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The World T20 Champions, West Indies, breezed through to a 27-run win against Australia in the sole T20 International at Brisbane to end their short tour of Australia on a high. Batting first on winning the toss, West Indies made the most of excellent batting conditions and a second string Australian line-up to post an imposing 191-6 on the board in their 20 overs. Johnson Charles continued his superb form from the One Day series to make a blistering 57 from just 35 balls to give the visitors the perfect start. Australia were never really in the hunt in their chase, with two run outs at the top of the order, especially that of top scorer Adam Voges (55 from 31 balls) setting them back in a big way. In the end, the hosts' run chase petered out to 164-8 with Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard doing the damage with the ball taking 2 and 3 wickets respectively.

The West Indies lost Chris Gayle (8) early to an outstanding catch from Nathan Counter-Nile, but recovered thanks to an 88 run partnership between Charles and Darren Bravo (32). At that stage the Windies were scoring at 9 an over, and with wickets in hand threatened to make well above 200. However, the Australians were able to sneak some quiet overs in the middle and pick up wickets just when the West Indies batsmen were threatening to cut loose.

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Sunil Narine said there was little mystery about how to achieve success for West Indies in their upcoming two-Test series against hosts Bangladesh. The off-spinner is expected to be a trump card in West Indies captain Darren Sammy's arsenal during the series, particularly on surfaces that could favour spin bowling.

Narine has made a name for himself in the shorter versions of the game, helping West Indies to win the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament last month in similar conditions in Sri Lanka.

He said his was a simple task and there were simple basics he had to apply to reap success against the Bangladeshis in the longer version of the game.

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West Indies' success in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 has been reflected in the Reliance ICC T20I Player Rankings which were released today (Monday) with the man of the match in the final, Marlon Samuels and impressive young spinner Sunil Narine, both recording rises of 20 places in the batting and bowling rankings respectively.

Samuels, who hammered 78 and took one for 15 in the 36-runs victory over the host Sri Lanka, leapt 20 places to 18th in the batting rankings and was up seven places to equal ninth in the all-rounders' table. Both represented career-best ratings as did his improving bowling ranking of 60th – up 19 places.

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Sunil Narine didn't have a lot to say after his outstanding bowling performance helped West Indies beat New Zealand and qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 tournament. The quiet off-spinner prefers to let his bowling do the talking, and judging from Monday's magical display with the ball, he spoke quite loudly.

Narine had the excellent figures of 4-0-20-3 at a crucial stage in the contest as West Indies held New Zealand to 139-7 in reply to their 139 all out off 19.3 overs in their Group 1 Super Eights match at the Pallekele International Stadium. After the tie, the match went to the One-Over Eliminator and West Indies made the 18 runs to win thanks to the big-hitting of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

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