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RESULT
8th Match, Group B (N), Colombo (RPS), September 22, 2012, ICC World Twenty20
(9.1/9.1 ov, T:84) 100/1

Australia won by 17 runs (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
41* (24) & 2/29
shane-watson
Match centre 
Scores: Binoy George
 | 
Comms: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
West Indies 191/8(20 overs)
Australia 100/1(9.1 overs)
Fidel Edwards1/16 (2)
Daren Sammy0/15 (2)

Okay so that's it. A cold tournament finally reaches biggish matches, and rain allows only 43 overs of cricket over two matches. I have got a bad feeling about this tournament. Hoping for a better day tomorrow, this is Sidharth Monga signing off. Cheers

Presentation "Weather took away a very exciting game," says Darren Sammy. "Everybody was looking forward to it. The batsmen did what was required of them. we knew Australia would come back hard, and we took too long to respond. Just the way he goes about his innings, we just sit in the dressing room, and just enjoy watching him play. Edwards started well, but like I said we took too long to respond."

"There was some good stuff but there was some ordinary stuff as well," says George Bailey. "That's what the challenge is, to lessen the gap between the good and the ordinary stuff. We did do that in patches, but there were certainly patches when they got away from us. Watson and Warner did the job, Huss was good too. Disappointed with the rain, because an exciting finish was set up."

"It was a good day in the end," says Shane Watson. "Obviously disappointing to let them score 190. Dropping Gayle was a pretty bad feeling, especially when the next 10 balls go for 30-40 runs. So good to make up for it with the ball and the bat. It was great to watch Warner from the other end. That's the thing about our partnership. One day is his day, the next one can be mine."

10.55pm I am being told it has been pouring down in Colombo, and they are trying to find a place to hold the match presentation. However, I stay committed to bringing you those quotes, no matter how banal they might be

10.43pm Australia have won by 17 runs on D/L. Shane Watson is Man of the Match. A result reminiscent of West Indies' first match of the first World Twenty20, when they scored 200-plus, and failed to defend. This now turns West Indies-Ireland into a knockout game.

Gayle, Samuels were superb, and so was Watson. For a nine-over innings, as it turned out to be, Warner was useful too. Unfortunate day for the bowlers what with mis-hits flying for sixes. Stay back for quotes from the presentation

10.30pm Still sheeting down and David Hopps has spotted a fan in football jersey body-surfing on the covers. On a more serious note David lets me know the October monsoon is just setting in Sri Lanka, and this is not good news for the tournament. Also don't forget the Champions Cup that was washed out in Sri Lanka ended on September 30, which was roughly the same season. Not the cleverest bit of scheduling then

Meanwhile Rakesh, a West Indies fan if there ever was one, is tearing his hair apart: "In my 35 years of watching cricket, i am unable to recall a single game where i have seen such poor bowling and fielding by any team as the WI today"

"A question about D/L: say we lose 10 overs, turning it into a 10 over match. But say Australia is still ahead of D/L. Do they declare the game over then and there?" No, David, they could still lose wickets in the next five balls, thus changing the par score. Or, wait, I might be wrong. You have got me here

10.20pm Still pouring in Colombo. Australia getting closer to the win every passing minute

10.02pmWe are going off with this massive downpour. The covers are coming on, they will cover the whole ground, but let me tell you that the par score at this moment is 83. Australia are well ahead of it. My amateur calculation says they will start reducing overs if we don't resume play by 10.16pm. One over for every four minutes lost after 10.16pm

9.1
1
Rampaul to Watson, 1 run

length ball, on off, stops at him, it is bowled at 123ks, and it is chipped short of long-on

"Not denying that his reaction shouldn't be taken as a proof. However, I don't see anything wrong with DRS. A review per innings, sounds good, aye?

Besides enough replays were played without HotSpot and snicko. Oh ICC!" But Lucy, do you want to slow this game down further? As it is, people hardly bowl their overs in time in T20 what with all the conferences going in. Meanwhile here is Rampaul, and also lots of rain

end of over 98 runs
AUS: 99/1CRR: 11.00 RRR: 8.45
Shane Watson40 (23)
Michael Hussey28 (19)
Dwayne Bravo 1-0-8-0
Marlon Samuels 1-0-22-0
8.6
1
Bravo to Watson, 1 run

slower ball, almost like a flighted delivery from a spinner. The half-volley is driven back at Bravo, and he misfields to allow a single

"192! Oh dear, oh dear! This is exactly the target Pakistan set Australia in the last WT20 semi final and Mike Hussey it was! WI must pray he doesnt stick to the end!" That's some memory from ChSherlock

8.5
1
Bravo to Hussey, 1 run

low full toss, first time he has bowled at regular pace, and it's driven to long-off for one

8.4
Bravo to Hussey, no run

gives him the charge, Bravo bowls slow again, and this time Hussey hits straight to straight extra cover

8.3
4
Bravo to Hussey, FOUR runs

slow again, and short, and he has pulled it into the vacant deep square leg region. This is weird field placement. No square leg inside the circle, and none at the boundary either

8.2
1
Bravo to Watson, 1 run

another slow ball, 110ks, full, on the pads, and flicked away for one

8.1
1
Bravo to Hussey, 1 run

slower ball, full on off, pushed to long-off for one

Bravo comes on

end of over 822 runs
AUS: 91/1CRR: 11.37 RRR: 8.41
Shane Watson38 (21)
Michael Hussey22 (15)
Marlon Samuels 1-0-22-0
Daren Sammy 2-0-15-0
7.6
4
Samuels to Watson, FOUR runs

short of a length, angling in, rocks back, and whacks it away past square leg

7.5
6
Samuels to Watson, SIX runs

short, flat, Watson pulls straight to deep midwicket, but this has burst through the hands of DR Smith. What a drop. That was simple by Smith's standards. That could have the final say in the match

7.4
6
Samuels to Watson, SIX runs

oh that seemed like he had mis-hit. The bat face turned open as he tried to loft over long-off, but it kept flying over the man. what bats are they using? Or are they playing in the rarefied atmosphere of Johannesburg?

7.3
4
Samuels to Watson, FOUR runs

short, flat, outside off, and he has got the room to swing at it and drag it over midwicket. That went flat and fast for four

7.2
1
Samuels to Hussey, 1 run

he has made up his mind to sweep long before he leaves the ball. Samuels is short and quick, but he still it drags it from wide outside off for a single to short fine

7.1
1
Samuels to Watson, 1 run

length ball, quick, on middle and leg, pushed to long-on

Samuels to operate now

end of over 77 runs
AUS: 69/1CRR: 9.85 RRR: 9.46
Michael Hussey21 (14)
Shane Watson17 (16)
Daren Sammy 2-0-15-0
Sunil Narine 2-0-16-0
6.6
4
Sammy to Hussey, FOUR runs

innovation. Hussey walks across the stumps, takes a perfectly acceptable length ball on off, and drags it to the right of short fine leg

6.5
1
Sammy to Watson, 1 run

short of a length, into the pads, worked away for a single

6.4
Sammy to Watson, no run

short of a length, on off, defended back to him

6.3
Sammy to Watson, no run

that kicked at him. Short of a length, and bounces towards his chest. Watsin's head falls back as he fends with soft hands. It doesn't carry to point

6.2
1
Sammy to Hussey, 1 run

slower ball, short of a length, punched to long-off for one

6.1
1
Sammy to Watson, 1 run

short of a length, just outside off, late-cut away to third man

"We've seen before from HotSpot that it's quite possible for a batsman to edge the ball and not know it so, while it's possible that Warner didn't get an edge, I certainly don't think that we should take his reaction as proof that he didn't." Yes, John, I am in no position to say anything on that. Especially when in T20 you hardly get time to watch replays properly

end of over 612 runs
AUS: 62/1CRR: 10.33 RRR: 9.28
Shane Watson15 (12)
Michael Hussey16 (12)
Sunil Narine 2-0-16-0
Daren Sammy 1-0-8-0
5.6
1
Narine to Watson, 1 run

straight delivery, on a length, middle and leg, Watson backs away to muscle it to long-on for one

Best performances - batters
CH Gayle
CH Gayle WI
54 runs (33)
5 fours4 sixes
Control
63%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
14 runs
2 fours1 six
5059171206
MN Samuels
MN Samuels WI
50 runs (32)
3 fours4 sixes
Control
69%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
1 four2 sixes
105109898
Best performances - bowlers
MA Starc
MA Starc AUS
O
4
M
0
R
35
W
3
ECO
8.75
SR Watson
SR Watson AUS
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
2
ECO
7.25
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
Series
Season2012/13
Player Of The Match
Australia
Shane Watson
Match numberT20I no. 270
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.10-22.30
Match days22 September 2012 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
Pakistan
Asad Rauf
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Simon Taufel
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsAustralia 2, West Indies 0
Australia Innings
<1 / 3>
ICC World Twenty20
Group 1
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SL33060.998
WI3214-0.375
ENG3122-0.397
NZ3030-0.169
Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS32140.464
PAK32140.273
INDIA3214-0.274
SA3030-0.421
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
INDIA22042.825
ENG21120.650
AFG2020-3.475
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS22042.184
WI2011-1.855
IRE2011-2.092
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SA22043.598
SL21121.852
ZIM2020-3.624
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
PAK22040.706
NZ21121.150
BAN2020-1.868