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Windies waltz to T20 final

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

COLOMBO - Australia's bowlers were belted and their paper-thin middle-order batting offered little resistance as they crashed out of the World Twenty20 with an embarrassing 74-run loss to West Indies in Friday's semi-final.

Darren Sammy's Windies' side will play hosts Sri Lanka in Sunday night's final in Colombo.

After winning both of their group matches including a clash with the Windies and their first two Super Eights games, Australia finished the tournament with barely a whimper.

George Bailey's men lost to Pakistan by 32 runs on Tuesday night in a poor batting display against a spin-dominated attack then performed even worse in their cut-throat semi-final against the Windies three nights later.

Man-of-the-match Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 75 in the West Indies' total of 4-205.

With an enormous task in front of them, Australia lost early wickets in the chase for quick runs and never recovered in a total of 131.

Six of Australia's top seven batsmen made a combined tally of 32 runs, while Bailey stood firm among the ruins to score a career-best 63 off just 29 balls.

Australia's leading batsman Shane Watson and fellow opener David Warner fell for one and seven respectively to legspinner Samuel Badree and, in another key breakthrough for the Windies, Mike Hussey was caught and bowled by offspinner Marlon Samuels for 18.

Paceman Ravi Rampaul (3-16) removed Cameron White caught down leg-side for five and David Hussey caught and bowled for a second-ball duck.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Wade (one) fell to spinner Sunil Narine at 6-43.

Bailey added 68 for the seventh wicket with tailender Pat Cummins (13) but the pair fell in consecutive balls to Kieron Pollard in the 14th over.

Brad Hogg was stumped off Narine for seven and Mitchell Starc was last man out for two in the 17th over.

Master blaster Gayle's 41-ball knock of 75 included six sixes as the big left-hander added 65 runs in 25 deliveries for the fourth wicket with Pollard (38 off 15 balls).

Spinner Xavier Doherty took 1-48 from his three overs, with his final over costing 25 including three consecutive sixes by Pollard.





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