Australia clubbed a ragged West Indies 5-0 in the ODIs played at home. Rarely were the Aussies in any sort of trouble as they out-powered Darren Sammy’s men game after game. Although it was a highly shabby performance from the West Indians...
The West Indies’ slightly better performance gave spectators more value for their money but was still not good enough to prevent Australia going 2-0 up in the five match ODI series. After dangling precariously at 98/6 the hosts fought back, courtesy of a fighting and masterful hundred from George Bailey, to an unanticipated and formidable 266/7.
Following the controversial abandonment of the Sydney ODI on Sunday, Australia lost any chance they had of winning the series. All they can do now is square the series if they manage to clinch the Hobart one-dayer on Wednesday.
As mentioned prior to the beginning of the one-day series, Sri Lanka had a much better chance of doing well in the shorter format of the game even though they were blanked in the Tests. And their overwhelming victory at the Adelaide Oval justified this stance.
We have been used to seeing Australia dominate and overcome opponents with ease in crunch games over the years. In the second semi-final of the World T20, however, the Aussies got a dose of their own medicine.
West Indies hammed Australia by a massive margin of 74 runs to storm into the Finals of the ICC World T20 2012. The Darren Sammy led team will now challenge hosts Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in the big final on Sunday.
Australia take on West Indies in the second Semi Final at Colombo on Friday. The Aussies made it to the Semi Finals despite losing to Pakistan in their last Super Eights match at the R Premadasa Stadium by a huge margin.
Australia may have qualified for the semi-finals of the World T20. However, their unconvincing performance against Pakistan reiterated that they are not invincible, at least not when facing quality spin.