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Gayle hits Aussies for six; Windies advance to ICC World T20 Final

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West Indies completely outplayed Australia in their semi-final on Friday night and marched into the final of the ICC World T20 tournament for the first time.

Led by a brilliant unbeaten half-century by Chris Gayle at the ideal time, the Windies rattled up 205-4 off 20 overs. They then bundled out the Aussies for 131 to win the one-sided contest by a massive 74 runs. West Indies now face host nation Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday at 7 pm (9:30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/8:30 am Jamaica Time).

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West Indies thrash Australia by 74 runs to advance to ICC World T20 Final

gayle_stormWest Indies routed Australia by 74 runs to advance to the Final of the ICC World T20 against Sri Lanka. Batting first on winning the toss at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, the Caribbean Kings were on fire, powering their way to an exceptional 205-4 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle batted through the innings, facing just 41-balls on his way to an excellent unbeaten 75, and was given more than useful company by the rest of the Windies top order, all of whom made their way to double digits. Kieron Pollard provided the fireworks at the end of the innings smashing 38 from just 15 balls. In response, Australia lost their big three with just 29 runs on the board, and that pretty much ended their competitiveness in this contest. George Bailey provided the only resistance to the West Indies onslaught, scoring an excellent 63 in Australia's brief 131 run effort, which was wrapped up with 20 balls to spare.

Both teams made just the one change to their sides with Dwayne Bravo returning for the West Indies having recovered from his groin strain to take the place of brother Darren, while David Hussey was given his first outing of the tournament in place of the unfortunate Glenn Maxwell who had done nothing to deserve being dropped.

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Australian Women beat West Indies to advance to World T20 Final

Outstanding performances from Australia's bowlers sealed a decisive 28-run victory over the West Indies in the second semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 on another low and slow pitch at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Australia survived a few scares to post 115 for 7, and then picked up key wickets at crucial moments to ensure that the West Indies' chase never gathered real momentum. Julie Hunter starred with 22 for 5 in the 28-run victory, but it was Ellyse Perry, the double international who has also represented Australia in football, who struck the decisive blows, snaring the key wickets of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin.

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Chris Gayle ready to take on Australia's big guns

Chris Gayle says he is ready to perform his heroics on the "big stage" on Friday night when the West Indies clash with Australia in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 tournament. The contest will be under lights at the R Premasada Stadium and the reward for victory will be a spot in the grand finale against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Gayle, who turned 33 at the start of the tournament, is the most destructive power-hitter in the modern game and earlier this week entered the history books as the first cricketer to hit 300 sixes in Twenty20 cricket.

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England Women beat New Zealand to claim a place in ICC World T20 final

England Women claimed a seven wicket victory over New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2012 ICC Women's World T20 at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo today. New Zealand were put into bat by England and restricted to just 93-8 from their 20 overs.

Katherine Brunt set the tone from the first ball allowing just seven runs from her three over spell. The England bowlers continued to dominate New Zealand in an innings that saw left arm spinner Holly Colvin finish with figures of two for 15 and become the leading wicket taker in the competition.

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Sri Lanka pick up 16 run win to advance to World T20 Final

jayawardeneSri Lanka advanced to the Final of the ICC World T20 on Thursday night with a nerve-wracking 16 run win against Asian rivals Pakistan. The match was a lot closer than the winning margin would reflect and Pakistan were very much in the hunt till the last few overs during which Sri Lanka dried up the runs. Batting first, Sri Lanka struggled to come to terms with a sluggish pitch, and had to battle their way to a score of 139-4 on the back of an excellent 42 from Mahela Jayawardene. Pakistan in response had a competitive start to their chase and were 55-1 approaching the half-way stage of their innings, but lost wickets in clusters and never really recovered, despite a combative 42 from their skipper Mohammad Hafeez.

Sri Lanka won their first toss of the tournament in today's semi-final against Pakistan and made the hard decision to bat first. Both teams made just the one change to their sides with Pakistan calling up left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir for all rounder Abdul Razzaq, while Sri Lanka opted for the experience of Rangana Herath over rookie spinner Akila Dananjaya.

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Windies girls look to put Aussies in a spin

Spin bowling could be a huge factor for West Indies women as they look to topple Australia in the semi-final of the ICC Women's World T20 tournament on Friday. Head Coach Sherwin Campbell believes that with five quality spinners in his team, this could be extremely helpful as they take on the defending champions at the Premadasa Stadium.

"We have not played at Premadasa as yet, this will be our first game there, but from what we have been seeing spin bowling and good spin bowling could be a factor in the match. We used five spinners against South Africa in the last match and that worked wonders for us, so we will look at the pitch, make an assessment and see what direction we go against the Aussies," Campbell said.

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