Last­over win for Windies

Cap­tain Sammy smashes un­beaten 34 off 13 balls to vir­tu­ally knock Aussies out of World T20

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DHAKA — West Indies cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy smashed an un­beaten 34 off 13 balls to vir­tu­ally knock Aus­tralia out of the World Twenty20 with a dra­matic las­tover win in Dhaka yes­ter­day.

The West Indies, chas­ing Aus­tralia’s chal­leng­ing 178­8, ap­peared headed for de­feat when they were 148­4 in 18 overs, still need­ing 31 runs from the last two overs.

But Sammy plun­dered 19 runs off pace­man Mitchell Starc in the penul­ti­mate over and then hit two sixes in James Faulkner’s fi­nal over to seal a six­wicket win with two balls to spare.

It was the sec­ond win in three games for the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in group two of the Su­per10s. Aus­tralia’s sec­ond suc­ces­sive loss meant they may not qual­ify for the semi­fi­nals even if they beat In­dia and Bangladesh in their re­main­ing games.

Sammy and Dwayne Bravo (27 not out) put on a match­win­ning stand of 49 in 19 de­liv­er­ies af­ter opener Chris Gayle had ham­mered 53 off 35 balls at the start.

Faulkner, who had an­noyed the West Indies play­ers be­fore the match by say­ing he did not like them, was at the re­ceiv­ing end of barbs by Gayle and Sammy af­ter the match.

“When you come to shoot ­ shoot, Don’t TALK!!,” Gayle tweeted.

“We were pumped up for this game,” Sammy said. “It was re­ally nice to see Faulkner bowl­ing the last over. A lot of things were said be­fore this match and you never wake up a sleep­ing lion.”

Aus­tralian cap­tain Ge­orge Bai­ley said he had hoped for a big­ger to­tal by his team.

“I don’t think we bat­ted par­tic­u­larly well” he said. “We lost too many wick­ets in the mid­dle. But the West Indies bowled re­ally well. And Sammy stuck to his plans. He hit it nice and hard.”

Gayle and Dwayne Smith put on 50 for the first wicket by the fifth over when Starc broke through by forc­ing Smith to edge a catch to wicket­keeper Brad Haddin.

Gayle, who be­gan with four con­sec­u­tive bound­aries off Starc, was dropped by Haddin off Glenn Maxwell when he was on 26.

The left­han­der

hit six fours and two sixes when he fell in the 13th over, pulling 20­year­old leg­spinner James Muir­head to Maxwell on the deep mid­wicket fence.

Lendl Sim­mons and Mar­lon Sa­muels also fell in quick suc­ces­sion, but Sammy and Bravo counter­at­tacked to post a mem­o­rable win for the West Indies.

Ear­lier, Aus­tralia sur­vived a spin as­sault to com­pile what ap­peared a com­mand­ing to­tal af­ter elect­ing to take first strike.

Six of the eight wick­ets fell to spin­ners, with Sa­muel Badree, Sa­muels and Sunil Narine claim­ing two wick­ets each.

Maxwell hit 45 off 22 balls at the top of the or­der, while Brad Hodge chipped in with a 26­ball 35 dur­ing a sixth­wicket stand of 52 with Faulkner.

Maxwell pro­pelled the in­nings with a stun­ning knock that con­tained three sixes and five bound­aries be­fore he was fifth out in the 12th over with the to­tal at 100. — Sapa­AFP. A. Finch b Sa­muels..................................... 16 D. Warner b Badree....................................20 S. Wat­son st Ramdin b Narine.................2 G. Maxwell c Bravo b Badree.................. 45 G. Bai­ley c Sammy b Sa­muels................ 12 B. Hodge b Narine.......................................35 J. Faulkner c Bravo b San­tokie................ 13 B. Haddin not out........................................15 M. Starc c Rus­sell b Bravo.........................4 J. Muir­head not out.......................................1 (b2, w7, nb6)................................. 15 (for eight wick­ets, 20 overs) Fall of wick­ets: 1­33 (Finch), 2­41 (Warner), 3­41 (Wat­son), 4­77 (Bai­ley), 5­100 (Maxwell), 6­152 (Hodge), 7­154 (Faulkner), 8­171 (Starc). Bowl­ing: San­tokie 4­0­30­1 (w2), Badree 4­0­37­2 (w1), Sa­muels 2­0­20­2 (w1), Narine 4­1­19­2, Sammy 1­0­16­0, Bravo 4­0­39­1 (nb1, w3), Rus­sell 1­0­15­0 (nb5). D. Smith c Haddin b Starc ....................... 17 C. Gayle c Maxwell b Muir­head .............. 53 L. Sim­mons c Maxwell b Bollinger ........ 26 M. Sa­muels c Haddin b Starc.................. 12 D. Bravo not out.......................................... 27 D. Sammy not out...................................... 34 (b2, lb6, w2)................................. 10 (for four wick­ets, 19.4 overs) Fall of wick­ets: 1­50 (Smith), 2­101 (Gayle), 3­107 (Sim­mons), 4­130 (Sa­muels). Bowl­ing: Wat­son 2­1­11­0, Starc 4­0­50­2, Bollinger 4­0­34­1, Maxwell 3­0­28­0, Faulkner 3.4­0­27­0 (w2), Muir­head 3­021­1 West Indies won by six wick­ets.

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Dar­ren Sammy of the West Indies is con­grat­u­lated by his team­mates World Twenty20 win over Aus­tralia yes­ter­day.af­ter hit­ting the win­ning runs dur­ing his side’s ICC

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