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Rain seals West Indies’ fate prematurely

Sidelights – ICC World T20 | Sri Lanka Vs West Indies

The stage was set and West Indies was favorite to win the game, but they lost the plot somewhere in the middle of the Sri Lankan innings and from there they could not make a comeback till Dwayne Bravo arrived at the pitch to repair the damage. Gayle and Samuels are to be blamed for the slow response to the Sri Lankan total of 160 which ultimately proved fatal for them as suddenly first a sandstorm and then unprecedented rain curtailed the game pre-maturely and the game was awarded to Sri Lanka on Duckworth Lewis method.

ICC World T20 | First Semi Final | Sri Lanka Vs West Indies

Rain spoiled the first semi final of the ICC World T20

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Toss: Sri Lanka and elected to bat first

Playing XIs

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Lendle Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie

Mini Score Card

Sri Lanka 160/6 (20) – Lahiru Thirimanne 44 (35) | Krishmar Santokie

West Indies 80/4 (13.5) – Dwayne Bravo 30 (19) | Lasith Malinga 2/5 (2)

Result: Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method) and advanced to the finals.

Man of the match: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (England) | Rod Tucker (Australia) | Steve Davis (3rd – Australia) | Bruce Oxenford (Reserve – Australia)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

How they played the game

Powerplay: Sri Lanka 48 runs, 2 wickets | West Indies 30 runs, 2 wickets

First 50 runs: Sri Lanka 42 balls | West Indies 58 balls

50-100 runs: Sri Lanka 46 balls | West Indies 80/4 (13.5) match abandoned due to rain

100-150 runs: Sri Lanka 29 balls

Best Partnership

Sri Lanka 4th Wicket – 42 runs off 43 balls | Contributors: Lahiru Thirimanne 23 (24) and Tillakratne Dilshan 19 (19)

West Indies 4th Wicket – 43 runs off 37 balls | Contributors: Dwayne Bravo 30 (19) and Marlon Samuels 12 (18)

Fours

Sri Lanka 10 (Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews – 3, Kusal Parera and Tillakratne Dilshan – 2)

SIXES

Sri Lanka 8 (Kusal Parera, Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews – 2, Tillakratne Dilshan 1)

In the pic: Rain spoiled the first semifinal of the ICC World T20

Picture Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo 

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