Colombo, Sep 23 (): Australia entered the “Super Eight” at the Twenty20 World Cup after winning against West Indies by 17 runs in a rain-hit game in Group B on Saturday.
Chasing a huge target of 192 in 20 overs, the Australian batsmen Shane Watson, David Warner and Michael Hussey hit the Caribbean bowlers all around the ground scoring 100 for one in 9.1 overs when the rain stopped play. Australia, 17 runs ahead of the 83 par score on the Duckworth/Lewis method was declared the winner.
Shane Watson was declared man of the match after scoring an unbeaten 41 for 24 balls with three sixes and two fours, well supported by Hussey who scored unbeaten 28 from 19 balls.
Earlier, two West Indian batsmen Gayle and Marlon Samuels scored half century to lift West Indies to a mammoth total 191 for 8. Gayle made effortless 54 from 33 balls, along with Samuels 50 from 32. Australian bowler Mitchell Starc took three wickets for 35 runs.
The West Indies must beat Ireland in their remaining group match on Monday to enter the Super Eight stage.
West Indies 191 for 8 in 20 overs (Gayle 54, Samuels 50; Starc 3 for 35, Watson 2 for 29)
Australia 100 for 1 in 9.1 overs (Watson 41 no, Michael Hussey 28 no; Edward 1 for 16)
Australia won by 17 runs (D/L Method)
In another rain shortened match, South Africa beat host Sri Lanka by 32 runs in their Group C match at Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium.
South Africa’s De Villiers’ 13-ball 30 helped its team to score 78 for four, after the match was reduced to a seven-over-a-side on rain hit day. Duminy scored 12 in five balls.
Chasing 79 to victory from 7 overs, the Lankans lost both the openers Jayawardena and Dilshan in 2 overs when the score was at 8. Munaweera and Kumar Sangakkara were the only two batsmen, who got to double figures scoring 13 runs. Sri Lanka managed 46-5 in their seven overs.
However, both the teams entered Super Eight.
South Africa 78 for 4 in 7 overs (AB de Villiers 30, Amla 16; Kulasekara 1 for 9)
Sri Lanka 46 for 5 in 7 overs (Sangakkara 13, Munaweera 13; Steyn 2 for 10)