ICC T20 WORLD CUP : SRI LANKA VS WEST INDIES
Sri Lanka won by 27 runs, by d/l method.
Toss Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
Player of the match AD Mathews (Sri Lanka)
Umpires RA Kettleborough (England) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire SJ Davis (Australia)
Match referee DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
Sri Lanka have reached the final of the World Twenty20 with a 27-run win over Darren Sammy’s West Indies via D/L method. Divine intervention may have been partially responsible for Sri Lanka’s World Twenty20 semi-final victory on Thursday, according to West Indies captain Darren Sammy.
Chasing 161 for victory, holders West Indies were 80 for four in the 14th over when a hailstorm lashed the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The rain eventually relented but no further play was possible with the outfield saturated, leaving Sri Lanka the winners by 27 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Sri Lanka will now make their fifth final appearance in a global competition, having been beaten in the title showdown of the 50-over World Cup in 2007 and 2011 and at the World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2012. Chasing 161 for victory against the team they beat in the final of the 2012 tournament, West Indies were 80 for four in 13.5 overs when the players were forced off by a hailstorm and a wet outfield prevented any further action in the semi-final.
Sri Lanka now face the winners of Friday’s game between India and South Africa in Sunday’s final.
Earlier, cameos from Lahiru Thirimanne (44), Angelo Mathews (40) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (39) led Sri Lanka to 160 for six at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. After opting to bat first, Lasith Malinga’s team cruised to 40 for nought inside four overs before Kusal Perera (26) dragged a Krishmar Santokie delivery on to his stumps to trigger a collapse to 49 for three.
Dilshan then added 42 with Thirimanne to steady the innings before the opener was run out. Thirimanne fell in the 17th over after a 35-ball knock that included two sixes and three fours before Mathews scored some brisk runs to take Sri Lanka past the 150-mark. Leading the side in place of regular Twenty20 skipper Dinesh Chandimal, fast bowler Malinga removed the dangerous Chris Gayle for three with the first ball of his second over and fellow opener Dwayne Smith for 17 with the fifth delivery. West Indies also lost Lendl Simmons for four before Dwayne Bravo (30) shared a 43-run stand for the fourth wicket with Marlon Samuels (18 not out). Rain stops play as the players and umpires run for cover. It’s pouring quite heavily and Sri Lanka have the advantage at the moment with 27 runs if the Duckworth/Lewis method comes into effect.
Trouble for West Indies as Bravo, who was looking good, is caught beautifully in the deep by Jayawardene. WI 77-4 in 13.2 overs.