March 28, 2014
A day after Alex Hales' stunning 100 against Sri Lanka, the impact of his innings was yet to sink in. The twitter guys at BBC perhaps had had one too many pints in celebration.
Australia chose to bowl, and Samuel Badree began with some ridiculous long-hops that found the boundary.
Badree is bowling like we do in underarm cricket with only offside runs. Finch is also batting exactly that way as well.— cornerd (@cornerd) March 28, 2014
Krishmar Santokie got off to a better start. Every ball of his seemed to be slower than the previous one.
Santokie is Rajat Bhatia in disguise! #wt20— Ánkit Damania (@punterankit) March 28, 2014
It's the season to get carried away.
@sanjaymanjrekar Santokie - potential to be the new Derek Underwood?— Brian Murgatroyd (@murgersb) March 28, 2014
After an initial surge, David Warner and Aaron Finch perished to the slower men.
England are better than Australia again. Splendid. Really thought that would take longer.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) March 28, 2014
these blokes bowling like ya uncle would in backyard cricket and we still cant get a run #wt20— scottie leighton (@Scott_PL) March 28, 2014
Meanwhile, the Hales hype was beginning to get out of hand.
Can anyone confirn if Alex Hales has been knighted yet?— TheBounce (@followthebounce) March 28, 2014
Glenn Maxwell thumped Australia out of trouble, though Shane Watson and George Bailey failed again.
Test cricket has ruined George Bailey's T20 game. #WT20— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) March 28, 2014
Glenn Maxwell, it seems, is the new Andrew Symonds. Except without the fishing #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) March 28, 2014
If you don't like Maxwell's hitting you're probably a New South Welshman. #wt20— Doctor Five-Nil (@DoctorFiveball) March 28, 2014
Is this Maxwell innings the best innings by any Australian in any format in the history of cricket? @BBCSport— Sim Mahon (@SimUKCricket) March 28, 2014
Maxwell's blitz ended prematurely, and allowed West Indies claw back into the game. James Faulkner was welcomed with a beamer.
West Indies' fielding was a mix of the good and the terrible. Chris Gayle, as always, tended towards the terrible.
Despite losing steam after Maxwell's exit, Australia finished with a solid score. West Indies' chase got off to a stunning start, with Gayle invoking boundary-mode early.
"Yah Twitter Talk Nah" - Chris Gayle, probably. #AUSvWI— Chris1209 (@ThatChris1209) March 28, 2014
Twitter almost collapsed under the weight of meteorological puns. Some of them weren't too bad.
Lightning, then Hales, then Gayle. This World T20 is crying out for John Snow.— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) March 28, 2014
And some of them flirted with danger. Like staying out on a day with heavy lightning.
Gayle was hitting enough boundaries to not have to bother too much with running.
Gayle's jogging between the wickets has improved. #wt20— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) March 28, 2014
In the wake of Gayle's monstrous hitting, Australia held back their young leggie.
Is there anyone more nervous in the world right now than James Muirhead? #wt20— 51allout (@51allout) March 28, 2014
Muirhead eventually got Gayle's wicket, and Australia quickly piled on the pressure against a struggling Marlon Samuels.
West Indies bowled Russell and Sammy when they didn't need to, and now they're not batting the same pair when they need to! #WT20— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) March 28, 2014
Some saw a silver lining around West Indies' troubles.
Spoke too soon.
Samuels holed out just in time for Darren Sammy to pump West Indies back to life.
Samuels batted like he bowled. He threw everything at it but was eventually caught. *wink wink* #wt20— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) March 28, 2014
Australia needed their left-arm quicks to deliver as the game headed to a hair-raising finish.
Every time Bollinger removes his cap I'm disappointed his hair doesn't come off with it. #WT20— Cat Jones (@Cricketbatcat) March 28, 2014
Bollinger looked the part, but Mitchell Starc got clobbered by Sammy in a decisive 19th over.
Darren Sammy has looked like a man possessed in the past month! Renaissance of the slogger, with him, Afridi and Maxwell in form. #AUSvWI— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) March 28, 2014
MS Dhoni was in the house to watch the endgame.
Oh look! The VP of India Cements is at the ground. #wt20— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) March 28, 2014
Faulkner had 12 to defend off the last over. Dot. Dot. Six. Six.
First 2 balls - Faulkner and the next 2 balls - Faultner #WIvsAus— Comedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) March 28, 2014
Play it again, Sammy.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) March 28, 2014
did Faulkner learn nothing from Tony Greig? #grovel— Craig Cozier (@YeahCozier) March 28, 2014
West Indies celebrated like there was no tomorrow. Which is perhaps true of Australia after two defeats in two games.
Darren Sammy! He's smashed the fourth ball for a straight six, thrown his bat away and... <mad celebrations consume the rest of this tweet>— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 28, 2014
And the moral of the story is ...
Oh..... Sexy lady... pic.twitter.com/NpQp8oSb58— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2014
When you come to shoot - shoot, Don't TALK!! #Beng— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) March 28, 2014
We are enlightened.
Nitin Sundar is a social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets hereFeeds: Nitin Sundar
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