The West Indies booked their place in the t20 World Cup final against Sri Lanka on Sunday night after they completed a devastating 74 run victory against Australia at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Darren Sammy’s side secured their place in the Sunday’s final in commanding style after they restricted the Aussies to a total of just 131 as they search for their first silverware since winning the ICC Champions Trophy against England at the Oval in 2004.
Chris Gayle was at his scintillating best with the bat as he smashed 75 runs from just 41 balls which included five boundaries and six sixes to help the West Indies record a total of 205-4 after Darren Sammy won the toss and choose to bat first.
Faced with such a mammoth run chase the Australians collapsed in spectacular fashion to just 43-6 in the 8th over thanks to some impressive bowling from Ravi Rampaul (3-16) and Samuel Badree (2-27).
Aussie skipper George Bailey offered some resistant’s to the West Indies onslaught with a quick fire 63 from just 29 deliveries but with the top order already back in the dugout he task was almost impossible.
Dwayne Bravo (37) and Marlon Samuels (26) offered Gayle support after the early loss of Johnson Charles (10) who was caught by Matthew Wade off the bowling of Mitchell Starc (1-32) in the 3rd over.
After a slow start during the power play overs the West Indies started to take control with Gayle and Samuel picking off Xavier Doherty (1-48) and David Hussey (0-22) at ease
Despite the loss of Samuels, Gayle and Pollard (38) punished some wayward bowling and fielding throughout their 4th wicket stand of 83 which included 25 runs from the final over which was bowled by Doherty to leave the Aussies facing a mammoth run chase.