Australia In Super Eights At Twenty20 World Cup

Rain claims the game, but Australia moves on.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight round on Saturday despite their game against the West Indies being called off due to rain.

Australia was set a target of 192 and started strong, reaching 100 at the loss of just a single wicket with ten overs remaining. It was at that point that sudden rain interrupted the match and it was soon after called off.

Somehow the interruption of the elements propelled Australia to victory according to the umpires. The Duckworth system was employed in order to determine the winner and Australia's task ahead was deemed more probable than not.

The 18,000 fans in attendance at the Premadasa Stadium received a treat early on. Chris Gayle (54) and Marlon Samuels helped the West Indies to their 191 total behind quick half centuries from the pair. Gayle came in when Dwayne Smith fell to Mitchell Starc in the second over and reached the 50 mark in just 26 deliveries, smashing five fours and four sixes in the process.

Mike Hussey was lethal with the bat and smashed 70 from 42 balls while Shane Watson produced a 41 not out effort.

Rain also caught the South Africa-Sri Lanka game. Each side was reduced to seven overs each and South Africa won by a comfortable 32 runs.

Both sides had already qualified for the Super Eight round.        

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