Tuesday 23 February 2010 

Australia Complete Unbeaten Summer In Style

Australia 142-2 (Warner 67, Watson 62) beat
West Indies 138-7 (Deonarine 36no, Harris 2-27) by eight wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Sydney
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Australia thrashed the West Indies by eight wickets in their second Twenty20 International in Sydney to complete an unbeaten home summer in style.

David Warner lit up the S.C.G with a sparkling innings of 67 in 29 balls, hammering an 18-ball half-century, as the home side made embarrassingly easy work of chasing down a target of 139 to win with eight over and two balls to spare.

The left-hander thumped seven sixes and four fours while his opening partner Shane Watson was hardly hanging about either, finishing unbeaten on 62 in 33 deliveries, hitting four fours and four sixes.

Both batsmen put on a display of clean, measured hitting to put the West Indies out of the game and despite left-arm spinner Nikita Miller having Warner and Brad Haddin (6) caught, there was no way back for the men from the Caribbean, and it was left to debutant Daniel Christian to hit the winning runs, a boundary through midwicket.

Earlier, the West Indies' batting was again exposed by the pace of Shaun Tait and the experience of Ryan Harris, both men allowing just 27 runs from four overs for one and two wickets respectively.

Travis Dowlin hit 31 in 32 balls and Narsingh Deonarine hit out late on with an unbeaten 36, Darren Sammy giving him support with an unbeaten 26 in 11 balls, but 138 never looked like enough.

The West Indies were hampered as key players Chris Gayle (12), Kieron Pollard (5), Wavell Hinds (0) and Dwayne Smith (8) all failed to fire.

Australia then completed the job in ruthless fashion to end their summer with a record of having played 19 matches and won 17 of them, drawing a Test with the West Indies and having an ODI against the same opponents washed out.

© Cricket World 2010

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