Australia v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 28, 2014

Australia fail to walk the talk

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This is not the first Australian team to put down a few catches. Nor is it the first one to struggle against spin. Australian teams, however, do not usually lose a Twenty20 when they need 66 from 51 with eight wickets in hand. Having done that, they then don't end up losing a close game where they have had a go at the opposition with typical pre-match banter. That too in a world tournament.

Against both Pakistan and West Indies, Australia were arguably in winning positions, more so against the former. When it came to the decisive stages of both matches, however, their personnel let them down. Against Pakistan, it was the batsmen who choked, collapsing from a strong position. Against West Indies, it was the bowlers who lost their lines and lengths under pressure from Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo. With 42 needed off the final three overs, and 31 off the last two, there would have had to be equal, if not more, pressure on the batting side specially in a must-win situation for both teams. The way Mitchell Starc crumbled in the penultimate over certainly did not exert any pressure on the West Indies pair.

George Bailey, however, did not think their bowling tonight was the major cause for pushing Australia to the brink of an exit from the tournament. The Australia captain said that the side had not cut it in all three disciplines.

"Your mind tends to track back to the most recent thing, the bowling. But once again I don't think we batted particularly well," Bailey said. "All of the top six probably played pretty ordinary shots or shots at inappropriate times, so I think [the fact] that we scraped to 178 was pleasing given that we didn't bat particularly well.

"And again we probably let ourselves down in the field with some chances and that comes back to bite harder in T20 than in any other format; the repercussions are so immediate. I am sure there are things we would like to do differently in bowling and the guys would like to have their overs again and do something different. But you cannot lay the blame just on the bowlers. All three disciplines were not up to the standards that we set."

Bailey did not think there were any issues with the balance of the team combination, and said it wasn't that Australia had suffered heavy defeats.

"We have lost two games, but it's not like we have been knocked over for 120 in each game," he said. "We haven't batted very well, and we have scored a 180 and whatever we scored the other night. It's not a glaring weakness. It's the same with bowling and I'd say the same about our fielding. We have just lost two close games in a tournament where you cannot afford to do that."

You can say that as much as it was about Australia succumbing at the climax, it was also about Pakistan and West Indies doing the exact opposite. They thrived at the death and outplayed Australia. That is what is glaring about these two losses. Australia knew they could not afford to go down, they had their chances, but they failed to take them. The West Indies loss will hurt them more, for what James Faulkner said before the game, and for how West Indies responded to it - by winning a sharp contest and with their in-your-face celebrations targeted at the Australians.

"Talk is cheap," Sammy said. "Cricket is a game of action, you can talk all you want, but it is the action that matters. West Indies acted today."

The Australians talk a lot, of course, but it is only rarely that they fail to walk it. Bailey and his men will be smarting, but unfortunately for them, their chances of hitting back in this tournament are all but over.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 29, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I would love the Aussies to not win the WC next year in their backyard, and also the WT20 when it's held Down Under; Faulkner made sure that their players remained the least liked of all teams in this cup...

  • on March 29, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I'll tell you one thing. The Australian pace battery clearly lacks the zip and that has made all the difference. I'm sure if Johnson , Harris and Siddle were in the team, they would have defended 41 of 3 overs to say the least :)

  • disco_bob on March 29, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, let me clarify. The T20 championship itself is good to win simply because it's a world cup. However because T20 is such a useless format that only a cricket novice would consider to be actual cricket, that coming second is not any honour or achievement at all. So after losing the first match it's best to lose the rest as fast as possible to get out of this carnival that celebrates the decline of proper Test cricket. As I said on another thread, do you think SA would turn down a chance to win this T20 world cup if it meant drawing the final Test at Cape Town. Absolutely, because Test cricket matters.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Thanks MZM149!!! I was trying to know which country you are!!! And finally its our neighbours pakistan!!! Then no more bashings for you since in this WcT-20 we 2 countries have been fortunately so smooth in comments!!! Let that stay that way and wish an india pakistan final jus to bring the whole world to stand-still and as usual hope that india clinch it with a nail biter :P

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Looks like the entire cricket world unites when the aussies get humiliated. @mzm here is a stat. Without mitch in ur bowling and warner out of form this aussie team will be exposed in every condition. Secondly you don't have a quality spinner in any form of the game. Quite frankly if u guys think by "not liking" a particular side u wl b world champions..u wl b humilated by superior teams in every match! Trust me IN don't know if India can defend their crown n 2015..but I am pretty sure the aussies won't win the cup either. Outclassed and kicked out aussies! That's something all of us will enjoy watching any day! Cheers..

  • realfan on March 29, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @mzm149 : how does it feel when i say pak got lucky in 2009 WT20 matches and they got lucky in finals because dilshan suddenly lost form????

  • mzm149 on March 29, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman: Well we won in 2009.

  • Adoh on March 29, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Yep, Australia definately lack raw talent. That's why the IPL pay them so highly relative to WI payers.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    con gratulations windies your great to watch , you dont sledge ,like the aussies do ,you let the bat do the talking , well done keep up the good work .

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    @mzm149: Try to win a World T-20 and then comment about india....All these T-20 Editions you were just making the numbers and partying all countries and being a tourist is not an acheivement buddy.... Am not against aussies but am against indian Bashers.....

  • on March 29, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I would love the Aussies to not win the WC next year in their backyard, and also the WT20 when it's held Down Under; Faulkner made sure that their players remained the least liked of all teams in this cup...

  • on March 29, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    I'll tell you one thing. The Australian pace battery clearly lacks the zip and that has made all the difference. I'm sure if Johnson , Harris and Siddle were in the team, they would have defended 41 of 3 overs to say the least :)

  • disco_bob on March 29, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, let me clarify. The T20 championship itself is good to win simply because it's a world cup. However because T20 is such a useless format that only a cricket novice would consider to be actual cricket, that coming second is not any honour or achievement at all. So after losing the first match it's best to lose the rest as fast as possible to get out of this carnival that celebrates the decline of proper Test cricket. As I said on another thread, do you think SA would turn down a chance to win this T20 world cup if it meant drawing the final Test at Cape Town. Absolutely, because Test cricket matters.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Thanks MZM149!!! I was trying to know which country you are!!! And finally its our neighbours pakistan!!! Then no more bashings for you since in this WcT-20 we 2 countries have been fortunately so smooth in comments!!! Let that stay that way and wish an india pakistan final jus to bring the whole world to stand-still and as usual hope that india clinch it with a nail biter :P

  • on March 29, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Looks like the entire cricket world unites when the aussies get humiliated. @mzm here is a stat. Without mitch in ur bowling and warner out of form this aussie team will be exposed in every condition. Secondly you don't have a quality spinner in any form of the game. Quite frankly if u guys think by "not liking" a particular side u wl b world champions..u wl b humilated by superior teams in every match! Trust me IN don't know if India can defend their crown n 2015..but I am pretty sure the aussies won't win the cup either. Outclassed and kicked out aussies! That's something all of us will enjoy watching any day! Cheers..

  • realfan on March 29, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @mzm149 : how does it feel when i say pak got lucky in 2009 WT20 matches and they got lucky in finals because dilshan suddenly lost form????

  • mzm149 on March 29, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman: Well we won in 2009.

  • Adoh on March 29, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Yep, Australia definately lack raw talent. That's why the IPL pay them so highly relative to WI payers.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    con gratulations windies your great to watch , you dont sledge ,like the aussies do ,you let the bat do the talking , well done keep up the good work .

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    @mzm149: Try to win a World T-20 and then comment about india....All these T-20 Editions you were just making the numbers and partying all countries and being a tourist is not an acheivement buddy.... Am not against aussies but am against indian Bashers.....

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    its as usual an australian fans..when they lose in T20, they say that only format that matters are tests and ODIs..when they lose ODI, they say only tests matter, and when they lose tests to any asian/carribean team, they say the pitches were made to hosts liking.. never ever they acknowledge their own short comings and the better game of other teams..

  • gdevilliars on March 29, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Australia has the best training facilities in the world of cricket, but they lack the raw talent. West Indies have loads of raw talent but it just needs to be groomed in the right manner, what would you like to be??? But it sure is funny listening to these men talk as if there the best ever off of one and a half descent series( Englands team was in shambles from the first game, South Africa had to deal with loosing the greatest player the world has ever seen KALLIS).

  • on March 29, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @Oldshepp that is not my opinion as an Australian and a fan, and I'm sure it is not the opinion of CA, Lehman and the team. Australia have said they want to be #1 in all three formats and this loss is actually indicative of the weaknesses of this Australian side. We can complain all we like, pretend it doesn't matter, but we need to have a team that can win in all conditions and in all formats.

  • ultimatewarrior on March 29, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Australia should bring back Cameron White in Opening and move Finch/Warner on 3rd position. Actually their Last Top Order knows either blasting or to go back, no calming effect. White settles first and blasts latter was actually in good nick before tournament, god knows why they dropped him (but also I am unsure whom he can replace now)....The only other person that can play this type of game is Hodge but he is allotted finishing role

  • Oldshepp on March 29, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    At the end of the day it is only a slogathon usually favouring the teams that don't have the cattle for the 5 day game. Nothing to lose sleep over not winning a T20 "world cup"

  • TheBraveHeart on March 29, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: Just a different opinion from what you have said. Cricket is a gentleman's game. And it is only those who respect others that will gain respect too.

    Staying quiet and saying the right things is NOT the easy thing to do. It requires wisdom and control, comes after years of experience and maturity. Being brutally honest like in this case, on the other hand, is just letting out your emotions without giving much thought on the outcome it might have. Such an act, in public, at an international stage as big as this one, is UNACCEPTABLE and definitely not brave.

  • mzm149 on March 29, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @sachin_equal_to_bradman: Winning in conditions that suit your bowlers most and getting 3 times lucky (?) with the toss and you are over the moon. You have qualified for the semis not won the cup. Get to bowl second to defend a score in dew conditions and you will be exposed again.

  • Chn2 on March 29, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    The Aussie has forgotten that their golden days are over. They rather concentrate more on match practice than verbal statement.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 29, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    @mzm14 : Dream on buddy...ha ha ha Nice joke...where were you all these days? You would be the top 10 in cricinfo to bash india!!! Now do you have any answer??? Can you comment anymore now?

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Aussies do not have bowlers in this format especially in these conditions to win. The results are showing.

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

    Hey disco-bob - what's with the "bowing out. I thought we had a date for the final? Remember, the game that launched a billion whinges?

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Johnson is huge factor in the team, take him out and the Aussies will struggle in all 3 formats.

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Australia still have a chance to make it to the semis. Australia beat India and Bangladesh. Pakistan beat WI and losses to Bangladesh, then Australia Pakistan and WI will be left with 2 wins each and Australia have the luxury of playing the last match against bangladesh so they can play accordingly. Nothing is over until it really is .

  • anvesh4444 on March 29, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Australia out of the World Cup

  • on March 29, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    just two cheers for sammy.....what an innings...

  • kohomban on March 29, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    George Bailey,He is not a captain.He is just a spectator.poor guy .he don't know how to set the field according to batsmen and haven't a plan.

  • 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.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 29, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    I reckon it takes a braver man to talk and play. Ask yourselves this, why do sportsmen try not to talk before they go into a match? It's to avoid the embarrassment of having to swallow one's own words should things go wrong. It might not be the smartest thing to do, but the guy who talks a lot to me is the guy who risks the most.

    Staying quiet and saying the 'right things' in public is the easy thing to do. It's much harder to be brutally honest then perform under the suppossed pressure you have put on yourself. That's why i began to respect David Warner and some of the other Australian players. Like it or not, it takes bravery, or stupidity in some cases, to talk in public.

    Faulkner was just being honest, he doesn't like the Windies team. Simple. He doesn't have to like them, i'm sure he is not the only cricketer not to like the Windies team, there would be more than one, but how many are brave enough to say it?

    It might not be smart or respectful, but it sure is brave.

  • disco_bob on March 29, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    If you aren't going to win a T20 WC, then the best result is to bow out at the first opportunity.

  • on March 28, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Australia should bring in a separate coach for T20. Darren Lehmann has to take responsibility to lift his men. What's worked for Tests and ODIs has not worked for T20. Time for plan B.

  • Twinkie on March 28, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Never seen Windies behave in such a manner! Their celebrations had an edge to them. I guess they're tired of Aussie disrespect! I think most of the cricketing world is tired of the Aussies. Can't they just play cricket without all the trash talk? It is supposed to be fun for the fans, after all!

  • nareshgb1 on March 28, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Whateva - its always fun when all the "noob-talk" that goes on with the Australians comes a cropper. Bravo Sammy!!! And Bravo Bravo too - what great fun that was. LOVED IT!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Wonderful gift for all WEST INDIANS to enjoy and cherish.Thanks for the Aussie scalp!

  • on March 28, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Good article. Although Australia have yet to win, both losses have been fairly narrow. The bowling is probably the weak point - mainly the lack of spinners in these conditions and trouble playing the opposition spinners. Need consistency with both bat and ball. At the start of this competition, Australia were confident their batting lineup could post competitive totals in all matches, but because their bowling has lacked penetration, it means their totals have been about 20 runs short each time. if more than one of their top six can roar in the game against India, it could be an interesting game, but it will almost certainly be too little, too late.

  • Divinetouch on March 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Their family and friends in Hobart, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide & Perth have a cup waiting for them and Faulkner will be the guest of honor at the presentation. No West Indian will attend but we will continue to dance led Chris.

    Good on ya mates. Please invite Ian Chappell so he can do write up on the party.

  • Divinetouch on March 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Their family and friends in Hobart, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide & Perth have a cup waiting for them and Faulkner will be the guest of honor at the presentation. No West Indian will attend but we will continue to dance led Chris.

    Good on ya mates. Please invite Ian Chappell so he can do write up on the party.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 28, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    The inevitable slide continues. Normality has been restored. Glitch in the matrix has been stiched up.

  • VillageBlacksmith on March 28, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    ''their chances of hitting back in this tournament are all but over''… they will not be missed… well played WI…

  • TheZeus on March 28, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Loving it....good job boys....very good job indeed....:)

  • Tetrapole on March 28, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Why would u talk cheap about the opponent when u aren't sure u can beat them. Was silly from faulkner :)

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Great win by WI-it was good to see them steamrolling on to a victory and Australia wilting under the pressure.The WI seem to be doing just enough to win,although there are still some concerns,such as Samuels poor batting form,no faith in Ramdin`s batting,and some indifferent fielding at times.However,team spirit seems to be high and may help to push them over the line towards another semi or even finals appearance.

  • calypsospicecricket on March 28, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    as the saying goes 'time will tell' and time has told.. Faulkner is probably wishing he had kept his mouth shut.. good win Windies.. keep up the intensity.

  • mzm149 on March 28, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Australia can claim a spot in semi finals if

    1. Pakistan loses to Bangladesh 2. Australia wins against both India and Bangladesh 3. West. Indies loses to Pakistan 4. Net run rate of Australia is better than Pakistan and West Indies

    Too tough but not impossible.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    weldone sammy

  • Insightful2013 on March 28, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    People who have to talk it up are generally hiding massive insecurity. The need to be the centre of attention, how crude? Australia with all their organization and finger wagging have bottled it. Frequent occurrence amongst bullies. Well they will now have the time for a bit of introspection. Faulkner may now have time to change his name, it's too reminiscent of an adjective, describing what just happened to them!

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Bailey is a cool captain. But some of the cheap talk overrated players are letting him down. Warner was supposed to be the in form player. But no results. Faulkner another inconsistent player. Show your colours in the sub continent too Ozs or BIG3.

  • Vilander on March 28, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Aus-Ind will be a very good game, Ind not tested yet, Aus will play with gumption to erase the WI game..Interesting.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Well to be honest, Australia's captaincy has not been up to mark.. Its the leadership that is weak. I mean you can't compare Bailey to Ponting and Clarke, He's a confused guy, doesnt know which bowlers he has to use at which time. And secondly the pace attack has been all muscle but no brains. They have got pace and aggression but they dont have the brains to handle pressure games and use different variations in their bowling like good pace bowlers do. The selectors will have to dig deep and look for quality smart bowlers rather than just just checking the speed meter and analyzing their pace. The bowling has been pathetic in both games.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    the devil got its due share. the spin world spun them down

  • Winsome on March 28, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Excellent match. Sammy is a fine finisher. Considering that I'm an Aussie, the two best matches I've seen so far have been the Aussie losses. Nice close matches with enough good quality bowling and big hitting to keep everyone interested till the end.Shame again abouit the quality of the fielding the catching from just about everyone has been embarrassing in this tournament.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    cont-2ndly Aus team had nothing to do with what F'kner had to say.It was all own views.Lastly this tourney was hardly going to be excitable for weary Aussies coming @ end of long successful-golden-season.Could'nt be motivated enough,poss. still hungover?

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    as always aussies talked n west indies performed! awesome batting from sammy bravo n gayle!!!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Hardly.I dont agree.For these reasons.1st-young F'kner's entitled to his opinion as a responsible adult.Is fully his right,volition what,who,which he likes/dislikes.Maybe he's by upbring,competitive upbringing in school/cricket clubs outspoken by nature.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    for all those who wish to water down the value of this WI victory. Go cry in some corner. All of a sudden t20 cricket is sbout luck etc. However, WI showed character and hunger and were well led by their senior players. Let them talk WI, Sammy's bat responded " take that".West Indians, unlike the Aussies, will always compete with true spirit and sportsmanship. I would hate to have a name like Falkner right now.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Well, all that pre-match hype did create an amazing viewing interest and a spectacular finish so it was. And about Faulkner, he is just a kid forget it. Well done WI, and yes, it was a team effort.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Loved WI celebrations at the end! Sammy you beauty, what a clean striker of the ball under pressure, WI gonna take some beating!!

  • Diaz54 on March 28, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Well said and played Sammy! Enjoyed the game so much. It was the West Indies of old....so pumped up like Viv and his team use to be . Shows what can be done if motivated. West Indies are unique in the way they can play when motivated. This was just more than Faulkner taking bit more deeper. West Indies in contrast played without fight against India? I wonder why? IPL should,reward these guys more...something I have been saying for long...but that's the way it is....yiunknowmwjat I mean. Good luck WI. You made me happy today..Pak supporter.

  • harris.pk786 on March 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    aussies was certainly the favorite team for this cup( considering the last tour to asia (india) and white whash eng and then the best saffas) but over confident and lack of altitude let them down......

  • Longroom on March 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Very well put, Mr Purohit. You handled some thorny issues with diplomacy but we get what you are saying.

  • ygkd on March 28, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    So, Australia joins the Netherlands and Bangladesh as the only three of the final ten to remain winless. Yep, that's right. These are the three sides that have lost their first two matches. Maybe some Australian fans would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Netherlands and Bangladesh supporters for their condescending attitudes towards the abilities of the "lesser nations"? Yes, some of my fellow Australians do talk a lot, but what they say is not always perhaps what they should.

  • LeftBrain on March 28, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Australia, quite deservedly, is the least liked team in the world because of this cheap talking, sledging and ultra-macho stuff. Sammy was 100% right when he said WI is second favourite team of pretty much every non WI cricket lover, Australia is nobody's second favourite team.

  • ScottStevo on March 28, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Please explain how you fail to walk the talk when your talk was a dislike for the opposition players? I think they're walking that right about now - especially one James Faulkner. As an Aussie, I'm hoping we find ways of keeping him and Warner well clear of microphones and the media at all times! Whilst I don't completely disagree with Bailey's assessment of our batting today, 178 was more than defensible. There are times, especially so in T20, where you just have to give credit to the batsmen for continually dispatching balls to the fence, even if the bowling was deemed poor. So congratulations to the WIndies on a good win in an entertaining match...Can Bangladesh upset Pakistan, who then beat the WIndies whilst Australia beat India and then thrash Bangladesh??? You'd be a brave soul to outlay your cash on that bet! But you'd get rather fanciable odds indeed!

  • wolfofthepack on March 28, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    @Faulkner "when u come to shoot, shoot don't talk" lmao the last anybody should rile up is the WI their batting is dangerous and deep and their bowling is not something u take lightly at all they are the defending champs u know!

  • JackTrez on March 28, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Australia talk but they shouldn't. It's bad sportsmanship and the reason why everyone hates them and wants them to get beaten.

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  • JackTrez on March 28, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Australia talk but they shouldn't. It's bad sportsmanship and the reason why everyone hates them and wants them to get beaten.

  • wolfofthepack on March 28, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    @Faulkner "when u come to shoot, shoot don't talk" lmao the last anybody should rile up is the WI their batting is dangerous and deep and their bowling is not something u take lightly at all they are the defending champs u know!

  • ScottStevo on March 28, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Please explain how you fail to walk the talk when your talk was a dislike for the opposition players? I think they're walking that right about now - especially one James Faulkner. As an Aussie, I'm hoping we find ways of keeping him and Warner well clear of microphones and the media at all times! Whilst I don't completely disagree with Bailey's assessment of our batting today, 178 was more than defensible. There are times, especially so in T20, where you just have to give credit to the batsmen for continually dispatching balls to the fence, even if the bowling was deemed poor. So congratulations to the WIndies on a good win in an entertaining match...Can Bangladesh upset Pakistan, who then beat the WIndies whilst Australia beat India and then thrash Bangladesh??? You'd be a brave soul to outlay your cash on that bet! But you'd get rather fanciable odds indeed!

  • LeftBrain on March 28, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Australia, quite deservedly, is the least liked team in the world because of this cheap talking, sledging and ultra-macho stuff. Sammy was 100% right when he said WI is second favourite team of pretty much every non WI cricket lover, Australia is nobody's second favourite team.

  • ygkd on March 28, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    So, Australia joins the Netherlands and Bangladesh as the only three of the final ten to remain winless. Yep, that's right. These are the three sides that have lost their first two matches. Maybe some Australian fans would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Netherlands and Bangladesh supporters for their condescending attitudes towards the abilities of the "lesser nations"? Yes, some of my fellow Australians do talk a lot, but what they say is not always perhaps what they should.

  • Longroom on March 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Very well put, Mr Purohit. You handled some thorny issues with diplomacy but we get what you are saying.

  • harris.pk786 on March 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    aussies was certainly the favorite team for this cup( considering the last tour to asia (india) and white whash eng and then the best saffas) but over confident and lack of altitude let them down......

  • Diaz54 on March 28, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Well said and played Sammy! Enjoyed the game so much. It was the West Indies of old....so pumped up like Viv and his team use to be . Shows what can be done if motivated. West Indies are unique in the way they can play when motivated. This was just more than Faulkner taking bit more deeper. West Indies in contrast played without fight against India? I wonder why? IPL should,reward these guys more...something I have been saying for long...but that's the way it is....yiunknowmwjat I mean. Good luck WI. You made me happy today..Pak supporter.

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Loved WI celebrations at the end! Sammy you beauty, what a clean striker of the ball under pressure, WI gonna take some beating!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Well, all that pre-match hype did create an amazing viewing interest and a spectacular finish so it was. And about Faulkner, he is just a kid forget it. Well done WI, and yes, it was a team effort.