Darren Sammy led from the front with an unbeaten half-century to fashion a morale-boosting three-wicket win for West Indies against the Australians in a World Twenty20 warm-up match at the Eden Gardens.
After Carlos Brathwaite turned it around with a 27-ball 33 (3x4, 2x6), Sammy hit an unbeaten 50, laced with one six and six fours, to steer them home with a ball to spare.
Chris Gayle did not bat despite being in the playing XI. Pacer Josh Hazlewood had reduced them to 18/3 in the 4th over with his hat-trick in their chase of 162.
With his searing in-swinging deliveries, Hazlewood (3/13) first dismissed Jason Holder lbw, before unsettling the woodwork of Malron Samuels and Dwayne Bravo.
But Delhi Daredevils recruit Brathwaite, who was snapped up for Rs. 4.20 crore in the IPL, displayed his batting prowess, taking the attack to the Aussie camp with his big hits, especially against Mitch Marsh in the 15th over that yielded 17 runs.
He got out in the next over but by then the team needed just 37 from 27 balls and Sammy, the Windies 2012 World Twenty20 winning skipper, won the match for his team.
Earlier, Shane Watson (60 from 39 balls; 4x4, 4x6) and Aaron Finch (33 from 24b; 6x4) shared 76 for the opening wicket before Sulieman Benn gave the first breakthrough dismissing Finch as at the midway stage Australia were 85/1.
Sammy’s men leave on Monday for Mumbai to begin their tournament against England on March 16.
Australia 161/9 in 20 overs (Shane Watson 60, Steve Smith 36, Aaron Finch 30; Dwayne Bravo 4/21, Sulieman Benn 3/37)
West Indies 162/7 in 19.5 overs (Darren Sammy 50 not out, Carlos Brathwaite 33; Josh Hazlewood 3/13, Andrew Tye 2/35).