World Twenty20: India qualify for the semi-finals

India thrash Bangladesh by eight wickets to qualify for the semi-finals after West Indies beat Australia and England women triumph.

28 March 2014 Last updated at 09:03

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As it happened

  1. 16:58: 
    Chris Gayle

    OK folks, that's yer lot for today. India are in the semi-finals, the host nation are as good as out, Australia are on the brink and Chris Gayle is dancing the Gangnam again. Goodnight.

  2. 16:54: 

    India captain MS Dhoni: "We were slightly unlucky in the previous tournament in Sri Lanka, we lost one game but lost it badly and did not qualify. This was an important win, we have the people who can make it big in this format, it is good to make it through but we will be playing some of the toughest teams in the next stage so we will have to be at our best.

    Settled on best team? "I'll see how the wicket is behaving and then decide who are the bowlers I'll use in the last few overs. I have to be flexible. I don't have a bowler I can bank on so you have to see which bowler is bowling particularly well on the day."

  3. 16:53: 
    Bowling figures

    So, another miserable day for Bangladesh as they only manage to take two India wickets. The final bowling figures were: Mortaza 4-0-23-1, Gazi 3-0-21-0, Al-Amin 4-0-38-1, Shakib 4-0-26-0, Ziaur 2.3-0-26-0.

  4. 16:52: 

    Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim: "We lost a couple of valuable wickets. There is nothing happening for us at the moment. When you lose a couple of valuable wickets you have to protect them but score good runs too. We had a score in mind, 150 plus, but we ended up with 138.

    "Nothing is working for us at the moment but there are two more games to go so hopefully we will have some positives out of those games."

  5. 16:46: 

    So, India are now top of Group Two, with three wins out of three. And it looks like being a straight fight between West Indies, Pakistan and Australia for second, with the Aussies needing big wins in their last two matches to stand any chance.


    India's man-of-the-match Ravichandran Ashwin: "The spinners have enjoyed good success and it was my turn today. I always love my challenges. There are some important games coming up. We have played some excellent cricket, we did that in the Champions Trophy as well, so I don't think there is anything to worry about."

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "India have played some really good cricket. Bangladesh put up a reasonable fight but India really are an amazing team. Bangladesh had their moments, while they were batting there were certain period when they were strong. They were right in it in the first couple of overs and it was a great atmosphere here. Good to see the support throughout."

  8. 16:40: 
    India qualify for semi-finals

    Virat Kohli finishes 57 not out, MS Dhoni has 22 off 12, with two sixes and a four. And India are through to the semi-finals.

  9. 18.3 overs: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- India win by eight wickets

    Single, single, bullyseye! Dhoni finishes off the match with a six down the ground and rounds off a comprehensive victory for India.

  10. 18 overs: 
    Ind 133-2 (target 139)

    Things slow down a bit as Mashrafe Mortaza sends down a tidy over. Six runs needed off 12 balls.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "MS Dhoni is the kind of player who does not hold back. When you are waiting for the game to finish he will go out there and make sure it does not drag on. He gets the job done."

  12. 17 overs: 
    Ind 129-2

    Ah, there he is! India's captain finally opens his shoulders and bashes Al-Amin back over the bowler for a one-bounce four, then leans back and pulls over cow corner for a sixer!


    Raj, New York: Indian middle and lower batting order has not been tested in this tournament. That could be their undoing.

  14. 16 overs: 
    Ind 117-2

    No sign of fireworks from Dhoni yet. Just two singles and one to Kohli. Are India going to wait until the last over to finish this as they have in their last two games?

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "If there is only one criticism of Rohit Sharma it is that he gets in such good positions with his batting but just doesn't get quite over the line."

  16. 15.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Rohit Sharma c Hossain b Mortaza 56 (Ind 113-2)

    Rohit cracks a low full toss straight to Nasir Hossain at point and looks furious with himself that he can't be there to finish the job. Enter Dhoni.

  17. 15 overs: 
    Kohli 50- Ind 112-1

    Sharma cracks Al-Amin for four, then Kohli brings up yet another half century of his own with a single off his 41st ball. What a player.

  18. 14 overs: 
    Rohit Sharma 50- Ind 104-1 (target 139)

    So, do India want to steam over the line and give their run rate the kind of boost that would all but certify their place in the semi-finals? Signs of urgency from Kohli as he takes his team to 100 with a pull for two then goes aerial and lands just shy of the infield. Then Rohit gets a single to bring up his half-century off 39 balls.

  19. 13 overs: 
    Ind 97-1

    Shakib's final over. And Rohit lifts him over the infield to add two more runs to the total. Just five from the over, but barring a miracle, India are on course for their third consecutive win in Group Two.

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    John Penn: Kohli is in some serious touch! Let's see if he can even cope with a big helping of the mockers!

  21. 12 overs: 
    Ind 92-1

    Ziaur Rahman strays a fraction outside off stump and Kohli deftly opens the face to steer him away for another boundary. The steady flow of home fans leaving the ground has now become an exodus.

  22. 11 overs: 
    Ind 83-1 (target 139)

    Oh dear. Some of the Bangladesh fans are starting to make their way towards the exits. India have got this down to needing roughly one run per ball and that's how they progress with six singles from Shakib's latest over.

  23. 10 overs: 
    Ind 77-1

    India in cruise control. Two more fours to Kohli off Sohag, the second dismissively punished through the covers.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's been some half-hearted fielding. You can't catch the ball if you don't want it to come to you. As a fielding coach, I don't judge you if you drop a catch but it's all about the process."

  25. 9 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 64-1 (target 139)
    Bangladesh fielders collide

    Oh dear, disaster for Bangladesh. Rohit hauls one into the offside. Two fielders are converging on the ball but they collide head-first with each other and the ball is grassed. Rohit dishes out instant punishment with a pull that bounces just inside the boundary and rolls over the rope for four.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "One of my greatest privileges in cricket is being able to work with Rohit Sharma in the IPL. He's an unbelievable talent."

    Rohit Sharma
  27. 8 overs: 
    Ind 55-1 (Sharma 33, Kohli 19)

    Off-spinner Sohag Gazi is back into the attack as Bangladesh desperately strive for a breakthrough. Five singles follow as India continue to stroll towards this modest 139 target.


    David in Spain: It's early days, but what with Windies men beating Australia men and Windies women walking all over Sri Lanka women, are we looking at two cups to the Caribbean?

  29. 7 overs: 
    Ind 50-1

    Back of a length from Mortaza and Sharma tucks it easily past the short fine leg fielder for four. Ones and twos coming easily now too. India are in cruise control.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The danger for Bangladesh is that the powerplay has finished, the field is spread and these two batsmen will be happy to knock the ball into gaps and pick up the odd boundary along the way."

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    Ben in Warwick: Bangladesh have done better than Pakistan and West Indies against India so far. Why is everyone slagging them off? They've still got a chance here.

  32. 6 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 39-1
    Virat Kohli

    Shakib turns one into Kohli's pads and appeals for lbw. Not a chance, says umpire Kettleborough. And India make Shakib pay for his cheek as both Rohit and Kohli smash him over the top for four.

  33. 5 overs: 
    Ind 29-1

    Pressure? What pressure? Kohli gets down on one knee and hammers Al-Amin over his head for six. A front-foot no-ball means a free hit. Sharma gets his timing wrong and is easily caught - no wicket of course, and just a single to the India total.

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    Toby Foot: Amit Mishra already producing strong evidence to become Player of the Tournament, another pivotal bowling performance.

    Harsha Bhogle, BBC Test Match Special

    "Shakib is the one bowler who can do something for Bangladesh, but he can only take wickets if he's allowed to create pressure."

  36. 4 overs: 
    Ind 18-1 (target 139)

    Local hero Shakib Al Hasan is brought into the attack as the peerless Virat Kohli comes out to bat. He's off the mark with a couple past the single slip. Good over though - pressure on India.

    Harsha Bhogle, BBC Test Match Special

    "Everybody in the stands are up dancing and cheering Al-Amin. That's the wicket they wanted - they got the inside edge of a man who is clearly not in very good form."

  38. 2. 5 overs: 
    WICKET- Dhawan b Al-Amin 1 (Ind 13-1)
    Shikhar Dhawan

    A short ball from Al-Amin Hossain and pulled by Sharma into the crowd for six. But Dhawan's miserable tournament continues as he chops on to his leg stump.

  39. 2 overs: 
    Ind 6-0

    Teasing turn from Sohag Gazi almost accounts for Shikhar Dhawan who edges just past his stumps. So far, so good for the hosts, although they could do with an early wicket.

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    Paul Reaney: Shame Tamim Iqbal hasn't lit up the WT20 yet. Very exciting player when in full flow.

  41. 1 over: 
    Ind 3-0 (target 139)

    Rohit Sharma, who scored an unbeaten 62 off 55 balls against the Windies, shows his determination to finish the job by running a fast second run from the first ball of the innings. Bowler Mortaza responds well to beat the outside edge and there's only one more run off the first over.

  42. 15:18: 
    Women's World T20

    England captain Charlotte Edwards following her side's victory over Bangladesh earlier in the day: "We're really pleased, considering the start we had. To post the total we did was great and was a great sign. To then bowl well means it was about as perfect as our performance could be. Things are coming along nicely. It's about peaking at the right time in these tournaments. The Sri Lankans are a big threat in these conditions but these are the occasions you want to play in as a player. We are looking forward to it."

    Read the full report on England's victory

  43. 15:17: 
    Amit Mishra

    How good is Amit Mishra? Shane Warne has been purring in admiration on the TV. His combined figures for the tournament are now 7-66.

  44. 15:11: 

    All over? Probably, but you never know. India have made relatively hard work of chasing down 131 against Pakistan and 130 against the Windies in their past two games, with both matches going to the final over.

  45. 15:10: 
    Women's World T20 update

    In the day's other match in the Women's T20, West Indies bowled out Sri Lanka for 84 with Shanel Daley taking 4-15 and Tremayne Smartt 3-15. In reply, the Windies are 10-0.


    India spinner R Ashwin: "You have to slow the ball down to get any purchase and turn. You might go for runs but you have to toss it up. I think our batsmen will get the target. I hope so anyway."

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    Bibhash Dash: Bangladesh have had several years to prove themselves worthy of full membership. Precious little to show for it.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "India are in the box seat, unless there is some magic from Shakib with the ball. Bangladesh's only hope is to get early wickets."

  49. 20 overs: 
    Ban 138-7

    Dot ball, then a single to Mahmudullah. Mashrafe Mortaza misses his first ball then ends the innings on a high by heaving Mishra into the stands over cow corner.

  50. 19.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Ziaur Rahman c Jadeja b Mishra 0 (Ban 131-7)

    Two wickets in two balls as Ziaur smacks one straight to long-off.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "Amit Mishra is getting the ball to turn and bounce. Nasir had no clue whatsoever and came down the pitch and all MS Dhoni had to do was take the bails off."

  52. 19.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Nasir st Dhoni b Mishra 16 (Ban 131-6)
    Mahendra Dhoni stumps Nasir Hossain

    Dhoni entrusts his leg-spinner with the final over and his decision pays dividends as Nasir misses a sharply spinning ball and Dhoni does the rest.


    OptaJim: Anamul Haque has passed Alex Hales as the leading T20I run-scorer of 2014, with 246 runs in seven innings. Consistent.

  54. 19 overs: 
    Ban 131-5

    Kumar now, and Nasir cracks a low full toss through extra cover for four. The bowler responds by taking some pace off the ball and restricts the Tigers to just three singles from the last five balls.

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    Suresh: India getting sloppy towards the end.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's important that these two batsman complete the innings because they need a few boundaries and they don't want a new batsman at the crease. 30 more runs and Bangladesh have a slight chance."

  57. 18 overs: 
    Ban 124-5
    Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah

    The crowd are alive now with Bangladesh on something of a charge. Nasir Hossain hits a two and one to clear the path for Mahmudullah, who smears Shami for four. Yorker length and the batsman gets lucky as an inside edge skids away for four. Good over, and a score of well of 140 looks certain now.

  58. 17 overs: 
    Ban 110-5

    Mahmudullah lifts the mood with a blazing pull into the stands off Mishra. Then he waits on the back foot and cuts for four.

  59. 16 overs: 
    Ban 98-5

    Another boundary for Mahmudullah, sweeping Ashwin round the corner for four. Better over for the hosts, but they are going to need to go for it in these last four overs.

  60. 15 overs: 
    Ban 90-5

    Jadeja spins one past Mahmudullah's edge. Dhoni whips off the bails in a flash, but the batter's foot is just behind the line. A quicker, wider ball allows Mahmudullah to cut for four

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    Kishor Chauhan: India have a chance to increase their net run rate here. They have a tough game coming up against Australia.

  62. 14 overs: 
    Ban 85-5

    With, two new batsmen are at the crease. Bangladesh would surely settle for 130 here. Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain take no risks as they milk three singles from Suresh Raina.

    Harsha Bhogle, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a wicket that is for India, the silent reaction from the fans tells you what the score is."

  64. 13 overs: 
    WICKET- Anamul b Mishra 44 (Ban 82-5)
    Anamul Haque

    Anamul is bowled by a brilliant googly from Mishra that takes out off stump. There is stunned silence in the crowd.

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    Ralph Brooker: What must Ireland make of Bangladesh? Shocking stuff. And someone else's place taken up. Sorry, they don't deserve to be WT20.

  66. 12 overs: 
    Ban 76-4

    Anamul continues to carry the fight for the hosts, delighting the crowd by launching Jadeja for a six over the covers.

    Harsha Bhogle, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a dreadful shot. He was trying to go over midwicket and there was no timing at all. He threw his head back and grimaced. Just as they were starting to put a partnership together too."

  68. 11 overs: 
    WICKET- Mushfiqur c Kohli b Shami 24 (Ban 67-4)
    Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim reacts

    Headline writers be ready - Anamul is on the loose. He charges Mohammed Shami and clears the ropes over long-off for the first six of the innings. Captain Mushfiqur follows up with a square cut for four before throwing it all away with a tame heave to midwicket, where Kohli takes the catch.

  69. 10 overs: 
    Ban 56-3

    Nudges and nurdles before Anamul is beaten by a fierce leg-spinner from Mishra. The next ball spits and finds the edge but there's no slip and they run a single.

  70. 14:15: 
    England women beat Bangladesh

    England's Danielle Hazell: "It was a fantastic game and great to get a win under our belts. The crowd has been brilliant, we put in a good performance in front of them and now we are looking forward to the next game."

  71. 9 overs: 
    Ban 51-3

    Mushfiqur finds his groove, striking Jadeja for back-to-back boundaries to take the hosts past fifty.

  72. 8 overs: 
    Ban 43-3

    Mushfiqur punishes a short ball from Raina, but otherwise Bangladesh are happy to follow Jonty's advice and deal in singles.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Bangladesh have to keep the score ticking over and not go looking for boundaries. The bad ball will come."

  74. 7 overs: 
    Ban 35-3
    Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque

    The brilliantly-named Anamul tries to play a beast of a drive, but gets a thick outside edge through gully for four. Bangladesh desperately to need to keep their heads and rebuild the crumbling edifice of their innings here.

  75. 6 overs: 
    Ban 27-3

    Ashwin resumes with figures of 3-2. Anamul Haque decides the best form of defence is attack and chips one over extra cover for four before blocking the next three balls.

  76. 14:05: 
    Du Plessis to miss England match

    And I arrive with some good new for England fans... South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will miss the match against England on Saturday after being suspended for his side's slow over-rate during their win over the Netherlands on Thursday. It is his second offence in 12 months, hence the suspension in addition to a fine. Stuart Broad was also penalised but it was a first offence so he will be available to lead England.

  77. 5 overs: 
    Ban 22-3 (Anamul 13*, Rahim 1*)

    You can hear a pin drop in Dhaka now. The locals are seeing their heroes dismantled once again. Just one run from the over, and now it's time for me to hand over to Sam Sheringham for the rest of this match. Enjoy.

  78. 4.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Shakib b Kumar 1 (Ban 21-3)
    Shakib Al Hasan is bowled

    Bangladesh just don't help themselves, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar nipping the ball between Shakib's bat and pad to send the former captain packing. What an airy-fairy shot that was.

  79. 4 overs: 
    Ban 21-2 (Anamul 13*, Shakib 1*)

    Shakib avoids becoming a hat-trick victim as he works a gentle single into the leg side. India have stalled the hosts' progress with those quick wickets.

  80. 3.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Shamsur c Rohit b Ashwin 0 (Ban 20-2)

    R Ashwin is on a hat-trick after Shamsur inexplicably hammers his first ball faced straight into the grateful hands of Rohit Sharma on the leg-side boundary.

  81. 3.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Tamim c Raina b Ashwin 6 (Ban 20-1)
    India celebrate a wicket

    A disappointing ending for Bangladesh's most destructive batsman as he is caught at slip by Suresh Raina. Deathly silence falls on the stadium.

  82. 3 overs: 
    Ban 20-0 (Tamim 6*, Anamul 13*)

    What's going on here then? Bangladesh almost shoot themselves in the foot with a comedy run-out but it is matched by equally poor fielding as Shikhar Dhawan spurns the opportunity. Anamul continues to be savage against the short ball, smacking another four through the covers.

  83. 2 overs: 
    Ban 15-0 (Tamim 6*, Anamul 9*)

    R Ashwin, well India's Ashwin to be precise, shares the new ball and is worked for a couple of singles as the offie begins with a very tidy set of six. Now, check out Chris Gayle's celebrations at the end of the West Indies' victory over Australia...

    Chris Gayle
  84. 1 over: 
    Ban 13-0 (Tamim 5*, Anamul 8*)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who swings it around corners according to Ricky Ponting on television, opens the bowling for India and Tamim Iqbal is after him from the first ball - carving four over the slip cordon. Go hard or go home!

    The good start continues when Anamul Haque slams four through the covers off the back foot and then clips another boundary off his pads. The Tigers are flying.

  85. 13:39: 

    Almost set then. India, ready to field first, are in a pre-match huddle as the Bangladesh openers, Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque, are roundly cheered all the way to the middle.

  86. 13:35: 

    In the national anthem singing contest, India win hands down - far more of their players were singing.

  87. 13:33: 

    I think Chris Gayle has just about jacked in the Gangnam in time for us to begin our second match of the day. Time for the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    On England women's victory over Bangladesh: "It was a really important game for England today after losing out in the first match. Charlotte Edwards has been in great form and will be key."

  89. 13:25: 

    Heading into this game, India have won two out of two while Bangladesh lost their only game in the Super 10 phase. A big evening awaits the hosts.

  90. 13:21: 

    Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Ziaur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain.

    India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.

  91. 13:19: 

    Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, speaking at the toss: "It is a bit of a struggle but hopefully if the boys click they will have a chance tonight."

  92. 13:19: 

    India captain MS Dhoni, speaking at the toss: "It is very important to take every game seriously. It is home conditions for Bangladesh, we will try to be our best - which is what we do going into every game."

  93. 13:16: 

    Now it's time to switch our attentions to the next game in Group 2: Bangladesh v India. MS Dhoni won the toss and has decided to bowl first.

  94. 13:10: 
    View from the England camp
    Eoin Morgan

    England's Eoin Morgan, talking to Test Match Special: "We are overjoyed with the win against Sri Lanka. It's a World Cup and the group stages can be tricky so we are relieved to get a result. A lot of guys will gain a lot of confidence from Alex Hales in the next 24 hours. It's important for me, as a senior player, to try and score runs and take pressure off the younger guys. It's now going to be a competitive game against South Africa."

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    Lewis Wilson: Darren Sammy is the best finisher in the world at the moment even better than MS Dhoni.

    Jay: I thought Sammy was being arrogant by refusing the single off the first ball. But boy can he finish a game off.

  96. 13:09: 
    Sammy and Gayle celebrate

    West Indies captain Darren Sammy: "We have not won the tournament yet but our team was so pumped up for this game. To come on and play as we did was a very good effort. Australia played well. but a couple of our bowlers bowled economically and we backed ourselves to chase down 180-odd."

    Regarding Chris Gayle: "You never wake up a sleeping lion. Chris has not been scoring at the rate we are used to seeing, a lot was said before the match but you can see from the celebrations how good that win felt."

  97. 13:07: 

    Australia captain George Bailey: "Another good game of cricket but we were on the wrong side of it. You take the good with the bad, we have had some guys in great form, but West Indies bowled really nicely. The challenge for both teams was the short boundary and we knew coming into the back end that it was a challenging role bowling at that end. West Indies had a plan and executed it well."


    Ned from Devon: "I think it is extremely fitting that James Faulkner bowled the over that lost Australia the game!"

  99. 13:04: 
    Chris Gayle celebrates

    So, the West Indies move to the top of Group 2 with second-placed India to face Bangladesh in the next match. Australia, with two straight defeats, now look unlikely to qualify for the semi-finals.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The other teams are all going for it. If India win tonight they are pretty much guaranteed but for anybody else it is pretty much still game on. I am still stunned by the superb finish in this game!"

  101. 13:02: 

    Some of the Australian bowling figures are a sight for sore eyes: Watson 2-1-11-0, Starc 4-0-50-2, Bollinger 4-0-34-1, Maxwell 3-0-28-0, Faulkner 3.4- 0-27-0, Muirhead 3-0-21-1.

  102. 13:00: 

    I suspect James Faulkner is feeling a little sore right about now!

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    Andrew Price: Fantastic - another game won by a six. I said the West Indies will surprise.

    Jim Kavanagh: Cricket in any format is better for having an on-song Windies team playing.

    Paul Hilferty: If that isn't a case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, I don't know what is!

  104. 13:00: 

    Darren Sammy finished with 34 runs off 13 balls. What a performance from the West Indies skipper, who has helped his team keep alive their hopes of defending the World T20 title.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies staying in the tournament is really important, they are great characters and provide a firework display second to none."

  106. 12:58: 
    Darren Sammy

    Amazing scenes in Dhaka as the West Indian players, led by Chris Gayle, race on to the field to celebrate. There's Gangnam Style dancing, chest pumps and almighty roars. And that's just Gayle.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I did not call that. I must confess I was backing Australia but what an amazing performance by the West Indies captain. Wow. Nothing more to say than that."

  108. 12:55: 
    West Indies win by six wickets

    What a way to win the game! Darren Sammy hammers an almighty six and sets off running to celebrate the moment the ball leaves the middle of his bat.

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    Stuart Mitchell: "Darren Sammy is so so good in this role, never presume it to be over whilst he is in."

  110. 19.3 overs: 
    WI 173-4 (Target 179)

    Darren Sammy heaves six over extra cover. Six from 3 needed.

  111. 19.2 overs: 
    WI 167-4 (Target 179)

    Faulkner yorker and another dot ball. 12 from four needed.

  112. 19.1 overs: 

    James Faulkner to bowl the final over, with Darren Sammy on strike. The first delivery cannons into the skipper's pads. Dot ball.

  113. 19 overs: 
    WI 167-4 (Target 179)

    Darren Sammy has come to the party at the most opportune of times as he slams Mitchell Starc over long-on for six and drags Dwayne Bravo through for a rapid two. The skipper then whips four more off this legs with the most unorthodox of shots. A fortuitous edge down to third man brings another two runs and Sammy then plays an MS Dhoni-like swipe through the off side which brings four more. Final ball of the over? It's a low full toss which is belted for a single. 12 need from the final over. Shall we go ball-by-ball?

  114. 18 overs: 
    WI 148-4 (Target 179)

    We're going to the wire with this one now. Doug Bollinger, who has been one of Australia's best bowlers, is carved over extra cover for a one-bounce four by Dwayne Bravo and the batsman finishes the over by tickling four down to a very fine, fine leg. WI need 27 from 12.

  115. 17 overs: 
    WI 137-4 (Target 179)

    Dwayne Bravo is not giving this up just yet as he pulls a slower ball over backward square leg for six. Darren Sammy is the new batsman, by the way.

  116. 16.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Samuels c Haddin b Starc 12 (WI 130-4)

    Is this the choke? Mitchell Starc's slower ball outfoxes Marlon Samuels, who edges behind to a diving Brad Haddin.

  117. 16 overs: 
    WI 126-3 (Target 179)

    Who are you backing from there then? I know who James Faulkner is backing as he bustles in for another over: single, dot, dot, single, single, single. Slow progress.

  118. 15 overs: 
    WI 122-3 (Samuels 6*, Bravo 10*)

    When will the West Indies make their move? Marlon Samuels hits James Muirhead for a straight four, courtesy of some shoddy boundary fielding by Mitchell Starc. Dwayne Bravo then swivels in his crease and pulls a full toss into the stands at backward square leg.

  119. 14 overs: 
    WI 107-3 (Target 179)

    Are we set up for another grandstand finish? West Indies are spluttering towards the finishing line. Dwayne Bravo has joined Marlon Samuels at the crease.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "The leap at the very last minute was timed to perfection. Maxwell had to jump a long way up and then make sure he was inside the boundary rope. That's a big wicket and shows what pressure can do to you. It's going to be tough for West Indies now - they need a couple of really big overs."

  121. 13.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Simmons c Maxwell b Bollinger 26 (WI 107-3)
    Doug Bollinger celebrates

    Are Australia tightening their grip on the game? Glenn Maxwell takes a superb catch high above his head on the square leg boundary and it's goodnight from Lendl Simmons.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England duly fined for slow over rate yesterday. If any further minor offence in next 12 months of T20, Broad receives a one-match suspension."

  123. 13 overs: 
    WI 103-2 (Target 179)

    Marlon Samuels is the new batsman as James Muirhead continues to bowl tight lines, conceding just two singles from the over and removing the big man. The maths that matter? West Indies need another 76 runs off 42 balls.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hats off to the youngster. He tossed it up to Gayle and he took the bait."

  125. 12.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Gayle c Maxwell b Muirhead 53 (WI 101-2)

    Chris Gayle's explosive 35-ball knock is ended when he tries to smash young leg-spinner James Muirhead into Row Z but picks out Glenn Maxwell at deep midwicket. Cue big celebrations from the fielding side.

  126. 12:15: 
    England women beat Bangladesh by 79 runs

    That's it, it's all over, and it's a second Group B victory for England who have beaten Bangladesh by 79 runs. Danielle Hazell and Natalie Sciver both took three wickets, while Anya Shrubsole claimed two, as England restricted Bangladesh to 58-9 in reply to their 137-5. Captain Charlotte Edwards made 80 from 69 balls with 11 fours but had to leave the field in Bangladesh's innings after being hit in the face by the ball while attempting to take a catch. Their next match is against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

  127. 12 overs: 
    WI 101-1 (Gayle 53*, Simmons 22*)
    Lendl Simmons

    This Chris Gayle's a good player isn't he? Almost as good as that Alex Hales fella

    Lendl Simmons is going along nicely too, sweeping Glenn Maxwell for four and surviving a very optimistic third umpire referral for a stumping chance. Eight more carved from the target.


    Nick North: If I were Chris Gayle I would be putting James Faulkner into the crowd at every opportunity. Then ask him: "How you like me now Jimmy?"

  129. 11 overs: 
    50 for Chris Gayle- WI 93-1 (Target 179)

    So here comes James Muirhead and there goes another Chris Gayle landmark, the big man working the young leggie for two which brings up his 11th T20 half-century. More serene progress for the West Indians. They are like a cat toying with their prey. Six from the over.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is crucial - they need to test Gayle against the leg-spinner. Gayle has been at his brutal best, but he has changed gears. After all those boundaries, he is taking his time now and making sure he doesn't do anything silly."

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    Jay: George Bailey has missed a trick here. Should have opened with Faulkner against Gayle.

  132. 10 overs: 
    WI 87-1 (Gayle 49*, Simmons 16*)

    Australia have kept leg-spinner James Muirhead back so far. They just need a wicket and the pressure of the chase will begin to play into their hands. West Indies are going along steadily though, effortlessly taking nine more off Glenn Maxwell.

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    Jordan King: Christopher Henry Gayle is just incredible. Never has such power seemed so effortless.

  134. 9 overs: 
    WI 78-1 (Gayle 46*, Simmons 10*)
    England warm-up before a net session

    It's voluntary nets for England today, following their late-night heroics against Sri Lanka, and the four players who did not take part in that match have been joined by Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara. Back to Dhaka, where the West Indies have slowed down in pursuit of 179. They now need 101 from 66 balls.

  135. 11:59: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    England are producing a superb bowling display in Sylhet. Natalie Sciver now has two wickets and Bangladesh are in disarray on 36-7 after 15 overs, chasing 138.

  136. 8 overs: 
    WI 76-1 (Target 179)

    It's calm before the storm as the West Indians work the ball into gaps which have appeared since the field has spread. The West Indies just need one boundary an over to keep up with the rate, and they get it when Lendl Simmons clips Doug Bollinger for four down to fine leg.

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    Bibhash Dash: Does Chris Gayle strike anyone as the sort who would replicate the famous "they've come to watch me bat, not you bowl" saying?

  138. 7 overs: 
    WI 69-1 (Gayle 44*, Simmons 4*)

    And here comes the plucky James Faulkner, who is clipped for a single by Christopher (he doesn't sound as destructive if you call him that). Lendl Simmons looks a good foil for the big man as he pushes one and twos into the gaps.


    Chris Gilbert: I reckon Gayle's taken a look at all the plaudits heaped on Alex Hales and wants a bit of adulation for himself.

  140. 6 overs: 
    WI 61-1 (Gayle 41*, Simmons 0*)

    Chris Gayle is fired up as he helps himself to a couple of twos and then clubs six over long-on. He's just getting warmed up for James Faulkner [0926] though.

  141. 11:45: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    At the halfway stage Bangladesh are 21-5 against England, chasing 138.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a much better line to bowl to Dwayne Smith, asking him to drive through mid-off. This is a good start from the Windies but the pursuit must go on in a smart manner."

  143. 5 overs: 
    WICKET- Smith c Haddin b Starc 17 (WI 50-1)
    Mitchell Starc

    Indeed, the pressure does tell on Dwayne Smith who faces three dot balls before aiming an expansive drive outside off stump and edging Mitchell Starc behind to Brad Haddin.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a great platform for West Indies, but we've seen how difficult these Twenty20 games are with the perception of pressure. If someone loses their head and thinks they need a boundary when they really don't then it gets tough."

  145. 4 overs: 
    WI 46-0 (Smith 13*, Gayle 30*)

    George Bailey is still grinning, or is that a grimace? His side are under the pump here as Dwayne Smith blasts Glenn Maxwell for a straight four and then tips the strike over for Chris Gayle to flick another boundary into the leg side. The big left-hander survives a stumping chance when he plays and misses, but he recovers to hammer another four. West Indies flying.

  146. 3 overs: 
    WI 33-0 (Target 179)
    Chris Gayle

    I think the West Indians have somewhere to be. Doug Bollinger goes for a couple of fours, the second of which is very fortunate as Dwayne Smith gets an under-edge to the keeper but Brad Haddin can't take the difficult chance. A leg-bye puts Chris Gayle on strike, who pulls six over square leg. If this was a boxing match, Australia would have been knocked down three times in the first three rounds.

  147. 11:31: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    Danielle Hazell takes three wickets and England have reduced Bangladesh to 16-4 in the eighth over, chasing 138, but captain Charlotte Edwards has left the field after the ball hits her in the face attempting a catch.

  148. 2 overs: 
    WI 18-0 (Smith 0*, Gayle 16*)

    Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc squares up Chris Gayle with his first delivery. The Aussies are getting as much swing as I've seen all tournament. Perhaps it was a masterstroke to pack their side with seamers?

    Gayle gets off the mark with a typically nonchalant punch through the covers for four. Next up he lofts Starc back over his head for another boundary and then follows that up with by flicking four through the leg side. He clubs a fourth successive boundary to finish the over. The big man has come out swinging - and he's landing some heavy blows.

  149. 1 over: 
    WI 2-0 (Target 179)

    Shane Watson, who never looks like he enjoys bowling at the best of times, is given the task of opening to these two explosive West Indian openers. The seamer is getting some nice shape early one which has Dwayne Smith groping at fresh air. Four dots balls to begin with before two leg byes get the innings up and running. An excellent opening over by big Shane.

  150. 11:22: 

    A slight delay while Chris Gayle has the spikes in his shoes tightened by, of all people, the umpire. Let's play.

  151. 11:20: 

    Here comes the big man, Chris Gayle, and his partner-in-crime Dwayne Smith. What have the Aussie bowlers got? We're about to find out.


    Simon Millington: Talk of Dilshan, then Ashraful being the first to play the scoop - it was Ryan Campbell in Australia in 2003 - described as Scoopidity at the time! Off the bowling of Ian Harvey.

  153. 11:13: 

    Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell: "It's a nice role. I have complete freedom from the coach to go out there and play my natural game, so hopefully I can keep going well. Our bowlers know what to do so, the wicket is quite slow hopefully we've got enough runs for them to defend."

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going to be a great contest and a fun evening to watch. I think the key will be how Smith and Gayle start, but Australia have the bowlers to dry up the scoring."

  155. 11:12: 

    Have Australia got enough? The West Indies bowled pretty well there, here are their figures: Santokie 4-0-30-1, Badree 4-0-37-2, Samuels 2-0-20-2, Narine 4-1-19-2, Sammy 1-0-16-0, Bravo 3.4-0-33-1, Russell 1-0-15-0.

  156. 20 overs: 
    Aus 178-8 (Haddin 15*, Muirhead 1*)

    Dwayne Bravo lets himself down in the final over by sending down three wides, and one of the extra deliveries proves costly as Brad Haddin carves the final ball of the innings over extra cover for four. It all means West Indies will need 179 to win the match.

    Jonty Rhodes, Ex-South Africa batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It wasn't just the fact that Russell held on to a difficult chance, it was the fact that he made up so much ground to get to it. Great catch."

  158. 19.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Starc c Russell b Bravo 4 (Aus 171-8)

    Mitchell Starc hits the ball straight down the ground and picks out Andre Russell. Out.

  159. 19 overs: 
    Aus 168-7 (Haddin 9*, Starc 4*)

    Top, top bowling from Krishmar Santokie, who finishes his four overs with figures of 1-28. Proof that clever seamers can excel in the sub-Continent. Those numbers were slightly marred by Brad Haddin though, with a lofted six over midwicket.

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    Peter Keay: Has to be Ashley Giles's 50 in the Oval Test in 2005! Even the Aussies applauded.

  161. 18.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Faulkner c Bravo b Santokie 13 (Aus 154-7)
    Dwayne Bravo celebrates

    He can bat, bowl and field to a high standard and now it appears Dwayne Bravo is also a good juggler. James Faulkner skies a catch to the all-rounder and after tipping his first attempt into the air, he dives backwards to pouch the ball at the second attempt and send James Faulkner packing.

  162. 18 overs: 
    Aus 153-6 (Faulkner 13*, Haddin 1*)

    What's a good score here? Australia must surely need to be posting at least 170, meaning they need 17 from the final two overs.

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    Australian cricket journalist Gav Joshi: Brad Hodge played really well but I'm very surprised to see him revert to the reverse sweep. He was nutmegged - straight through the legs.

  164. 17.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Hodge b Narine 35 (Aus 152-6)

    Brad Hodge goes for a reverse sweep and the ball sneaks through his legs and bowls him. Old man Haddin is next in.

  165. 10:50: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    Captain Charlotte Edwards falls for 80 from 69 balls in the 19th over but Heather Knight hits consecutive boundaries to finish unbeaten on 18 and England's innings comes to an end on 137-5.

  166. 17 overs: 
    Aus 148-5 (Hodge 32*, Faulkner 12*)

    You can tell Brad Haddin is keen - he's been sat in the dugout with his helmet on for the last half-hour. It's the equivalent of a football substitute doing star-jumps in front of the manager. He might not be needed though as Brad Hodge takes a particular liking to Dwayne Bravo's bowling, the veteran hitting a four and a six from the first two balls of the over. 16 scored in total.

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    Mark in Ely, Cambridgeshire: For me it was Freddie Flintoff's 73 in the second innings at Edgbaston in 2005. The Aussies were 1-0 up and turning the screw, and Freddie defied a shoulder injury with a show of brutal power that turned the series. (His bowling also helped a bit.)

  168. 16 overs: 
    Aus 132-5 (Hodge 19*, Faulkner 10*)

    Krishmar Santokie is invited to open his box of tricks with the ball by his skipper and, with the keeper standing up to him, he bowls a combination of cutters, slower balls and yorkers. The Aussies are struggling to find the boundary at the moment. Four from the over.

  169. 10:40: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    Bit of luck for Charlotte Edwards, who is dropped, but Natalie Sciver is out next ball, caught at short-fine leg, and England are 99-4 with three overs remaining.

  170. 15 overs: 
    Aus 128-5 (Hodge 17*, Faulkner 8*)
    Brad Hodge

    Andre Russell, a powerfully-built and athletic all-rounder, is into the attack and he starts with a couple of yorkers which are squirted for singles before a slip of the hand sees him bowl a beamer at James Faulkner which runs away for five no balls - and surely gets JF's ticker beating a little faster. The over ends with Brad Hodge clipping four past backward square leg. A good set of seven(!) for the Aussies.

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    Graeme Horley: Two innings in the same match: 2002 in Christchurch. Graham Thorpe's 200 followed by an even better 222 by Nathan Astle.

  172. 14 overs: 
    Aus 113-5 (Hodge 9*, Faulkner 6*)

    England can certainly attest to the fact James Faulkner can clear the ropes, but the stocky right-hander is happy to rotate the strike with Brad Hodge at the moment. Five runs from another very tidy Sunil Narine over.

  173. 10:34: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    England are 80-3 with five overs to go in their penultimate group match. Charlotte Edwards starts to increase the rate and brings up her 50 from 55 balls, with six fours, in the following over. Natalie Sciver 18 not out at the other end.

  174. 13 overs: 
    Aus 108-5 (Hodge 5*, Faulkner 5*)

    James Faulkner is up and running with a boundary off Dwayne Bravo, but it's slow progress by the Aussies who know one more slip and the Windies will be into the lower order. Although any lower order which contains Brad Haddin is capable of a late flourish.

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    Mike Atherton & Allan Donald

    Thomas Measures: Mike Atherton 98 no against South Africa in 1997. The famous dual with Donald was something special.

  176. 12 overs: 
    Aus 101-5 (Hodge 3*, Faulkner 0*)

    Out marches James Faulkner, fresh from professing that he doesn't particularly like the West Indies. I suspect the fielders will be chirping away to him. Aren't the West Indies everyone's second team? I must confess I have a soft spot for Sri Lanka too.

    Athar Ali Khan, Ex-Bangladesh all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a really huge wicket for West Indies. Maxwell was looking in terrific touch. He was trying to hit it out of the ground but got the bottom part of the bat and Bravo did not disappoint. "

  178. 11.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Maxwell c Bravo b Badree 45 (Aus 100-5)
    Glenn Maxwell

    After beginning the over with a towering six over wide long-off, Glenn Maxwell goes for one big shot too many and picks out a pumped up Dwayne Bravo at deep midwicket. Big, big wicket.

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    Diarmuid Dunne in London: Best England innings has to be David "Bumble" Lloyd's 214 not out against India in 1974.

  180. 10:22: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    Lydia Greenway falls for three but Charlotte Edwards is going steadily and brings up her 2,000th run in T20 internationals. But England need to launch some boundaries in the final overs. They are 60-3 after 13 overs.

  181. 11 overs: 
    Aus 94-4 (Maxwell 39*, Hodge 2*)

    Dwayne Bravo comes into the bowling attack and runs in with enough gold around his neck to impress Mr T, but it's Glenn Maxwell who's bringing the muscle to this contest - the million dollar man swiping a slower ball for four. Six from the over.

  182. 10 overs: 
    Aus 88-4 (Maxwell 34*, Hodge 1*)

    The Australians are in a bit of a pickle here, but Glenn Maxwell is still swinging from the hip - a four and a six to dent Marlon Samuels' figures and also a sponsor's car around the ground's perimeter which will be awarded to the player of the tournament.

  183. 9.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Bailey c Sammy b Samuels 12 (WI 77-4)

    George Bailey comes down the track and scoops Samuels straight into the hands of Darren Sammy at short midwicket.

  184. 10:12: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    Charlotte Edwards is unbeaten on 32 and Lydia Greenway has three at the halfway stage of England's innings. They are 48-2 after 10. Time to step up the pace a bit...

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    Robin Smith

    Pnesty: Robin Smith's 167 not out against Australia in 1993. Brutal.

    Peter Mellor: Boycott 1977 at Trent Bridge keeping concentration to grind out a century after running out Randall.

  186. 9 overs: 
    Aus 75-3 (Maxwell 23*, Bailey 11*)

    Darren Sammy, possibly the slowest West Indies paceman of all time, comes into the attack and Australian eyes light up. First Glenn Maxwell hammers a four through the off side and then bludgeons six over deep midwicket. The boundaries continue to flow when the IPL star heaves across the line and drags four through square leg. A couple of singles follow. Big over and all that.

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    Gavin Ansell in East Woodhay: My vote would be for Graham Gooch's 333 against India in 1990, which he then followed up with 123 in the second innings...

  188. 8 overs: 
    MISSED CHANCE- Aus 58-3 (Maxwell 8*, Bailey 10*)

    More trial by spin and Sunil Narine induces an outside edge from Glenn Maxwell but the low chance evades Chris Gayle and runs away to the boundary. Eight in total from the over.

  189. 10:04: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    England are struggling to find the boundaries, in fact they are struggling to rotate the strike, with Tammy Beaumont needing eight balls to get off the mark. But then Charlotte Edwards relieves the pressure by hitting two fours to get her side to 34-1 after eight overs.

  190. 7 overs: 
    Aus 50-3 (Maxwell 2*, Bailey 7*)

    Australia need to get a move on here or Chris Gayle will be knocking these off in 10 overs, or nine if his old sparring partner James Faulkner [0926] is bowling! Samuel Badree, like Sunil Narine, is getting some good turn and Glenn Maxwell is lucky to get an inside edge on to his pads when aiming a wild swing into the leg side. Skipper George Bailey decides he's seen enough though and he gets down low and hammers six over midwicket. Better from the Aussies.

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    Monty Panesar

    Theodor in Basel, Switzerland: Has to be Panesar's match-saving 7 against Oz 2009, most unexpected batting hero in recent memory.

  192. 6 overs: 
    Aus 41-3 (Maxwell 0*, Bailey 0*)

    That's why he's ranked the best international T20 bowler in the world: Sunil Narine begins with a wicket-maiden.

  193. 5.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Watson st Ramdin b Narine 2 (Aus 41-3)

    Shane Watson just didn't look comfortable out there and replays show he's narrowly out of his ground when Denesh Ramdin whips off the bails. On your bike, Shane.

  194. 5.4 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 41-2

    Off-spinner Sunil Narine, wearing pink-framed sunglasses, ambles in for his first over and he's on the money straight away as a jittery-looking Shane Watson plays three dots back to him. Then Watson plays all around a doosra and Denesh Ramdin takes off the bails. Time to go upstairs to the third umpire.

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    Andy from Swansea: Personally I've never seen better than Mark Butcher's 174 no at Headingley versus those Aussies in 2001. A match-winning innings if ever there was one!

  196. 5 overs: 
    Aus 41-2 (Watson 2*, Maxwell 0*)

    How can anybody fall asleep during that Alex Hales knock? I'm sure even the legendary napper Phil Tufnell stayed awake for that one. Not Ian Bishop though [see entry below].

    Another good over for the Windies, with just six runs coming from it and the key wicket of David Warner.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It just hustled on to Warner. He tried to make room to punch it through the offside but it kept a bit low. Another wicket at a crucial time."

  198. 4.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Warner b Badree 20 (Aus 41-2)
    Samuel Badree

    The wicket West Indies wanted. David Warner is bowled by one which keeps low and shoots on. Enter Glenn Maxwell.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I actually fell asleep during Alex Hales's innings! I thought it was an important toss to win - that equalised things because Sri Lanka's spinners were less effective. England tried their best to lose, dropping so many catches. I just wonder whether it is the lights on these grounds - players don't seem to be judging the velocity of the descents as well as they should be."

  200. 09:50: 
    England women v Bangladesh

    Sarah Taylor is out for seven and Tammy Beaumont joins Charlotte Edwards at the crease. England are 20-1 in the fifth over.

  201. 4 overs: 
    Aus 35-1 (Warner 16*, Watson 1*)

    The sign of a cricketing genius? The fact you can recall dozens of genuinely great knocks from that one batsman - hence the number of different KP innings which are being fondly remembered by you guys. Keep them coming.

    Shane Watson is the new Australian batsman, joining his fellow W at the crease. He's off the mark with a single into the leg side.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Finch misjudged it and tried to hoik it into the leg side. It was very good length and pace from Samuels. It was a wicket the West Indies desperately needed."

  203. 3.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Finch b Samuels 16 (Aus 33-1)
    Aaron Finch

    You don't aim a wild slog at Marlon Samuels and live to tell the tale. Not if you're Aaron Finch, at least. The burly opener misses a straight one and has his stumps rearranged.

  204. 3 overs: 
    Aus 28-0 (Warner 11*, Finch 16*)

    There's a tendency to label David Warner and Aaron Finch as top-of-the-order biffers, but there's a real clever touch about the batting of both men - emphasised when David Warner rocks back into his crease and also guides four past backward point. Krishmar Santokie is getting some early tap now as Warner crashes another boundary, this time through the cover region. Nine from the over.

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    Kevin Pietersen

    Cameron Sharpe: Kevin Pietersen's 91* vs Australia at Bristol in 2005. Or one of the hundreds against South Africa the previous winter.

    Dan Taylor: Best innings - KP's 186 on a turning pitch in Mumbai - genius

  206. 2 overs: 
    Aus 19-0 (Warner 2*, Finch 16*)

    Now it's time for some early leg-spin, with Samuel Badree sharing the new ball. A couple of sighters and then Aaron Finch opens his shoulders with a meaty six over long-off. He then rocks on to the back foot to steer a couple of fours through the off side. Australia are up and running.

  207. 1 over: 
    Aus 4-0 (Warner 2*, Finch 2*)

    I suspect David Warner will enjoy a bit of verbal jousting. He's not a shy lad, is he? Lots of early variations from Krishmar Santokie as the two Australian openers get off the mark with a couple of gentle singles. Two more ones and then, from the final ball of the over, Aaron Finch is stumped by Denesh Ramdin but the batsman is fine after the third umpire gets involved.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's difficult to see how any of the verbal jabbing cannot be a part of the contest. Hopefully the umpires can control it. It is going to be very, very aggressive - there are going to be some pyrotechnics today."

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    Hugh Walsh: The best innings for me was Vaughan's 166 in 2005. The elegance of his utter domination of the Aussies was a sight to behold.

  210. 09:31: 
    England Women v Bangladesh

    England Women have won one and lost so far in their World Twenty20 campaign. Captain Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor are opening the batting against Bangladesh in their third match of four in Group B.

  211. 09:31: 

    Here come David Warner and Aaron Finch to open the batting for Australia. Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, a genuine T20 specialist, will deliver the first over. Let's play.

  212. 09:29: 

    I'm sure Alex Hales will settle for being a close second to Beefy, Allen!

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    William: No debate here KP the Oval 2005 158 given the circumstances of that innings it was simply incredible weather you like him as a person or not his batting is world class.

    Allen in Basingstoke: I am one of many who will vote for Ian Botham at Headingley. Hales might be a close second, but nothing can beat that for me.

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  214. 09:28: 

    Two major rules in cricket, James [see previous entry].

    1. Never, under any circumstances, wind up Chris Gayle. He generally wins the battle.

    2. If you engage in mind games, don't say so! Otherwise it becomes futile, surely?

  215. 09:26: 
    Faulkner v Gayle

    There has been a bit of a spicy build-up to today's game with Australia all-rounder James Faulkner announcing that he doesn't "particularly like" West Indies. Last year, Faulkner was fined part of his match fee for shouting in Chris Gayle's direction after dismissing the batsman in Canberra - and remains irked by the Windies left-hander.

    "I don't particularly like them," Faulkner said. "Good players are good players. You have to do things to get under their skin and try and irritate them to try and get them off their game. Players do that to me and I do it to other players. It's a fact of the game. A lot of it is played in your mind. If you can do something to upset somebody and upset their team, it goes a long way towards doing well as a group."

  216. 09:25: 

    On to today's action then, where the national anthems are being played. Australia's first - lots of players sticking their chests out and singing their hearts out. Darren Lehmann, as you might expect, was belting it out.

  217. 09:25: 

    A couple of interesting Tweets there. Who says Test cricket is dying? We all love to see Alex Hales hitting ball after ball to the boundary, but there's something quite pure about a backs-to-the-wall knock in the final days of a Test match.

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    Simon: Has to be Alastair Cook's 235* to save the match at the Gabba - didn't give the Aussies even a sniff of the win!

    Edwin Hopewell: MA Atherton 185 against SA. Easy.

  219. 09:23: 
    Broad hails Hales

    So what exactly did Stuart Broad say about Alex Hales after Thursday's scintillating performance: "On the biggest stage in a World Cup, in conditions that are a bit foreign for us, it's one of the best knocks I've ever seen," said Broad.

    "To take responsibility and win it with a few balls to spare is very special."

  220. 09:22: 

    Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Brad Hodge, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc, James Muirhead, Doug Bollinger

    West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie.

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    Scott Lennon: I can't wait to see Sunil Narine v Davie Warner!! A shame the Windies are going to blow away the Aussies bowlers.

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    I'm sure there'll also be one or two mentions of Alex Hales on Test Match Special during the course of the day. Join the team now for commentary of today's two matches: Australia v West Indies and India v Bangladesh. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or tune in online.

  223. 09:13: 
    England women win toss

    While you get the old grey matter ticking over recalling great England innings of yesteryear, let me also tell you that England Women are in World T20 action today, taking on Bangladesh. They have won the toss and chosen to bat first.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    England captain Stuart Broad says Hales's knock was one of the best innings he has ever seen - be it in the Test or limited-overs formats. Our early morning debate is therefore very simple indeed: what's the best England innings you have ever seen? Join in today via the usual channels - #bbccricket on Twitter, 81111 on the text or email us via Go for it.

  225. 09:09: 

    So can Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Marlon Samuels or David Warner emulate Alex Hales's feats? The Notts opener smashed 11 fours and cleared the ropes six times to become the first Englishman to score an international T20 century - eclipsing Luke Wright's 99 against Afghanistan in 2012.

    Luke Wright
  226. 09:04: 

    More on Alex Hales shortly, but first I bring you news of the toss in today's opening game in the World T20: Australia have won the toss and will bat first against West Indies.

  227. 09:03: 

    Got your breath back after that exhilarating display of batting by England's Alex Hales against Sri Lanka yesterday? Staring at defeat and virtual elimination, England recovered from 0-2 to overhaul 190 and announce themselves to the World T20. Hales scored 116 not out in 64 balls. It was absolute carnage for the bowlers.

  228. 09:00: 
    All Hales Alex

    Step aside General Gayle and Sheriff Finch, there's a new six-slinger in town. And he goes by the name of Alex Hales.

    Alex Hales

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Live Scores - Bangladesh v India


  • India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
  • Bangladesh: 138-7 (20.0 overs)
  • India: 141-2 (18.3 overs)
  • Venue: Mirpur

India Innings

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Ro Sharma c Nasir Hossain b Mortaza 56
Dhawan b Al-Amin 1
Kohli not out 57
Dhoni not out 22
Extras 1nb 4w 5
Total for 2 141

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