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)

6pm "Australia can't play spin," sumps up pundit Kevin Pietersen. "Neither can the West Indies." That is why Pietersen is not calling any favourites in this match. Nor are we. Welcome to part two of Australia v West Indies on the semi-final night. The toss is in 30 minutes

The pitch is now a matter of big debate. Pietersen, and many others, don't like that it is helping spinners so much. The argument from that side is that such turners lead to unpredictability, and one-sided matches. They say Twenty20 was not meant to be this. Twenty20 was meant to produce close matches, and was a batsman's game. Sambit Bal makes a fair point here when he says that crumbling wickets play tricks with players' minds that are best left out of Twenty20 cricket.

Me, I grant you all that, but I prefer T20 on pitches that test the batsmen. On normal flat tracks the bowler is completely out of the game. He might get wickets, but that's often because the batsman has played a bad shot that is hard to explain. Here the batsmen is made to work hard. And I will any day take Mahela Jayawardene's 42 the other night over Richard Levi's 117

6.05pm Ian Chappell thinks the pitch for tonight will hold much better than it did last night. He says it will still help spinners and quicks who bowl cutters, but the batsmen will enjoy it much more than they did last night. There are still a couple of patches on the pitch that are a bit powdery

6.15 It is unpredictable all right, but there is no harm predicting which team will win this match. Because if you that accurately, you stand to win a beach cricket set and shirt from Gray Nicolls. And, if you're in the UK, enter our special comp to win your own custom bat and watch it being made in the factory

6.20pm We are pretty close to the toss now. David Hussey is the name almost every Australian fan wants to see in that XI. I presume they will retain Xavier Doherty ahead of Daniel Christian. So there's only three men D Hussey can replace: Glenn Maxwell, Cameron white and George Bailey. Let me be mildly controversial by saying these two happen to be teams with captains who will struggle to find a place in the XI if they were not captains, which is not to say I am undermining their contribution as leaders.

On a more practical note then, if D Hussey is to play, either Maxwell or white will have to sit out. Australia don't like to change their combination so deep into a competition, so it will be interesting to see what they do.

For West Indies, Dwayne Bravo - pending fitness - should replace Darren Bravo. It will be a toss-up between D Smith and Johnson Charles, but Charles is the favourite between the two. I really do hope they play four specialist bowlers, but they have only four in the squad, and one of them - Fidel Edwards - is having an ordinary tournament. So you'll have three specialists plus Sammy and friends

6.40pm As we approach the anthems, let me repeat what I said just before the previous match. What's with the national-anthemisation of Rally Round The West Indies at the grounds? The original is such a nice Calypso, the one being rendered at the grounds is boring and dull and too much of a national anthem, when the West Indies cricket doesn't have a national anthem but a cricket anthem. Listen to the real one here before they assault it at the Premadasa Satdium

"I think you'll find most Australian fans are happy with Maxwell, it's guys like Cameron White who are underperforming." Andrew, I meant the Aussies have been wanting D Hussey in, not necessarily in Maxwell's place

Out come Darren Sammy and George Bailey along with Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee. Bailey spins the coin, Sammy calls heads and heads it is. So Sammy has won the toss and West Indies are batting first. Sammy says this pitch looks like a Trinidad wicket. Just the one expected change for West Indies: Dwayne Bravo in for his brother. He is not fit enough to bowl, though. One change for Australia too, and one their fans have been clamouring for. David Hussey replaces Glenn Maxwell

6.55pmThe Australia ladies, already in the finals after the win earlier in the day, are there to cheer the men. Both the teams are out for the anthems. Rally Round The West Indies first, and then Advance Australia Fair

"I think these two teams are the only teams that have had specialist keeper and specialist captain.The rest of the side is pretty impressive.Why not have a world class player as a captain?" Mahip, just for people like you and I, Sammy is going to take a four-for today and Bailey will score a 25-ball 50

Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles walk out to open. Gayle has one left-arm quick and two left-arm spinners lined up. Mitch Starc will bowl the first over. Charles is on strike. Two slips in...


Starc to Charles, no run, nice swing first up, 136ks, on a length well outside off, then shaping back in. Charles leaves it alone


Starc to Charles, no run, fuller, nearly a half-volley, driven square to cover-point


Starc to Charles, no run, nice, straighter and swinging in, Charles has to hurry lest he be called dead plumb


Starc to Charles, 1 wide, this one swings away. Really full, and starts wide too, and called wide


Starc to Charles, no run, full and straight now, nearly a yorker, dug out to mid-on

One of the slips comes out as we approach the end of the over


Starc to Charles, no run, full, widish, driven square, to cover-point


Starc to Charles, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven wide of mid-on, takes the single. Gayle kept away from the strike for some more

End of over 1 (2 runs) West Indies 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • J Charles 1 (6b)
    • CH Gayle 0 (0b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-2-0

Shane Watson to bowl. That's an interesting choice. Remember he got Gayle out in the previous match too


Watson to Charles, 1 leg bye, Charles moves well across to a full delivery, and lucky the ball is too straight, otherwise he would have been lbw

Watson to Gayle now


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


Watson to Charles, no run, full, on off, pushed to mid-on

How far is the Watson bouncer?


Watson to Charles, FOUR, Charles opens up. First boundary of the second semi-final. Fullish, into the pads, he opens up front leg, and lofts this over midwicket. It meets the boundary cushions on a half-volley


Watson to Charles, no run, plays a tentative defensive shot now, gets an inside edge to a full delivery


Watson to Charles, FOUR, that's a swipe. Good-old Twenty20 swipe. Clears the front leg, and goes right across the line, hoping for the best as he does so. And it goes uppishly, but wide of mid-on

End of over 2 (10 runs) West Indies 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • J Charles 9 (11b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 1 (1b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-9-0
    • MA Starc 1-0-2-0

Starc to swing the ball away from Gayle now


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 Charles, 1 run, full and wide, driven without getting close to it, gets a soft edge on it, which falls well short of slip, but White is superb at slip


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

Fine leg is up, square leg is back


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


Starc to Charles, OUT, Charles is gone. Starc has struck. Perhaps this attack is too good for him. Starc has been swinging the ball back in, but this is short of a length, and goes with the angle. All Charles manages is an edge through to Wade

J Charles c †Wade b Starc 10 (14m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Marlon Samuels is in at No. 3. Starc is round the stumps to him right away


Starc to Samuels, 1 run, and he produces a thick inside edge right away, which goes for a single to fine leg

So an over with five edges. Only one of them went to hand

End of over 3 (5 runs) West Indies 17/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • MN Samuels 1 (1b)
    • CH Gayle 3 (4b)
    • MA Starc 2-0-7-1
    • SR Watson 1-0-9-0

Watson and Cummins can only bowl one-over spells. So here is Cummins to replace Watson


Cummins to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, dropped into the leg side for one


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


Cummins to Samuels, no run, Samuels is dealing in edges at the moment. Drives at a wide length ball without getting close to it, and gets a bottom edge that's safe


Cummins to Samuels, FOUR, that's silken. End of edges for Samuels. Just stands tall and meets a length ball with a slightly open face, placing it wide of mid-off

Samuels seems to have "pushed" the leather off the ball. We are getting a new one

The ball has been changed, but Aleem Dar stops Cummins from bowling. He seems to have spotted a fielder moving, or perhaps he was bothered by the music that was still playing


Cummins to Samuels, 1 run, short, 148ks, hurries him into the pull, but the mis-hit lands safe and yields a single


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

"Starc has been a revelation in this tournament. Fast, hostile and economical. Finally the Aussie search for a left armer called Mitch who can bowl has ended." Ha, James

End of over 4 (7 runs) West Indies 24/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • CH Gayle 4 (6b)
    • MN Samuels 7 (5b 1x4)
    • PJ Cummins 1-0-7-0
    • MA Starc 2-0-7-1

Watson to Samuels, 1 leg bye, length ball, into the pads, that was a freebie, but he concedes just the leg-bye

"Why are Watto and Cummins only able to bowl 1 over spells?" Aussie Phil, that has been the Aussie strategy, and stubbornly so. Even when one of them is going really good, he gets just one over


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 Samuels, 1 run, full and straight, pushed wide of mid-on for one


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

End of over 5 (9 runs) West Indies 33/1 (RR: 6.60)

    • CH Gayle 10 (10b 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 8 (7b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-16-0
    • PJ Cummins 1-0-7-0

Xavier Doherty to bowl now


Doherty to Samuels, no run, and edge first up. Samuels is lucky it has not carries to slip as he opens the face


Doherty to Samuels, no run, Samuels is lucky again. This was dead plumb. Umpire Dar has had a slip. This is full, pitches middle, straightens, and is missing both the leg and off stumps. Samuels has got away with one here


Doherty to Samuels, no run, short, gets a bottom edge on the cut


Doherty to Samuels, SIX, Samuels gets into the six-hitting act. Full, middle and leg, pretty similar to the leg-before delivery, but he has lofted it clean over long-on


Doherty to Samuels, 1 run, cut away in front of square


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

End of over 6 (13 runs) West Indies 46/1 (RR: 7.66)

    • CH Gayle 16 (11b 2x6)
    • MN Samuels 15 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-13-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-16-0

Left-arm spin of the other variety now. Brad Hogg to bowl now. Will they pick him? Are the bats too thick for the times they don't pick him?


Hogg to Samuels, SIX, never mind the bat's thickness. This one was played so well he could have hit a six with a ruler. Right down to the pitch of the ball, dead straight, and off the middle of the bat


Hogg to Samuels, no run, a grubber. Samuels is beaten by the low bounce, Wade does well to collect it and attempt a stumping. When he played the cut, Samuels was outside the crease, but got the back foot back in time


Hogg to Samuels, no run, googly, Samuels seems to have picked it off the pitch, but has recovered well to defend


Hogg to Samuels, no run, the legbreak now, but a bit too short. Samuels, though, finds point with the cut


Hogg to Samuels, no run, wrong'un again. The line outside leg seems to be a giveaway, but he draws another defensive shot out of Samuels


Hogg to Samuels, 1 run, they had Gayle where they wanted him, taking a tight single as Samuels dabbed it to backward point, but those strides are big enough to get him in in time

End of over 7 (7 runs) West Indies 53/1 (RR: 7.57)

    • MN Samuels 22 (18b 1x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 16 (11b 2x6)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-7-0
    • XJ Doherty 1-0-13-0

Cummins is back. Time for a variety of bouncers?


Cummins to Samuels, FOUR, no, he bowls full, and pays the price. Sameuls moves half-forward, makes room by opening the front leg a bit, and then smacks it over extra cover. Split seconds later, it hits the advertising boards


Cummins to Samuels, OUT, Timbahhh. Slower ball at 116ks, and the middle stump lays flat. Samuels plays the odd ungainly slog this time, and is comprehensively deceived by the slower one

MN Samuels b Cummins 26 (23m 20b 2x4 2x6) SR: 130.00

DJ Bravo is the new man


Cummins to Bravo, 1 run, full, outside off, stylishly driven to sweeper-cover


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


Cummins to Bravo, no run, full and straight, defended by Bravo


Cummins to Bravo, no run, another slower ball, defended off the front foot. Top over from Cummins

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 59/2 (RR: 7.37)

    • DJ Bravo 1 (3b)
    • CH Gayle 17 (12b 2x6)
    • PJ Cummins 2-0-13-1
    • GB Hogg 1-0-7-0

""How far is the Watson bouncer." Should possibly read "How long before..." But then, it is much easier to type "far" rather than "long before" - as I have just discovered." And Terry Browning, apart from that, if you see anything grammatically incorrect, it is possibly my nephew doing it

Hogg to continue. To bowl to Gayle. This is interesting. A slip in place too


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

The slip stays. Expect wrong'uns


Hogg to Bravo, no run, it's a googly first up, Bravo stays back and pushes it to Watson at point


Hogg to Bravo, FOUR, David Hussey's first touch in this tournament is a no-touch. And what a shot he has had to field first up. An inside-out loft from Bravo that bounces just short of him at long-off and then bursts through the hands


Hogg to Bravo, no run, flighted nicely, defended


Hogg to Bravo, no run, quicker delivery, and if not a googly it at least went on with the angle. Beats the Bravo cut

End of over 9 (5 runs) West Indies 64/2 (RR: 7.11)

    • DJ Bravo 5 (7b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 18 (14b 2x6)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-12-0
    • PJ Cummins 2-0-13-1

Gayle has faced only 14 balls in nine overs. And Cummins is off after yet another one-over spell. Doherty to replace him. Doherty to Gayle so far: one ball, one six


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

Stays round the stumps to cut the angle


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 Bravo, 1 run, X man slows it down now, cut away for an easy single


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


Doherty to Bravo, 1 run, full, on off, pushed towards long-on for one

End of over 10 (10 runs) West Indies 74/2 (RR: 7.40)

    • DJ Bravo 7 (9b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 26 (18b 3x6)
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-23-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-12-0

David Hussey to sling his offbreaks now. Not a bad move. He will take this away from Gayle. Round the stumps to Bravo


DJ Hussey to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, dabbed to short third man

Round the stumps to Gayle too


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


DJ Hussey to Bravo, 1 run, short, outside off, punched away for another single


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


DJ Hussey to Bravo, 4 byes, is that a difficult difficult drop?. No it's byes. A real toughie. A high full toss from Hussey, which Bravo misses, and it is really asking for too much for a keeper to collect it


DJ Hussey to Bravo, 1 run, driven down the ground for another single

End of over 11 (9 runs) West Indies 83/2 (RR: 7.54)

    • DJ Bravo 10 (13b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 28 (20b 3x6)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-5-0
    • XJ Doherty 2-0-23-0

Mitch Starc comes back. Will he still get the swing away from Gayle. Bravo on strike at the moment, and he goes round the stumps


Starc to Bravo, 1 run, full, angling in, driven to long-on


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

"The Windies are definitely doing a better job at taking their singles this match. The attitude from Gayle can result in an explosion of boundaries in the last 5 overs." Yes, Garvin, the singles have been a big change in their attitude


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

Round the stumps


Starc to Bravo, no run, angling in, no room, pushed to midwicket


Starc to Bravo, no run, full toss outside off, Bravo manages just an edge that bounces well short of Wade

"The coverage in Australia is delayed by about 4 overs, and I'm impressing my brother by correctly "predicting" what's going to happen." Hayden, here's hoping he doesn't grow up to be a bookmaker


Starc to Bravo, 1 run, driven with an open face, gets a single to third man

End of over 12 (8 runs) West Indies 91/2 (RR: 7.58)

    • DJ Bravo 12 (17b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 29 (22b 3x6)
    • MA Starc 3-0-15-1
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-5-0

Gayle has faced only 22 balls in 12 overs. Watson is back for his third one-over spell


Watson to Bravo, no run, length ball, angling into the pads, and he misses on that

"Possible theory for why Watto/Cummins get only 1 over spells; they don't get as much sideways movement as Starc so are easier to target once you get used to their pace. Comments?" Owen, I have nothing against the theory. I am against the stubbornness to do so. The other day Cummins was bowling like a dream, had got a wicket, was bouncing Yuvraj, but they took him off


Watson to Bravo, no run, short of a length, no room, defended back


Watson to Bravo, 2 runs, flicked away extravagantly, and he wrists it away wide of a diving Bailey at midwicket


Watson to Bravo, SIX, and Bravo starts hitting sixes now. Length ball, middle and leg, and he moves forward to loft this over long-on: six sixes and three fours off the bat so far


Watson to Bravo, 1 run, driven straight of midwicket for a single

Watson to Gayle. Will this be a slower bouncer?


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

End of over 13 (13 runs) West Indies 104/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • CH Gayle 33 (23b 1x4 3x6)
    • DJ Bravo 21 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-29-0
    • MA Starc 3-0-15-1

Hogg comes back. Deep square, deep midwicket, long-on, long-off and deep cover in place


Hogg to Bravo, SIX, wrong'un but too short, and Bravo goes right back into the crease to smack this for a flat six. Not too wide of deep midwicket, but you only have to miss them by a few feet if you hit so powerfully


Hogg to Bravo, no run, full, turning in, beats him in the fight, gets a dot


Hogg to Bravo, no run, Bravo is not picking them. Pushes tentatively to this full delivery, and defends it back

Bravo has now faced 11 of the last 12 balls


Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, tries the big drive, never mind reading the spin, gets an edge to short third man


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

"Bravo has come to bat at 7.3 and has faced more balls than Gayle." Rakesh, it doesn't seem to have hurt West Indies much. Imagine if Gayle opens up towards the end


Hogg to Bravo, 1 run, down the wicket, Hogg bowls short, Bravo gets a single to long-off

End of over 14 (9 runs) West Indies 113/2 (RR: 8.07)

    • DJ Bravo 29 (27b 1x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 34 (24b 1x4 3x6)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-21-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-29-0

David Hussey to bowl now


DJ Hussey to Bravo, 1 run, full, on off, driven to deep cover for one


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

Over the wicket now


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

End of over 15 (19 runs) West Indies 132/2 (RR: 8.80)

    • CH Gayle 50 (29b 3x4 4x6)
    • DJ Bravo 30 (28b 1x4 2x6)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-22-0
    • GB Hogg 3-0-21-0

Cummins is back


Cummins to Bravo, 1 run, slow ball, short of a length, and punched away to deep cover


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


Cummins to Bravo, SIX, this is unfair on the bowlers. Somebody has to regulate these bats. Slower ball, a clear mis-hit, it seems to have gone up into the orbit, but it clears long-off


Cummins to Bravo, OUT, good field placement. It's Bailey himself at straight extra cover and Bravo has hit this length ball straight to him. Some relief for Australia, but West Indies keep coming at you with their big hitters: Pollard, Russell and Sammy to follow

DJ Bravo c Bailey b Cummins 37 (37m 31b 1x4 3x6) SR: 119.35

""Gayle pulls out of the shit. " doesn't look like he's in any?" Wes, sorry that was my nephew. I have corrected it now

Pollard is the new man in. He digs his guard in


Cummins to Pollard, 2 runs, full, middle and off, pushed into the on side with soft hands, and they have made a belated decision to take the second, but so huge are their strides they make it easily

End of over 16 (10 runs) West Indies 142/3 (RR: 8.87)

    • KA Pollard 2 (1b)
    • CH Gayle 51 (31b 3x4 4x6)
    • PJ Cummins 3-0-23-2
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-22-0

Watson to bowl out now


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


Watson to Pollard, no run, short of a length, no room, defended off the front foot


Watson to Pollard, 2 byes, slower bouncer, Pollard sways out of it, Wade gets it on a half-volley, and lets two byes through. Gets the look from Watson


Watson to Pollard, 1 run, slower legcutter, pushed into the off side, keeps the strike

End of over 17 (8 runs) West Indies 150/3 (RR: 8.82)

    • KA Pollard 3 (4b)
    • CH Gayle 56 (34b 4x4 4x6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-35-0
    • PJ Cummins 3-0-23-2

Gayle is in some discomfort. Seems to have pulled some muscle around the abdomen area. Has he caused enough damage by now? Not enough, Gayle thinks. He is back. Cummins to bowl his last over


Cummins to Pollard, 2 runs, full, into the pads, 147ks, the bottom edge goes for two


Cummins to Pollard, 1 run, low full toss, can't get under it, hit to long-on. Gayle almost walks the single

Gayle is still grimacing. I predict a six here


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


Cummins to Pollard, no run, slower offcutter, turning down leg, lucky that Pollard has found short fine. Gayle not running any tight singles now


Cummins to Pollard, FOUR, what do you do with these batsmen and these bats? It's almost a yorker, cramping him, but Pollard has flicked it so well he has bisected long-on and deep midwicket

End of over 18 (13 runs) West Indies 163/3 (RR: 9.05)

    • KA Pollard 10 (8b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 61 (36b 5x4 4x6)
    • PJ Cummins 4-0-36-2
    • SR Watson 4-0-35-0

Starc to bowl his last over now. Will Hogg bowl the 20th?


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

Gayle is about to overtake on the sixes chart for this tournament. Both are tied at 15


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


Starc to Pollard, FOUR, full toss, into the pads, flicked away, Michael Hussey over-runs this at deep midwicket. That's a rare rare error from Hussey. That kind of night for Australia


Starc to Pollard, FOUR, who'dathunk it? Pollard down on a knee, under the full ball, and guiding it over the keeper's head. Gayle is so impressed he practises that shot at the non-striker's end


Starc to Pollard, 2 runs, yorker, angling in from round the stumps, still place wide of long-on for two. Gayle will be on strike for the first ball of the last over

End of over 19 (17 runs) West Indies 180/3 (RR: 9.47)

    • KA Pollard 20 (11b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 68 (39b 5x4 5x6)
    • MA Starc 4-0-32-1
    • PJ Cummins 4-0-36-2

"It is one of those nights for Australia, where the edges go for four. Imagine if it was one of those nights where Gayle doesn't get the edges, as well." Oh that's scary, PDTM. You shouldn't be allowed to imagine such thoughts in the presence of children.

Doherty to bowl the last over. Something tells me this is a huge mistake


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


Doherty to Pollard, SIX, that's a flat slog-sweep that doesn't seem to have much elevation on it, but it is enough to clear a leaping Hogg at deep midwicket who gets a hand on it


Doherty to Pollard, SIX, low full toss, wide outside off, Pollard clears the front leg and hits it for a six over long-off. This is carnage. Call the ambulance. It's a car wreck, this over


Doherty to Pollard, SIX, Gayle is dancing already. First 200 of the tournament. Full, middle and leg, smoked straight for yet another six. Gayle can't wait for after the match


Doherty to Pollard, OUT, oh finally a mis-hit finds a fielder. Pollard is looking for a fourth straight six, but this time he slices it high, high, high, and Warner takes a safe catch at long-off. Warner will have to do much more with the bat if we are going to have a match tonight

KA Pollard c Warner b Doherty 38 (22m 15b 3x4 3x6) SR: 253.33

8.40pm This innings has taken 100 minutes. That tells you how much retrieving people have had to do from the stands. It's a good job they let Gayle face only 41 balls. Imagine if he had got about 60. Then again, they were so scared of Gayle they didn't seem to execute against the others. Have Gayle and his big-hitting friends killed this off? You will find out soon enough, when Alex Winter brings you the second innings. This is Sidharth Monga, and his nephew, singing off...

End of over 20 (25 runs) West Indies 205/4

    • CH Gayle 75 (41b 5x4 6x6)
    • XJ Doherty 3-0-48-1
    • MA Starc 4-0-32-1





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