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The St Lucia Zouks have made it two Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) wins in two at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium thanks to the bowling of Sammy himself and runs from Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher. The win takes them to six points and makes qualification for the knockout stages for the first time in their history a real possibility for the St Lucian side.

Chasing just 138 to win Charles and Fletcher got the home side off to the best possible start. In the first 10 overs the openers managed 80 runs without losing a wicket. It was actually a quiet start until the ninth over that was delivered by Imran Khan. That one cost 17 runs as Johnson Charles smashed two sixes.

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On the night that the Beauséjour Stadium was renamed in honour of Daren Sammy, the Zouks captain celebrated with a match winning half-century against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Sammy recorded his highest CPL score as the Zouks secured a victory that keeps them in the tournament.

The same is not the case for the Patriots who can no longer advance to the knockout stages having recorded just one win in the eight matches they have played so far. They ended up 35 runs short of their victory target meaning they are now playing for pride in their remaining fixtures.

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World Champions West Indies will face Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC World T20 tournament on Thursday night at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

West Indies finished second behind India in their Super 10 group. They lost the opening match to the India but rebounded to beat Bangladesh by a large margin of 73 runs, defeat Australia in a thrilling contest and Pakistan by a record 84 runs.

First ball on Thursday is 7pm (9am Eastern Caribbean Time/8am Jamaica Time).

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The West Indies' twin skippers in the limited overs format of the game came to the fore once again as the Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy show led the way with the bat before their spinners ran through the Pakistan team with the ball to script a thumping 84 runs at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. The win for the West Indies books a spot for the defending champions in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 against Sri Lanka.

Bravo batted brilliantly, making 46 off 26 balls – with four sixes – and added 71 in six overs with skipper Darren Sammy, who made a career-best 42 not out off 20 balls. The Windies posted 166-6 off their 20 overs. Pakistan were them bowled out for just 82 as the defending champs won by a massive 84 run margin.

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Darren Sammy celebrated a superb match-winning knock on Friday evening saying “it feels good” as he led West Indies to a superb victory against Australia in their ICC World T20 match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

With 12 to win in the final over from James Faulker, the skipper blasted two massive sixes to end on 34 not out off 13 balls – the highest score of his T20 International career. He piloted the world champs to 179-4 off 19.4 overs – their highest run chase in a T20 International. The total surpassed the 170 they made when they beat the same opponents at the Oval in London in the 2009 ICC World T20 event.

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West Indies beat Australia by six wickets with two balls to spare in a thrilling encounter in Dhaka today in the ICC World Twenty20 match. George Bailey won the toss and opted to bat with Australia posting 178-8 in their 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell (45) and Brad Hodge (35) were the top run scorers for the Aussies.

In response, Chris Gayle got the Windies off to a flyer before he was dismissed by James Muirhead for 53 runs off 35 balls at strike rate of 151 and included six fours and two big sixes. He added 50 for the first wicket with Dwayne Smith (17) and another 51 for the second wicket with Lendl Simmons (26). Australia put the pressure on in the middle overs to up the required run rate but Darren Sammy, 34 from just 13 balls, was too strong at the death getting the West Indies home with two balls to spare.

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West Indies captain Darren Sammy arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday full of confidence his team is capable of retaining their ICC World T20 title. The allrounder went one step further and boldly suggested it could be a “Windies double” as he believes the West Indies women’s team to also bring glory to the people of the region.

Sammy was speaking to members of the media shortly after arriving in Dhaka, where his team will play all their matches. The Women’s tournament will be played alongside the men’s tournament. Back in 2012 Sammy was at the helm when the Windies won their first ICC World T20 title in Sri Lanka. In that same tournament, the women reached the semi-finals.

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