Darren Sammy’s late blitz helps West Indies trump Australia in ICC World T20 2014 thriller
Darren Sammy (batting in picture) smashed two consecutive sixes off James Faulkner to seal an exciting game for West Indies © Getty Images (File pic)
By Devarchit Varma
Mar 28, 2014
Darren Sammy‘s late blitz and Chris Gayle‘s half-century helped the West Indies trump Australia by six wickets in their ICC World T20 2014 match at Dhaka on Friday. Chasing a daunting target of 179 to win, the Caribbean side achieved it with two balls to spare and with six wickets in hand.
Sammy remained unbeaten on 34. He smashed 19 runs off Mitchell Starc in the penultimate over of the game helping West Indies snatch a win from Australia’s hands. The captain hit consecutive sixes off James Faulkner in the last over to seal an exciting game for his side.
It all came down to the final over of the game, with the West Indies needing 12 runs off six balls. Faulkner started off well with two dot balls, but Sammy spoiled the Australian moods as the next two deliveries were sent out of the park.
The West Indies’ skipper faced 13 balls, hit three sixes and two boundaries, and remained unbeaten on 34.
With the final blow, the entire West Indian camp went into some wild celebrations with Chris Gayle and Sammy leading it.
Before all this, it was Gayle, who provided the West Indies some momentum early on as he smashed as many as four boundaries off Starc in the second over in a tough chase. While the first boundary was hit through the covers, Gayle unleashed himself to hit strokes over the in-field to collect 16 runs from the over.
Dwayne Smith joined in soon, as he got two boundaries off Doug Bollinger to get going. Gayle finished off the over in style as he clobbered the left-arm Australian pacer for a six over the deep square leg region.
The mayhem continued in the next over when George Bailey introduced Glenn Maxwell. The explosive left-handed batsman carried the momentum as he slammed three more boundaries as the West Indies gained the upper hand in the stiff chase.
The Caribbean side brought up their 50 in the fifth over. Starc, on the last ball of that over got Smith caught behind by Brad Haddin as Australia made the first breakthrough.
Smith’s dismissal brought Lendl Simmons at the crease, and he teamed up with Gayle to take the West Indies ahead. While Simmons went about his job with relative calmness, Gayle too shifted gears and concentrated more on building the innings.
The two batsman added another 51 runs for the second wicket as the West Indies crossed the 100-run mark in the 12th over of the match. In the same over, Gayle completed his half-century, which came off 31 balls. Gayle and Simmons consumed as many as 43 balls to score those 51 runs. This strategy of batting cautiously perhaps backfired for the West Indies as when these two batsmen departed, the others found it tough to get going.
Australia held back the rookie pacer James Muirhead for a good part of the innings. The plan seemed to have worked for them as when the right-arm spinner came into the attack, he got the priced scalp of Gayle on the first ball of the 13th over.
Simmons departed in the 14th over, as he went for a pull shot off Doug Bollinger but found Glenn Maxwell near the boundary. Marlon Samuels too perished soon, caught behind by Brad Haddin for 12 off Star in the 17th over.
Earlier in the first innings, Glenn Maxwell and Brad Hodge‘s significant contributions helped Australia set a 179-run target against the West Indies, in the 23rd match of the ICC World T20 2014 tournament on Friday.
Electing to bat first, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but Maxwell and Hodge’s knocks ensured that they reach 178 for eight from 20 overs in the T20 World Cup match.
Australia lost their way after a positive start as they lost three wickets in quick succession. Aaron Finch and David Warner added but quick wickets hurt their chances. Finch was the first one to go as he was cleaned up by Marlon Samuels on the fourth ball of the third over.
Australia 178 for 8 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 45, Brad Hodge 30; Samuel Badree 2 for 37, Marlon Samuels 2 for 20, Sunil Narine 2 for 19) lost to West Indies 179 for 4 in 19.4 overs (Chris Gayle 53, Lendl Simmons 26, Darren Sammy 34; Mitchell Starc 2 for 50) by 6 wickets.
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(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)