Australia won by 6 wickets with 22 balls to spare in reply to West Indies’ 156 runs. And with this victory, Aaron Finch went a long way towards the semi-finals.
In another match on Saturday (November 8), South Africa can only advance to the semi-finals if they can beat England by a large margin and overtake Ajit in the run rate. Because then the points of the two teams will be equal. So far, Australia is ahead in the run rate.
Ajira got a big win with the help of Australian opener Warner’s great bat. Warner was unbeaten on 69 off 57 balls with nine fours and four sixes. Mitchell Marsh also made 53 off 32 balls.
Earlier, the Australian bowlers also did their job by keeping the Caribbeans at bay. Pollard-Gayle lost 6 wickets in 20 overs and scored 156 runs.
The reigning champions West Indies had already dropped out of the event. However, the team’s captain Kieron Pollard’s goal was to win the last. That never happened again. The Windies have won just one of five matches in the Super Twelve. Against Bangladesh.
After losing the toss in their last match of the World Cup against Australia in Abu Dhabi, the Caribbeans were the first to fail. At the end of 4 overs of the innings, they lost three wickets to add 40 runs. After that the team turned around a bit but they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis opened for the West Indies. Mitchell Starc started bowling for Australia. Gayle hit a six off the first ball of Pat Cummins, who came to bowl in the third over, though he survived the first two overs. But ‘The Universe Boss’ became bold with the second ball. Gayle returned to the dressing room with 15 runs off 9 balls with the help of two sixes.
Joss Hazlewood returned Nicholas Puran with the first ball of the fourth over before he could handle the pressure of losing Gayle in the third over. Puran was caught by Marsh for 4 off 4 balls with the help of 1 boundary. Roston Chase was Hazlewood’s second victim in the same over. He could not open the book after playing 2 balls. The Caribbeans lost 3 wickets for 35 runs.
Evin Lewis was caught by Steve Smith in the tenth over of the innings. Lewis was dismissed for 29 off 26 balls with five boundaries. Then in the thirteenth over, Shimron Hetmeyer, who had played well in the previous match, returned to the dressing room with Wade’s easy catch off Hazelwood. He scored 26 runs off 26 balls with the help of 2 boundaries. Then Dwayne Bravo returned. He went down to play the last match today.
The Caribbean became the king when the T20 World Cup came. They are most appreciated in small formats all over the world. They are also the current champions. But in the 2021 World Cup, they seem to have lost that badge.