Chris Gayle 75 Runs Highlights vs Australia 2nd Semi Final T20 World Cup 2012 .West Indies take early control as Australia lose half the side with just 42 runs on board while trying to chase a massive 206 in the semifinal. Chris Gayle 75 Runs 41 ball hit 6 six and 5 fours score in Aus vs WI 2nd semifinal at Colombo.
Ravi Rampaul dismissed Cameron White and David Hussey in the seventh over to put Australia in deep trouble. Samuel Badree bowled out David Warner in the first over to give Aussies first blow. Marlon Samuels then got rid of Michael Hussey (18) who was trying to rescue his side from the early setback. Before Australia could recover from Hussey’s dismissal, Badree struck again to send back Shane Watson to leave Australia three down. Rampaul then joined the party with his double blow.
Earlier, Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 75 off 41 balls to steer the West Indies to an imposing 205-4. The swashbuckling left-hander pounded six sixes and five fours after the West Indies elected to bat on what was considered a slow pitch unsuited to aggressive batting at the Premadasa stadium.
Starved of the strike at first then hampered by a muscle strain, Chris Gayle led West Indies to a lofty 205 for 4 against an increasingly bedraggled Australia in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 at Premadasa Stadium. Taking their time early, West Indies gathered greater momentum with each over, and ended the innings on a murderous note as Xavier Doherty’s final over went for 25.
Kieron Pollard did most of the damage in that final over, but the importance of Gayle’s innings could not be underestimated. He was careful in his stroke choices, aggressive but not indiscriminate, and formed a trio of key partnerships with Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard.All-rounder Dwayne Bravo (37) helped Gayle add 83 for the third wicket from just 51 deliveries as the Australians wilted under lights.
Kieron Pollard hit 38 off 15 balls as the West Indies plundered 55 runs in the final three overs, including 25 off the last six deliveries by left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty. The winner will qualify to play against hosts Sri Lanka in Sunday’s final. Gayle, who lost his opening partner Johnson Charles in the third over, plodded for nine balls to make four before swinging Shane Watson for a six over long-off.
That opened the floodgates for an onslaught as Marlon Samuels and Gayle smashed Doherty for a six each in one over and Brad Hogg was greeted into the attack with another six from Samuels. Samuels contributed 26 in a second-wicket stand of 41 with Gayle when he was bowled by fast bowler Pat Cummins attempting another big hit.
Gayle, who faced just 18 balls in the first 10 overs, still managed to bring up his half-century off 29 deliveries with the help of four sixes and three boundaries. Both teams had met in a preliminary league match which was washed out after Australia reached 100-1 in 9.1 overs in pursuit of the West Indies’ total of 191-8. The Aussies were declared winners by 17 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method.