West Indies v Australia, Super Eight, Group F, St Lucia May 11, 2010

West Indies crash out to ruthless Australia


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

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.

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Chantal 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

  • Saichand 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 :)

  • Riya 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

  • rana 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.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2010, 10:24 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Aussie 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.

  • Shaukat 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!

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