Trent Bridge: Spectacular opening partnership between Sanath Jayasuriya and Tilakaratne Dilshan, followed by splendid bowling by Malinga (2/45) and Mendis (2/25) helped Sri Lanka to beat West Indies by 15 runs in the 11th match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Trent Bridge.
Chasing 193 to win, West Indies were off to a good start as they made 66/1 after 6 overs. But Simmons who were playing well for 29 was sent packing Muralitharan. After his dismissal Xavier Marshall also became the victim of spinner. He was holed out at the boundary off Ajantha Mendis.
Mendis then dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, bowling him out for just one.
Andre Fletcher was the first man to go as he was cleaned up by Malinga for 13.
Dwayne Bravo (51) played a late cameo to the hopes alive for West Indies. But no sooner had he crossed the landmark, he gave a simple catch to Murali off Malinga whom he hit a huge six in the same over. His departure sealed the match in Sri Lanka"s favour as they ultimately won the match by 15 runs.
Earlier Spectacular half centuries from Sanath and Dilshan helped the Sri Lankans to make 192/5 in their alloted twenty overs.
Sri Lanka's score of 192/5 is the second highest total of this World Twenty20 so far. The highest so far is South Africa's 211 against Scotland.
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Jayasuriya played brilliant innings of of 81 off just 47 balls to give Sri Lanka a great platform to go for the final assault. His majestic innings consisted of 10 fours and 3 sixes. Lendl Simmons, who is playing this match for injured Gayle, had Jayasuriya, plumb him in front of the wicket
Jayasuriya, who failed in the last match against Australia, slammed fifty off just 29 balls. This is Jayasuriya"s fourth fifty in T20 Internationals.
Jayasuriya and Dilshan gave a brilliant start to Sri Lanka as they scored 124 runs in first 12 overs.
Dilshan, who were playing a second fiddle until Jayasuriya was there, broke free after his senior partner got out. He hit flurry of boundaries during his stay at the crease. His 47-ball 74 consisted of 11 fours and a six.
Sanath Jayasuriya is the Man of the Match for his innings of 81.