Sri Lanka vs W Indies
Can you believe it, West Indies are World T20 Champions! It's been an incredible journey for them throughout this series but today they were just too strong for the hosts. Sri Lanka probably went into the halfway point thinking they had done enough in the field to win the game, while West Indies were probably wondering how they'd stop the Sri Lankan batting onslaught. Chris Gayle didn't perform with the bat this evening, but Samuels put in a purely epic display to make ammends. Mahela dragged the Sri Lankan batting innings along but even a late fight from Kulasekara wouldn't be enough to get them to victory. In the end though, there could only be one winner and it seems the better team on the day has ended the tournament with a more than convincing win today. Thanks for joining us!
Over 18.4 - SL 101/10
WICKET! And it's all over!! Malinga skies one off Narine's bowling to Bravo who takes another straight forward catch and the West Indies win the tournament!!!
Over 18 - SL 101/9 (Dananjaya 0, Malinga 5)
Samuels bowls his last over - a couple of singles bring up the Sri Lankan hundred. WICKET! Samuels finishes off Mendis who skies one straight up and into Bravo's safe hands - the Windies all gather around Samuels in the middle of the pitch and dust him off - literally. Strange celebration that! Just one wicket away from the trophy as Akila Dananjaya takes to the crease.
Over 17 - SL 97/8 (A Mendis 0, Malinga 2)
Narine returns to do his magic, with four overs remaining and he does just that! WICKET! Easy catch for for Badree coming off the ropes to take a sitter! Kulasekara is gone and you reckon West Indies may as well start celebrating right about now! Ajantha Mendis comes to the crease.
Over 16 - SL 94/7 (Kulasekara 24, Malinga 2)
Rampaul back into the attack but Kulasekara dispatches him for an 85-metre six before pulling him away on the leg side for four! Ravi Rampaul is getting ripped apart as Kulasekara claws Sri Lanka's way back into this one with a powerful cut away for four! OH NO! He's done it again! FOUR MORE! A big one with a huge edge to third man - bounces short and over the diving fielder for four! Gayle has a chat to Rampaul.
Over 15 - SL 72/7 (Kulasekara 4, Malinga 1)
Mix up with the batsmen in the middle but Johnson Charles throws to the 'keeper instead of the bowler and Sri Lanka can consider themsevles saved by the throw. Thirimanne goes for a big big hit but he only manages to put it straight down Charles' throat - an absolute sitter - WICKET! Lasith Malinga can try and redeem his himself for his poor bowling figures as he makes his way out now.
Over 14 - SL 68/6 (Kulasekara 1, Thirimanne 4)
WICKET! And another run out! Would you believe it! Perera calls for a quick single and some brilliant fielding by Dinesh Ramdin has made a huge breakthrough with the dismissal of Perera! Now here is Nuwan Kulasekara, he's the new one at the crease. Samuels asked Ramdin not to have a shy but the 'keeper ignored his bowler and just went for it - and heck, why not!
Over 13 - SL 64/5 (Perera 3, Thirimanne 1)
Reverse swee and Mahela is out - WICKET! He didn't really connect with it at all and Sammy takes a simple catch at cover! Narine gets his first wicket! Wow, Sri Lanka are suddenly in a huge spot of bother! Drama on the third as the West Indies celebrate a run out attempt by Narine off his own bowling - it's sent upstairs and the Third Umpire doesn't even need a second look - WICKET! Absolute disaster here as Mendis is run out! Lahiru Thirimanne is the new man in.
Over 12 - SL 60/3 (Mahela 33, Mendis 3)
Lots of debate in the centre as they seem to be anticipating rain. In the meantime, Mahela slogs one toward Russell who dives forward for the catch and drops him! Bravo in the meantime makes a fantastic save on the boundary! Shoooo! It's all happening!
Over 11 - SL 53/3 (Mahela 53, Mendis 2)
Darren Sammy gets a bowl. And a WICKET! Mathews goes across his stumps, tries to flick it over to fine-leg and he's bowled! Jeevan Mendis joins in - he's not too bad with the bat, let's see what he can do! There's a small amount of drizzle in the air as Mahela looks at a print out of the D/L system.
Over 10 - SL 51/2 (Mahela 27, Mathews 1)
WICKET! GOT HIM! Kieron Pollard takes a great catch on the ropes! The stadium goes silent as Sangakkara trods off and returns to the dressing room. The bowling change has had an impact as Badree picks up his first wicket of the game. Angelo Mathews comes in now, can he produce a match winning performance?
Can. They. Do. It?
Over 9 - SL 47/1 (Mahela 24, Sangakkara 22)
Gayle continues. Sangakkara lofts one up and over extra cover for four - opens himself up and allows space to play that shot.
Over 8 - SL 39/1 (Mahela 22, Sangakkara 16)
Sunil Narine is the new bowler abd gus first turns so quickly and is met with an 'Oh yes, Oh yes!' from behind the stumps! The second turns even more! Sangakkara eventually finds a single from one that doesn't turn as much. Little bit of chitter-chatter between the bowler and captain before the over resumes.
Over 7 - SL 36/1 (Mahela 21, Sangakkara 14)
Gayle opts to take the ball for a bowl. A single to Mahela first up followed straight away with one to Sangakkara. Another single follows with a dot, a couple and one single to end with.
Over 6 - SL 30/1 (Mahela 19, Sangakkara 10)
Sloppy fielding on the second of the over at point as the ball goes through the legs of Pollard - but in a really casual kind of way. Four singles from the over.
Over 5 - SL 26/1 (Mahela 17, Sangakkara 8)
Samuels continues to Sangakkara who gets a single to rotate the strike immediately. Mahela defends one but then pulls a single out the back next up.
Over 4 - SL 23/1 (Mahela 16, Sangakkara 6)
Shocking ball from Badree - wide and short - and it gets punished for four. Mahela sweets away the fourth for a couple - a premeditated shot it seemed like.
Over 3 - SL 15/1 (Mahela 8, Sangakkara 6)
Marlon Samuels gets a shot with the ball. Sloppy sweep shot from Mahela who lobs it up for Brvo who comes running in to get it but all he gets is a little finger to it. A chance missed for the West Indies.
Over 2 - SL 11/1 (Mahela 5, Sangakkara 5)
Dilshan is out, WICKET! Ravi Rampaul has come into the attack to open from the other end and bowls an absolute peach first up! Off-stump out the ground! Angle in, nip away, top of off! Sangakkara comes to the crease after Dilshan is dismissed without a single run to his name! Kumar edges one into the vacant second-slip spot and that's four! A good over indeed, a wicket and just five from it.
- 7th Oct 2012
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- A S Dar and S J A Taufel
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Jayawardene||c Sammy b Narine||33|
|Dilshan||b R Rampaul||0|
|Sangakkara||c Pollard b Badree||22|
|Thirimanne||c J. Charles b Sammy||4|
|Malinga||c Bravo b Narine||5|
|Ajantha||c Bravo b Samuels||1|
|Total||All Out, 18.4 Overs||101|