West Indies v Australia, Super Eight, Group F, St Lucia

West Indies crash out to ruthless Australia

The Bulletin by Peter English

May 11, 2010

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Australia 109 for 4 (Haddin 42) beat West Indies 105 (Sarwan 26, Smith 3-20) by 6 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Steven Smith returned an impressive 3 for 20, West Indies v Australia, World Twenty20, Super Eights, Group F, St Lucia, May 11, 2010
Steven Smith stood out with an impressive return of 3 for 20 © AFP

West Indies saved their worst for last as they were knocked out of their home tournament with a crushing six-wicket defeat by Australia. The hosts were in trouble as soon as the captain Chris Gayle fell second ball and flopped to 105, which their unbeaten opponents eased past in 16.2 overs.

Australia's next engagement is Friday's semi-final against Pakistan while Sri Lanka, who qualified in the first game of the day in St Lucia, face England on Thursday. Sri Lanka's five-wicket victory over India left West Indies needing to win by 24 runs to reach the last four ahead of Kumar Sangakkara's side, but that quickly proved impossible.

All Michael Clarke's men needed to do to qualify on top of Group F was avoid a heavy loss. Instead they produced another muscular performance as they chase their first global Twenty20 title.

David Warner blasted four boundaries and a huge six over long-on in 12 balls to kick-start the pursuit. He fell for 25 when edging Jerome Taylor and when Shane Watson (5) played-on to Sulieman Benn in the next over the hosts started to wonder.

The slim hope was brief as Brad Haddin took over once he got comfortable to secure the result and give Australia their fifth win in the tournament. Haddin finished with 42 off 46, departing a ball before Gayle delivered five wides to end the match. David Hussey was 10 not out as the tourists finished at 109 for 3.

The only worry for Australia entering the next stage is the ability of Clarke to lift the pace when required. Given a risk-free opportunity to show some muscle, he chipped the ball around in his usual style to collect 16 from 24 before being run-out by Dwayne Bravo's direct hit from backward point.

Match Meter

  • Aus
  • 2nd ball, Gayle goes: Everything rests with Chris Gayle when West Indies bat and after a strong drive down the ground, Dirk Nannes hits him on the pads and the ball goes on to the stumps. Doug Bollinger got him that way back in Australia over the summer too
  • Aus
  • 5th over, dancing Hussey: Shivnarine Chanderpaul has taken Mitchell Johnson for two legside boundaries when he tries for a third four down the ground. David Hussey runs back from mid-on and leaps for the catch, which sparks excited Australian celebrations
  • Aus
  • 13th over, Smith strikes: Steven Smith has been tying down the West Indies batsmen and then he wraps up Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy in consecutive balls. The legspinner that results in Pollard's stumping is the ball of the game
  • Aus
  • 3rd over, Warner explodes: Even though David Warner is out to the final ball of Jerome Taylor's over, the damage has already been done. Two fierce fours through point are soon followed by a massive six over long-on. Shane Watson falls in the next over but that is the end of West Indies' brief rally
Advantage Honours even

West Indies did not recover after losing Gayle, who played on to Dirk Nannes, and Australia's well-rounded attack picked off his team-mates with ease as the innings ended six balls early. West Indies slumped to 60 for 5 in the 10th over as they were out-gunned, with Mitchell Johnson collecting 2 for 22, before the legspinner Steven Smith snuffed out any chance of a revival. Smith was on a hat-trick when he removed Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy on the way to an impressive 3 for 20.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the No. 3, tried to hold the innings together with 26 off 32 balls, but there was too much damage at the other end and he exited in the 15th over. Nikita Miller (10 not out) and Benn (9) were left to add 20 for the last wicket to take West Indies to triple figures.

The other opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul (24) raised the rate after Gayle's exit before attempting to force Johnson down the ground, where David Hussey dived for an athletic take at mid-on. West Indies were 52 for 3 when Bravo was unlucky to be run out for 6 after Sarwan drove back to Johnson and the ball brushed the bowler's fingers to ricochet on to the stumps. An over later Narsingh Deonarine hadn't scored as he found Michael Hussey at deep square leg to give Smith his first wicket.

Johnson's second came with Denesh Ramdin's edge behind on 1 and Pollard was stumped from a beautiful ball from Smith, who confused the batsman with a drifting legspinner. Smith then caught-and-bowled Sammy and when Sarwan fell to David Hussey (2 for 3), West Indies' chances of a home success were gone.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 20:08 GMT)

Australia are favourites here by far. England comes to the big stage but they don't win when it matters most. Sri Lanka will be a threat. Pakistan makes it very exciting. Who knows Pakistan my knock the Aussies out of the WC just like they did last year.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

all of the one's supporting aussies out here, don't forget, Pakistan is the most unpredictable side in the world, they can thrash any team in the world, no matter how many matches they've won with how many balls and wickets remaining, and how unbeatable they've been in the tournament

Posted by maggas on (May 12, 2010, 17:24 GMT)

i really though WI could have made it to @ least the semis but i guess they were not ready. T20 i believe is an all rounders game..They could have @ least considered Lendel simmonds.. but say what

Posted by Saichandm on (May 12, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

A year ago people said Australia is a era gone by. But guess what, they have such a huge pool of players now that they can make 2 teams that can finish 1 and 2 in any tournament.

Bottom line... A strong domestic structure, committed players who thrive to win always, and a bit of Aussie positive thinking keeps them on the top always.

Irrespective to what happens in the T20 world cup in the semis they are still the undisputed champions according to me.

Btw... If there is any team that can surprise the Aussies on some random day it is Pakistan which makes the semifinals very interesting :)

Posted by reneeXI on (May 12, 2010, 13:45 GMT)

@AndrewWI I agree with you..Australia was never dethroned,They might have had One or two rough patches in between but they have always bounced back in a matter of days..Some teams win a title and then lose all games in that form..BTW Im an Indian who supports the Aussies

Posted by veeer81 on (May 12, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

MR Rooboy dont get jealous be realistic , for your kind information its still the subcontinent teams who have the pride to reach t20 world cup finals and also winning this and this we will repeat this time again will be the winner pakistan or srilanka no aussies INSHALLAH.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 10:24 GMT)

pakistan is telling to aussies " you want some,come get some''

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 8:39 GMT)

I think WI have no work ethics at all. They have been disappointing me since i learned abt cricket and now its very hard to continue to support them. They show some hope every now and then, and then they show their real side like this. It was embarrassing to watch them play late at night and ohhmy!! what a display by Australians. Why cant other teams learn from them, after watching them dominating for so many year its just above me.

Posted by ozzieoi on (May 12, 2010, 8:21 GMT)

I'm sure Australia will win not only the Semis against Pakistan but the whole tournament. They wouldn't aim to JUST win the Semis like Pakistan here from the sounds of it. ;)

I've been thoroughly enjoying this whole tournament after reading comments from one eyed subcontinental fans after Australia's ONE run loss to Zimbabwe in an unofficial T20 match. Good luck to the boys who've done the country real proud.

Posted by Latifs on (May 12, 2010, 8:06 GMT)

Q: Where do Indian Batsman perform their best? A: In Advertisments. Q: What is the difference between Indian Cricket Team and a tea bag? A: The tea bag stays in the cup longer. Sharad Pawar: 12 teams in the T20 WC and you lot finish bottom?

Dhoni: Well, it could have been worse.

Sharad Pawar: How?

Dhoni: There could have been more teams in the WC!

Posted by azhar_hassan on (May 12, 2010, 7:56 GMT)

Rooboy - They say that the term "fan" comes from fanatic. Perhaps that is why all the fans are saying their respective teams WILL win - granted that this may be based more on hope than reality.

And yes, based on performance over the past years, Australia is the best team in Tests and ODIs. But while we talk about T20, let us keep in mind that so far, it is two subcontinental teams that have won the T20 World Cup. Australia & England now have an opportunity to change that.

HOPING that Pakistan go all the way - after barely sneaking into the semis ;-)

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 7:54 GMT)

Hope Assues will win the T20 world cup

Posted by 36yearsofexperience on (May 12, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

its a shame for west indies, but atleast they are financially struggling. they are not the favourite to win the tournament. when we look at teams like India its totally amusing to see the worthless performance. We talk big, spend bigger, but performane wise we are always the last. Our cricketers are always over glorified, and we never had enough of defeats.... against quality opposition in do-or-die situation we loose 70% of time. One T20 world cup win and our stomach is full for the next 20 years!!!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 7:41 GMT)

its gonna be tough contest, again Art vs Science of cricket (like last year's semi btw Pak and SA), this time Pak vs Aus. defeating SA would definitely add a lot to Pakistan's belief in themselves and yet they can again produce a magnificent victory against the "perfection" by being "the unpredictable"

Posted by lagers on (May 12, 2010, 6:16 GMT)

Australia and Sri Lanka look the big danger to England

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

One thing is for sure... viewer ship is gonna suffer cause of India's exit..this'll seriously hurt the advertisers n the TRP...at least this might stop them from squeezin in ads between balls...

Posted by AndrewWI on (May 12, 2010, 5:31 GMT)

I have been saying this for a while - the Aussies are the best team in the world and there were never really dethroned despite the constant chirping of India and South Africa. Take a look at this record : England 6-1 (away) India (4-2) away Champions Trophy winners West Indies 2-0 (Test) Pakistan 3-0 (Test) Pakistan 5-0 (ODI) New Zealand 2-0 ( Test) West Indies 4-0 (ODI)

And now destroying every single one of the 'excellent' sub continent teams by such embarrassing margins that these countries had better hang their heads in shame. People in the subcontinent are gasbags about cricket while those in australia are either serious fans of the sport else completely into another sport (eg Rugby) There is something these countries need to learn about sporting culture.

And this is from and Indian who supports the West Indies.

Posted by boet613 on (May 12, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

What a shame !!! Not really a suprising result, considering the form Australia have been in. It would have been a wonderful Cinderella type story if the WIndies would have been able to pull it off.....we all would have been very happy for those chaps....alas it was obviously not meant to be - Maybe next time, when you can rely on more than the fantastic MR CHRIS GAYLE.....we'll be cheering for you ( after South Africa - he he he )

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 5:19 GMT)

it will be repeat of last years semis as Pakistan will overcome Aussies,,,,,,,,,,,,,,inshllah

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (May 12, 2010, 5:02 GMT)

Indian cricketers were a bunch of office workers and the West Indians are like Office Boys! Shame on you guys. Time for total change in the teams including the Captains

Posted by Deepakcts on (May 12, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

Aussie rulez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by anjalisood25 on (May 12, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

MS Dhoni to press."in this world cup we could have scored runs and won if there were no fast bowlers in other teams, those are beasts they scare the shit and out of me and my batsmen. we will ask icc to ban fast bowlers in matches against india. then we can win, with only spinners bowling gainst us, and u see our bowlers are so clever, they dont get the opposition batsmen out , they take wickets, take the wickets reaaly deep in their asses, just an amazing art, the wickets disappear completely.i too like taking the wickets, all six of them, one by one.we have a team of loosers including me , we have yusuf pathan and jadeja like players in our national team who cannot even play in australian or south african club cricket, u have seen i cannot hit fast bowlers, they fuck my ass with swing and bouncers, and same with vijay, raina yuvray, gambhir, none of us have the technique to play on fast pitches and fast bowlers, so bcci has to make us play only in slow pitches

Posted by hijabhassan on (May 12, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

Inshallah Pakistan Will beat Australia in the semi final,David Will overcome Goliath.

Posted by Rooboy on (May 12, 2010, 4:37 GMT)

Md Hanif and Lux Gurusamy, SHOW SOME HUMILITY AND REALISM!! I am absolutely, thouroughly fed up to the gills with sub continent fans CONTINUALLY saying their team will beat Australia, with NO BASIS for the comment, who then go missing or make pathetic excuses after their team gets smashed. They can say they hope their team wins, but unless they can see the future, they cannot keep saying their team WILL win. Especially after being proven wrong time after time after time, but they just DO NOT LEARN. Australians constantly get criticised for being arrogant, but Aussies have got nothing on the cocky, one eyed, parochial and, dare I say it, delusional sub continent fans and media.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 2:31 GMT)

Yea! Aussies are too hot to handle 4 the opponents in this edition of T20. This shows they have erased their reputation of not being adapt to T20s which looked like in their previous performances and proved they are champions even in this format.They will go unbeaten in the series.

Posted by Dayton on (May 12, 2010, 1:22 GMT)

No comments from anyone. Well not many indian fans watching T20 world now I guess.

Posted by __PK on (May 12, 2010, 1:18 GMT)

Even when they're not on top, Australia are never far off the pace and they keep rising to the top. All other sides threaten to be the best for five minutes and then disappear for months at a time. Anyone still think Australia aren't still the best side in the world?

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 1:17 GMT)

pakistan will beat australia at semifinal; insha Allah............

Posted by Itchy on (May 12, 2010, 0:37 GMT)

Hardly a surprising result - WI have been scratchy while Aus have been generally good, particularly bowling and in the field.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 0:35 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 0:33 GMT)

Pakistan will bring a surprise comes Friday. Either it is a lowest score or a thrilling win over the Aussies.

Posted by M-S-R on (May 12, 2010, 0:30 GMT)

West Indies needs to play collectively........too long becoming a one men-dependent team...........it was Lara, now its Gayle!

Posted by Rooboy on (May 12, 2010, 0:10 GMT)

As Chappelli said in the game v India, Clarke should come in ahead only of Tait and Nannes. His captaincy and fielding have been good but his batting just does not seem suited to this form of the game, unless Australia collapse early and need someone to steady the ship.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 0:08 GMT)

Piece a cake.Those aussies are on a mission.They mean business.Simple as that!!!!

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