Colombo, Sep 22: Australia were declared winners by 17 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method against West Indies as rain prevented the completion of Australia's chase in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Saturday night.
Rain spoiled what was turning out to be an exciting contest. Shane Watson was declared the man-of-the-match for his all-round performance. It was his second successive award after he had won the honour in the victory against Ireland. With this, Australia entered Super Eight with an unbeaten record. Now, West Indies-Ireland game will decide the other team to qualify for Super Eight. They will play on Monday night.
Chasing 192, Australia were off to a blazing start, courtesy David Warner's 14-ball 28. When heavy showers came down, Australia were 100/1 in 9.1 overs. Watson and Michael Hussey were at the crease. After a more than 30 minutes of wait and with rain not relenting, Australia were announced as winners. At that stage, Australia's par score on D/L method, should have been 83. They were ahead by 17 runs.
Rain has stopped play with Australia ahead by 17 runs on Duckworth-Lewis method in their game against West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Saturday night. Chasing a stiff target of 192, Australia are 100/1 in 9.1 overs when showers forced players off the ground. The D/L par score at this stage is 83.
Chris Gayle provided the usual blistering start with a hurricane half century and Marlon Samuels was equally good with a 50 as West Indies posted 191/8 in 20 overs.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first against Australia in their Group B game.
This is the first match in the tournament for West Indies while Australia had registered a convincing win over Ireland in their opener.
Australia: George Bailey (captain), Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf (both Pakistan)
Third umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)