Wins for Aussies and Proteas

  • Last Updated: September 22 2012, 19:23 BST

Australia secured their place in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 with a 17-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over West Indies after rain curtailed play in Colombo.

AB de Villiers: Guided South Africa to victory

A heavy downpour interrupted the Australians' charge towards their 192 target when they were 100 for one - 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score after 9.1 overs.

All-rounder Shane Watson - man of the match in Australia's opening Group B triumph over Ireland on Wednesday - was once again in full flow, unbeaten on 41 from 24 deliveries alongside Michael Hussey (28 off 19) when the heavens opened.

The Windies earlier posted 191 for eight from their 20 overs after captain Darren Sammy won the toss and stuck with his team's preferred tactics in this format, opting to bat first - their total underpinned by half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.

Opener Gayle smashed 54 off 33 balls - including five fours and four sixes - before a soft dismissal, caught and bowled by Watson, while Samuels plundered three fours and four sixes in reaching 50 off 32.

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.

South Africa thrashed World Twenty20 hosts Sri Lanka in Hambantota after a rain delay reduced their Group C showdown to a seven-overs-a-side match.

Captain AB de Villiers crunched 30 from 13 balls in South Africa's 78 for four and Sri Lanka never threatened to go close to that imposing total, limping instead to 46 for five.

Fortunately, given it would have been a cruel way to go out, the match only determined which of the two teams would finish top of the group, not which would go through to the Super Eight stage.

Both were already assured of advancing, after wins over Zimbabwe.