David Warner struck a 56-ball 89 after quick bowler Josh Hazlewood’s four-wicket blitz to help Australia beat the West Indies by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi and put themselves in a commanding place to make the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals.
Australia have eight factors from 5 matches, degree on factors with an in-form England who play South Africa later in Sharjah. The Proteas, who’ve six factors in Group I, face a frightening activity to keep within the match.
Chasing 158 for victory, Australia rode dwelling on Warner’s unbeaten knock, which included 9 boundaries with 4 sixes, and Mitchell Marsh’s 53 to cruise dwelling with 22 balls to spare.
Earlier, Australia paceman Pat Cummins struck a significant early blow by forcing Chris Gayle (15) to chop one on to his stumps within the third over after the 42-year-old Jamaican had struck two large sixes.
Gayle walked off together with his bat raised and a smile on his face, prompting followers to speculate on-line over whether or not this will have been his closing innings. However the West Indies weren’t in a celebratory temper when Hazlewood took two wickets in three balls.
Nicholas Pooran departed providing a easy catch to Mitchell Marsh earlier than Roston Chase had his stumps shattered to go away the outgoing champions in bother at 35 for 3 inside 4 overs.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa then picked up his eleventh wicket of the Tremendous 12 stage by eradicating Evin Lewis for 29 because the West Indies’ slide continued, however a gentle effort by skipper Kieron Pollard (44) took them to a decent 157 for seven.
Hazlewood additionally dismissed Shimron Hetmyer and the retiring Dwayne Bravo to end with figures 4 for 39.