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All hail Sammy the finisher!

West Indies captain snatches a famous win with his power hitting

All hail Sammy the finisher! - Cricket News
Darren Sammy hits unbeaten 13-ball 34 to take team to thrilling victory against Australia.
With a sensational 34 off just 13 balls Darren Sammy stole West Indies a victory that looked to be slipping away.

West Indies needed 31 off 12 balls, but Mitchell Starc failed to land one yorker in six attempts and Sammy took 19 off the over. Then after two perfect blockhole deliveries from James Faulkner (in the last over), Sammy carved the third ball – a high full-toss – over long-off for six, and the fourth – a half volley – back over the bowlers' head for a sensational victory.

Mind you, no one should be totally surprised. Sammy’s strike rate in international T20s is 203 since last year. He is the new finisher in one-day cricket.
It looked to be all over for the West Indies when it scored only 29 runs in five overs between the ninth and the 14th as James Muirhead lured Chris Gayle into a miscue and Lendl Simmons hooked Bollinger to deep square-leg. 

Two new batsmen were at the crease and the rate soon climbed to over 12 an over. But Dwayne Bravo clubbed a couple of big sixes and then Sammy finished things off. Faulkner who had earlier bowled superbly could only rue the fickleness of trying to get yorkers consistently precise at the death.

Australia felt it had enough. Although Santokie began with a crafty first over, but Aaron Finch handled the skiddy leg-breaks of Badree brilliantly, standing well outside leg-stump and pummeling one big straight six and two fours though the off-side. But he got a bit too impatient against Marlon Samuels and was bowled hoiking at a slower off-break, 33-1.

In came Shane Watson.

Australia win all its matches when Watson makes 40 or more. He is so destructive. But Watson was soon stumpled off the baffling spin of Sunil Narine.
After Warner got low to carve Badree through cover, he got overambitious and was bowled by the Badree skidder. Australia is taking too many risks playing across the line to the spinners. Should it be trying to take a leaf out of Virat Kohli's book and hit straighter? It had lost three wickets for eight runs and there were 21 dot balls in the first six overs.
Glenn Maxwell seized the initiative with some aggressive shots against Darren Sammy. Sixteen came off the ninth over, 75-3. Just when the Aussies were getting on top, Samuels dropped one short at the advancing Bailey and he played one to
mid-wicket. He had come down the wicket a bit too early and the bowler saw him coming. In came the canny Brad Hodge at 77-4.  

Maxwell carried on smiting over long-on and mid-wicket, his strong area, taking the score to 88-4 at halfway point. But his one-sided style of play cost him in the end when he holed out to deep mid-wicket off Badree. It was a feisty 45 off just 20 balls. Australia was now 100-5 (11.3).
Hodge carefully rebuilt with Faulkner, but the acceleration was stymied by Narine. His carrom ball is stiil devious even after three years of airing.

Brad Hodge is a remarkable player. Incredible fast hands. Also moves all round the crease and makes it very difficult for the bowler and isn’t too premeditated. Its low risk batting. He got the score to 148 after 17 overs.
Narine bowled Hodge playing a reverse sweep. Sixteen per cent of Narine's wickets have come in overs 16-20. His four overs realised 2-19 and there were 11 dot balls. But Australia muscled its way to 177 thanks partly to an erratic last over from Bravo. It was definitely a defendable score.
Shane Watson began with an excellent first over, Smith groping at swing. You can’t keep Chris Gayle quiet for long though. He assaulted Mitchell Starc for four fours – mainly through off-side and one biff over long-on. Then he skewed a six off thick edge over deep-square off Bollinger. Despite Smith exposing his weakness outside off-stump and being caught behind, it  was still 61-1 at the end of the powerplay.
Gayle advanced to Muirhead, got slightly cramped in the shot and was caught at long-on and then West Indies appeared to lose its way. There were only two runs from Muirhead’s second over and he had one for six. Bollinger bowled intelligently at the other end and Simmons holed out.
But 15 came off the 15th from Muirhead, not helping himself with a waist high full toss which Bravo heaved for six. Faulkner dragged it back with clever changes of pace and Samuels was struggling with just 7 off 11 balls. The advantage of having three left-arm over bowlers to right-handed batsmen was apparent, as shown when Starc got Samuels caught behind. West Indies required 48 to win off just 20 balls.    
Then it was 31 needed from 12. It looked unlikely. But Starc failed to land his attempted yorkers and Sammy clubbed his first ball over long-on for six. The third was whipped over square-leg calypso style, and the fifth sliced over third man. It was 19 off the over. West Indies needed 12 off the last.
Two brilliant yorkers from Faulkner was followed by a high full-toss which Sammy thrashed for six over long-off. The fourth, a half volley was drilled triumphantly over the sightscreen. Sammy had made his 34 off just 13 balls with four huge sixes. It was true scene stealing batting. Pity the poor bowlers with merciless brutes like that around! 

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