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Birthday special: Darren Sammy takes West Indies home in an absolute thriller

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It was an all important encounter between West Indies and Australia in the ICC World T20 2014, who both were desperate for a win. Darren Sammy and co put Australia into bat and they scored a 178 runs in their 20 overs.

Chasing a mammoth 179 run target set up by Australia, Chris Gayle gave West Indies an excellent start by targeting their main seamer Mitchell Starc. It seemed as though West Indies were running away with the game just watching the way their approached the first 5 overs.

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Well, that’s why they say T20 cricket is the most unpredictable formats you can come across and that’s exactly what happened as the overs passed by. The scoring rate came down drastically in the next 6-7 overs and after Chris Gayle walked back, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels failed to contribute significantly.

West Indies needed 49 runs in 21 balls when Darren Sammy came out to bat alongside Dwayne Bravo. Then started the “Sammy-Bravo show”, which provided one of the best T20 Internationals of all time.

They launched an all-out attack on the Aussies and with 31 to get in 2 overs, Sammy hit Starc for 2 fours and a six, which just set up things brilliantly for a thrilling final over.

West Indies need 12 runs to get in 6 balls. James Faulkner, the man who loves such pressure cooker situations, has the ball in hand. He has taken Australia home many a number of times from such situations, can he do again was the big question.

As Darren Sammy celebrates his 33rd birthday today, we take a look back at one of his best individual performances in National colors. Don’t dare to miss this video, you’d repent later on!


Written by Anuraag Peesara

Your passion is what drives you from within. My passion is cricket and expressing my views on the gentlemen’s game gives me immense pleasure. Other than cricket, i’m an ardent supporter of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

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