We were in day two of ICC t-20 world cup.A scratchy West Indian team had to play an under strength Australia.The pitch looked good for batting,Ponting won the toss and chose to bat first.West indies got a rocking start to their world cup campaign.All rounder Watson and ponting were done in by jerome Taylor.David Warner though set the scoreboard alive with strong hits.Clarke too followed suit to the pavilion leaving Australia in tantrums.Warner found a suitable partner in Haddin and put on a 50+ partnership,later Haddin departed at 81-4 at the end of 12th over.Australia decided to take the charge and David Hussey showed his class with hefty hits.In the mean while Warner in trying to up the anti, departed after a well made 63.Then Hussey bro’s looked dangerous and put on 30 runs in no time.After D Hussey’s dismissal Johnson was sent in to boost the score,it couldn’t happen though.Micheal Hussey once again showed his true colours and West Indies’s average fielding effort lifted Australia to a defendable 169/7.
Gayle and Fletcher had a tall target to chase.They began destructively scoring at a hefty pace.Australian bowlers were thrown apart with the counter attack.Gayle found back his lost form and it was just what the doctor ordered for them.Australia’s fielding stumbled under vigorous pressure and they didn’t help themselves with Micheal Hussey spilling a chance offered by Fletcher.They smacked 75 runs of the powerplay making it a no contest.Gayle played the innings of his life well aided by Fletcher who completed a glorious fifty.Gayle mustered 88 off 50 balls with 6 sixers.By the time the openers departed very little was left to do for the middle order.West Indies finished the target with around 4 overs to spare.Well it just wasn’t Australia’s day.Gayle unsurprisingly bagged the man of the match for his whirlwind knock.Captain’s opinions after this roller coaster match ………
Ponting: “I didnt think it was a bad total to be honest but when Chris and Adrian came out batting as they did there, it was going to be hard for us. They just went with the flow. They threw caution to the wind; they outplayed us …”
Gayle: We weren’t best on the outfield but 170 was gettable. I have to give credit to Fletcher. He played really really well. I looked to bat till 15 overs and the game should be settled by then. I am disappointed on how I got out ..We just have to rally again, put this game behind and try to win against Sri Lanka. It’s not over yet.”