Gaylestorm cleans up Australia
Cricket is a cruel sport. Just how cruel was first exhibited when India, despite winning 4 of their 5 games, failed to qualify for the semis. Another example was just exhibited yesterday, when Chris Gayle’s brutal assault knocked over the Australians by a massive 74 runs. And for the Ozzies, who had been unbeaten until their 5th game against Pakistan, had come into the semifinals riding on the back of the in-form Shane Watson. Still, in the crunch game, it’s the team effort that counts. And that’s what the Windies cooked up today. Along with Gayle’s ballistic 41-ball 75, Marlon Samuels (26 in 20) and Dwayne Bravo (37 in 31) kept the Ozzies under the thumb. The real carnage came in the form of a 65-run stand between Gayle and Kieron Pollard. This stand came in 4.1 overs, and was the final push that the Windies needed. First Mitchell Starc was blasted for 17, but the worst was reserved for Xavier Doherty, who was blasted for 25 in that last over, 18 of which came from gigantic and consecutive sixes from Pollard. Pollard eventually perished in the last ball of the innings, but the damage had been done. 205-4. This was the final total. To chase this the Ozzies needed something special from their openers. Unfortunately, the Windies had done their homework, and Samuel Badree knocked over both Watson and David Warner. Micheal Hussey, who had been the Ozzies’ go-to man, failed for the first time as he was caught and bowled of Samuels for just 18. No resistance came from the Victs Cameron White, David Hussey and Matthew Wade. It was George Bailey, who played a brilliant 63, in just 29 balls. This included a 68-run stand between Bailey and Pat Cummins. After Bailey’s fall in the 14th over, it was all over. The tail was nullified Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine, and Australia were bowled out for 131, in 16.4 overs. There was also a big controversy on twitter, after a certain tweet made by David Warner. However, he has apologized, so all’s well ends well (except for the Ozzie’s bid for the cup). So, lot’s of sad endings huh! So here’s another one. Goodbye Australia, better luck next time! And now, let’s brace ourselves for the grand finale of the ICC World Cup 2012, which is tomorrow at 7:00. Adios! Catch you then!