West Indies bow out with a whimper
Australia cruised to a comprehensive 6 wicket victory over the West Indies to record their third Super Eight win in a row as the hostís participation in the tournament was ended..
The Aussies victory allows Sri Lanka to finish second in Group F and set up a semi final clash with England while Australia will face off against the defending champions, Pakistan in the over semi final.
Set a total of just 106 for victory the Aussies made light work of their run chase winning with 3 overs to spare. With David Warner (25) and Shane Watson (5) suffering rare failures with the bat Brad Haddin (42) top scored for the Aussies.
The West Indies lacklustre batting display meant they had to bowl the Aussies out for just 83 or less in order boost their run rate and leap frog Sri Lanka and qualify for the semi finals.
Having lost Chris Gayle (4) in the first over; Shivarine Chanderpaul (24) offered some resistant but his wicket opened the flood gates as the hosts middle collapsed.
Steven Smith starred with the ball for the Aussies, the young spinner took three wickets including that of big hitting Kieron Pollard to leave Sri Lanka favourites to claim second place in Group F behind Australia.
After scoring an impressive 98 against India on Sunday; West Indies skipper Chris Gayle was unable to recreate his heroic innings after Dirk Nannes struck to remove the big hitter from just the second ball of the game.
Having bowled a wide and then conceded a boundary from the first legitimate ball of the game Nannes struck back with a wonderful in swinging delivery which beat the edge of Gayleís bat and rattled into the stumps to silence the local fans.
Having seen his partner dismissed cheaply; Chanderpaul took over the mantel left by Gayle and the experienced West Indian played an intelligent innings working the ball around in the large out field before he throw away his wicket.
Despite having already scored two boundaries from the 5th over; Chanderpaul tried to smash Mitchell Johnson for a six over mid-on but the ball fell short of the boundary and was caught by David Hussey.
With Chanderpaul back in the dugout the Aussies increased the pressure on the hosts by cheaply removing Dwyane Bravo (6), Narsingh Deonarine (0) and Dinesh Ramdin (1) as the West Indies middle order offered no resistantís as the Australia bowlers took control of the game.
With the hosts 60-5 Kieron Pollard came in at number 7. The big hitting all rounder as the ability to change the course of a game within a few overs as seen during last years Twenty20 Champions League but he has flattered to deceive during the World Cup in the Caribbean.
Today was no different; having already dispatched Michael Clarke for a massive six over midwicket he tried to repeat the shot during the next over but he was stumped by Brad Haddin to give Smith his first wicket of the innings.
The impressive Smith struck again with the next delivery to dismiss Darren Sammy for a golden duck to leave the West Indies seriously in trouble with the score 77-7.
With Pollard and Sammy gone in quick succession the West Indies suffered a total collapse losing Ramnaresh Sarwan (26), Jerome Taylor (3) and Sulieman Benn (10) as the hosts were bowled out for just 105.