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Windies thrash Aussies

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Windies thrash Aussies

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WEST INDIES PULLED out all the stops to win their second match in a row when they played Australia in the World Twenty20 Championship in Bangladesh this morning.
Playing at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the Windies were able to hold the Aussies to 178 for eight off their 20 overs, after they had been asked to field first.
Chris Gayle then got them off to a flying start scoring 53 off 35 balls in a knock that included six fours and two sixes.
But it was the last over that was critical. With twelve runs needed, captain Darren Sammy failed to score off the first two balls but then hit two consecutive sixes to bring the match to an enthralling finish.
Earlier, the spinners did the job for the regional side with off-spinners Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels and leg-spinner Samuel Badree picking up two wickets each.
Glenn Maxwell top scored for Australia with 45 from 22 balls while Brad Hodge got 35 off 26 deliveries but the Aussie batsmen generally found it hard to get going.
West Indies will take on Pakistan on Tuesday while Australia will be aiming for their first win of the tournament against India on Sunday. (NB)
AUSTRALIA 178 for eight off 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 45, Brad Hodge 35, David Warner 20; Sunil Narine 2-19, Marlon Samuels 2-20, Samuel Badree 2-37)
WEST INDIES 179 for four off 19.4 overs (Chris Gayle 53, Darren Sammy 34 not out, Dwayne Bravo 27 not out, Lendl Simmons 26; Mitchell Starc 2-50)