


DJ Hussey to Gayle, 2 leg byes


DJ Hussey to Gayle, FOUR, what do you do Jack? You have bowled a yorker, you have not allowed Gayle to get under the ball, and he still squeezes it fine of short third man. Fifty for Gayle. The dugout is having a ball

West Indies 132/2   CH Gayle 50* (29b 3x4 4x6)

Cummins to Gayle, no run, well bowled, slower short one at 110ks, Gayle pulls out of the shot. Cummins gives him the stare too


Cummins to Gayle, 1 run, another slower ball, on a length, pitched outside leg, turning towards the stumps, worked away for a single

West Indies 134/2   CH Gayle 51* (31b 3x4 4x6)

Watson to Gayle, FOUR, thick inside edge. Four. No country for bowlers. Length ball, on leg, Gayle clears the front leg and swings. That beats the diving deep square


Watson to Gayle, no run, slower ball, late-cuts it, finds short third man


Watson to Gayle, 1 run, yorker, dug out, Watson is so desperate to keep Gayle off strike he chases after it and fields it with a slide

West Indies 147/3   CH Gayle 56* (34b 4x4 4x6)

Cummins to Gayle, 1 wide, called a wide. Cummins bowls the bouncer, Gayle ducks under it. Too high it is


Cummins to Gayle, FOUR, "You can tell he is gone now, he is hitting only fours." Classic commentary from David Lloyd. Gayle premeditated a front-foot movement, Cummins bowled short, and he still managed to pull it wide of deep midwicket


Cummins to Gayle, 1 run, Bailey has saved three here. This was smashed with some force to his left at extra cover, and he put a full-length dive in

West Indies 159/3   CH Gayle 61* (36b 5x4 4x6)

Starc to Gayle, SIX, Length ball, into the pads, gone. Can't bowl length to him. Gayle has flicked this, merely flicked this, into the West Indies dugout around the midwicket area


Starc to Gayle, no run, yorker, swinging in, squeezes under his bat. Rare dot


Starc to Gayle, 1 run, nice again. Full, swinging in to him, can't get under it. The inside edge onto the pad yields just the one

West Indies 170/3   CH Gayle 68* (39b 5x4 5x6)

Doherty to Gayle, SIX, full toss first ball. Gayle stands tall and pulls this over midwicket for his 16th six of the tournament


Doherty to Gayle, 1 run, full, on leg, misses out, takes one to short fine leg. He looks in pain when running

West Indies 187/3   CH Gayle 75* (41b 5x4 6x6)





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