West Indies Beats Australia to Reach Cricket Twenty20 Final Game

West Indies reached the final of cricket’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka by handing Australia its second-worst ever loss in the shortest form of the game.

Chris Gayle hit 75 runs from 41 balls and Ravi Rampaul took 3-16 to pace the Windies, which won by 74 runs in Colombo. Australia was all out for 131 in 16.4 overs in response to West Indies’ 205-4. The victors will play Sri Lanka in two days.

Gayle hit 6 sixes and 5 fours, combining with Dwayne Bravo for 83 runs. Bravo was out for 37, while Kieron Pollard was caught on 38 off the last ball of the 20 overs.

West Indies, which won the toss and elected to bat, hit 14 sixes and 13 fours. Xavier Doherty took the brunt of the batting, taking 1-48, while Shane Watson conceded 35 runs without claiming a wicket.

“We did bring our A game,” West Indies Captain Darren Sammy said. “We knew we needed that to beat Australia. It’s a good feeling to beat Australia.”

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan yesterday in the other semifinal. The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The winners will pick up $1 million in prize money.

“I think this World Cup is going to be ours,” Gayle said. “Sorry Sri Lanka, but it’s going to be ours. We love Sri Lanka, but it’s West Indies all the way.”

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 9 wickets when they played earlier in the tournament.

Australia started its innings poorly, with Samuel Badree bowling opening batsmen David Warner, for 1, and Shane Warner, on 7. Captain George Bailey tried to fight back, reaching 63 before being caught by Andre Russell off Pollard.

We were “outplayed,” Bailey said. “Full credit to West Indies. They deserve to be playing in the final, that’s for sure.”

Australia lost to England by 100 runs in June 2005 for its worst result in the form of the game.

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