Sri Lankans sink 'Windies' ship to sail into final

Published: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7:35 [IST]
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Sri Lanka crush Windies to reach finals

Oval: Sri Lanka marches into the finals of T20 World Cup with an emphatic 57-run win over West Indies at Oval on Friday.

Sri Lanka will clash with Pakistan in the finals of Twenty20 world cup on Sunday at Lords.

After losing the toss and being put into bat by West Indies, Sri Lanka posted a challenging total on the board with the help sensational innings from opener Tilakaratne Dilshan.


Man of the match Dilshan carried the bat through out the innings, top scored the Sri Lankan innings with 96 off 57 balls to record the highest individual score of the tournament so far, as they reached 158-5 off their 20 overs.

Angelo Mathews who bowled an amazing first over dismissed three West Indies batsmen for ducks which virtually ended West Indies's run chase before it had begun. West Indies reeling at 1-3 at the end of their first over.

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Windies captain Chris Gayle was the only batsmen to withstand the brilliant Lankan bowling attack as he scored 63 off 50 balls, including eight 4s and two 6s, but no other batsman reached double figures, as they were bowled out for just 101 in 17.4 overs.

Gayle played totally against his natural instincts as he saw his fellow batsmen crumbling one after another to the aggressive Lankan bowlers. Lankan spinners Muralitharan (3-29) and Mendis ( 2-9) ripped through the Windies batting order to restrict them to just 101.

Jayasuriya who struggled to get bat on ball disappointed his fans by scoring 24 off 37 balls. He was Caught by Taylor at short fine leg in the bowling of Bravo in the 11th over of the game. Bravo struck again in the same over as he dismissed captain Sangakkara for a duck.

Sri Lanka received another setback when Polllard dismissed Jayawardene (3) in the vey next over. Sri Lanka lost 3 key wickets in 7 balls.

But Dilshan kept one end safe and he almost single handedly took the Sri Lanka to challenging total.

Dilshan who scored fifty in his just 30 balls, stroked three fours off a Kieron Pollard over and a further three off Bravo.

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara believed the Oval wicket suited their style of play: "We expected it to be a lot better and come on really well but this was a perfect pitch for us - batting first, putting up a good total and really turning the screw on the West Indies.


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