World Twenty20 2012 live: Australia VS West Indies – Big batsmen, spin bowlers battle
T20 World Cup 2012 prepares for the second semi-final, Australia Vs West Indies today as the world cup continues to amaze. Sri Lanka defended a modest total of 139 against Pakistan in the first semi-final of the World T20 2012. The hosts now look favourites to win this edition of the T20 tournament.
The second semi-final, Australia Vs West Indies promises to be a cracker of a contest as both teams have performed well in the super 8 stages of the World Twenty20. Australia despite their loss managed to qualify for the semi-finals as they had remained undefeated in this T20 World Cup prior to their match against Pakistan.
West Indies qualified for the semi-finals of the World T20 2012 by defeating New Zealand in an exciting super over finish. The audience would be expecting that the second semi-final is not the repeat of the group match between the teams as it was shortened by rain. Australia emerged victorious after showers hit the eighth group match of the T20 World Cup 2012.
T20 World Cup has witnessed some changes since then, the loss against Pakistan exposed Australia’s weakness against quality spin bowling. Australia was rattled by Pakistani spinners as they lost by 32 runs. West Indies has been thriving on their spin-attack with Sunil Narine performing exceedingly well, while Brad Hogg from Australia is struggling to find his form in this World T20.
T20 World Cup statistics might give Australia solace in the form of its batsman as Shane Watson and David Warner continue to change courses of the matches. West Indies is not short of fire power either, Chris Gayle and his opening partner, Charles are in ominous form as they take to the semi-finals.
With both teams prevailing in the super 8 stages of the T20 World Cup, the semi-final can be expected to be filled with fire works and spin bowling gripping the surface.
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