Australia beat West Indies via D/L method

Sep 23, 2012, 07:53 IST | AFP

Australia qualified for the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 by defeating the West Indies in a rain-interrupted Group B match here on Saturday.

Australia, chasing a target of 192, were 100-1 in 9.1 overs when heavy rain forced the match to be called off at the R Premadasa Stadium. The Australians, who were ahead of the par score of 83 at that stage, were declared winners by 17 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Earlier, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels hit attacking half-centuries as the West Indies scored 191 for 8. Left-handed Gayle smashed 54 off 33 balls and Samuels plundered 50 from 32 balls after the West Indies elected to bat in their first match of the tournament. Gayle hit four sixes and five boundaries and Samuels chipped in with four sixes and three fours.

Shane Watson
Australia’s Shane Watson plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 match against West Indies in Colombo on Saturday. Pic/AFP

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