Opening batsmen Shane Watson and David Warner hammered quick runs to help Australia win a rain-hit game against West Indies by 17 runs in a Group B Twenty20 World Cup match on Saturday.
Australia secured their place in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 with victory over West Indies.
The Windies posted 192 for eight from their 20 overs after captain Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bat first .
The Windies lost two fairly early wicket's... but opener Gayle smashed 54 off 33 balls.
Before eventually falling to a soft dismissal, caught and bowled by Watson. While Samuels plundered three fours and four sixes in reaching 50 off 32.
Australia suffered an early setback in their response when Warner - much to his displeasure - was given out caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off Fidel Edwards with the first ball of the third over, but not before the opener had racked up 28 from 14 balls.
All-rounder Shane Watson was once again in full flow, unbeaten on 41 from 24 deliveries alongside Michael Hussey when the heavens opened.
However, they continued at a decent pace as Watson and Hussey set about reducing the 9.65 required run-rate which ultimately proved crucial.
The result left West Indies facing a winner-takes-all clash with Ireland on Monday to determine who will join Australia in the Super Eights.
Australia beat West Indies by 17 runs in T20 World Cup Group BSunday, September 23 2012