World Cup T20: Australia beat the West Indies to raise semifinal hopes; will qualify if England beat South Africa | Cricket News

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South Africa must beat England and review Australia’s net rate of return for Aaron Finch’s team to lose a place in the semi-finals; David Warner and Josh Hazlewood star for Australia as Dwayne Bravo greets the West Indies and Chris Gayle plays possibly his latest international

Last updated: 21/06/11 13:34


David Warner scored 89 undefeated as Australia chased 158 against the West Indies with 22 reserve balls

Australia increased their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup with an eight wicket win over reigning West Indies champions, who greeted Dwayne Bravo and possibly Chris Gayle as well.

Australia topped 157-7 West Indies with 22 reserve balls in Abu Dhabi, with David Warner (89 no out of 56) and Mitchell Marsh (53 out of 32) putting up 124 for the second wicket in 75 deliveries.

The win strengthened Australia’s hold on to second place in Group 1 which means South Africa must now beat England in Saturday’s second game and in the meantime review Australia’s net score to reach the quarterfinals.

There is the slightest chance that England could be eliminated based on the net score, but that would require Eoin Morgan’s team to suffer a huge defeat to the Proteas, with their incredibly healthy execution rate after four out of four wins. so far, on West Indie, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka.

For the West Indies, their match against Australia marked the end of an era, with the handyman Bravo retiring from international cricket and the batsman Gayle perhaps even playing his last game, with the way he greeted the crowd after being sacked for 15 which indicates how much.

Gayle, 42, drummed two sixes during his nine-ball stay, one with Josh Hazlewood and another with Pat Cummins (1-15), before dragging the latter on stumps in the third at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Gayle then came in for a bowl at the end of the Australia chase and had Marsh caught mid-race by Jason Holder, before Warner cut winning runs over Roston Chase in the 17th over.

Bravo, meanwhile, made 10 out of 12 deliveries before becoming Hazlewood’s fourth and final victim – Bravo absorbed the opportunity as he walked away and then hugged Gayle.

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo embrace in Abu Dhabi

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard (44 of 31 balls) hurt his team after being dropped on eight by Adam Zampa from spinner bowling, while Andre Russell (18 of 7) broke the last two balls of the innings , thrown by Mitchell Starc, for six, with one going 111 meters.

Hazlewood rebounded after being tonked for 20 in the second over – Evin Lewis (29 of 26) nailing three fours in a row before Gayle pulled off a six – to fire Nicholas Pooran (4) and Roston Chase (0) in the third and then Shimron Hetmyer (27 out of 28) in 13.

Josh Hazlewood took four wickets, including Shimron Hetmyer caught in the side of the leg by an excellent bouncer

Josh Hazlewood took four wickets, including Shimron Hetmyer caught in the side of the leg by an excellent bouncer

Spinner Zampa (1-20), save for that Pollard crash, enjoyed another successful outing with the ball, becoming the main wicket bearer in the Super 12 stage while bringing his scalp count to 11 when Steve Smith claimed a nice catch long after Lewis skied on the ground.

Zampa had collected the best figures of the 5-19 tournament against Bangladesh on Thursday before sitting down and watching his team complete an eight wicket beating

The 29-year-old witnessed another full chase on Saturday, with Australia losing only captain Aaron Finch (9) – overwhelmed by Akeal Hosein – and then Marsh late, possibly through Gayle’s final act with the jersey. West Indies.

Bravo is definitely finished, however, with the sewer’s latest bowling spell that seems to him to box 0-36 four-over figures.

WHAT’S NEXT?

New Zealand vs Afghanistan

November 7, 2021, 9:30 am

Live

Pakistan vs Scotland

November 7, 2021, 1:30 pm

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The equation for New Zeland it’s simple on Sunday – beat Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi (9.30, Sky Sports Cricket) and are in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup but they lose and are out.

Victory for the Black Caps in Abu Dhabi would take them to eight points in five games, ensure they move from Group 2 alongside Pakistan and eliminate both Afghanistan and India. However, a defeat by New Zealand would see Afghanistan jump to second place in terms of net run rate.

India vs Namibia

November 8, 2021, 1:30 pm

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If that happens, Afghanistan’s attention will shift to Monday’s match between India and Namibia, as Virat Kohli’s team – who looked almost out of the tournament after their crushing defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games – will still be able to climb back to second place if they beat Namibia by a large enough margin to improve Afghanistan’s net operating rate.

The second match on Sunday sees already qualified Pakistan take the bottom side Scotland in Sharjah (13:30, Sky Sport Cricket). If New Zealand win against Afghanistan, Pakistan will have to win to secure a place in the group. Scotland, meanwhile, are trying to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.

The T20 World Cup continues live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30 on Sunday. Watch New Zealand vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi, followed by Pakistan vs Scotland in Sharjah.

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