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Australia whip Windies, complete unbeaten summer

February 23, 2010 18:13 IST


A blitzkrieg 18-ball half century by David Warner helped Australia cruise to an eight-wicket win over West Indies in the second T20 international at Sydney and ensured the team finished the summer unbeaten.

Since the introduction of one-day internationals in the early 1970s, Australia had had only one other summer - in the 2000-01 season - when they didn't lose a single match

Chasing 138 to win, the team from Down Under raced home with 8.2 overs to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Warner's fifty is the second-fastest in Twenty20 internationals, eclipsing his own 19-ball effort against South Africa at Melbourne last year.

India's Yuvraj Singh still holds the record for the fastest half century in T20 internationals, courtesy his 12-ball effort against England at Durban.

Warner's 29-ball 67 comprised five hits to the fence and seven huge ones over it.

His opening partner, Shane Watson, wasn't far behind either, contributing an effortless 33-ball 62. Watson hit four boundaries and four sixes apiece and remained unbeaten.

The duo put 99 in just 46 balls to ensure a favourable result for Australia. 

Earlier, an unbeaten 40-run stand for the eighth wicket between Narsingh Deonarine (36) and Darren Sammy (26) helped West Indies recover from 98 for seven and post a respectable 137 for seven in their stipulated 20 overs.

Travis Dowlin's 31 was the only other contribution of note during the Caribbean innings.