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Sammy leads from front in Windies victory


Sammy leads from front in Windies victory

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KOLKATA – Captain Darren Sammy led from the front with a brilliant half century as West Indies beat Australia by three wickets in their second official warm-up match at Eden Gardens on Sunday.

The 31-year-old scored 50 not out off 28 balls with six fours and a tremendous straight six. He led the rescue effort after Windies were rocked by Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick in the fourth over.

Sammy’s heroics brought the score from 49 for five in the ninth over to win with one ball to spare in front a crowd of over 20 000. logo-icc-world-t20

He shared two crucial partnerships – 53 off 24 balls for the seventh wicket with Carlos Brathwaite (33) and an unbroken 37 off 26 balls for the eighth wicket with Ashley Nurse (12 not out).

In the first half of the match Dwayne Bravo produced an excellent spell of four for 41 off four overs to restrict the Australian run-scoring.

Shanw Watson scored 60 and Steve Smith 36.

Bravo was well backed up by left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, with three wickets, and seamer Carlos Brathwaite with two.

Summarised Scores:

Australia 161 for nine in 20 overs (Shane Watson 60, Steve Smith 36, Aaron Finch 33, John Hastings 10; Dwayne Bravo 4-21, Sulieman Benn 3-37, Carlos Brathwaite 2-16). West Indies 162 for seven in 19.5 overs (Darren Sammy 50 not out, Carlos Brathwaite 33, Andre Russell 29, Johnson Charles 14, Ashley Nurse 12 n.o.; Josh Hazlewood 3-13, Andrew Tye 2-35). West Indies won by three wickets with one ball remaining.