West Indies storm into T20 world cup final

The West Indies stormed into the final of the Twenty 20 cricket world cup after beating Australia in the second semi final by  74 runs today.

The West Indians will now face Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday after the hosts had qualified by beating Pakistan in the first semi final yesterday.

Batting first after winning the toss the West Indies raced to 205/4 in 20 overs with big hitting opener Chris Gayle scoring 75 runs off just 41 balls with 6 sixes.

Gayle set the tone for the batsmen around him with Marlon Samuals, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard all scoring briskly.

The Australians got off to a disastrous start in their response by losing the first wicket in the first over and from there they lost wickets at regular intervals before captain George Bailey steadied the innings.

Bailey went on to score a half century but as wickets fell around him even he could not prevent a West Indies victory.

The Australians were eventually bowled out for 131 runs in 16.4 overs with Bailey top scoring with 63 runs.

For the West Indies Ravi Rampaul took 3 wickets for 16 runs. Gayle was named the man of the match.

(Report by Easwaran Rutnam)