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West Indies innings
Over: 15.2 I Score: 130/1
Gayle came on to bowl and Sangakkara got two runs to seal the game in favour of the hosts. Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets and 28 balls to spare.
Over: 15 I Score: 128/1
Ravi Rampaul was brought back into the attack as Jayawardene and Sangakkara hit four boundaries to finish off the game, nearly.
Over: 14 I Score: 111/1
Jayawardene hit a six off Sammy as the Lankans got 13 runs from the over. Jayawardene got to his fifty as well in the over.
Over: 13 I Score: 98/1
Andre Russell comes into the attack for the first time and concedes 11 runs off it. Jayawardene gets two boundaries.
Over: 12 I Score: 87/1
Sammy concedes 4 runs off his third over.
Over: 11 I Score: 83/1
2 runs off Sunil Narine’s final over.
Over: 10 I Score: 81/1
6 runs off the Sammy over as Sangakkara gets the costmary boundary per over through mid wicket.
Over: 9 I Score: 75/1
Mahela Jayawardene hit a premeditated reverse sweep to get a boundary as Narine conceded 6 runs off the over.
Over: 8 I Score: 69/1
In Darren Sammy’s first over, the Sri Lankans got 7 runs including a boundary by Sangakkara off a short delivery.
Over: 7 I Score: 62/1
Sunil Narine’s second over yields 7 runs as Sangakkara reached his 1000 T20I runs with a boundary wide of mid wicket.
Over: 6 I Score: 55/1
Fidel Edwards came back into the attack and gave away 12 runs courtesy 5 wides and a boundary by the Jayawardene.
Over: 5 I Score: 43/1
Back to back boundaries by Jayawardene of Rampaul, 11 runs of the over.
Over: 4 I Score: 32/1
Sangakkara got himself a boundary though midwicket as 8 runs came in this over.
Over: 3 I Score: 24/1
Ravi rampaul struck in his fifth ball, scalping the dangerous Dilshan. The opener tried to go hard on the offside but got a thin edge through to the keeper.
Over: 2 I Score: 18/0
Three boundaries by Dilshan in the first three balls bowled by Fidel Edwards. 12 runs off the over.
Over: 1 I Score: 6/0
Ravi Rampaul started off the proceedings for West Indies as Mahela Jayawardene got himself a boundary past point in the 4th ball.
Over: 20 I Score: 129/5
West Indies ended with a score of 129 for the loss of five wickets as Marlon Samuels got out in the second ball of the last over after scoring 50 runs.
Over: 19 I Score: 122/4
Half century for Marlon Samuels as Lasith Malinga conceded just 3 runs off the over.
Over: 18 I Score: 119/4
Andre Russell hit a straight six over the bowler’s head in the first ball off the over. Samuels followed it up with another huge hit, straight as a bullet. 102 meters hit that was from Samuels , biggest hit of the tournament. Samuels got another boundary through extra cover digging out a wide full delivery. Samuels ended the over with another straight four down the ground. 21 runs of the over.
Over: 17 I Score: 98/4
7 runs off the Lasith Malinga over. 5 singles and a double in the last ball of the over.
Over: 16 I Score: 91/4
Ajantha Mendis knocked over Keiron Pollard’s wicket after frustrating the big hitter. 4 dot balls then a Yorker length, which Pollard could not get underneath. Just a single off the over.
Over: 15 I Score: 90/3
Successful over by Jeevan Mendis as he scalped Dwayne Bravo, Mendis dragged it short, the ball spun away, Bravo looked to pull, did not get a hold of the shot, ended up holing out to long on. Samuels though got a massive six over mid wicket.
Over: 14 I Score: 80/2
Angelo Mathews comes back into the attack and gave away 9 runs. Bravo smashed a boundary past point.
Over: 13 I Score: 71/2
8 runs off the over as Marlon Samuels picked up a boundary courtesy a gentle dab past the keeper towards third man fence.
Over: 12 I Score: 63/2
Bravo got himself a six as A Mendis bowled it short. 8 runs off the over.
Over: 11 I Score: 55/2
Another bowling change, this time Jeevan Mendis and just 2 runs off the over.
Over: 10 I Score: 53/2
Dwayne Bravo hit a massive six over long-off in the first ball. 11 runs off the Rangana Herath delivery.
Over: 9 I Score: 42/2
Another tidy over by Ajantha Mendis, just 4 runs off it.
Over: 8 I Score: 38/2
5 runs off the over including a boundary by Bravo through cover region.
Over: 7 I Score: 33/2
Angelo Mathews came on to bowl and Dwyane Bravo and Marlon Samuels hit him for two boundaries.
Over: 6 I Score: 20/2
Another successful over for the Sri Lankans, Chris Gayle departed for just 2 runs. Slower ball, full and wide outside off, Gayle could not resist going for the big drive, got a thick outside edge and was well taken by Sangakkara diving to his left.
Over: 5 I Score: 16/0
Ajantha Mendis came on to bowl and picked up the wicket of Johnson Charles. Stumped. Charles gave the charge to a well flighted delivery that spun back in, looked to go over mid-on and missed it completely. Sangakkara whipped the bails off with Charles miles out of his crease. 2 runs off the over.
Over: 4 I Score: 14/0
Another tight over by Nuwan Kulasekara, just 2 runs off it.
Over: 3 I Score: 10/0
Lasith Malinga came on to bowl the third over and Johnson Charles got himself a boundary in the first ball flicking a leg-side delivery past short third man. Malinga recovered well to keep Charles on strike for the next 3 balls but the opener got another boundary, this time straight over the bowler’s head with a short hand jab.
Over: 2 I Score: 4/0
Nuwan Kulasekara bowled the second over of the match with accuracy. One run of the over.
Over: 1 I Score: 3/0
Angelo Mathews started off the proceedings with the new ball as Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle got off the mark scoring 3 runs in the first over.
Toss:Darren Sammy has won the toss and WI will bat first. Just one change - Fidel Edwards comes in for Samuel Badree.
West Indies (Playing XI): Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy(c), Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin(w), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
After notching up contrasting wins in their opening Super Eight fixtures, a stern test awaits both the West Indies and Sri Lanka as both eye a semifinal berth when they square off against each other in the Group 1 match of the ICC World Twenty20, on Saturday.
West Indies edged out defending champions England by 15 runs in an exciting finish, while Sri Lanka won in dramatic fashion after a `Super Over` was required to settle the clash with New Zealand last night.
Both Sri Lanka and West Indies are known to raise the bar when it comes to performing at big-ticket ICC events and it would be interesting to see which of the two teams manages to go a notch higher in the battle.
Both the sides know the conditions well but the Islanders could bank heavily on the home advantage.