St. Lucia’s Darren Sammy was the man of the moment as the regional team recovered from a desperate 27 for 4 to claim a three-wicket win over Australia in its final warm-up match ahead of the start of the ICC World T20. Sammy blasted an unbeaten 50 to steady a faltering run chase after Australian Josh Hazlewood devastated the top of the order, claiming figures of 3-13. The bowler got rid of Jason Holder (6), Marlon Samuels (0) and Dwayne Bravo (0) in three consecutive deliveries to leave the Windies chase of 161-9 in early trouble. When Johnson Charles, who was up next, fell to Steve Smith, the Caribbean team was then 27/4 in the eighth over and in serious trouble.
St. Lucia’s Johnson Charles
All-rounder Andre Russell, who plays for Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, briefly added momentum to the chase with boundaries and some sixes, but was also dismissed after being caught at long on for 29. Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite, however, got together to rescue the team, bringing up its hundred in the 14th over. Brathwaite played the role of the aggressor, hitting three fours and two sixes en route to 33 and, after his dismissal, Sammy carried on from where his partner left off to secure sweet victory for West Indies.