Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014


West Indies won by 6 wickets

Toss Australia, who chose to bat

Player of the match DJG Sammy (West Indies)

Umpires M Erasmus (South Africa) and IJ Gould (England)

TV umpire RA Kettleborough (England)

Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Reserve umpire HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

Having stormed back into the reckoning with a thumping win over hosts Bangladesh, the West Indies will be keen on going one better and putting themselves closer to the semi-final spot. India top Group Two having won the first two matches and hope to consolidate their position with a victory against struggling hosts Bangladesh on Friday that would virtually secure them one of the two semi-final spots from the group. West Indies are second, having beaten Bangladesh to bounce back after their loss against India, while Australia are fourth having lost their first match to Pakistan.

West Indies’ spinners Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Marlon Samuels will all have a huge role to play on a pitch that would give them some support. Add to that, Australia discomfort against slow bowling and their roles will garner even more prominence.

Faulkner to bowl the last over of the match. He bowls two full deliveries and both are dot balls. The third ball is a full-toss and Sammy smashes it over long-on for a six. Sammy then hits the fourth delivery straight down the ground for a big six. West Indies win the match by six wickets.

Sammy: “I think it is a combination of mental and technical skills. Some of the guys have been talking. Cricket is about action. We were looking to bat first as well. We have some skillful bowlers. Hopefully, Badree and Santokie can take early wickets, Narine and the other guys can follow. Hopefully, we can have an exciting game, where the West Indies come out on top. 150 is the target we are looking for. We are all pumped up. We play the same team.”

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