And that's it folks. The West Indies win by 27 runs, with Australian finishing at 8-164. That was a fairly weak showing but not unexpected perhaps given the side that was fielded. Sunil Narine the best for mine with 2-19 off his four overs to end Australian hopes.
Thanks for joining the coverage tonight, you purists you, and thanks for your audience throughout the summer. Now, to India and beyond.
So 35 needed from the final over. Suspect we'll see the odd yorker from Tino Best.
McKay gets two off the over. That's done them in, hasn't it?
People leaving with two overs to go and the odd boo as well. Not really a dignified end to the international summer but that's probably what you get when the cream of the crop are already in India. Now NCN just cannot get bat on ball. He finally gets one and swats it for SIX. Had to happen eventually. Australia 8-151. And again! Another SIX. Too little too late but at least the blokes running the fire shooters are earning their keep. They need 35 off the final over.
Cutting on his way for a duck in search of quick runs. Danced down the track to Narine and was stumped. No, they've got him as being bowled. OUT any way you slice it. Not his finest moment at the crease, you'd have to say. Game over now as McKay makes his way to the middle with an impossible task to complete. It's 8-142. Narine has been superb for the Windies. Match-winning spell of slow bowling.
NCN gets a chance! Skies one and Sammy and Dwayne Bravo muck it up delightfully! Drops right between them and Coulter-Nile is off the mark with two. Australia need 51 off 18 to win. Good luck with that fellas.Back to top
OUT. Now Rohrer goes for 16. He never really looked settled out there and now Pollard is on a hat-trick. Welcome to the crease, NCN. It's 7-139.
The Windies took 48 from their final three overs so it is possible for the Australians to do this. But James Faulkner won't be part of the action. OUT. He drops one down the throat of Sammy at the long on boundary and departs for seven, Pollard the bowler. It's 6-139. Ben Cutting to the middle. He or Coulter-Nile, another big hitter, need to go right off.
Ben Cutting on the boundary looking like he's practicing his golf swing. He's going to have to tee off when he bats, no doubt. That's SIX though to Rohrer who finally fires a shot. Sunil Narine back on. Haddin liked the look of him in his last over but things are looking better here for the Windies. They'll get home from here you'd think. It's 5-136. Still 56 to win required from four overs.
Gamesmanship now as Pollard pulls out of the delivery after Haddin took a few strides down the pitch. The Windies slowing it right down - and it works. Haddin OUT and that's a very good outfield catch from Andre Russell. Haddin smashed it to long on but Russell moved quickly and took the diving grab. Haddin gone for 22 off 11. It was fun while it lasted. Australia 5-121. Over to you, James Faulkner, who joins Ben Rohrer in the middle. Rohrer just five and needs to start the engine. Target is 192 with fiver overs remaining.
SIX from Haddin off Narine. And a FOUR for good measure. That's the stuff - if they are going to go down it may as well be in a blaze of glory. The Aussies need 82 runs off 40 balls, hence the urgency. And another SIX from Haddin! Big slog sweep. That's 16 off this over already. Make that 18 with good running to come back for the second. Now just the single to put Rohrer on strike. A single for him and that's a good over for the Aussies. It's 4-120 with six overs remaining. Target score is 192.Back to top
This is just too good from the Windies. Two relatively fresh men there and they can't get Bravo away. Nice change-ups and these are match-winning overs at the moment. Haddin blocks it out and the crowd boos. The equation looking too much I think. Not much time to get adjust the sights. It's 4-100 after 13 overs. The Aussies chasing 192.
Narine back on to bowl. Good move maybe with Rohrer the new man at the deck. Good captaincy and even better bowling. Bailey OUT for 15 after he top edges one and is caught by a diving Deonarine. Huge ask now for Brad Haddin to save the day. Australia 4-96 chasing 192, with 8.1 overs remaining.
FOUR. Bailey plays the best shot in T20, the edge over the keeper's head while attempting a cross-bat heave, and gets rewarded with a boundary. And another! Bailey senses the urgency to up the run rate and does just that. Cracks it square on the leg side and it takes the one bounce over the ropes. Now we might have a game on our hands. It's 3-93 after 11 overs.
Self-destruction time. Now Voges has been RUN OUT. I thought they were working on that. Devon Thomas throws the stumps down with the gloves on and Voges departs for 51. Ben Rohrer at the crease on debut.
And a breakthrough! Marsh RUN OUT after a decision by the third umpire. That was very, very close and he probably should have dived there. A touch casual but that's what the Windies wanted. He goes for 21 and ends a 74-run partnership. Skipper Gorgeous George Bailey out there with Voges. It's 2-82 at the halfway mark and the Aussies need to turn it up a few notches.Back to top
That's the half century for Adam Voges, taking just 31 deliveries. He's in a purple patch. Not like a LeBron James purple patch, but a patch of purple nonetheless. Can he back up his ODI hundred with a T20 hundred? Hmmmm? Hmmmmmmmmmm?
Andre Russell into the attack now. He contributed late with the bat and breaking up this partnership would be even more valuable. Bravo having a bowl as well as this pair keep things trucking along nicely. They'd love to be closer to the 100 mark by the halfway point but at 1-73 halfway through the eighth, that's unlikely. Pretty good finish on the way I suspect.
Reverse sweep time. I think that's a good thing. Marsh gets away with that for a couple but surely there are easier way to score runs, like that boundary, for instance, off Deonarine. More runs here on an over-throw and the Windies losing control of this game a little. Australia 1-70 after eight overs. A mile to go and a few wickets changes everything.
CRUNCH. Voges seeing them like beach balls, which are ironically banned at the Gabba. Clubs that one for SIX over cow corner and he is flying. Moves to 36 with that shot. Australia 1-60 and making a good fist of this after losing Finch early. Seven overs down.
SIX. Marsh finally middles one and it sails in the crowd at backward square. He moves to 15, Voges 29, Australia 1-51 after six. Certainly not out of it at this point but a fair way to go yet. That Charles in Charge clip has me thinking 80s sitcom themes. My personal favourite? Enjoy.
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