Aussies book their place in the Super Eights

Deepankar Kaur | cricket20

Australia booked their place in the Super Eights stage of the tournament thanks to a 17 run Duckworth Lewis victory over the West Indies at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Faced with a victory target of 192, the Aussies had reached 100-1 at the start of the 10th over when the both teams were forced from the pitch because of heavy rain which swept almost surprisingly.

With the rain lashing down it was no surprise that the umpires called the game off at 10.35 local time to hand victory to the Aussies who had Shane Watson (41) and David Warner (28) to thanks for their rapid start.

Having won the toss, the West Indies recorded an imposing total of 191-8 thanks to half centuries from Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

Gayle (54) led the way with a 26 ball half century which included five boundaries and four sixes after the early loss of Dwayne Smith (2) who was bowled by Mitchell Starc (3-35) in the 2nd over.

Johnson Charles (16) quickly followed by Gayle and Samuels (50) put the West Indies in control with a 3rd wicket stand of 46 before Gayle caught by Shane Watson (2-29) off his own bowling in the 11th over.

Samuels completed his own half century four overs later before he was caught by David Warner out on the boundary off the bowling of Brad Hogg to leave the West Indies 140-4 after 15.3 overs.

Despite the loss of Gayle and Samuels the West Indies continued to pressure the Aussie bowlers thanks to cameos from Dwayne Bravo (27) and Kieron Pollard (10) to leave Australia facing a run chase of 192.

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