Australia v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 28, 2014

Sammy pulls off West Indies' best chase

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West Indies 179 for 4 (Gayle 53) beat Australia 178 for 8 (Maxwell 45, Narine 2-19) by 6 wickets
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West Indian batting power ejected Australia from the previous World T20 in Sri Lanka and has all but done so again after Darren Sammy pulled off a remarkable heist in Mirpur. Chris Gayle gave West Indies a blazing start to their chase of 179 but they spluttered in the middle and Australia were firm favourites when George Bailey handed the ball to Mitchell Starc with 31 still needed from the final two overs.

Sammy had other ideas. A half-volley was smashed over long-on for six, a flick was finessed to the fine-leg boundary and another four was slashed behind point, and Starc's inability to land the ball in the right spots meant 19 runs had leaked from his over, leaving 12 required off the final six balls. Importantly, Sammy was on strike, though his partner Dwayne Bravo had contributed plenty to the chase with 27 off 12 deliveries.

Two yorkers from James Faulkner gave Bailey reason to breathe easier, but Sammy followed those with a six crunched over long-off from a full toss and another six down the ground to secure the six-wicket win with two balls to spare. Sammy threw his arms up in the air to celebrate and well he might have, for his 34 off 13 balls was the reason West Indies managed the highest successful chase in their T20 international history.

Australia were shattered by the loss, which left them winless from their first two games. Even victories in their remaining matches against India and Bangladesh may well be inadequate to progress to the semi-finals. It has been a harsh lesson for a side who entered the tournament as favourites with five wins from their past five games - notably, all in faster, more familiar conditions. Here their batsmen again struggled against spin.

Not that their total of 178 for 8 was unable to be defended; on the contrary, they must have felt confident at the change of innings, even more so after Shane Watson sent down a maiden for the first over of the chase to Dwayne Smith. After that, though, it was the Gayle show. His first ball was a pearler from Starc, angling in and straightening past the outside edge, but that was about the only time Gayle looked troubled.

Four fours followed later in that same over and the old Gayle magic was back. He clipped Doug Bollinger over square leg for six and continued to strike the ball cleanly in all directions, taking 40 from his first 14 deliveries. Smith edged behind off Starc for 17 but Gayle was the worry for Australia, and after his brisk start he settled down into a more run-a-ball mode, moving to his half-century from 31 balls.

At times he was walking singles, such was the ease with he appeared to be taking things, but on 53 he sent a catch to deep midwicket off James Muirhead and the fate of the match looked as if it may have changed on that one stroke. The runs began to dry up, Lendl Simmons was caught in the deep for 26 and Marlon Samuels used up 15 balls for his 12 before he was brilliantly taken by Brad Haddin diving to his right off Starc.

It was the last good thing Starc did for the match - Bravo clubbed him for six later in that over, and then it was the Sammy show. Those two final overs were fatal to Australia in this match, but their lack of big runs from their top three batsmen has also hurt them in both games.

As they had in the loss to Pakistan, Australia again relied on Maxwell to rebuild the innings after the top three struggled against quality spin. This time, David Warner and Aaron Finch at least made starts but they fell in consecutive overs while trying to force the pace - Finch was bowled for 16 attempting a slog sweep off Samuels and Samuel Badree's skidder took middle stump to end Warner's innings on 20.

Watson failed to get going for the second consecutive game, this time stumped for 2 from eight balls when Sunil Narine turned one past the bat. Denesh Ramdin was hardly crisp behind the stumps but such was Watson's apparent lack of awareness that his back foot was on the line that Ramdin was able to miss the bails on his first attempt at breaking them, then knock them off at the second try and still find Watson short.

When Bailey sent a catch to midwicket off Samuels for 12, Australia were in a spot of bother at 77 for 4, and it looked like spin could be their undoing in a tournament played in turning conditions. But Maxwell showed against Pakistan that such bowling does not worry him, and here he followed 16 off a Sammy over with a couple more sixes, slog swept off Samuels and crunched over extra cover off Badree.

There was no crazily fast half-century for Maxwell as there had been against Pakistan, but his 45 from 22 - he pulled a catch to deep midwicket off Badree - at least put Australia on the path to a competitive total. Brad Hodge, who entered the match as Twenty20's leading run scorer of all time, had enough experience to steer the innings up towards the 150 mark, his 35 ending only when he tried to reverse sweep Narine and was bowled.

The lower order added a few boundaries to get the total up to 178 for 8 but it was not enough. West Indies now have every chance of advancing to the semi-finals and maybe defending their title, won in Sri Lanka in 2012 after Gayle monstered Australia in the semi-final with 75 off 41 balls. Australia will almost certainly fly home next week wondering how on earth they can win this elusive trophy. Perhaps if Gayle retires before the next tournament they might have some chance.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on April 2, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I love Cricket and most of all T20. We love the West Indies, good game!!!

  • Jagger on April 2, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (March 29, 2014, 1:03 GMT) Cricket is a Gentleman's game...

    On which planet?

  • TSJ07 on March 30, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I am not AUS fan but I must admit these two matches were really close and could have gone either way just like the India's two matches in the recently held Asia cup against SL and PAK. AUS should not loose heart coz they did not play bad cricket to loose. However i must say that Faulkner should not have made such a comment. Infact none of player of any team should make such personal comment like Warner did against Trott and now Faulkner against Gayle.I had become a great fan of him due to his performance in IPL with RR,against Ishant and later England but due to his remarks against Gayle I have changed my mind. AUS should know that hard crciket is played with bat and ball in your hand and not with mouth. Then they can make many fans like me coz of their never say die attitude and talent they produce.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on March 30, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    In all fairness, Australia played magnificently. It was just a case of unnecessary barbs thrown at the opposition coming back to haunt them. But once the dust settles, the Australians will have to confront the harsh reality that outside of pacy, bouncy pitches they have been a strictly average side. A 0-7 record in their nine latest tests on slow wickets is comparable to that of India, who have been just as dominant in home conditions.

  • on March 30, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Interesting comments here. Aust. can still win but they need to get going soon or it'll all be over. I think they're the best side in the world in Test cricket anywhere, with perhaps the exception of India. Australia needs more quality spinners to compete there. T-20 is different - anyone with some quality about their players can win this. But as in every other sport, the cream always rises to the top.

  • VivGilchrist on March 30, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Too much doom and gloom. Let's put it into perspective. 5-0 Ashes win over England, 2-1 Test win over no1 team SA in SA, No1 ranking in ODI cricket v Two narrow T20 losses. I wonder if WI would like to trade in there 1 win for that record? I love WI but let's get things in perspective.

  • on March 29, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    The test of championship (and a repeat) for West Indies will be how they respond to the good spin bowlers of Pakistan. Have they learned from that farce against India? The answer will be known in a matters of hours.

  • OttawaRocks on March 29, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    If Australian players genuinely don't care about the T20 or ODI WC there are 9 other nations that are delighted to hear this. Keep up it the excellent work Australia!

  • on March 29, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    OMG, talk about being a sore loser. Your team lost so now t-20 cricket is just rubbish that anyone can play. Well if anyone can play it then Australia should be amazing at it since little to no skill required? You can bash t20 all you want but its the format that will most likely get the sport global recognition, maybe a spot in the Olympics. You can't expect cricket to be a global sport if only 10 countries are allowed to play it seriously. The only reason why its the second most popular sport is because its big in India and that gives you a billion people at your disposal. If they were checking by countries cricket would be less popular that netball. t20 is the future. you can sit and complain about it or you can can get your house in order. AUS should have had more spinners. plain and simple.

  • tutorial on March 29, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats WI!! Well played guys...maybe the WI team need a little tough love from their opposition before each game to get them fired up.

  • on April 2, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I love Cricket and most of all T20. We love the West Indies, good game!!!

  • Jagger on April 2, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (March 29, 2014, 1:03 GMT) Cricket is a Gentleman's game...

    On which planet?

  • TSJ07 on March 30, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I am not AUS fan but I must admit these two matches were really close and could have gone either way just like the India's two matches in the recently held Asia cup against SL and PAK. AUS should not loose heart coz they did not play bad cricket to loose. However i must say that Faulkner should not have made such a comment. Infact none of player of any team should make such personal comment like Warner did against Trott and now Faulkner against Gayle.I had become a great fan of him due to his performance in IPL with RR,against Ishant and later England but due to his remarks against Gayle I have changed my mind. AUS should know that hard crciket is played with bat and ball in your hand and not with mouth. Then they can make many fans like me coz of their never say die attitude and talent they produce.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on March 30, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    In all fairness, Australia played magnificently. It was just a case of unnecessary barbs thrown at the opposition coming back to haunt them. But once the dust settles, the Australians will have to confront the harsh reality that outside of pacy, bouncy pitches they have been a strictly average side. A 0-7 record in their nine latest tests on slow wickets is comparable to that of India, who have been just as dominant in home conditions.

  • on March 30, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Interesting comments here. Aust. can still win but they need to get going soon or it'll all be over. I think they're the best side in the world in Test cricket anywhere, with perhaps the exception of India. Australia needs more quality spinners to compete there. T-20 is different - anyone with some quality about their players can win this. But as in every other sport, the cream always rises to the top.

  • VivGilchrist on March 30, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Too much doom and gloom. Let's put it into perspective. 5-0 Ashes win over England, 2-1 Test win over no1 team SA in SA, No1 ranking in ODI cricket v Two narrow T20 losses. I wonder if WI would like to trade in there 1 win for that record? I love WI but let's get things in perspective.

  • on March 29, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    The test of championship (and a repeat) for West Indies will be how they respond to the good spin bowlers of Pakistan. Have they learned from that farce against India? The answer will be known in a matters of hours.

  • OttawaRocks on March 29, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    If Australian players genuinely don't care about the T20 or ODI WC there are 9 other nations that are delighted to hear this. Keep up it the excellent work Australia!

  • on March 29, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    OMG, talk about being a sore loser. Your team lost so now t-20 cricket is just rubbish that anyone can play. Well if anyone can play it then Australia should be amazing at it since little to no skill required? You can bash t20 all you want but its the format that will most likely get the sport global recognition, maybe a spot in the Olympics. You can't expect cricket to be a global sport if only 10 countries are allowed to play it seriously. The only reason why its the second most popular sport is because its big in India and that gives you a billion people at your disposal. If they were checking by countries cricket would be less popular that netball. t20 is the future. you can sit and complain about it or you can can get your house in order. AUS should have had more spinners. plain and simple.

  • tutorial on March 29, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats WI!! Well played guys...maybe the WI team need a little tough love from their opposition before each game to get them fired up.

  • Zainnajam on March 29, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    At Least the 2nd Most Dangerous side is out of the tournament, Makes live easier for Pakistan and West Indies now...

  • on March 29, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    it might be less probable but if aussie win against india and pakistan as mercurial as they r lose against bangladesh and win against windies australia might make it on the basis of nrr. Theyll have to defeat india convincingly though

  • on March 29, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of Australian Cricket, I loved that sort of 'invincibles' era they created, when they had Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Warne, Gillispie, Mcgrath, Bevan, Gilchrist and many more wonderful players who dominated world cricket for so long. They were the team everybody feared. Sadly they aren't the same anymore. The same can be said for West Indies, They also dominated cricket at a time, and their fast bowlers were devastating. Again, they aren't the same anymore either (They have a very good t20 side tho). I like Faulkner a lot, but his comments were just pointless, and they destroyed the mutual respect between the two teams. Oh well, Australians love sledging, and its all good and aggressive when everything's going okay, but once you sledge and you lose, you shame yourself and sadly Faulkner has disgraced himself and his country.

  • warneneverchuck on March 29, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Now fans from aussie dont care abt t20 bcoz they r not winning it...mind u they cant win anything in subcontinent and were claiming to be no. 1 after winning in aus and SA

  • on March 29, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I cannot see cricket becoming more popular around the World by reducing the participation of the associated members in all the forms of the World Cup , when I go to the World Cup I want to play against Australia , India , South Africa etc.

  • tom120 on March 29, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @ warneneverchuck yup mate. And, subcontinental teams are also get whitewashed in Australia.

  • tom120 on March 29, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    I never cared about t-20. I personally want either India or NZ to win. as they are playing well. T-20 is just entertainment, not cricket. I was hurt when Aussies lost against India & England. But, this defeat I don't give it too importance.

  • fair_paly_1 on March 29, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Harmony111

    You are comparing apples with oranges. What nonsense! In track and field competitions 100m race is the premier event amongst other races. Cricket is entirely different sport but here it's the test match which is the real test of all abilities and the premier event.

  • ramz30380 on March 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Though I am a big fan of Aussie cricket, I do not support their mindless sledging. WI are loved for the way they play their cricket - they do not sledge and do not like to be sledged - they proved it for the world to see.

    It was only right that Faulkner bowled the last over when Sammy smacked him for 2 sixes - thats justice for you!!!

  • warneneverchuck on March 29, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    To all aussie fand who r saying this is a t20 and anybody can win I want to say that aussie cant win even test series in subcontinent not even against BD

  • on March 29, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    @Vgiri, no, though an understandable mistake to make, what you saw was not Sammy turning down the single in the last over... he did not play a shot and thus 'turned down' the single as is the rule (written and unspoken) that one can not just let the ball hit your leg and then run. After all, they were only four down with Bravo at the other end. Oh and while I am going up in print again and get the chance to say it, you suck Aussie and now you have two agonizing games to play, knowing you are homeward bound..... yes you are, homeward bound....

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    When aussies can't cope with t20, most of the fans are telling grapes are sour. test and odi are only cricket and t20 is nothing. Man, it's the modern era of cricket and t20 is the future.

  • Harmony111 on March 29, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @ScottStevo:

    Looks like you need basic lessons in Comparisons. Tell me, how is a 100 mt race similar/dissimilar to a 200 mt race or a 5000 mt race or a marathon? Clearly, it is the distance that differentiates between all these formats of what is basically a RACE. I know you can't think too deep so let me straighten it for you --- By the logic of Black80, a 100 mt race winner is nothing special cos he merely won a shortened race. For him, longer formats are more reputed. Thus a 100 mt winner for him should bow down to a marathon winner.

    @Greatest_Game:

    Nice to see you back. I guess you had some almonds to help your brain & now you think you can again face me. Sadly, its all over yet again in one pooof.

    The primary premise (wow, heavy words for you) was 'Short Format' be it Time or Distance or Sets. You got it wrong --- AGAIN.

    A 100 mtr race is but a very short race. As per Black8, a longer format is better so it means he won't respect Usain Bolt over Mo Farah cos 5k=50*100.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I hope india amd pak play the finals. That would be awesome :)

  • wirus on March 29, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Glad WI won and in such a fashion. If they go on to to reach the semis much credit will have to go to Mr Faulkner and his colleagues. Thank you. However WI have problems which have to be addressed. Samuels has to be replaced. Unfortunately the only alternative is Charles but almost anyone would be better than Samuels at this stage - something has gone wrong with him. Also Russell is another weak link. His bowling is atrocious and his batting is literally hit or get out - usually the latter. Rampaul is not much of a batsman but he is a good bowler and should replace Russell. It would be too risky to try Cotterel who should never have been chosen at this time. Millar or Benn would have been better options. WI can't expect to keep putting all the pressure on Gayle at the top and Sammy at the bottom. They will fail simultaneously at some time and then what? The team needs to be remove all weak links and have 11 men who can be match winners.

  • tom120 on March 29, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    @ vipinchirackal I think defeating SA with Steyn, Morkel & Philander in their own backyard proves that we are a very good team. And, I admit that Aussie bowlers except Mitch & Rhino are ordinary.

  • tom120 on March 29, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @ disco_bob Lol. England is a horrid team in all formats now. Plus a subcontinent team will wi this t-20 w cup. Last time, if SL hadn't choked they should have comprehensively won t-20 w cup. I think India will win the world cup, as their spinners are doing a great job. They defeated Pak& WI easily. Kohli is in great form, MSD is back. The problem with Australia is that they don't have decent spinner and a good death bowler. George Bailey is a horrible captain. In perth odi against England, Clarke rested, Bailey captained the side and Australia lost the only match in that tour. They should throw him out and include Steven Smith. How overrated this Stark is! Without Mitch & Rhino Aussie attack is ordinary, I sadly have to say. They have to play Rhino in world cup 2015, or these mediocre bowlers like Stark will cost you world cup.

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    I don't understand how are the comments of sloggers like Maxwell or Faulkner even taken seriously? Aussies have always been talkative but this new team is talking even before having near-decent credentials!

  • wakemeupbeforeyougogo on March 29, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Nothing better than seeing Australia eat humble pie. Will teach them to mouth off before a game.

  • vipinchirackal on March 29, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    @tom well when your team start loosing suddenly T20 became less important.how can you say pakistan and WI are technically inferior.australia doesnt have any quality batsman at present and even there bowlers are also not good.its a fact that good times of australian cricket is over and even bengladesh can beat them

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @tom120 we have a series coming with Australia, we will see who plays well in test matches.

  • Aus2013 on March 29, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    does d Aussies don't have any quality spin bowler after the legend Sir Shane Warne & Stuart Macgill's retirement....Even SA team has Tahir..Is it that much off difficult for the Aussies to produce a quality spin bowler/ Is politics stii playing in selection panel..Spin & swing would have put d WI out of the tournament...they are a powerfull hitters...no doubt about that...weak players against the slow bowling attack...wnna some ex..watch Ind vs WI T20 2014 match....Aus think tank has thought abt tht...Im sure that thy wld hv thrashed d WI on both occasions...(strday match & as well as in last yr T20 in SL)...........

  • kempvet on March 29, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Until 20/20 is played as a best of three series, there will always be results such as this, the fairest format would be three teams in each of 4 groups, playing the best of three (no third game if 2-0 already) against each other. Rotate the players, have squads of 20 if you need, best of three in the semi finals and finals also best of three. Then you have a genuine competition where luck plays less of a role. At the moment 20/20 WC if like playing one round of a golf major, or one match in a tennis Davis Cup tie, imagine all the unknown champions if this were the case.

  • disco_bob on March 29, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @tom120, therefore we should conclude that England win win this T20 comp as they have prepared by making sure that they put in the most abysmal Ashes Test result ever.

  • ImonG on March 29, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    The current Indian team has had a torrid time away, mainly because of poor performing bowling unit & an inexperienced top & middle order touring abroad for first time. But if you consider their performance abroad in the last 15 years, it has been exceptional, drew the test series 1-1 in Australia twice (2003,2007), drew two test series 1-1 in SA(2007-08 & 2009-10), Won the test series in England in 2007, won the test series in New Zealand in 2009. Considering they win almost every thing at home, no wonder they became world no1 in tests. But their performance has tapered down once the Fab 5 retired. Hopefully the current team, once it gets experienced can better these performances. But the contention is, still there will be a thousand people calling them flat track bullies. But not a word will be spoken about the in ability of the so called fast track bullies to handle quality spin bowling. Is cricket only about how well one plays in Perth ? If this is not double standard what is ?

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Lesson well taught to the likes of Faulkner & Warners. Let your game talk and have respect. Being an Oz It was embarassing to hear comments of Faulkner here and Warner in SA. SHAME- This is not what green n gold is about. CUDOS to Sammy & co. Faulkner should have taken a leap out of Watsons thrashing by Gayle in past.. So zip it next time Faulkner & co and get us a win!! Thoroughly enjoyed WI post match celebrations.

  • tom120 on March 29, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    WI are celebrating too early. They will definitely defeated by Pak, and Pak will enter the semis with Ind. It is astonishing why t-20 is being taken seriously. Australia lost 2 close games, and people are telling us that we are not a good team. Another interesting fact is that technically inferior teams like Pak & WI play very well in t-20s. While they perform poorly in tests. And, good teams like SA & Aus don't play well in t-20s. People have their priorities set.

  • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4.....hey why your prediction again become wrong in this match too....

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on March 29, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @JG2704 - i might have known you were a follower of MES not MSD ;) So , which track from Hip Priest & Kamerads are you referring to ?

  • vipinchirackal on March 29, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    ipl has helped both west indies and india.like wise maxwell also one of the findings from ipl.please include pakistani players also in ipl

  • DINESHCC on March 29, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Faulkner incident reminds me of Flintoff's sledging of Yuvraj in 2007 WC edition and in the next over Broad was hit for six 6s.

  • on March 29, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    I am so tired of unknowledgeable people who keep harping on the current West Indies poor record in test cricket when the current issue is T20. The main problem with test cricket is that West Indies lack the financial resources that most of the current top teams have, (although we have had some serious management shortcomings the past 15 years). Most Windies test cricketers play one-quarter or less of the first class matches of other teams. But we still manage to do the best with so little resources despite all the rules the English and Australia dominated ICC made to curtail the Windies fast bowling prowess in the 1980s and 1990s. I would bet that hardly any of the current top teams would perform as well, if they had limited resources as we do. We will come back again. Go Windies! Continue to enjoy the game.

  • TragicallyDelicious on March 29, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Always a class act those Windies. Just the way I teach my kids to behave.

  • CSpiers on March 29, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    @birdz_eye, your judging a team's future on a couple of t20 performances? It's not even real cricket.

  • sundersingh on March 29, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    It is nt sammy who pulled out the win, it is faulkner

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 29, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Well done WI. Bye Bye Australia. So much hype and yet again failed. They must be ashamed of them selves. With 'no:1 bowling attack' (as one of the fan's claim) and still unable to defend a good total! @electric_loco_WAP4. So, 2 of your teams BD and Australia are out and chances of Pak are slim. But I hope you will entertain us as you are running on 'bash India' power!lolz

  • nkoch on March 29, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Sami the best T20 finisher

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 29, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Aussies have greatest young bunch of pacers in world,ready to dominate all over world with bit more exp.Young Starc,eg. seen as next Akram/Mitch-by none other than Wasim.But all are inexp. in these conds.Fully fit Mitch would've blown WI top order away.

  • rayinto on March 29, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Faulkner likes the West Indies and showed it by serving up 2 sixes when they needed it most,

  • spinkingKK on March 29, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Australians have played well in both their losses. They have to think that someone has to win in a match and it happened to be their opposition on both occasions. In the match against Pakistan, it was the slow batting from George Bailey and Aaron Finch which caused the loss. In this match, I thought Australian captain missed a trick by not bowling out the full quota of his main spinner, Muirhead and also that of Watson. Muirhead was causing all sorts of problems for the West Indians. The short history in the tourney so far tells that spinners are the hardest to hit. Why didn't he give the ball to Muirhead? Lack of experience, may be. But, in T20, skill is more important than experience. One or two dot balls can make a huge difference if the bowler has also got a surprise factor. The moment he passed the ball on to Faulkner in the last over, I knew that the West Indians were going to win the match. But, West Indians have played really well. I hope they defend the title successfully.

  • disco_bob on March 29, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Hypothetically ask SA if they would swap winning the T20 WC for drawing the final Test at Cape Town. Conversely ask Australia if they would take a draw in Cape Town for winning the T20 World cup. I'm certain both answers would be a resounding 'no'.

  • xmantra23 on March 29, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    almost 40 runs to defend from 3 overs . oh commn now. To loose from that situation just tells you how pathetic the bowling has been, especially the fast bowling. Even in the warmup game against NZ they almost lost it after scoring 200 runs. Just goes to show you that you need quality bowlers as well in T20 not just big hitting power strikers to win games. sure they might provide some entertainment but if you haven't got good bowlers, no matter how much you score thats never going to be enough.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 29, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    1 more fact to add.Aussies missed trick not opening with Maxwell to Gale seeing how much it was spinning.A 3 or 4 over spell with new ball from Maxi would've sent Gale and few other WI bats packing chasing quick runs-and they are clueless v spin.

  • realfan on March 29, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    i switched on TV and they saw WI needed 42 of 18 and then thought they wont make it, by the time i again switched on TV to see result sammy hit those sixes and man that was very non west indian celebration, especially after seeing how gayle celebrated after this match, i thought what with them celebrating like this and later came to know about faulkner's bad mouthed remarks about WI team. i must saay AUS have lost all the respect of cricketing fans... right from the ashes, series against saffas and now... something is wring with their attitude, ican imagine such things in ashes like they are rivals ... but whats with their attitude towards WI team??? WI are one of the best spirited teams... even though i am indian i support WI when they play against india just because they always play with spirit.... but these aus players reaached new low in cricket... let me remind them they wont reach too far from her, their debacle starts from here..and i will vouch for bangladesh win against aus

  • birdz_eye on March 29, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Well the arrogant Australia's short run has ended. They were good for nothing winning at their home & familiar condition is something India does to but it does not make them great so same goes for Australia. There claim for resurgence is a joke they are no way near to the Aussie sides of 2000s. One thing they did right was not to bring Johnson on this trip because he would have faced the same butchery from Gayle as Bret Lee received in England WT20, and he was not the same Bret Lee from there onwards. I admit Test cricket is ultimate form of cricket but it has failed to bring the world together for past 150 years. Its the T20 which is bringing new flavors in world cricket like Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Nepal & who knows in near future China & USA too. Its better to accept your defeat or else be humiliated by every one around. Faulkner had a big mouth & now we know he is toothless courtesy West Indies.

  • on March 29, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Living it. Who cares who you like WI knock you right in your face man take that boom

  • on March 29, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Only players like Steve Waugh (a living legend) and Ponting had the ability to rile up the opposition. They could back their talk with some powerful performances. Too bad for Faulkner he spoke too soon. He should have waited for the outcome of this match before making such remarks.

    By the way great performance by WI and especially from Sammy who is quite often questioned for being a legit cricketer. Although he is a force to reckon with in the T20 format not so much in the other formats. Here is waiting for a mouthwatering WI vs Pakistan hit and grab contest.

  • dappasnappa533 on March 29, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    @ wapuser . yea they are hacks. hacks that caused ur team to pack their bags and wait for the return flight. good riddins to bad rubbish! oh y would u even mention test cricket in the t20 world cup?

  • ygkd on March 29, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Australia may yet go home without a win as India will be hard to beat and possibility of the hosts, Bangladesh, making it four losses in a row is not out of the question. Which makes one wonder why Australia struggles so in T20 World Cups - Australia is obsessed with T20 cricket and 20-minute cricketers (ones who can bowl for 20 minutes, bat for 20 minutes and talk themselves up for 20 minutes too). Anyway, well done the WIndies. They deserved their win.

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    @ electric_loco_WAP4 was at his clairvoyant best today, predicting "Aus will blast WI attack for 200 +. … Of couse WI stand not much of chance v Starc,Dougie and co.-no.1 bowling attack."

    In complete contrast to the prescient xtrafalgarx you were 100% wrong about the batting, and 100% wrong about the bowling too.That is quite an achievement - 200% of error. Although we are well accustomed to your predictions and would not expect anything different, you outdid yourself today - a worthy double.

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx called it right when he wrote "To be honest, i think we (Aus) will lose this game. Our bowlers aren't good enough in these conditions."

    Spot on mate, you could not have called it better, identifying the bowling as Australia's potential weakness. Smart and honest.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 29, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    WI celebrating as if they won the final? Only two games fellas. Poor show from Gayle, way over the top. People say the Aussies are arrogant, but no Aussie would have celebrated like that. Distasteful.

  • on March 29, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Darren Sammy a.k.a BRAVEHEART!!!

  • SL-USA-Lions on March 29, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    @ Everyone...

    Lesson learnt: "LET THE BAT AND BALL DO THE TALKING... NOT YOUR MOUTH"

    Cricket is a Gentleman's game...

    It's about time the AUS mouths were SHUT DOWN. PERIOD.

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on March 29, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Faulkner talks himself up like he's the best all rounder the world has ever seen ..... not by a long way Jimmy. The way Watson got out sums up the Aussies attitude and why so many other countries supporters can't stand them. It was a case of ..... Missed that ball but that's fine .... What's the keeper doing trying to get the bails off? .... It's ok he's missed them anyway ..... Just keep still, I'm fine .... could move back a bit, plenty of time to do that, but no, it's fine .... the bails are off ..... what's he doing ? I'm fine, no problem .... here comes the TV replay, I'll be fine .... What the ??? Not sure if it's arrogance or slovenly play, or both. Will he keep his place for the 2 dead rubbers to follow I wonder?

  • Greatest_Game on March 29, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    @ Harmony111 commented, regarding the role of luck the shorter formats, "@Black80: By your logic Usain Bolt is nothing but a lucky person since his sport is all over in less than 10 seconds, right?"

    Harmony 111 - your argument contains several glaring mistakes. Bolt's primary event is the 100-meter race, not the 10-second race. Mistake 1 - you substituted time for distance, changing the primary premise of the argument. Sneaky, & clearly invalid. Secondly, the determining factor in Black80s argument is not how short the original format is, but by how much it is shortened.

    A test match, at 90 overs per day, is, 11.5 times longer than the 40 overs of a T20. A 100-meter race is 11.25 times the length of an 8.888-meter race. Thus, by Black80's logic, Bolt would be lucky if he won an 8.888-meter race.

    Mistake number 1 appears to be a recurring problem for you: every time SA thrashes India at test cricket, you bring up the World Cup!

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    This Kiwi has a pun for you Australia (after warning, with foresight as opposed to hindsight, in other comments below earlier articles when Australians talked up Warner and their 'psychologically damaging' taunts and verbal and sledging and pretended it was useful...): Pack your bags! For the obvious reason of being 0 from 2, but also because we are going on a guilt trip! West Indies were exactly the wrong team (is their a good one? No) to put a rocket up with disrespectful words pre-match.. Morel misunderstanding of the role of karma and justice in 90% of sporting fixtures. Why? Arrogance. Pure and simple. Enjoy the ride home 'favourites'.. you know.. the team all Aussie fans claimed would not miss Johnson and were going to cane everyone? LOLZ!! Delusional.. as always. Now if my Black Caps (who respect their opposition) can beat Sri Lanka (after accounting one would assume for the Netherlands), then I guess we'll be in the semi-finals and you won't be there to face us... ah well. Bye.

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Windies keep winning and dancing except against india.you are the coolest team of world cricket,well done gayle,sammy,we love you.

  • C0l0mb0 on March 29, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    this is second happy news i heard. As a Sri Lankan 1st one was Chandimals ban for ext T20. Second Aussies getting out of the tournament... its not because that i dont like them, just because in Australian public television only broadcasts Aus matches. If you talking about discrimination... that's discrimination at its best for all the cricket lovers in Aus. bah....

  • NCassie on March 28, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    Good win today for the Windies, but Samuels poor batting is a concern for the middle overs. Hope he gets some form against PAK. Bravo has to come in before Samuels to hold the middle and they should try to get Ramdin a knock. All the batters need to get a knock as all might be needed to bat on the business end of the tournament. Continue to be and play consistent cricket>>>Go Windies!!!

  • Twinkie on March 28, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    It's really funny - when Aussies win "it was a great game of cricket" and when Windies win, "T20 cricket is not real cricket". Such sore losers you are! Such disparaging remarks always. Why can't you just shut your big mouths and play cricket like most other nations do- with all due respect to your opposition? Well real cricket or not, we saw how desperate your team was to win. We saw how dejected they were when they lost. And we all enjoyed every moment of it! Nothing you Aussies can say will stop us from celebrating Caribbean style. Beating you arrogant, disrespectful people means more to me than even winning the cup. Everybody knows the tournament would be just good clean fun without the likes of you. Come out of the Dark Ages into the light will you!

  • OneEyedAussie on March 28, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    For the 2nd time in as many games, at the 3/4 position in the match, Australia are in a very dominant position and manage to lose the game. Can't blame it on spinners with "dodgy" actions this time at least. Questionable team selection and tactics from Bailey again. Should have went with Hogg and Muirhead - definitely didn't need both Starc and Bollinger, it was a wicket for taking the pace off. Why Muirhead didn't bowl his full compliment of overs is beyond me. I'm still confused about Starc's line and length in his closing overs - was there something wrong between him and Bailey? Haddin missed two chances that certainly had a big effect on the game.

  • JamKam on March 28, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    What an excitment tournament so far.One of the best T20I world cup.Congrats to host country and their crowd for organizing such an wonderful event.

  • badyon on March 28, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    How can Muirhead not bowl out his overs? How can you keep going into these sub continent T20 games with only one specialist spinner and then not bowl them out? Where was Steve Smith or Tim Paine in this squad? Why take Hogg, when Bryce or Lyon would be better long term strategies? Time to put a broom through, starting with the selectors and then Bailey.

  • greenandgold_crickets_bogans on March 28, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Well well well... What's this?? The arrogant Aussies falling at the first hurdle AGAIN in a major comp? As the rest of the world knows, no Mitch = no win for ozzies. And as usual, the green & gold bogans show their true colors with sad attempts to get verbal (Faulker, you've got nothing, why pipe up?). Wonder what excuse they come up with for this exit?

  • Marcio on March 28, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Crowe nailed it. There was no "deserved" winner. Both sides were quite poor tactically. This Australian team won 5-0 in the ODIs in Australia last season and by huge margins. If you look at the two teams, Australia has a much stronger team in balanced conditions. But on this kind of track the teams even up. The WI don't have a single fast bowler and the batting is uneven. Their strengths are basically spin and big hitting - which comes off now and again. They were very lucky to get away with this one, IMHO. Everything had to go right in the last few overs. Luckily that big top edge about three overs from the end - it went straight up - miraculously landed in the middle of two fielders. Australia could - and should have won both this game and the PAK game.

  • on March 28, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    Gayle to Sammy Boom Boom X-Factor! Great Work as a team!..it is apparent you were mentally prepared for this game.

  • ASK3 on March 28, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    @Wapuser, I suppose Maxwell slogs it with such calculation that he must have skill right?

    @Living_It, how sad must it be that, in a format where "even" Netherlands nearly beat SA that Australia lost to the West Indies.

    Don't be such sore losers, the team that wanted it more, won; give them the kudos they deserve.

  • Int.Curator on March 28, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Great close game and win West Indies. On a good sub continent pitch and solid umpiring Australia failed to score their T20 average 202 runs. The West Indies bowled much smarter than Australia. When the game could have gone either way it was obvious who wanted it more and rightly deserve the win. Hope we get to see all teams including Australia play to their full potential and push the oppositions limits..

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    And I thought the WI were tactically quite poor both batting and bowling, waiting till the last two overs to up the run rate.. Every other team that has done this in the competition has lost. But they got away with it here. Their whole batting approach relied on Gayle, and it came off this timeBailey made the tactical error of bowling Starc for the second last over. Tall quicks with pace like Starc, Morkel etc are just totally unsuited to these tracks. The ball just sits up at waist high if the length isn't just right. Note the WI didn't have a single fast bowler in their side, just spinners and military medium 120 click bowlers. Australia has three quicks who can hit 140. The inclusion of Hogg - bowling with Muirhead - would have won them this gamet.

  • on March 28, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    Saw some calls to drop Starc last night and allegations he isn't good enough - rubbish. Starc was just used poorly by Bailey - as the guy swinging the ball fiercely at the start he should have bowled out his four right at the top. It took Gayle a couple of goes to even pick it and you saw how he accounted for Smith. Mitch is still young, though, and clearly couldn't handle the pressure of bowling to Sammy at the death (with a terrible field may I add - needed a deep third man to have any hope)

    Sad to see Gayle absolutely robbed for MOTM - his innings set up the whole chase. Sammy made the most of what he was given but the Aussies had lost the plot and were serving him the game on a silver platter - if they weren't bowling right into his slot they were giving him high full tosses. I'd have liked to have seen what he'd have done if Faulkner gave him four more yorkers.

  • on March 28, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    "SUPERSAMMY" Saves The Day!

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    If the first ball which missed Gayle's outside edge and off stump by a mm had hit Australia would have won by a big margin, and If Hogg had held the Akmal catch on 22 in the first game the same. Then we'd be saying how well Australia have adapted to these conditions. All this talk about not adapting or being adequate or inadequate is largely after-the-event projection. Just one or two catches, or fielding errors or top edges which bounce between fielders decide these games. This is why T20 is such a lottery. All the analysis in the world doesn't change the fact that the margins in most of these games are so tiny that either team can win. Australia lost two very close games. SA have played worse and have been tactically very poor but won two games by tiny margins against inferior opposition thanks to the luck of the draw. That's just how it is. At least in the longer versions of cricket sustained skill and tactical intelligence wins out most of the time

  • heathrf1974 on March 28, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Also for Australia; Starc should never have played, he was ordinary in the last game. It was very encouraging performance by Muirhead, plus he didn't do any banter and had a good performance, imagine that. Maxwell is also a great T20 player.

  • heathrf1974 on March 28, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    As an Aussie, well done to the WI. Sammy is right 'Talk is cheap' and Faulkner needs to focus more on his cricket and less on the banter. What Faulkner said was very insulting. I thought the celebration by Windies was entertaining and quite funny.

  • on March 28, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    @Simon Timothy - how is expressing your dislike of someone arrogance? Arrogance would be to predict how much you are going to beat the WI. Would you rather all press conferences be full of cliches or do you think the game is more exciting when players get to speak their mind to the media? Quick decline of Australian cricket.... how have the WI done since the early 90's?

  • jb633 on March 28, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    @Bradmanbestever, where art thou? It is comedy how many of the Aussie fans just go missing the minute their team starts losing. Terrible sports the majority of Aussie fans and only sing when they win. They are out of the tournament and have choked 2 games out of two. @waupser, absolute rubbish mate. Aus had Johnson and Clarke on their tour of India and were drubbed. Just face the facts that in Asia Aus still have a lot of work to do. There is no shame in congratulating a winning opponent. I heard Aussies never make excuses etc. Just get over it and accept you weren't good enough when it counted.

  • delboy on March 28, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Time to rest Samuels and try Fletcher at 3.

  • on March 28, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Rude attitude of Australians is the reason why people across the countries celebrate the Windies Win.

  • on March 28, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Nice win by West Indies. Liked Gayle's reaction after the winning hit.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Arun. He said he does not like Wi players. Well I'm West Indian. That's personal. I don't like his ignorant ass. He's a loser and the West Indies proved that well.

  • Mayaro_Man on March 28, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    This win was good for every ethnic living in Australia. Come on Aussie, come on, come on, come on Aussie c'mon.

  • zzby on March 28, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Australia didnt bring spinners with them O keef or even Lyon, they have pacers which lacks the variety and tactics. Hazelwood or Bird would have been better choice as pacers...

  • warneneverchuck on March 28, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Aussie cant even win against BD in subcontinent......

  • Satsudhar on March 28, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Congrats WI for doing good for cricket by trashing the foul mouthed Aussies. The once gentleman's game has been brought down to this low thanks to the contribution made by the Aussies behaviour on the field and this has infected to all other teams as well. Only the ball and bat has to do talking on the field, not the players.

  • Mannu42 on March 28, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    My respect for Sammy is growing by day.. The cricketing world is dancing to Caribbean version of Gangnam style while the All-Bark-No-Bite Faulkner & Co are busy licking their wounds...

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Hard Luck For The Aussies!! :-(

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 28, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha (post on March 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT): yeah it's those magic pitches again mate. Absolutely fine when opposition are batting, but once Australia come out to bat...

  • krishay on March 28, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    What a wonderful win by the WI!! What a knock by Sammy and Bravo!!! I guess Faulkner had to be at the receiving end after his comments!! At least Maxwell should his mettle though!!!!

  • CJ_R on March 28, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    australia can now only make it in the following scenario -- bangladesh beats pakistan convincingly pakistan beats west indies convincingly other than the fact that australia have to beat india and bangladesh convincingly. looks 1% chance really

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Thank you West Indies for beating the one nation 'I do not like'. Waiting for India to demolish them once again.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Well done windies poor Aussies ..may u learn how to give respect to your opponent wc would be better without such a team respect from pak to westindies

  • v_giri on March 28, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Did anyone observe Sammy refusing a single off 2nd ball in the last over. No team other than WI can dare to do such a thing. Even without a big hitter most would happily go to the other side not to be on the line of fire. That's what makes WI unique and a dream to watch. I have always wondered why Sammy is always a punching bag for every critic. Along with Misbah, Sammy is most underrated modern cricketer. Aussies wanted to win the match without spinners. My guess Aussies were just being overconfident and favorites tag made them feel the cup was for their taking. But may be their present team may work well - with Mitch in - for WC down under. But WC usually does not like hosts.

  • Great_Lion on March 28, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    @Living_It what are you meaning sorry against sri lanka.Sorry for u aussies, just thrash against windies.Your team lost last six T20s aginst sri lanka and lost 7 out of 12 ODI aginst sri lanka. Sorry for you.

  • JG2704 on March 28, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Sammy once more.

    I'm going to call him "Hip Priest" after the lyrics in a track (which no one on here will know) by a band called The Fall

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    excellent game to the WI!!

  • crashed on March 28, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    This put the last over of Steyn vs NZ in perspective ..... brilliant indeed .... gratz windies you did great and well deserved win

  • slackers11 on March 28, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    @living_it ..ur list is as irrelevant as faulkner's statement...

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    What a game. Loved it all the way.... specially Gale. Oh!!! what a guy and what a dance. Totally made my night.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    sammy u are one of the best finisher in the world.

  • SixSmasher on March 28, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Australia got owned here. Hilarious.

  • rrww on March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    While as a SA fan it is very tempting to laugh at OZ impending exit, I feel SA have everything it takes to fail to qualify for the next round. Clueless captain who got himself suspended. A stand in captain ABDV who is as clueless. AB's batting which is abysmal in T20I, he bats like he wants to win the game in 10 strokes even if he is batting in over number 8! Inflexible batting line up coupled with some dead weight batsmen FFS Farhaan Behardien wouldn't make Bang B side. Albie Morkel, when did he last make an impact? Miller maybe but unlikely. Bowling. Long hop Lopsy, well all SA fans know why he is still there. Morne, the bench for you, Albie leave the ball alone you know you will only hurt the team. SA have basically 3 players in form. Duminy, Tahir (imagine that) and the one and only Dale Steyn. OZ, maybe the teams can have a charity match before our teams head home:)

  • MWatt on March 28, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    For Aussies to win, they MUST drop Maxwell. The reason? It's simple. Whenever he plays extraordinary, they LOSE.

  • thozar on March 28, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Well done Windies. Sammy and co deserve a big applause. This is the best way to silence the big mouthed Aussies. Great going Windies. Wish we beat the Windies in the final.

  • ScottStevo on March 28, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    @Harmony111, uh no, because you forgot to shorten your event. So, using your example, it would be a sprint race over say, 3 metres! In which case, you've cleared his point up perfectly, except, of course, where, as usual, you got it wrong...

  • aiksa on March 28, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I am so glad more for Ausi defeat than WI victory. I, like so many other cricket lovers, hate Australian's arrogance and dirty tactics. They must understand that cricket is not war or politics where anything and everything goes. Its a gentlemen's game and must be played with sportsman spirit. Winning at every cost is NOT the right approach in any sport. Austrians are ruining a great sport by their negative approach. No wonder they are winning more haters than lovers.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Gayle and Sammy is the asset of WI entertainment.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    sammy played really well . . it was d tough game but d captain managed it . . gayle batted with good shots . . i luv u sammy dada . .

  • sweetspot on March 28, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    I guess we now know why Faulkner doesn't like the West Indies! Hahahaha!!!! Too sweet to watch big mouth go for two big ones in the last over!

  • rsgarcia on March 28, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @Living_it and @wapuser--your bias is showing. Sour grapes much? If the trophy means nothing and the games nothing, why bother sending a team at all? No one will miss the Aussies if they stay home, trust me. As for your list of favourite teams, Living_it, only you care about how you rank a team that doesn't even know you exist. Have fun with that country sized ego of yours.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Again Morlon Samuels is wasting precious playtime. Bring Ramdin ahead of Samuels. Drop Russell and bring Rampaul back.

  • BigINDFan on March 28, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Fantastic win by the Windies and much expected too! Gayle was sure to fire against Aus not becoz of Faulkner but he has played T20 with these guys. Sammy is a fighter and he rarely fails on big occassions. Samuels need to be dropped along with Yuvraj from Ind team. Great reputations but poor form right now. Pak has a do or die game against WI which will be a cracker. The key is how will WI play Ajmal and will Narine shine through the likes of Umar Akmal and Afridi. Either way Aussies are knocked out not becoz of their big mouths but becoz they rely too much on Watson. He needs to be dropped from all formats and get back to form in domestic cricket. Plus Mitch Johnson should have played instead of hiding and getting ready for IPL.

  • ProdigyA on March 28, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    wapuser - What a sore looser you are..cant even stomach a fantastic effort. If Clarke, Mitch, Ponting, Warne or Steve Waugh is not playing that's Aussie problem and not WI problem. WI are defending champions for a reason.

    What's important is WI beat Aus, in a thriller of a match where Sammy stole the show. Take a bow Sammy.

  • RFeynman on March 28, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    WI is the most loved team in the world because of the way they play their game and it was pretty dumb of the Aussies to needle them. It was poetic justice to see Faulkner being smashed for those two sixes off the last over and the WI players' celebration was the cherry on top. Ironically, it is the Aussie team (barring George Bailey, who is the only genuine gentleman in their team) who are one of the least liked team due to their "mind games" and arrogance.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Samuels should move down the order ,he is not coping well.used up too many deliveries,this is a 20 over game,not a 50 over one.Promote Ramdin instead.Bravo bowling too many sides.The bowling is not managed properly.Gayle should be the captain.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    What a game! Some people say that T20 is not cricket but know what it is an exciting,intense and fun-filled international sport which is highly entertaining! This world T20 has been a roller coaster ride and this event promises to be a 'Big show' in the coming yers

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Hey give Faulkner a break guys, he had a good reason not to like WIndies, which player likes the team that always put them out of a competition. I think he is an honest and truthful young man and he tried his best but Captain Marvel was too good for him. Well done the WIdies boys and as I always say keep your foot on their throat when they are down (well I borrowed this one from Captain Marvel). Go for it boys!

  • Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on March 28, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Bye Bye ''Favourites'' LOL!!!

  • Iceman29 on March 28, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Bye Bye green track bullies...happy journey..what a waste of talent and time having so dangerous side and loosing all the matches..pathetic...

  • getsetgopk on March 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Nice, congrats WI on a fine win, Eng will join Auss soon enough and then they may go on prepare for the next ashes or something.

  • hurting_westindian on March 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Credit where credit is due. It was a good all-round game. I think the celebrations were a bit much yes emotions were high but the guys need to act like professionals and carry themselves better, they still have not made it to the semis and the win here will not mean anything if they loose to Pak. WI need to refocus quickly and try and fix their blatant inability to face spin else all that over exuberance will be for nothing and Aus may end up laughing at them.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    It was an entertaining contest right to the very end. With the Windies needing 12 from the final over and Faulkner bowling two dot balls, the suspense had reached fever pitch. Australia must have thought this was theirs to lose; at it was. Well, Sammy sealed the deal and their fate; and Chris Gayle might get a from Hollywood for that dance act.

    Congrats, West Indies! Well played!

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    good to see Gayle back in his aggressive form

  • Stark62 on March 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    The management of Aus really do need to put their heads down and study their oppositions.

    Firstly, Pak are bad chasers but were inserted to bat first and now, the WI were allowed to chase, when clearly they prefer chasing because they don't know what a defendable total would be for the bowlers and if they bat first, then they may throw their wickets away by trying to smash every ball, to get a score of 200+.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Is any one surprised to see WI win? i think not Indian bowlers deserve some credit for restricting WI batsmen to below par target in their first game. But if WI meet India again in this tournament (which is actually possible only in finals) then i am not sure we can keep Gayle and co quiet again @electric_loco_WAP4 You must have been disappointed by now. Ind already thru semis and WI are on their way too. Sorry but good luck next time

  • mzm149 on March 28, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    There is still a chance for Australia to qualify.

    Pakistan loses to Bangladesh Pakistan wins against West Indies Australia wins against India and Bangladesh

    Then net run rate will come into play.

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    A very splendid victory by The Windies .

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Congrats WI for not just winning also for shutting the mouth of non sense australian players. They should win by playing, not thorough verbal abuse. If few good batsmen play like this, they can make australian players to keep their mouth permanently shut.

  • warneneverchuck on March 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Aus were claiming to be top team but suddenly they come to subcontinent amd becomes an average team in all format. This is same with all teams though

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    LOL. OZ fans. Stop mourning the loss and disliking the other team which won. I am an OZ cricket fan from India. I have even liked OZ arrogance when they had skill. The current bunch of OZ cricketers are nothing but un-skilled and foul-mouthed. You can always talk and get away with it if you perform. But when you fail, it's a different ball game all together.

  • brusselslion on March 28, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4; 11:33 GMT; 1008 & who knows how many other times): "...Now to make WI 'collapse' for <100!""... Aus will blast WI attack for 200 +...." ...A Bang W over Ind today will virtually put Ind,WI out"

    How would you like your humble pie served?

  • Vindaliew on March 28, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    The joy of seeing the West Indians celebrate victory pales in comparison with the relief of not having to hear the Australians' smug remarks had they won it!

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Is the West Indies mismanaging its playing resources? Why all that scoring pressure when you have three more big hitters in the dug out?

  • batman_gothamcity on March 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Congrats to the Carribean boys for pulling off an stupendous win . Well played . Really Upset that Australia one of the favourite team is out of it . Basic reason is adaptiblity , after wins over England and SA they were looking good but were found wanting in this conditions . The bowling was not balanced enough . No wicket taking spinner and Starc looked rusty . The one remaining cup is still now 2 yrs away , but will definitely be contenders for 50 over world cup down under .

  • momer79 on March 28, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    WI has won this game but i think their group semi final against PAK would be difficult as WI is not good aganist spin.

  • Sevarino on March 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    it was a great victory by the Wi team today. James Faulkner said he did not like the WI thats his opinion. The matches in this group should be very interesting to watch, to see who qualifies for the quater final stage. The Wi bowled well in this match, but i'm not 100% sure about Sammy's field setting at times during the power play. It is time for Russell to have an impact on a match, he needs to stop slogging across the line of the diliveries been caught out too much, he is trying to get the yorkers in when he bowls but its either hit or miss with it. Samuels bowling is there but his batting needs to fire again. Overall WI is putting a consistent set of performances together. The IND v AUS, AUS v PAK, AUS v BAN, PAK v BAN & PAK v WI will be very interesting from here onwards.

  • Harmony111 on March 28, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @Black80:

    By your logic Usain Bolt is nothing but a lucky person since his sport is all over in less than 10 seconds, right?

  • JackTrez on March 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    It was a close game Australia fought hard but Faulkner's comments before the game provided WI with the extra impetus they needed to come through with a win.

    Well done West Indies and thank you Faulkner!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    No team can celebrate better than Windies.. Sammy and Bravo pulled it off today.. What a chase!! Always love the efforts of Sammy..What a fighter..

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Aussies get some class please, few wins and the arrogance is back. Humility goes a long way. Looking forward to the quick decline when these old men retire from the test side.

  • Desi_In_US on March 28, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Congrats to WI for game well played. The game proves that fav or no-fav... In this format the team that plays well gets rewarded. Thanks for plugging big mouth Aussies. It was getting annoying. Faulkner and Co... make sure to reconfirm your tickets for trip home :)

  • bornon22november on March 28, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    The inevitable has happened in the end. What else can come along to prove the fact that "Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties"? Aussies must have learnt a lesson or two from two back to back humiliating defeats in the swashbuckling version of the game. Confidence is good but complacency can be a dangerous vice.

  • Living_It on March 28, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies yes!! What a performance...i mean yeah you're terrible at test cricket and i mean yeah Australia just beat England 5-0 and SA (number 1 ranked team) 2-1 in their own backyard. But WOW you just won a match in the same format where the Netherlands almost beat SA 2 days ago and also where Australia have a 44 year old playing for them. This format really is a game of skill!

    And for the record out of the 8 major teams the order in which i support is: 1 - Australia 2 - South Africa (bunch of great blokes, give it their all and the myth that their arrogant is incredibly incorrect) 3 - New Zealand (similar to SA) 4 - England (actually quite like the English, i more think of it as a competitive rivalry) 5 - Pakistan 6 - India (they're overreaction and sulking after 2008 Sydney test has scarred my like for them 7 - Sri Lanka (sorry) 8 - West Indies (absolutely love themselves and reckon they're the king of the world because the win a few 20-20 games)

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    All it proves is that west indies are a bunch of talentless hacks who can swing the bat. They are only good in 20/20 and thats it. Clarke and jonhson are not playing. clarke would of dominated all the.spinners in this tournament and jono would of hurt more people.and more reputations. I dare west indies to play australia in test match or even odi. West indies are all hacks

  • marlboro19 on March 28, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Good riddance. Aus is probably the most disliked team in he world. don't let the door hit you on your way back home.

  • mzm149 on March 28, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    West Indies got lucky to get away with the game. After all its T20, nothing more than game of sloggers.

  • on March 28, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Well done Windies. Don't understand how the Aussies were pre tournament favourites when we always stuff them.

  • Hello13 on March 28, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    I think what this match shows is that the world is sick of the way the Australians play the game. Every team plays the game hard, but it's only the Australians behave so badly. Nobody wants to hear it any more, the tournament will be better off without them.

  • Guernica on March 28, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Great stuff - another Sammy special. He may be leaking runs with the ball, but he's always good for a cameo of 20-30 from 10 balls. The tournament has really come alive with three great games in a row. SA vs NL, SL vs ENG and now WI vs AUS - all have come down pretty much to the last over and have swung from one side to the other. It's a shame Bang vs India is likely to be a one-sided affair.

  • ASK3 on March 28, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    @RagTagTeam, you're looking at the overall bowling stats for him; he bowled well in the first 2 overs, going for an economy around 5. The "owned" part was in the final 2 balls of the match with Sammy walloping him past the ropes; poetic justice really.

    It's not the fact that Faulkner made comments; you're free to do so, but maybe show some respect for your opponents, and the fact that we already have many, many players saying similar things to what Faulkner said, wouldn't it be a change to hear a player praising the opposition before a game, for example on their fighting spirit or their work ethic and not the cliche terms like "they're a hard opposition" and so forth.

  • Black80 on March 28, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Imagine Feder v Nadal in a 3 game set. That's it. Winner takes it. We all know the shorter you make a game the more luck and fortune plays into it. How about 5 mins each way in the EPL? QPR might be champions again. But all teams have the same chance, it's just that chance and opportunity (like the DW method) dominates skill, which is the issue.

  • pholpin on March 28, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Nice to see the Australians get what they deserve. I dislike their arrogance as soon as they get a few wins in a row - the comments by Faulkner were ridiculous and only had the effect of winding up their opponents. Would be good to see the Aussies go home early and leave the tournament to those teams that play the game in the right spirit.....

  • GermanPlayer on March 28, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Nice to see WI win but I am so sad that Faulkner doesn't like WI players :( (pun intended)

  • MMZCric on March 28, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    It's great to see WI win this match, Australia has once again plugged their mouths with their feet. I guess Faulkner likes the WI even less now, I am glad that he is the one that bowled the last over and gets pummelled into oblivion. WELL DONE WEST INDIES!!

  • rsgarcia on March 28, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha yet another person trying to claim it's a 'bits and pieces' game, right? The word you're looking for is allrounder. And if T20 is such a pointless, easy game, how do you explain that the players who do it best are the same players who do Test and One Day cricket well too? No matter what, it's still two bats and one ball. It requires players who respect and want to win the format. It will be pretty hard for England and Australia to do that as long as they continue to pretend you don't need a particular set of skills to succeed. And those skills are excellent batting, bowling and fielding, and if they are to be found on one player, better yet.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on March 28, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Perhaps people wouldn't be laughing at Faulkner if he had treated his opponent with due respect - and before anybody says sledging is a martk of respect, it is not. It is a pathetic excuse for mind games. So, well done West Indies...onward and upwards!

  • on March 28, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    West Indies have to review Marlon Samuels' batting position. He has been too slow at 3 and 4 and putting real pressure on the team as the run rate has climbed.

  • on March 28, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    There was no greater image than watching Faulkner watch the ball going to the boundary.....i am not sure if i can do any work today....dancing all morning....the Happiest people alive!!! West Indian

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 28, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Brilliant display from WI! Congratulations. There were a lot of Sammy doubters at the start of this tournament, and I thought at the time "heaven knows why" - and hopefully this performance will put at least some of those doubts away for good. He is fine, whole-hearted and spirited guy who every now and again pulls of something special like this, and I think WI would be much worse off without him. Narine is bowling superbly, and unlike England, Sammy is never afraid to back his spinners and use them smartly.

  • Adoh on March 28, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Wow, more focus on Faulkner in the comments than the game itself. Well done WI, I hope you go on to win back to back. I must admit, as an Aussie supporter I thought they had a good chance of at least reaching the semis, but alas, once again they promise much but fail to deliver. I think the number 3 batsman should be re-thought, Shane Wason performs very much like the Australian T20 team - promising much, but failing to deliver when it counts. I'm not sure if George Bailey is the right man for the job either, I'm a huge Bailey fan, but I think ODIs are his thing, not T20s. Bring back Cameron White as captain, and bring in Chris Lynn, put Shane Watson at 6 - Brad Hodge needs to retire, so does Hoggy. Lyon should be in the team - T20s are where he got noticed. Does anyone know when the T20 world cup is going to be played in Oz? Oz need to face up to some hard facts to improve - it couldn't get much worse.

  • emmwill on March 28, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Excellent game! I expected a cracker of a match and that was what actually happened! I did not expect WI to give Australia a hiding though, but I kind of thought that Faulkner got them pumped up for this match. It was poetic justice at its best! I love this game!

  • RagTagTeam on March 28, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Amazing all the people giving Faulkner a hard time for saying he didn't like players in a team so much. Who cares? There are loads of players who dislike one another, openly as well. I also fail to see how Faulkner going for 7.36 runs an over is being "owned" by the West Indies. Only Watson and Narine had a lower economy... Considering how Aus struggled against spin, the WIs should have sealed that a lot earlier.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    How did India manage to tame these huge hitters? credit to India their bowling has surprised everyone however WI were nervous in the 1st game. Pak will have to bowl to plans and avoid giving easy hit me balls every over, hope they took some notes from WI first game. man for man WI way better than Pak but Pak can surprise the world as they have done in the past! WI V PAK will be great game!

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Keep talking all the way back Aus- you bunch of losers! Don't ever wake a sleeping lion- you are going to get mauled like we did against Aus..Our power hitters back themselves to chase anything- once Gayle and Smith set the platform, then Simmons and Samuels keep it ticking over, then blast from Sammy, Bravo, Russell, Ramdin etc...

  • sweet2hrme on March 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    WI is always a big threat for Aussies in t20. In recent times WI they proved again and again why they are favorites. Very good win for WI. I still believe Rampaul must be playing in final XI in place of Santokie. He is world class bolwer. How can i forget that ball in t20 final that has taken off stump of Dilshan. Other than Samuels form is also worring for me. He is better than i aspected. Waisting too many dot balls and hesitating in playing big shots. This is not the same sameuls that i have seen last time. Please be the agresser and play more positively. Rest of things are good. Well im indian and i love to see final b/w Ind vs WI and this time WI should take their revenge by beating India and wining second consecutive time. I love WI T20 teams as said truely they are 2nd most favorite and lovable team. All the best Sammy & Company..

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    What was Faulkner thinking?...regardless of how good or bad the Windies are, they feed-off anybody bad-mouthing them as a incentive. Also it was considered by alot of Aussie fans as a shock to lose to both the Windies and Pakistan. But in my opinion they are two of the most dangerous sides in this format. Their performances can be amateur one match, then world class the next. India look the solid favourites so far, but can they maintain this level throughout the whole tournament?...or have they peaked too early, time will tell. Great team performance in this match, Samuels' form is a worry, but it's still early in the competition and will hopefully get better as it goes on. I also want to put to bed alot of criticism about Sammy's place in the team, it might be open for debate in test cricket, but ODIs and T20s?..his performances in the last year or so speak for itself.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on March 28, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    What an innings from Sammy...Well played..u showed who is the boss in T20..Faulkner has really let down his fans by talking against West Indies..I completely agree with Sammy's statement that WI are second favourite team of many fans around the world..from an Indian fan..plz publish

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Did faulkner really said he doesn't like WI cricket? What a horrible thing to say.. WI as we all know is the most loved and admired team in the world, I as an Indian just love the way they play, no tension cricket..Just love their celebration too.. They just don't play cricket, they actually enjoy it.. And we as spectators enjoy their cricket too..Can any WI fan tell me exactly what he said abt WI or WI cricket..

  • Rahulthevirufan on March 28, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    I think aussies have the best collection of Biggest T20 names perhaps even bigger dan India and SA. Dey r perhaps only short on 2 accounts one match winning spinner and 2 Jhonson. However still got no xcuse for todays loss. I have seen Sammy finish a lot of games and I think guy is too gud on full balls. U ball him till his waist height n he will play all d big shots. But ball him good CHEST HIGH balls or BOUNCERS he is not too good. Or if u could spin it or swing it. Oz culdnt have done later so it was big surprise dat of 13 balls Sammy faced not a single was bouncer and dat too from Australian bowlers. I also think bailey made a mistake in not throwing ball to Watson for 19th over.

  • Rahulthevirufan on March 28, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    I think aussies have the best collection of Biggest T20 names perhaps even bigger dan India and SA. Dey r perhaps only short on 2 accounts one match winning spinner and 2 Jhonson. However still got no xcuse for todays loss. I have seen Sammy finish a lot of games and I think guy is too gud on full balls. U ball him till his waist height n he will play all d big shots. But ball him good CHEST HIGH balls or BOUNCERS he is not too good. Or if u could spin it or swing it. Oz culdnt have done later so it was big surprise dat of 13 balls Sammy faced not a single was bouncer and dat too from Australian bowlers. I also think bailey made a mistake in not throwing ball to Watson for 19th over.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    People like to see West Indies doing well. They are always good in the field. Love to see Aussies losing. West Indies team are always entertaining, on the contrary Aussies have always been known for their big mouth.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    In simply term mates the better team won !

  • AB_DeVilliers on March 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    It must be so embarrassing when pre-tournament favourites are the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup. Maybe those last two sixes, which essentially sealed the fate of the Aussies, will teach Faulkner a thing or two..

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Love Sammy's post match comment about Faulkner bowling the last over, them 2 sixes gave him a hiding! WI have not warmed up the the tournament and are gonna take special effort to stop. no score against them is defendable!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Nice game windies let them grovel tell james faulknor to remember tony grieg excellent batting chris and darren hope to see you go from strenght to strenght and win this tournament

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    A very gud shw frm the captian....they shwd Aus what they are capable of...lool that was one bad situation for the bowler who was chattin so much shift...

  • ARJa on March 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    So happy windies won primarily because of the crap mouth of Faulkner. Wonderful to see the big mouth getting banged for sixes. Failed with the bowl and bat. Wonder what he has to say in the next game. Great windies performance though.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    west indies is always the team to watch out for pure entertainment in this power packed short version of game...they are like typical bollywood masala flick...it always have drama,emotions,suspense,star cast(gayle),thrill,dance(the flick shot by sammy ws nt less than a dance step and of course the happy ending celebration 'GANGNAM STYLE') and of course lots of entertainment....another great thriller in this edition of wt20 ...hard luck fr aussies....

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Well done Darren Sammy and my West Indies , and yes it was fitting for Faulkner to bowl that last over , you definitely have a reason not to like West Indies . Go Windies Go , Gangam style . Now let's finish this job and play good cricket to the end . Don't the Bangladeshi and Sri Lankans love West Indies , not forgetting India's fan also , I wonder why . I am happy too and pump up here in the USA , let's go boys Gangam style !

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Sammy you are a LEGEND!!! Excellent hitting by Dwayne Bravo too, and Gayle is finding his form as well. Narine and Badree and Santookie are also excellent, with WI perhaps missing Rampaul's penetrative power.

    Simmons and Samuels are causing problems in the middle order. Simmons is a reliable batsman who will give you a good knock with a solid strike rate of 100, but Samuels is scoring too slowly. You cannot have him and Simmons in the middle together. Drop him, push him down the order, or give him a lincense to bat madly.

    Go WI!!!!!!!

  • roddybee on March 28, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Now that West Indies own Faulkner can they pack him up in a suitcase and bring on to bowl whenever we need runs? hahaha

  • ScottStevo on March 28, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Shocker....Well played Sammy and well done WI. What was Starc bowling out there??? I noticed the filthy look he gave Bailey - wonder if he wasn't happy with his tactics there. Nonetheless, Starc had a complete shocker and lost us the match. Another one thrown away...None of our top order batsman have really got going in either match and our bowling and fielding has been sub-standard at best. We don't deserve to be in this competition if (more likely when) India knock over Bangladesh. I've always thought Bailey was a good choice as captain, but in both matches he's got his tactics wrong and we've suffered. Another disastrous T20WC for Aus when our batting line up promised so much more. Ugly heaves and rookie mistakes from senior players. Best of luck WI, hope you retain the cup! Faulkner mightn't like you guys, but I've always loved Windies cricket!

  • dsig3 on March 28, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    There is no excuse losing to the West Indies and Pakistan in back to back games. Unacceptable from starc. Simply not good enough. Terrible fielding, worst I have ever seen from us. Boof and George need to go back to the drawing board with the bowling tactics. I think the boys will put in a better show from now on but the damage has been done.

  • challagalla on March 28, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Australia were 20 runs short today and the bowling was rubbish. The penultimate over by Staarc was bad and any batsman would have thrashed him. Faulkner bowled 2 good deliveries and then gave width for Sammy to free his arms. Aussies seem to lack firepower in the lower order. Tough to see them qualify now. I was actually betting on them to win the tournament.

  • Micky.Panda on March 28, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    I think Australia losing this at selection. Firstly Bird is our most accurate bowler not even in the team. Coulter-Nile should always play ahead of Starc. I feel that Craig White as Captain would not have lost this match. Watson has the experience. Why didn't he bowl 4 overs? In the other match, Finch bowled over Maxwell. Why? This match Hogg did not get a bowl at all. Its all a bit crazy.

    Less emphasis on attacking bowlers, and more emphasis on accurate tight containing bowlers.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    That's t20 for you. Yet another game decided by a couple of slogs in the last over. Hit or miss stiff. I don't see how skill has a lot to do with the outcomes of these games. Australia should have played two spinners on this surface. Again, they would have won easily if they had done so. This wicket was flat and low, nothing bouncing much above waist high and basically fast bowling was useless. Bolinger should have been rested for Hogg.

  • IndianCoolGuy on March 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Now India just need to win against Bangladesh to make into Semis.

  • Roysingh1972 on March 28, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Sammy is unbelievable ! What a game, WestIndies is unbelievable!

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    What a match put on by the world champion West Indies!!!!! Poor Australia, I felt sorry for them when Sammy hit them with those two fatal blows. I must confess that I am impressed with their young leg spinner and their team spirit. I like the way West Indies finished this game under tremendous pressure. Finally I can have reason to think that the world champion is back without K Pollard.

  • ajayrcs on March 28, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Australia again out of the tournament!!!!! Its because of bad captaincy.

  • Divinetouch on March 28, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    I am glad Faulkner does not like us. He can remain that way as long as we continue to cut their tail.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Utterly disgraceful from Bailey, he is the worst captain I have ever seen. He is the reason Australia will not make it out of the group stages.

    First match against Pakistan he opts to bowl "just because" when he has a side tailor made for setting massive totals. This subsequently backfires on him and we lose a simple match.

    Second match we set a half decent total and his bowler management was atrocious, to the extent that it lost us the match yet again. Why on Earth would you bowl Bollinger and Starc in overs 18 and 19 when they have both been getting a wholloping all match. Taking the pace off the ball has been proven all tournament to be the best tactic, yet he leaves Muirhead and Watson unbowled and gives all of the momentum to WI for the final over against an unfortunate Faulkner.

    He can't even bat well in this format. ODI specialist, but awful in T20 and tests.

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Never have I seen such a crazy victory celebration as this one.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    That's it WI! Leading from the front the 1st Captain and the 2nd Captain. Way to GO WI ! ! !

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    It's amazing situation Pak have to win both match against WI&Bangalis Situations favors for Pak,but team work and spirit is required

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    @jb633- You are right w.r.t Maxwell.Easily most destructive bat in ltd. overs cricket atm.Shades of Symonds in him.With his magical fielding,v handy spin is the package.Going to be next Viv/Gilly world is waiting for.A trump card in WC next year.

  • reddawn1975 on March 28, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I really find it very hard to believe that both the Marsh brothers are not in this team they are pure guns they should be there.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    err no they have not Saqlain, WI murdering the Cocky Aus, Pak will struggle to beat WI, they are one dangerous team. I think faulkner comments woke Gayle UP

  • jb633 on March 28, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Glenn Maxwell seems to have taken his game to the next level. He is great to watch and in terms of batsmen that tee off from ball one, there aren't too many better at the moment.

  • jb633 on March 28, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    @xtraflagax, yet again you seem the most knowledgable Aussie fan on this site and not blinded by patriotism. I like the Aussie side (even though I am English) they have some brilliant players and their emergence especially with Mitch has been great for the game. However it always must be taken into consideration what conditions you are playing in. Aus certainly have a good chance in the tournament but the failings on these pitches that Warner and Watson had in India will not simply disappear because they have made runs on fast bouncy wickets. Warner's technique in particular will not work in Asia. In these conditions, especially in test cricket, you need a different technique than when you face spin in Aus. The main reason being as that the ball will actually turn. Until Warner and Watson find that technique they will be found wanting time and again.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Even with Aus well below par by own high stds.,most destructive young bat Warner,most dest. bat in shorter forms-Watto-yet to fire,with barely middle/lower ord. doing job,still get nearly 180.Shows power of this lineup.Now to make WI 'collapse' for <100!

  • on March 28, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Starc was full of himself after bowling the perfect first ball and how has Gayle put him in his place. It reminded me of Flintoff needling Yuvraj Singh who then smashed Broad for 6×6.

  • tanstell87 on March 28, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Glen Maxwell is pretty hard to stop.....he thrashed India in ODI series in India & then he thrashed Pakistan the other day & today he was on fire against West Indies....unfortunately on first & second occasions his team ended in losing...

  • Prabhash1985 on March 28, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Crush them West Indies!!! You can do it!!!

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    xtrafalgarx, Australia is merely playing to its strengths in conditions that are the antithesis of ideal for them. If they are going to win the WC they have to adapt to these conditions. There is no use them playing like other teams. So I say "Go for it". It's high risk and may well fail, but at least they are sticking to their guns. T20 is a bit of a lottery. No matter what your strategy or how good you are you can still lose to some opposition who just opens the arms an swings at everything and it comes off.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 28, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Australia's batting lineup just can't play spin. Maxwell is our best player of spin in this side, Bailey, as much as i love him he is next to useless in T20's most of the time. Warner has been so disappointing, hopefully Hodge proves his worth tonight.

    To be honest, i think we will lose this game. Our bowlers aren't good enough in these conditions.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    It might be difficult to score later in this game. If Australia get 160+ it will be hard to chase down. AUS will take the pace off the ball. Guaranteed. So Australia's approach is risky but smart given the depth of their batting. Big hitters right down to Faulkner and Starc is pretty decent. Losing wickets is no disaster - as long as they don't lose too many.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Aus will blast WI attack for 200 +.Powerpacked Aussie lineup will be virtually imposs. for weak WI bowling to control.Of couse WI stand not much of chance v Starc,Dougie and co.-no.1 bowling attack.A Bang W over Ind today will virtually put Ind,WI out.

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Australia has got a slight edge over west indies in this match

  • kunalx on March 28, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    A win for WI and IND today will put India automatically towards Semi regardless the remaining matches results. India - 3win 1 Rem WI - 2 Win 1 Rem PAK - 1 Win 2 Rem

    So WI vs PAK will be the decider and BAN and AUS can be out of the Tournament today.

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  • kunalx on March 28, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    A win for WI and IND today will put India automatically towards Semi regardless the remaining matches results. India - 3win 1 Rem WI - 2 Win 1 Rem PAK - 1 Win 2 Rem

    So WI vs PAK will be the decider and BAN and AUS can be out of the Tournament today.

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Australia has got a slight edge over west indies in this match

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Aus will blast WI attack for 200 +.Powerpacked Aussie lineup will be virtually imposs. for weak WI bowling to control.Of couse WI stand not much of chance v Starc,Dougie and co.-no.1 bowling attack.A Bang W over Ind today will virtually put Ind,WI out.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    It might be difficult to score later in this game. If Australia get 160+ it will be hard to chase down. AUS will take the pace off the ball. Guaranteed. So Australia's approach is risky but smart given the depth of their batting. Big hitters right down to Faulkner and Starc is pretty decent. Losing wickets is no disaster - as long as they don't lose too many.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 28, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Australia's batting lineup just can't play spin. Maxwell is our best player of spin in this side, Bailey, as much as i love him he is next to useless in T20's most of the time. Warner has been so disappointing, hopefully Hodge proves his worth tonight.

    To be honest, i think we will lose this game. Our bowlers aren't good enough in these conditions.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    xtrafalgarx, Australia is merely playing to its strengths in conditions that are the antithesis of ideal for them. If they are going to win the WC they have to adapt to these conditions. There is no use them playing like other teams. So I say "Go for it". It's high risk and may well fail, but at least they are sticking to their guns. T20 is a bit of a lottery. No matter what your strategy or how good you are you can still lose to some opposition who just opens the arms an swings at everything and it comes off.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 28, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Crush them West Indies!!! You can do it!!!

  • tanstell87 on March 28, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Glen Maxwell is pretty hard to stop.....he thrashed India in ODI series in India & then he thrashed Pakistan the other day & today he was on fire against West Indies....unfortunately on first & second occasions his team ended in losing...

  • on March 28, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Starc was full of himself after bowling the perfect first ball and how has Gayle put him in his place. It reminded me of Flintoff needling Yuvraj Singh who then smashed Broad for 6×6.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Even with Aus well below par by own high stds.,most destructive young bat Warner,most dest. bat in shorter forms-Watto-yet to fire,with barely middle/lower ord. doing job,still get nearly 180.Shows power of this lineup.Now to make WI 'collapse' for <100!