Warner, Marsh Sizzle As Australia Cruise Past West Indies

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Warner, Marsh Sizzle As Australia Cruise Past West IndiesDavid Warner made 89* off 56 balls

In a nutshell

There was no send-off present for Dwayne Bravo in his final international appearance as defending champions West Indies bowed out of the T20 WC without a whimper. Australia, under pressure to tighten their grasp on a semifinal spot, produced arguably their best performance of this tournament to saunter home to an eight-wicket win. Josh Hazlewood's 4 for 39 first helped restrict West Indies to 157, a total that half-centuries from David Warner (89* off 56) and Mitchell Marsh (53 off 32) helped chase down with 22 balls to spare.

Brief scores: West Indies 157/7 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 44, Evin Lewis 29; Josh Hazlewood 4-39) lost to Australia 161/2 in 16.2 overs (David Warner 89*, Mitchell Marsh 53; Chris Gayle 1-7) by 8 wickets.

The rapid early exchanges

Australia opted to bowl and had Mitchell Starc giving away just four runs off the first over. However, the first three balls of Josh Hazlewood's first over from the other end, brought West Indies 12 with Evin Lewis leading the charge with a trio of boundaries. Chris Gayle added a six of his own to round out a 20-run over.

Gayle hit another six to start the third over, bowled by Pat Cummins, before playing on the following ball in what seemed, by the ovation thereafter, like his final innings in the maroon. West Indies, perhaps caught in the emotion of the moment allowed their rapid start to dissipate. Hazlewood came back after his first-over mauling to dismiss Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase in one over. In six overs, West Indies had 50/3 in what was a shared PowerPlay.

The middle-overs choke

Having made that fast start, West Indies slipped into rebuild mode and struggled to hit their way out of the slump through the middle-overs managing all of three boundaries between overs 7 and 15. Adam Zampa, impressive once more, sent down his 4 overs for 20 runs and the wicket of Evin Lewis while Marsh gave away 16 from his three.

Pollard and the late hit-out

Through the stasis, captain Kieron Pollard soldiered on to give the the scoreboard some thrust. He got to 44 off 31 and departed in the final over attempting to launch Mitchell Starc over long-on. Andre Russell, batting at No.8, did hit the final two balls for six to set Australia an eight-runs-per-over chase.

The Warner-Marsh show

West Indies were barely given a chance in the total defence despite Aaron Finch falling rather cheaply to Akeal Hosein's left-arm spin. Inside the PowerPlay, Australia whittled down 53 runs off the target with Warner scoring 40 off 22 hitting five fours and two sixes.

There was no respite through the middle-overs either, even with Hayden Walsh Jr, brought back for this game, operating. Warner slammed the legspinner for a six to complete a half-century off only 29 balls. His partner, Marsh, took over in the next over to take 16 off a Russell over. He would go on to complete his half-century off 28 balls.

A small moment to savour

Gayle hasn't officially announced his decision to retire from the international game. But if this is his last game in the West Indian maroons, he will have signed off with a wicket off his last ball. After a 124-run stand and with the finish line in sight, Marsh hit a friendly half-volley straight down mid-off's throat and was embraced in return by Gayle. The two West Indian veterans received a guard of honour from the opposition at the end of the game, the only show of benevolence in an otherwise clinically ruthless performance on the field.

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