England to play Sri Lanka as hosts fall
Australia beat West Indies by six wickets to finalise the semi-final line-up in the ICC World Twenty20.
England will play Sri Lanka in Thursday’s first semi-final, with Australia taking on Pakistan on Friday. The final will be held in Barbados on Sunday.
West Indies batted first at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia, but never threatened to post a decent total and were bowled out for 105 in 19 overs.
And their weak performance was summed up when captain Chris Gayle bowled a bizarre attempted bouncer which went for four byes to seal Australia’s win with 22 balls remaining.
David Warner gave Australia’s chase an ideal start with 25 from 12 balls before he was caught by Gayle at slip off Jerome Taylor.
Shane Watson then helped a delivery from Sulieman Benn onto his stumps without further runs being added, but Brad Haddin with 42 and Michael Clarke made sure there was no chance of a shock collapse.
Earlier, Steven Smith took 3-20 as Australia dominated the hosts.
Smith, just 20, took two wickets in two deliveries with David Hussey and Mitchell Johnson taking two apiece.
West Indies lost Gayle in the first over when a swinging delivery by Dirk Nannes bowled the left-hander off his pads.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul briefly promised to give Australia’s bowlers a hard time, but he was then dismissed by Johnson as Hussey took a brilliant catch running back from mid-on to reduce the hosts to 39 for two.
Bravo was next to go in unfortunate fashion, Johnson deflecting Ramnaresh Sarwan’s shot onto the stumps.
Just four more runs were on the board when Narsingh Deonarine was caught on the midwicket boundary by Mike Hussey for a two-ball duck.
It was soon 60 for five as West Indies disintegrated, Denesh Ramdin caught behind off Johnson as the atmosphere - which was akin to a carnival at the start - became increasingly muted.
Kieron Pollard was the first West Indies player to hit a six, taking the score to 76, but he was then stumped off a superb Smith delivery for 13.
And Smith struck with the very next ball when Darren Sammy was caught and bowled.
Sarwan holed out to long-off off David Hussey for 26 and Taylor gave Hussey his second wicket of the over when he caught in the gully,
Benn produced an almighty six into the crowd, but was then clean up by Watson to end the innings.