West Indian batting storm surprisingly ejected Australia from the previous World T20 in Sri Lanka 2012. They have done so again after Darren Sammy pulled off a remarkable heist in Mirpur, T20 world cup Bangladesh 2014.
West Indies now have two wins from three matches and are in a strong possibility to reach the semis. Meanwhile Australians are teetering on the brink of elimination right after their second successive defeat.
With a defeat under each of Australia and West Indies’ belts, on Friday the two teams meet in the World T20 knowing another loss here will seriously hinder their every chances of concluding it to the semi-finals. The Baggy Greens gesticulated their attacking intent from the very beginning with openers Aaron Finch and David Warner putting on 33 for the opening partnership in just 22 balls. However Finch, Warner, Shane Watson and George Bailey had all just departed before the halfway journey to the innings. Glenn Maxwell came up with his typical smashing type, with three sixes in 45 from 22 balls, but he went back to the pavilion in the 12th over only at 100. Brad Hodge kept the score moving, with 35 from 26 and Brad Haddin made a very late flurry with 15 from 7 balls.
In their reply, Chris Gayle gave West Indies a dazzling start to their chase of 179 but they spluttered half way and Australia were firm favorites. Marlon Samuels went cheaply, but Bravo extracted out 27 from 12 balls before Sammy hit Mitchell Starc’s 2nd last over of the innings for 19 and then back-to-back sixes off Faulkner clinched the victory. This time it was West Indies’ highest successful chase in T20, replacing the 170 they chased against the same opposition at Oval in World T20 2009.
Anyway the memorable event happened exactly after the match when Chris Gayle celebrated West Indies’ T20 win with seriously aggressive Gangnam Style. It was something like winning a war. Mostly it was a kind of war environment because of the counter comments of both the captains. Though Gayle was reported with this type of celebration a few more times, this time it came with such aggression that nobody could believe without watching live. You can watch it here.
Australian team was shattered by the loss, and this left them winless from their first two games. Even victories in their remaining two matches against India and Bangladesh may not be enough to progress to the semi-finals. On the other hand West Indies now have every chance to advance to the semi-finals and maybe defending their title, won in Sri Lanka 2012 where Gayle monstered Australia in the semi-final with 75 off 41 balls. Australia now can certainly fly home wondering how on earth they can win this elusive trophy ever. They can hope for Gayle’s retirement before the next tournament and might try another time.
West Indies will next face Pakistan on Tuesday, with Australia almost concluding their campaign against India on Sunday.