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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the Group 2 match between Australia and West Indies
Abhishek Purohit and Mohammad Isam
March 28, 2014
Batsman makes room, successfully
Facing up to the West Indies spinners was expected to be a challenge for the Australians. They were to lose six wickets to them, but you would have never thought that was coming after the opening over of spin bowled by Samuel Badree. Aaron Finch kept making room outside leg stump and smashed Badree for three successive boundaries. The first blow sent a flighted delivery over long-off. Badree bowled the next two flatter and quicker, but Finch backed away again to hit them for fours either side of point.
Batsman makes room, unsuccessfully
David Warner tried the same tactic against Badree as well. He rocked back and made room to cut a flat, quick ball for four. He tried to repeat the treatment to the next legal delivery, but this came on even quicker, and also stayed a shade low. Warner swung, missed and was bowled.
Point takes cover
In the 15th over, Andre Russell bowled a beamer at James Faulkner, perhaps in anger for the batsman's verbal attack two days ago. But so engrossed was Darren Sammy at point, he ducked like Faulkner too. The telecast didn't pick up on the West Indies captain's sudden movement but who would even look towards point when the beamer has missed the batsman and wicketkeeper?
The regulation second attempt
Wicketkeepers hardly get two attempts at a stumping chance, but Shane Watson gave Denesh Ramdin exactly that in the sixth over. After he had been beaten by Sunil Narine three times in the over already, Watson, who had strayed slightly out of the crease, missed another. Ramdin threw his hands at the stumps and completely missed the bail, but Watson still hadn't dragged his toe behind the crease, allowing him to remove the bails on the second attempt.
The spectacular second attempt
Dwayne Bravo was moved around the Mirpur ground to ensure West Indies had one of their best fielders wherever the batsmen were looking to slog. Glenn Maxwell holed out to him at deep midwicket and when James Faulkner hit one towards long-off , Bravo rushed in and got under the ball slightly awkwardly. The ball hit his palms and popped up, but Bravo was quick enough to dive full-length to his left and complete the catch.
Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Abhishek Purohit
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