World T20 - 23rd match, Group 2

Australia v West Indies

West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

3.30 pm David Warner looks the picture of confidence as he strides out to the pitch. Aaron Finch is his partner. Krishmar Santokie has the ball

John Smith: "I'm confused, why isn't there a fixed length of a boundary for all grounds?" Because of the various pitches on a ground. If we move over, one side of the boundary gets shorter

3.20 pm Before they throw the gloves to the floor and go out swinging, it's time for the national anthems. Gayle has his customary red shades on, of course. Generous applause follows each anthem and we're all ready to go

Ishan: "@Aabhas.... didn't you mean, Number of runs = 6+((Length of the hit / 20)^2)/20) eg: a hundred metre six... 6+((100/20)^2)/20) = 6+1.25 = 7.25 runs"

MAB: "As a captain Sammy should lead from front, he is leading the wicket takers for WI in T20I, and has the best bowling figures for WI in T20 against Zimbabwe in 2010, to be honest he is doing pretty handy for WI with his batting, but today he should make sure to contribute and help his front-line bowlers in bowling too."

Aabhas: "Someone should come up with a Duckworth-Lewis esque formula linking the distance the ball goes and the number of runs awarded for T20s. Here's my take: Number of runs = ((Length of the hit / 20)^2)/20" Isn't one mathematical menace in cricket enough?

"One boundary is just 59 meters from the pitch..in last match Gayle smashed one 95 meter six which means it was app. 1.7 times long than this boundary," remarks Sushil "Come on he should be given 10 runs for that if he hits them so long then...!! that will probably improve his strike rate in this tournament." Looks like it's not just the team's who're indulging in some banter

3.00 pm Australia have won the toss and elect to bat "Good wicket, nice to get some runs on the board and hopefully it'll be enough," says George Bailey. James Faulkner and James Muirhead in the XI. West Indies are unchanged

Darren Sammy wanted to bat as well. He's dug into Australia straight up saying there's been a lot of talk, but it's time for action now and that's what West Indies are concentrating on. He says they have some "skillful" bowlers and would look to restrict them to under 150

Steve: "Muirhead bowled well but it was against a broken England team that had long gone before that T20 series began. I think the hype around him is way too much after only a couple games."

Karthi The Rock: "Given the way Maxi and Finchy murdered Pak bowling like that, I dont see Aussies will struggle so much... If others in the team like Warner, Watson and Bailley step up, and with the likes of Faulkner and Haddin at the later stage, it is going to be Aussies all the way! "

2.55 pm The toss is just around the corner, so I should probably toss you Brydon Coverdale's preview

Adrian Meredith: "While I agree that Australia have the most powerful batting line up in the world, I don't think that West Indies has similar firepower - especially not without Keiron Pollard. Yes, Chris Gayle, but that's pretty much it. Mind you, often just Chris Gayle is enough. West Indies do have 2 very good spinners - but Australia sure don't - well, they do, but they didn't pick them. Poor Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon are sitting at home. Will be interesting to see Australia's squad, especially their bowling line up. All pace or do they risk a poor quality spinner?" James Muirhead has a lot of people backing him, though. Including the legendary Shane Warne. You'd think he's a decent pick

2.50 pm The pitch report sets everything up for the batsmen. It's hard, quite dry and has no grass. One of the square boundaries is only 59m. The ball is expected to come onto the bat and carry through nicely. Best thing to do is bat first and pile on the runs. David Warner must have heard that and is practicing batting right-handed. Any takers for seeing that switch hit today?

Bharat Singhvi: "Going by performance of leggies in this tournament, I think Australia will benefit by playing both - the experienced Hogg and the novice Muirhead. Faulkner inclusion will bring balance to the side and it should be possible for Australia to play both leggies especially since all but one WI players are right handed. Lets see what the selectors think about it."

Unsagely Kunal: "Having better spinners doesn't help if batsmen fall asleep. Gayle needs to wake up from his lumber. I think against the Aussies you don't need motivation for that. Bowl first for Windies and chasing down total will be better for Windies"

2.40 pm If you need added incentive, Australia have embellished their reputation for gamesmanship with James Faulkner conveying he doesn't particularly like West Indies. If that doesn't cause a few firecrackers to go off out there ...

"Whoever plays the spin well, will surely win the match...." says the sagely Nomi. Although Australia's bowling is a little thin in that department, West Indies have the No.1 and No.2 bowlers in the format, who are also being guided by Saqlain Mushtaq

2.30 pm The two most destructive batting line-ups take aim at each other and you wouldn't be too much in the wrong if you're expecting a high-scoring shoot out. But there is an asterisk tagged to that, in both Australia and West Indies' relative discomfort against good spin bowling. Sneak in the fact that a loss for either team could put them on the brink and we could be looking at one unmissable game

0.1

Santokie to Finch, no run, clips to midwicket as this is full and swings in a touch on middle.

0.2

Santokie to Finch, 1 run, slower ball, Finch is well fooled as his bottom hand flies off the handle. This was full and teasing outside off. He's far too early on the drive and the ball skews over midwicket

Mad_I: "Has Faulkner done a Tony Greig.... well while he did nothing about "making them grovel"... he might have definitely provided a fire in babylon part 2 moment...."

0.3

Santokie to Warner, 1 run, another slower ball, Warner's spotted it though and nudges it to square leg to get off the mark

0.4

Santokie to Finch, 1 run, full toss on off stump, Finch punches down the ground and they scurry forth for a single

Keeper comes up

0.5

Santokie to Warner, 1 bye, 112 kph, that's his fastest ball of the over. Full and just outside off, Warner was targeting a thump through the covers but doesn't connect. Deflection off the keeper for byes

0.6

Santokie to Finch, no run, oh, he seems to specialise in this kind of bowling. Good length ball grips the pitch and rips across Finch's outside edge as he defends. Ramdin's sharp behind the stumps, but Finch's backfoot is firmly grounded

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Finch    2* (4b)      K Santokie    1-0-3-0
DA Warner    1* (2b)     

Samuel Badree, with a slip

Kumar Saurabh: "@john - Variable boundary lengths on the same ground demands smart cricket and thus add to the fun. You can see positives in every situation, you just need to want to see it. Its a game for humans and not machines and these little imperfections add scope for intelligence in the game ;)"

1.1

Badree to Warner, 1 run, flighted on off stump, pushed down to long-on

1.2

Badree to Finch, no run, sets himself up outside leg stump to drill the tossed up delivery on off stump, but finds mid-off

1.3

Badree to Finch, no run, stays leg side and cuts the flatter ball off middle and leg. Can't beat point

1.4

Badree to Finch, SIX, this sails over long-off! They've definitely made a gameplan for Badree and it seems it's already beginning to bear fruit. Tossed up on middle and leg, but Finch was waiting outside leg and swung cleanly

1.5

Badree to Finch, FOUR, flatter ball on middle and leg, Finch makes room and cuts him behind point. Gorgeous stroke

1.6

Badree to Finch, FOUR, and again, this time in front of point. Australia take the first round against spin! Badree hasn't cooked up a counter to Finch moving leg side and offers a quicker ball on middle. Finch slaps it away off the back foot

End of over 2 (15 runs) Australia 19/0 (RR: 9.50)
AJ Finch    16* (9b 2x4 1x6)      S Badree    1-0-15-0
DA Warner    2* (3b)      K Santokie    1-0-3-0

2.1

Santokie to Warner, FOUR, point dives to his left but it's placed just wide of him. Full delivery invites him forward and the width allows him to slash through the gap

2.2

Santokie to Warner, no run, slower ball on and around the stumps, pushes to mid-on

2.3

Santokie to Warner, FOUR, offers up a full toss on off stump and Warner thumps it through extra cover. This pitch is a beauty

2.4

Santokie to Warner, no run, fullish and outside off, Warner is on the back foot but the ball skids through his defences

2.5

Santokie to Warner, 1 run, nudged into the covers off the back foot

2.6

Santokie to Finch, no run, slow on middle, Finch waits for it and plays with soft hands and an angled bat. The single though does not present itself

End of over 3 (9 runs) Australia 28/0 (RR: 9.33)
AJ Finch    16* (10b 2x4 1x6)      K Santokie    2-0-12-0
DA Warner    11* (8b 2x4)      S Badree    1-0-15-0

Some restructuring to bowling plans already. Marlon Samuels to try his luck now

Ozee: "The only thing I want here from Australia is that they should try to hit everything in the V rather than hitting across the line....is gonna make life easier for them"

3.1

Samuels to Warner, no run, gets just a hint of turn on middle and off, Warner pushes square on the off side

3.2

Samuels to Warner, FOUR, keeps leg side of the ball, which is flighted not too far outside off. Warner hoists him over the covers. Marvellous striking this

3.3

Samuels to Warner, 1 run, slows it up and keeps it on the stumps, pushes down the ground

3.4

Samuels to Finch, OUT, slog sweep across the line fetches the first wicket. Samuels persists with flighting it and invites Finch to go for the heave over the leg side. Misses completely and has his off stump pegged back

AJ Finch b Samuels 16 (14m 11b 2x4 1x6) SR: 145.45

Raj: ""offers up a full toss on off stump and Warner thumps it through extra cover. This pitch is a beauty"... Am I the only one that finds this ironical? #justasking" Well, it's still true

Shane Watson is in at No.3. One slip in place

3.5

Samuels to Watson, 1 wide, fires it full and down the leg side

Slip goes off and becomes midwicket

3.5

Samuels to Watson, no run, full and just outside off, lunges forward to defend

3.6

Samuels to Watson, 1 run, clipped to midwicket and Gayle is incredibly stiff in moving to his left. Easy single

End of over 4 (7 runs) Australia 35/1 (RR: 8.75)
SR Watson    1* (2b)      MN Samuels    1-0-7-1
DA Warner    16* (11b 3x4)      K Santokie    2-0-12-0

Debo Prasad: "They used to start with Marshall, Holding & Garner not 3 spinners and a 4th to follow! The West Indies are in with a battery of 4 spinners!!" Technically speaking, Santokie's not a tweaker, despite most of the balls he bowls. Anyway, Badree's changed ends

4.1

Badree to Watson, no run, fullish on middle, keeps Watson to a defensive push.

4.2

Badree to Watson, 1 run, drives just to the left of mid-off and sneaks a single. West Indies need to be a lot more urgent in the field, even if they're worried about the big hits and hugging to the circle

4.3

Badree to Warner, no run, lovely! Warner was looking to carve this behind point, but the wrong 'un skids on and beats him

4.4

Badree to Warner, FOUR, this time he rocks back and pounds the shortish ball in front of point. He's not getting too much off the pitch and Warner has taken note of it. Excellent footwork

4.5

Badree to Warner, 1 wide, this one slides down the leg side and Warner cannot connect with the pull

4.5

Badree to Warner, OUT, this is the skidder and Warner's bat speed is just not quick enough! Might have stayed a touch low too as Badree targets middle. The batsman was making room to cut, but fails. Has a satisfied little smile as he jogs over to his fielders to celebrate

DA Warner b Badree 20 (21m 14b 4x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

4.6

Badree to Maxwell, no run, big lbw appeal against Maxi the new batsman! That was very close as Badree tosses it up on middle and the batsman was looking to hit across the line through midwicket. Gets hit low on the front pad, but the umpire thinks this was going down leg

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 41/2 (RR: 8.20)
GJ Maxwell    0* (1b)      S Badree    2-0-21-1
SR Watson    2* (4b)      MN Samuels    1-0-7-1

Sunil Narine to bowl the last over of the Powerplay

5.1

Narine to Watson, no run, flights the carrom ball and gets a leading edge while he seeks midwicket. The ball lobs up but goes too far to the left of the bowler

5.2

Narine to Watson, no run, flighted on off, pushed back down the pitch

5.3

Narine to Watson, no run, grips into the pitch and this rips in at him. Watson has no clue what this is and plods forward to block down the wrong line

5.4

Narine to Watson, OUT, he's missed the stumps on the first attempt, but he's broken it on the second and Watson's back foot had not moved back into safety! That's a major brain fade! Narine tosses the one that spins the other way and Watson gropes for it. His back foot was bang on the line and he seemed completely unaware of it. To the point of giving Ramdin a second bite at the cherry

SR Watson st †Ramdin b Narine 2 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

George Bailey, the captain, with his team in considerable trouble

5.5

Narine to Bailey, no run, flighted on middle, he strides forward to block

5.6

Narine to Bailey, no run, tossed up outside off, driven with an angled bat to point to complete a wicket-maiden

Mahesh: "Sammy wants to bowl Badree in the powerplay so much. As soon as Finch got out he brought him back and claimed Warner too. That's clever I say!"

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Australia 41/3 (RR: 6.83)
GJ Bailey    0* (2b)      SP Narine    1-1-0-1
GJ Maxwell    0* (1b)      S Badree    2-0-21-1

6.1

Badree to Maxwell, 1 run, this one drifts in on middle and is clipped away through midwicket

6.2

Badree to Bailey, 1 run, goes forward and uses the width on it to drive in front of point

6.3

Badree to Maxwell, 1 run, big inside edge onto the back pad stifles the appeal midway. Slog sweep to no avail

6.4

Badree to Bailey, no run, keeps it nice and ful and cramps him up. Defended into the leg side

6.5

Badree to Bailey, no run, rocks back and cuts this flatter ball to point

6.6

Badree to Bailey, SIX, there's Australia's counterpunch! Bailey gets down on one knee and wallops this clear over the midwicket boundary

End of over 7 (9 runs) Australia 50/3 (RR: 7.14)
GJ Bailey    7* (6b 1x6)      S Badree    3-0-30-1
GJ Maxwell    2* (3b)      SP Narine    1-1-0-1

Anshul: "Any replays of LBW shout against Maxwell? Was that out?" Umpire's call, clipping leg

7.1

Narine to Maxwell, 1 run, worked away to deep midwicket as he reads the one turning in off the pitch

7.2

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, tucked away just in front of square leg and Bailey's looking for a suicidal second! But Maxwell is wary of the danger and sent him back. A desperate dive saves the Aussie captain

7.3

Narine to Maxwell, FOUR, slip dives to his left and fails to net this. Narine slowed it down and gets a little bit more bounce and turn than Maxi expected. Pushes at it after setting himself up outside leg stump and gets a genuine edge.

7.4

Narine to Maxwell, 1 run, flighted on middle, worked away through square leg

7.5

Narine to Bailey, no run, waits on the back foot and tapes the flatter ball on off to point

7.6

Narine to Bailey, 2 runs, flighted on middle and off, nudged towards deep square leg

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 59/3 (RR: 7.37)
GJ Bailey    10* (9b 1x6)      SP Narine    2-1-9-1
GJ Maxwell    8* (6b 1x4)      S Badree    3-0-30-1

Darren Sammy into the attack

8.1

Sammy to Maxwell, FOUR, his efforts to outsmart the batsmen backfires spectacularly. Slower ball pitched too far up and outside off, Maxi leans into a solid crunch through the covers

8.2

Sammy to Maxwell, SIX, length ball with considerable room outside off and Maxi's slammed this over long-on. The short boundaries on the leg side are working their magic

8.3

Sammy to Maxwell, FOUR, another cart to the boundary. This is fuller and just outside off, but Maxi doesn't care. Plonks his front foot forward and swipes him to the square leg boundary

8.4

Sammy to Maxwell, 1 run, swats the fuller ball outside off to deep midwicket. Slower ball from Sammy again

Keeper comes up

8.5

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, short and wide outside off is slapped to the sweeper

8.6

Sammy to Maxwell, no run, fullish and angled in at him, Maxi was targeting midwicket again and gets an inside edge onto his back pad

End of over 9 (16 runs) Australia 75/3 (RR: 8.33)
GJ Maxwell    23* (11b 3x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-16-0
GJ Bailey    11* (10b 1x6)      SP Narine    2-1-9-1

Samuels returns

9.1

Samuels to Bailey, 1 run, sharp turn from outside off as Bailey backs away and flat bats to long-off

9.2

Samuels to Maxwell, 1 run, pitches it short and Maxi shuffles across and pulls to deep square leg

9.3

Samuels to Bailey, OUT, skips down the track and he's picked out the man at short midwicket! Samuels had seen the batsman advancing and adjusted his length, but it was still not too threatening. But Bailey has shoveled it straight into the hands of his opposite number

GJ Bailey c Sammy b Samuels 12 (15m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

9.4

Samuels to Hodge, 1 run, waits on it and dabs fine of short third man. Using the bowler's pace there

9.5

Samuels to Maxwell, FOUR, Shortish and just outside off, Maxi makes room outside leg and cuts well in front of point. Santokie is the man partolling the boundary and he's too slow to stop it.

9.6

Samuels to Maxwell, SIX, slog swept way into the stands behind midwicket. Took it from off stump and a full-blooded swing has massacred this

Sean Pain: "This is a good strategy by Australia to send their most destructive batsman at 4.Other teams would've kept him at 6 or 7 which is a poor strategy."

End of over 10 (13 runs) Australia 88/4 (RR: 8.80)
GJ Maxwell    34* (14b 4x4 2x6)      MN Samuels    2-0-20-2
BJ Hodge    1* (1b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-16-0

Dwayne Bravo to have his luck with those cutters

10.1

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, fullish and outside off, Hodge drives just wide of mid-off

10.2

Bravo to Maxwell, FOUR, slower ball well outside off, but Maxi's decided that side of the ground is of no use. Swipes it wide of long-on and his power is more than enough.

10.3

Bravo to Maxwell, no run, fullish delivery, in the slot to be slogged over midwicket and that's what he wants to do. Doesn't connect

10.4

Bravo to Maxwell, no run, full on off stump, pushed into the covers

SureshGuna: "Maxwell looks the most dangerous batsman recently when compared to Warner, Finch, Watson, BMac, ABD.. Surely he wiould challenge Corey Anderson's fastest ODI 100 very soon if he keeps his cool #Sheer Power" #TooEarlyToTell

10.5

Bravo to Maxwell, no run, way wide of off stump, but Maxi's tap to point prevents the ump from calling it a wide

10.6

Bravo to Maxwell, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, whipped to long-on

Saad: "@Sean: Which other teams, AB comes at 4 for SA, Pak made a good move by promoting Umar Akmal to 4, Eoin Morgan was sent at 4 in the last game, so i think other teams have realized that too."

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 94/4 (RR: 8.54)
GJ Maxwell    39* (19b 5x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0
BJ Hodge    2* (2b)      MN Samuels    2-0-20-2

11.1

Badree to Maxwell, SIX, he had to reach for this and it seemed like Badree had fooled him. Maxi was making room outside leg and so the bowler tossed it up wide of off stump. But somehow he connects and has hit it well enough to clear extra cover

11.2

Badree to Maxwell, no run, reverse sweep, but he's hit it straight to short third man

11.3

Badree to Maxwell, OUT, picks up the length ball and swings it to deep midwicket, where Bravo runs forward and secures an important catch! It's to the longer part of the ground he goes for and was backing himself to clear the boundary. And in current form, I'm not too sure too many people could blame him

GJ Maxwell c Bravo b Badree 45 (28m 22b 5x4 3x6) SR: 204.54

James Faulkner is at the non-strikers'

11.4

Badree to Hodge, 1 run, flighted on and around middle, pushed down to long-on. Hodge was looking for two but is sent back

11.5

Badree to Faulkner, no run, flighted on middle and this gets the leading edge as Faulkner was looking to go on side.

11.6

Badree to Faulkner, no run, wrong 'un and it hasn't been picked. Faulkner was patiently waiting for it to pitch and turn and then suddenly has to put bat in front of his stumps

AK: "I cant find Maxwell's innings any special, Amla yesterday was playing pretty sensibly, and he was 43 in 21 as well."

End of over 12 (7 runs) Australia 101/5 (RR: 8.41)
JP Faulkner    0* (2b)      S Badree    4-0-37-2
BJ Hodge    3* (3b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0

12.1

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, slower ball just outside off, steered down to deep third man

12.2

Bravo to Faulkner, FOUR, drifting onto the pads and Faulkner has turned it well fine of short fine leg. Clever stroke

12.3

Bravo to Faulkner, no run, fullish and outside off, strides forward and drives but gets it off the bottom of the bat

12.4

Bravo to Faulkner, no run, low full toss outside off, bunted to short cover

praveena: "Amla played in powerplay against Netherlands.(No disrespect), maxwell playing against current champions and when field is spread is not the same..."

12.5

Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, fullish and angled in on off stump, strides forward with an angled face and picks up a single in front of point

12.6

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, slower, length ball on off stump. Dabbed just behind point

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 108/5 (RR: 8.30)
BJ Hodge    5* (5b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-13-0
JP Faulkner    5* (6b 1x4)      S Badree    4-0-37-2

Sunil Narine is back, with a slip

13.1

Narine to Hodge, 2 runs, flights it on middle, worked away to deep midwicket for a couple

13.2

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, quick and flat outside off, he's on the back foot and punches to long-on

ibaad: "@AK: exactly! Maxwell score most of his runs through slog sweep. Surely a strategy can be made to restrict him from playing that particular shot."

13.3

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, this turns away from the bat and Faulkner strides forward and dabs through to deep cover

13.4

Narine to Hodge, no run, cramps him up with a flighted ball that turns into him. Hodge tries to steer to third man but has no room to do so

13.5

Narine to Hodge, no run, kept on a good length on off stump, defended

13.6

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, nudged in front of midwicket and Sammy isn't able to pick up the ball and pose a threat

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 113/5 (RR: 8.07)
BJ Hodge    9* (10b)      SP Narine    3-1-14-1
JP Faulkner    6* (7b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-13-0

Neel: ""@AK...that's like comparing apples (the West Indians in maroons) to oranges (the Dutch) ;)"" Here's Andre Russell

14.1

Russell to Hodge, 1 run, seeks the block hole just outside off, pushed down to long-off

14.2

Russell to Faulkner, 1 run, drilled down the ground and Russell does well getting his left hand to it on his followthrough. Wrings it while he returns to his mark

14.3

Russell to Hodge, 1 run, low full toss on middle, Hodge clips it handsomely to deep midwicket

14.4

Russell to Faulkner, 5 no balls, oh dear, this is a beamer that moves in at the batsman too. Faulkner jerks his head away and it beats the keeper as well to scurry on for five no-balls

14.4

Russell to Faulkner, 1 run, 141kph, goes nice and full just outside off and is thumped to the left of long-off

14.5

Russell to Hodge, 2 runs, pushes the fuller ball down the ground to long-on and they rush through for a couple. Good running

14.6

Russell to Hodge, FOUR, low full toss on leg stump and Hodge has dismissed it to the long leg boundary. Easy put away but it was so efficiently done

Sid: "It seems that Russel doesn't particularly like Faulkner either!"

End of over 15 (15 runs) Australia 128/5 (RR: 8.53)
BJ Hodge    17* (14b 1x4)      AD Russell    1-0-15-0
JP Faulkner    8* (10b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-1-14-1

Santokie's back, with the keeper up to the stumps

15.1

Santokie to Faulkner, 1 run, slower ball on middle, clipped towards deep midwicket and the bowler himself hustles after it and his efforts are rewarded as the batsmen settle for a single

ArunLakhs: "Sunil Narine's Economy rate is getting reduced over by over."

15.2

Santokie to Hodge, 1 run, nudged to long-on as Santokie delivers an offcutter which grips a little

15.3

Santokie to Faulkner, no run, fullish on middle, kept out

15.4

Santokie to Faulkner, 1 run, 122 kph, think that might be his fastest ball today. Fullish and just outside off, steered to deep point

15.5

Santokie to Hodge, no run, 110kph, very full just outside off and this gets a thick outside edge. No chance for Ramdin and Hodge was savvy enough not to move his back foot

15.6

Santokie to Hodge, 1 run, good length ball outisde off, tapped in front of point for a single

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 132/5 (RR: 8.25)
BJ Hodge    19* (17b 1x4)      K Santokie    3-0-16-0
JP Faulkner    10* (13b 1x4)      AD Russell    1-0-15-0

Mark: "Does Russell ever bowl economical overs - anything less than 10 even? He seems to be the perpetual weak link in their bowling attack." Well, he's been taken off now. Bravo with the ball, with four overs to go

16.1

Bravo to Hodge, FOUR, looks for the wide yorker and Hodge benefits from an inside edge to the fine leg fence. Hodge was moving around in the crease and Bravo was looking to outsmart him

16.2

Bravo to Hodge, (no ball) SIX, another full toss over waist and Hodge has creamed this over midwicket. Muscled away

16.2

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Hodge opens the face and slices this to deep cover. Lovely shot

16.3

Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, low full toss angled in at him, Faulkner was looking to whip it away and gets an inside edge onto pad. Squirts away behind point for a single

16.4

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, wanted to lap it, but Bravo bowls a slower one outside off. Hodge is good enough to recover from his premeditated stroke and push into the covers

16.5

Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run

16.6

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, moves across to open up the leg side, but gets more of an inside edge as he tries a swipe. Bravo races after it as it skews away towards midwicket

End of over 17 (16 runs) Australia 148/5 (RR: 8.70)
BJ Hodge    32* (22b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-29-0
JP Faulkner    12* (15b 1x4)      K Santokie    3-0-16-0

Manoj: "Certainly Russel is a weak link in their bowling attack. But he is selected for his batting stunts more than his skills with the ball. With Badree, Santokie, Narine, Bravo seem to be their main 4 bowlers, they can definitely get the remaining 5-6 overs from Sammy, Samuels, Gayle & Russell" Gayle doesn't really bowl nowadays though, does he?

17.1

Narine to Hodge, 2 runs, short ball outside off, Hodge goes for the pull but he's mistimed it. Smith at long-on mops up

17.2

Narine to Hodge, no run, good length ball, skids on just outside off. Hodge plays against the turn and his pull doesn't connect

17.3

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, gets a little bit of extra bounce as he was backing away to cut. The thick outside edge lobs towards short third man but falls short of Gayle

17.4

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, appreciable turn into him and Faulkner can only pick it off the pitch, turned away behind square leg

17.5

Narine to Hodge, OUT, oh dear! He's gone for a premeditated reverse sweep and has lost his leg stump! Narine, as he often does, claims a crucial wicket in the death. This was too full for the shot but he goes through with it. The ball sneaks between his legs and lights up those LEDs

BJ Hodge b Narine 35 (39m 26b 2x4 1x6) SR: 134.61

Brad Haddin, Australia's full-time savior, is in

17.6

Narine to Haddin, 1 run, plonks his bat in front of pad and nudges towards midwicket

Kapil: "Those 2 poor overs each from Bravo and Russell have given the AUS advantage really. They would have gone for the kill in last 3 but they already have a super platform to go beserk now. 180 coming unless Narine gets a couple" He finishes 4-1-19-2

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 153/6 (RR: 8.50)
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)      SP Narine    4-1-19-2
JP Faulkner    13* (16b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-29-0

Mitchell Starc is padded up

18.1

Santokie to Haddin, 1 bye, slower short ball and Haddin, by virtue of going for the pull too early, doesn't connect. The keeper doesn't glove it either

18.2

Santokie to Faulkner, OUT, he seemed to had fluffed it, but he threw himself back and completes the catch with a whole lot of flair! This was full with a bit of width attached to it and Faulkner looked for the inside out smash over cover. His slower pace doesn't allow for much timing on it and this goes up high than long. Bravo had raced up from long-off and had almost overran it. The ball pops out of his reverse cup, but he had his eyes on the ball all the way and just propels himself off his feet in a full-length dive to catch it behind him

JP Faulkner c Bravo b Santokie 13 (32m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

18.3

Santokie to Haddin, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, thumped to deep midwicket

18.4

Santokie to Haddin, SIX, what a shot! Moved outside off and simply lofted it over the midwicket ropes. Such rich timing.

18.5

Santokie to Haddin, 2 wides, fires it way wide of off stump and Ramdin actually did well to get a hand to it

18.5

Santokie to Starc, 2 runs, fullish and just outside off, drilled to long-off

18.6

Santokie to Starc, 2 runs, clears his front leg and slaps the fuller ball down the ground. Pulled back just inside the boundary rope

End of over 19 (15 runs) Australia 168/7 (RR: 8.84)
MA Starc    4* (2b)      K Santokie    4-0-30-1
BJ Haddin    9* (4b 1x6)      SP Narine    4-1-19-2

Bravo to bowl the final over, around the wicket

19.1

Bravo to Haddin, 1 run, dropped. Makes room outside leg and slap this to the man at cover. Santokie dives to his left but isn't able to hold on

19.2

Bravo to Starc, 1 wide, bowls one full and way wide of off stump. Think he was worried about Starc targeting those short on-side boundaries

19.2

Bravo to Starc, 1 wide, another one, length ball pushed way outside off stump

19.2

Bravo to Starc, no run, wonderfully bowled. He knew the batsman was just intent on swinging, so he rolls his fingers over the ball. Starc goes for it but he plays down the wrong line

19.3

Bravo to Starc, OUT, tonks the length ball straight down the ground, but long-on runs to his right and Russell pouches a lovely catch.

MA Starc c Russell b Bravo 4 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

James Muirhead at the non-strikers'

19.4

Bravo to Haddin, 1 run, low full toss on leg stump, whipped away to long leg and Haddin is off strike

Kapil: "From being 100/5, AUS have done really well to get to 172/8 in 19 overs. Some shoddy bowling has done WI by 20 runs. But the depth is AUS batting and lack of it in their spin dept, makes this total very gettable for WI on this true surface. Now all upto the 2 big guys, Gayle and Smith"

19.5

Bravo to Muirhead, 1 run, skips down the track and lobs it over the bowler. There's a misfield by the man running in from the covers and it almost reaches the long-off boundary if not for the captain Darren Sammy

19.6

Bravo to Haddin, 1 wide, he was backing away on the leg side and Bravo, in an attempt to follow him, bowls it even further wide.

19.6

Bravo to Haddin, FOUR, carves this inside out and the ball thuds into the extra cover advertising boards. This was full and on middle and leg stump, but Haddin had made room again and has timed this exceedingly well

5.10 pm West Indies' slower bowlers did a reasonable job keeping the scoring in check until Glenn Maxwell came in and biffed everything in his arc. His 45 off 22 sparked Australia onward, and a few good overs in the death have pushed Australia to a formidable score. Maxwell says he's given complete freedom, since that's the way he plays and he backs himself. Adds that their bowlers know what to do, the wicket's slow and doing a bit and hopes to "expose their top batsmen." Join us in ten minutes for the chase

End of over 20 (10 runs) Australia 178/8
BJ Haddin    15* (7b 1x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-39-1
JM Muirhead    1* (1b)      K Santokie    4-0-30-1
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Mar 28, 2014

Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy break into a dance, Australia v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 28, 2014

Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy break into a dance

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James Faulkner reacts after Darren Sammy finishes the match with a six, Australia v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 28, 2014

James Faulkner reacts after Darren Sammy finishes the match with a six

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