Australia shut in on T20 World Cup semis after win over West Indies

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Australia beat West Indies of their remaining Super 12 match, with the win placing them in a great place to make the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final.

Half-centuries for David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, and 4 wickets for Josh Hazlewood made it 4 wins in 5 matches for Australia in Group 1.

The win took them to second within the group, equal on factors with England. While they must watch for the results of the England v South Africa match earlier than they’ll verify their place within the semi-final, a wholesome internet run price has put them in a great place.

Warner made 89* off 54 whereas Marsh supported him with 53 off 32 as they chased down the goal of 158 with eight wickets and 22 balls to spare.

For West Indies, it was an emotional finish to their title defence. The two-time champions confirmed glimpses of their era-defining T20 batting as they bid farewell to Dwayne Bravo and probably Chris Gayle. However, they completed their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 marketing campaign with just one win within the Super 12 stage.

Warner leads the cost

With 157/7 on the board after they have been requested to bat first, West Indies would have been cautiously optimistic. After a guard of honour for Bravo, they handed the brand new ball to Akeal Hosein and gave him close-in fielders proper underneath the eyeline of the batters. The plan labored, with Aaron Finch chopping on when the left-hand spinner got here again for his second over. 

However, they’d little else to have a good time. Warner was in superb contact. Having bought going with a 4 off an errant Roston Chase, he used the additional bounce from Jason Holder to reel off two fours and a six. He welcomed Dwayne Bravo with a lofted drive and slog-swept Hosein over the ropes.

His third six, this time over midwicket, bought him near his fifty, earlier than a scampered two introduced up the landmark in simply 29 balls.

Marsh into the assault

The duo of Marsh and Warner didn’t decelerate after the fielding restrictions have been eased both. The asking price was nicely in management on the drinks break, with 60 wanted off 60 balls.

Marsh provided good assist to Warner, hanging a few blows that sailed over the ropes. A few fours off Holder bought Marsh near his half-century, which got here in 28 balls.  

A remaining bow

Bravo’s remaining over in worldwide cricket was smashed for 17 runs, together with an enormous six over sq. leg for Warner.

Chris Gayle took the ball with eight wanted, and provided some late leisure. He nearly had a stumping and had Marsh caught at mid-off along with his final ball.

It was left to Warner to complete the sport with a 4 off his pads.

A Gayle farewell?

Earlier, a well-recognized title on the prime of the order was liable for West Indies’ sturdy begin after they have been requested to bat.

Unlike Bravo, who had clarified that this match would function his final outing in maroon, Gayle had not made clear his plans for worldwide retirement. Yet, when the West Indies legend walked off the sphere after a brief however entertaining innings, elevating his bat to the group, congratulated by his colleagues and soaking within the well-earned admiration, it instructed this was his farewell match too.

His 15 off 9 balls had loads of the standard Gayle flourish. The two-time T20 World Cup champion, batting in shades underneath his helmet, noticed out Mitchell Starc within the first over, earlier than hanging two sixes. He pulled Hazlewood after which, two balls later, smashed a back-of-a-length supply from Pat Cummins down the bottom off the again foot.

The leisure was short-lived, although. The very subsequent ball, he chopped onto his stumps.

Strong Powerplay for West Indies

West Indies, whose attacking batting approach has not all the time labored on this event, particularly when requested to bat first, got here out swinging.

Evin Lewis took Hazlewood for 2 back-to-back leg-side fours earlier than lofting him down the bottom for a 3rd. Gayle then added to the bowler’s ache, because the second over went for 20 runs.

Hazlewood got here again strongly: Bowling good size, he had Nicholas Pooran caught earlier than Roston Chase was performed in by slight motion that knocked his off stump.  

But with the in-form Shimron Hetmyer and Lewis within the center, the lads in maroon comfortably posted 50 within the Powerplay.

Pollard on the end

The West Indies loved a few helpful partnerships within the center overs, at the same time as Australia saved chipping away.

Bravo and Kieron Pollard set themselves as much as launch on the demise. The duo added 35 in 28 balls, with the skipper main the scoring.

Bravo noticed out Starc yorkers to drive him over additional cowl for a six, however was caught within the deep going for one more huge shot off Hazlewood. His final innings for West Indies was price 10 runs, and he walked off to applause from the viewers, hugs from his team-mates and respect from the opposition.

Pollard fell in need of his half-century, however his 44 off 31 balls and two sixes within the remaining over by Andre Russell pushed West Indies previous 150. But towards a marauding Warner, it wasn’t sufficient for a win.