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Sammy & Gayle shine as West Indies sink Australia

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West Indies captain Darren Sammy finished off Australia's hopes of a T20 World Cup crown when he smashed his team to a stunning six-wicket win on a night of high tension and emotion in Dhaka.

Sammy saw his team over the line in a brutal display of power hitting, which saw the skipper score 34 in just 16 deliveries, including two sixes in the final over that soared into the crowd to give the defending champions victory with only two balls to spare.

Wild celebrations followed, and deservedly so, as the victory puts them top of group two ahead of India with two wins from three, while Australia find themselves without a win and almost certainly facing elimination from the tournament.

The defending champions started the tournament with a loss to India, however since then they have gathered momentum with a wins over Bangladesh and now Australia, reinstating them as one of the tournament favourites.

Australia took first strike, with David Warner and Aaron Finch posting 33 in just 22 balls before Marlon Samuels bowled the dangerous Finch. Another Samuel - this time Badree - got into the act, when barely an over later he took the key wicket of Warner, bowling the left-hander for 20.

With the score still at 41, Sunil Narine highlighted the strength of the Windies slow bowling resources when he sent the experienced Shane Watson back to the pavilion for just two - leaving Australia reeling on 41/3. Glenn Maxwell with 45 off 28 and Brad Hodge with 35 off 26 helped rebuild Australia to a respectable 178/8.

The Windies needed Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith to provide the platform at the top of the order and the pair did just that, putting on 50 in the first five overs before Smith went for 17 when he edged one behind to Brad Haddin off Mitchell Starc.

Gayle continued to punish the Australian attack before he fell for a superb 53 off 35 deliveries combining for a valuable 51 run stand with Lendl Simmons.

The tension was building as Simmons was next to go followed by Samuels, leaving the chase finely balanced. Dwayne Bravo kept the belief alive with 27 off 12 and a few lusty blows until Sammy took centre stage and smashed his team home for an emotional win.

The Windies close out the Super 10s on Tuesday against Pakistan in what could be a decider for the final semi-final position, while Australia have to beat both India and Bangladesh comprehensively if they are to stand even a remote possibility of not leaving the tournament early.

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