Aussies hammer hosts

Australia eased to a six-wicket win against the West Indies in St Lucia on Tuesday to end the latter’s World T20 campaign.

The early dismissal of skipper Chris Gayle set the tone for the Windies’ innings. Although Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul settled things for the hosts, the rest of the batting line-up crumbled as Australia’s bowling attack dominated.

Steven Smith, David Hussey and Mitchell Johnson were the main destructors as they finished on figures of 3-20, 2-3 and 2-22 respectively.

In reply, the Aussies raced to 31 by the end of the third over, however, they then lost openers David Warner and Shane Watson in quick succession. But Brad Haddin played an impressive knock of 42 while Hussey hit the winnings runs in the 17th over.

The result confirmed that England will face Sri Lanka in the first semi-final while Australia will meet Pakistan in the second.

West Indies 105 (19 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 26, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 24, Steven Smith 3-20.
Australia 109-4 (16.2 overs)
Brad Haddin 42, David Warner 25, Chris Gayle 1-5.

Australia won by six wickets

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