SL v WI, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele September 29, 2012

Varied, unorthodox Sri Lanka hammer West Indies

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Sri Lanka 130 for 1 (Jayawardene 65*, Sangakkara 39*) beat West Indies 129 for 5 (Samuels 50, Bravo 40, A Mendis 2-12) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A delightfully unorthodox Sri Lankan attack working at close to its best handcuffed a power-packed West Indies line-up, conceding just 129 runs even though they took only five wickets in the 20 overs. The Sri Lankan top three made light work of the target, the lowest-ever challenge in Pallekele, taking a big step towards the semi-final courtesy of a hefty net run-rate bonus from the win with 28 balls to spare.

Between Ajantha Mendis' different bamboozlements, Nuwan Kulasekara's mix of inswingers and huge slower balls and Jeevan Mendis' skiddy legrollers, Lasith Malinga could afford to have an off half-day, even though he too came back with two superb overs in the end to stifle any ambitions West Indies might have had after the innings was rebuilt by half-centurion Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, who scored 40 off 34 balls.

Kulasekara got big man Chris Gayle out with a delivery about 25 kph slower than usual. Ajantha began with a wicket-maiden, toying around with Johnson Charles, and ended with one run and Kieron Pollard's wicket in the 16th over. Jeevan played his part in slowing down and eventually getting rid of Bravo, who looked threatening. Jeevan even managed to slip in a jig to match Gayle's celebrations.

Sri Lanka were on for this game from the moment Tillakaratne Dilshan dived at short point to keep the first ball of the match to a dot; their fielding hardly ever let up throughout the rest of the innings, except for a half-chance missed by Kumar Sangakkara. There was tension and anticipation around with the way West Indies had played out four quiet overs without the loss of a wicket. Usually one of two things happen at such times: either Gayle takes off or his team slips up after his wicket.

Mahela Jayawardene wanted the wickets. He brought on Ajantha in earnest and Charles had no clue which way it was turning, finally jumping out of the crease more in hope than anything. He was beaten by the googly, and stumped easily. Ajantha conceded only leg-byes in that over: take out his middle match and his figures in the tournament now read 5-3-8-7. In the next over Kulasekara produced the massive slower ball, Gayle waited and waited, but all he could manage was an edge, which Sangakkara accepted with a forward dive. With Gayle's first failure of the tournament, the celebrations suggested the match had been won.

Bravo and Marlon Samuels, though, were not to oblige that. Samuels, with his deft touches, and Bravo, with his power, rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 65 in 9.2 overs. The strike-rate may not have been great, but the approach made for good viewing. Bravo's extra-cover drives matched Samuels' late-cuts for aesthetics. They preferred the pace that Angelo Mathews and Malinga provided, but Jeevan put the brakes on, conceding just two in his first over, and getting Bravo to pull to long-on in the second.

Ajantha came back to finish off Pollard, but Andre Russell, the new man in, broke the maiden. He and Samuels took 21 off Kulasekara's comeback over, but Malinga pulled them back with a mix of yorkers and slower balls in the 19th. An underwhelming 10 runs came in the last two overs and Sri Lanka took all the momentum into the chase.

Dilshan got the chase off to a start similar to the one he had provided in the field. The first three balls he faced he smacked for fours. Fidel Edwards was the culprit providing him width. Replacing Samuel Badree who went for 20 in his quota in the last match, Edwards had gone for 12 off the first three balls. Ravi Rampaul followed it up with a superb over, removing Dilshan, but Jayawardene and Sangakkara were too good against an attack comprising three specialist bowlers and defending just 129.

The two showed respect to Sunil Narine, if only because they could afford to, taking just 23 off his four overs, but others weren't accorded such nicety. Sangakkara reached 1000 international runs along the way, and Jayawardene a seventh fifty. Once Narine was done, they launched an attack in a bid to increase the net run-rate. They did so without playing funky Twenty20 shots. The last 43 runs came off just 20 balls, and ticket to Colombo was all but booked.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Htc-Android on September 30, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    looks like Eng and Sl reach the semis. WI needs to pull of a big win against Nz. their net run rate has really gone down after this loss. nz are also not out of this league either. they need to beat WI and hope SL beats ENG.

  • Htc-Android on September 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Narbavi,cool2cool,sobersfan. all went on vacation. they will finish their vacation when Sri lanka loses a game. its good, this page looks really nice without these fans. anyways good luck to india on tomorows game.

  • Dhutugemunu on September 29, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Some lads were commenting couple of days ago, that the two WI's will win the battles between the Slingers (Malinga vs Edwards) and the Mystery bowlers (Mendis vs Narine). Not only that but also they expected WI to thrash SL. ha ha. // Malinga 4-0-26-0-6.50 Edwards 2-0-24-0-12.00 // Mendis 4-1-12-2-3.00 Narine 4-0-23-0-5.75 // WI 20 overs 129 for 5 (6.45) SL 15.2 overs 130 for 1 (8.47) // All won by Sri Lankans.

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 29, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    The middle order is not weak Samuels made 50 from 35 balls wit four 4's and 2 6's and Bravo 40 from 33 balls four 5's and 2 6's Russell also hit a good 19 from 14 the WEAKNESS has come from the none starts Charles and Gayles lack of runs and rotation W.I 20 from the opening Powerplay 6 overs is where the game was lost ! Why W.I are so slow to start is ridiculous when W.I have one of the longest batting orders full of power hitters today Sammy only faced 1 ball 5 wickets down at the end shows it's all about the pathetic start noting more nothing less Samuels and Bravo batted amazingly under huge pressure no1 can overlook that. W.I must win and hope England lose- England have the good draw with SL already threw and NZ wanting to take at least 1 victory b4 flying home

  • Aragoth on September 29, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    I was very disappointed with the way WI played and personally feel that Darren Sammy is no leader of men. I actually think that DS should be dropped altogether from the team, or at best he should fashion himself into a middle-order allrounder with a brain - something like Angelo Mathews, Lance Klaussner, Michael Bevan...that sort of a mould. A good coach who knows what he's doing may also help, also with a brain. Fidel Edwards is another rather idiotic cricketer, was he not watching when Nuwan K was bowling, and Malinga, and Mathews. It was 100% boys against men...and men with a lot of class at that! I feel Marlon Samuels should captain and also open the innings. He got a brain, and he can play the game. So too, Bravo who played a nice gutsy innings. Rampaul, Sammy and even Charles are rather mediocre. Even young Sunil although a fairly good spinner is no big mystery and Fidel Edwards needs to be thought temperament, and also some variation - one trick pony - short or nothing!

  • kobler on September 29, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Dear Sammy

    You have a team built to chase so please do so when winning the toss, that is the best chance you hance as the WI can not seem to pace the innings well when batting first unless playing against England

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Ceylonese Cricketers are intelligent and well behaved. They are cool sportive and behave gentlemanly and I wish they take to politics after they retire from Cricket.

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    well done sri lanka... i think man of d match shd b mendis...srilanka is now confirmed in semi final.. and nz is out...

  • FRRR on September 29, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    WI is over-rated. They will not pull off victory against good sides. SL look set to reach semi finals

  • P4K1ST4Ni on September 29, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Well done Sri lanka........

  • Htc-Android on September 30, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    looks like Eng and Sl reach the semis. WI needs to pull of a big win against Nz. their net run rate has really gone down after this loss. nz are also not out of this league either. they need to beat WI and hope SL beats ENG.

  • Htc-Android on September 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Narbavi,cool2cool,sobersfan. all went on vacation. they will finish their vacation when Sri lanka loses a game. its good, this page looks really nice without these fans. anyways good luck to india on tomorows game.

  • Dhutugemunu on September 29, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Some lads were commenting couple of days ago, that the two WI's will win the battles between the Slingers (Malinga vs Edwards) and the Mystery bowlers (Mendis vs Narine). Not only that but also they expected WI to thrash SL. ha ha. // Malinga 4-0-26-0-6.50 Edwards 2-0-24-0-12.00 // Mendis 4-1-12-2-3.00 Narine 4-0-23-0-5.75 // WI 20 overs 129 for 5 (6.45) SL 15.2 overs 130 for 1 (8.47) // All won by Sri Lankans.

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 29, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    The middle order is not weak Samuels made 50 from 35 balls wit four 4's and 2 6's and Bravo 40 from 33 balls four 5's and 2 6's Russell also hit a good 19 from 14 the WEAKNESS has come from the none starts Charles and Gayles lack of runs and rotation W.I 20 from the opening Powerplay 6 overs is where the game was lost ! Why W.I are so slow to start is ridiculous when W.I have one of the longest batting orders full of power hitters today Sammy only faced 1 ball 5 wickets down at the end shows it's all about the pathetic start noting more nothing less Samuels and Bravo batted amazingly under huge pressure no1 can overlook that. W.I must win and hope England lose- England have the good draw with SL already threw and NZ wanting to take at least 1 victory b4 flying home

  • Aragoth on September 29, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    I was very disappointed with the way WI played and personally feel that Darren Sammy is no leader of men. I actually think that DS should be dropped altogether from the team, or at best he should fashion himself into a middle-order allrounder with a brain - something like Angelo Mathews, Lance Klaussner, Michael Bevan...that sort of a mould. A good coach who knows what he's doing may also help, also with a brain. Fidel Edwards is another rather idiotic cricketer, was he not watching when Nuwan K was bowling, and Malinga, and Mathews. It was 100% boys against men...and men with a lot of class at that! I feel Marlon Samuels should captain and also open the innings. He got a brain, and he can play the game. So too, Bravo who played a nice gutsy innings. Rampaul, Sammy and even Charles are rather mediocre. Even young Sunil although a fairly good spinner is no big mystery and Fidel Edwards needs to be thought temperament, and also some variation - one trick pony - short or nothing!

  • kobler on September 29, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Dear Sammy

    You have a team built to chase so please do so when winning the toss, that is the best chance you hance as the WI can not seem to pace the innings well when batting first unless playing against England

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Ceylonese Cricketers are intelligent and well behaved. They are cool sportive and behave gentlemanly and I wish they take to politics after they retire from Cricket.

  • on September 29, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    well done sri lanka... i think man of d match shd b mendis...srilanka is now confirmed in semi final.. and nz is out...

  • FRRR on September 29, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    WI is over-rated. They will not pull off victory against good sides. SL look set to reach semi finals

  • P4K1ST4Ni on September 29, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Well done Sri lanka........

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    west indies need better coaching . and start training some more young players. the should have a better team .choosing from all the islands. they have talanted players.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Isn't batting first overrated in Cricket. Just take the example of the Super 8s. Every time a captain has won the toss, he has decided to bat first and only once out of the six matches played, the team batting first has won. Moreover, out of the 5 matches team batting second has won, 3 of them were won very convincingly.

  • onebump on September 29, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    The match was won inside the head of Mahela. The tactic to bowl slow and mix it all up was fantastic. The windies batsmen had no answers to a simple tactic.

    The middle order is still the big weak point.

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    well done lions....keep going like this....and lift the WORLD CUP..try hard west indies....u r good people....

  • on September 29, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    The present results for WI will tell me that "too much pressure" is on certain players to perduce hence causing them to fail . We all know that Smith is a better fielder and rearly would miss such a catch . Along with his run of low scores , he fell out of "favour" with the selectors . Now take a look at POLLARD . A string of low scores plus not bowling to take wickets and is always in the final eleven . WI have men sitting on the bench as backup players , let's try some of therm . WE WANT TO WIN .

  • jackthelad on September 29, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Spin has apparently become a real problem. As any batsman knows, spin is slow and simple, you watch it from the pitch, you stand back and you do not pick your shot till you see what it's doing. Seems easy, doesn't it, but these T20 wonders don't in general seem able to do it.

  • Vik2660 on September 29, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    I am Indian fan.Well done SLanka. They showed how to bowl and bat in these conditions.Jaya and Sanga are class batsmen delightful to watch.congrats

  • on September 29, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Where is that Rajasekeran Paramasivam? He commented that Chris Gayle would make mince meat out of Lasith Malinga and SL is no match for the Windies. Though I am a SL fan/supporter, I would not run down any other team. Every team has its day like every dog has its day. Black Caps came very close to defeating SL Lions and in that game apart from Dilshan, Malinga and Mahela others were sitting ducks. @Rajasekeran, read your comment and eat your words :P

  • yohandf1984 on September 29, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    clinical from SL guys .Well done boys . we almost in semi s . lets not loose the grip against England . Hope we can go the distance this time . Mendis prooved his preformencce vs Zim was not a fluke . Malinga is back too. Hope our middle orde get some practice in next one prior to semi s . Mathews , Thiri needs some time in the middle . Wanna c Dananjaya back vs Eng .

  • SnowSnake on September 29, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    T20 is the worst world cup. A pattern has emerge where all fast bowlers are bowling as close to wide line on the off side. This makes ball unplayable and if a player takes a chance then ball its lower end of bat and, more often than not, gets batsman out caught on the off side. Batsmen end up playing stupid shots in order to score. The entire tournament is filled with negative bowling and amateurish looking batting where batsmen appear to be playing poorly aligned balls just to score. When a game is played like that winning or losing does not mean much. In fact, winners sometimes are teams that bowl negatively and losers are teams that play positively. Can't blame teams anyway, but T20 cricket looks very unprofessional.

  • on September 29, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Today Gayle dissapoint me. He knew they started off slowly. He saw Charlse departed. What kind of a shot was that. That ball was going wide. Also the first five overs were also wasted.

    Why do WI still have Pollard? Pollard agains mendis - No way. Dwayne Smith was the better selection.

    Anyway it is all over.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on September 29, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    GREAT PERFORMANCE ONCE AGAIN BY LIONS. GOOD TWO WATCH. CONGRATS FROM GREAT AUSTRALIAN CRICKET FAN. HOPE TO SEE YOU IN FINALS.

  • first_slip on September 29, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Even Sri lanken Selectors made a mistake by selecting Thirmanna,Munaweera and Chandimal ahead of Hard Hitting Kapugedara, and he is brilliant in the field too, his fielding similar to Dilshan, and can be real mach winner with the bat.

  • jackthelad on September 29, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Sorry, West Indies are a second-rate outfit, and no amount of hype will make them any better. Gayle will come off when he feels like it, the 'mystery spinner' Narine is a mystery no more, and they have little left in the locker.

  • vincy4ever on September 29, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Oh WI no brain against thinking opposition. No variety in bowling attack. Picking swipers instead of batsmen. Charles should not open against an attack that has variation. Should he play against SL? Edwards is one dimensional, Rampaul not much better. Better to have Samuels open with Gayle. Better to pick Badree instead of Edwards. Better WI choose a coach and Captain who are not so naive.

  • on September 29, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Well Done SL, today Mahela and Sangakara have shown their shared class.

  • Hasnat-18 on September 29, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Congratulations to Lankan Tigers for today's great victory over West Indies.Tomorrow matches will be real crushed. I think Pakistan and Australia should win.

  • Dilruksh on September 29, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    hehe if it was a loss no doubt there will be lots of comments from indians where as i c non of them have commented on this because its a huge win for the lankans....

  • Dilruksh on September 29, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    wow its really nice to c pakistanis supporting us...they are with us all the tym so r v...guess wut fans sri lankans second team is pakistanis...lets improve the friendship between the nations....cricinfo pls publish

  • PakCric786 on September 29, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Well done SL hope to see u in final with Pak.

  • Rash_inswinger on September 29, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    wake up call for the windies...am sure CG is gonna come back stronger..however, the last 2 games have become so much crucial now...eng,nz and windies are all in contention.. in fact, if windies beat the black caps with big margin and england thrash lankans (slim chance), the Islanders might even get knocked out of the tournament..on the other hand if kiwis beat windies and lankans beat england..eng/nz and windies, all have a chance to make it to the semis.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    well done SRI LANKA! we need your support tomorrow, i am a pakistani and want to see PAK and SRI LANKA in semifinal!

  • getsetgopk on September 29, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Well played Lankans, Congratulations from Pak!

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Gibson is rubbish, look at his selection most of the good players is at home. How can i support WI.

  • noplay on September 29, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    West Indies are so predictable. If Gayle gives them the start they will run away with the game, if he doesn't they are out of ideas. You can tell exactly what Sammy is going to do. Defending 129 he won't try something new, like maybe an over for Pollard or Bravo or Samuels. And I now believe he does not like Gayle's Gangnam style dancing. The worst thing one can do is put a man with limited talent to manage high class resources

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    sl roxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    A COMMAND PERFORMANCE IF EVER THERE WAS ANY..

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Well Played.Lankan lions.Its very hard to beat Lankan lions..My finalist are Srilanka and Pakistan and everybody know PAKISTAN will lift the trophy................

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    If Rramdin play it is only because Badree is included . Pollard is way out of form and is still in the final eleven .The WI must get the balance right and forget the "love" for player thing .

  • SL_4EVER on September 29, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Thanks my dear pakistan friends...we too support pakistan rather than anyone else. my heart says PAK and SriLanka will be in the finals. No matter who wins then because Pakistan is my favorite team after Srilanka. Good luck for tommoro's game Vs Minnows(india). Thrash them in to pieces. Go Pakistan Go..!!!SL Supporter.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis played for a IPL team .and his best T20 bowling figures is for his country not for the IPL team.But Lasith Malinga's best bowling figures is for IPL not for the country. Keep it up Ajantha

  • Reuelsean on September 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    WI deserved to loose. The tactics from the wi bowlers and captain were total shockers, no change of pace, poor lines and length, sammy didn't even give dwayne bravo or pollard a bowl, and when he did bring on russell and gayle to bowl it was all too late to do anything. How could you leave badree on the bench in a game like this? Credit to Sri Lanka their bowling was exceptional, brilliant captaincy from jayawardene to rotate his bowlers the way he did.

  • amemberoftheelect23 on September 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    badree needs to come in for fidel!!!! Fidel is too erratic and badree is more economical. good try though WI. Sri Lanka bowled well! still believe WI will go all the way once they pick the right team and execute on the field.

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    If you remember it was almost a replay of their warm-up match before the tournament. West indies had scored about 130 runs and Sri Lanka had achieved that target with the loss of one wicket only, winning by nine wickets. In that match also Jayawardene and Sangakkara's partnership was +100. At this jucture Sri Lanka and Australia has the bet chance to qualify for the Semis with excellent run rates.

  • samuditha on September 29, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    when sl won a game there is no any indian to comment here..sad..good luck pak 4 2mrw game

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Anyone who knows anything about cricket knows that Pollard is basically a swiper perfect for T20s & ODIs. He's either hit or miss. Somebody made the valid point that Gayle should be taking first ball as the most senior player on the team. We know he does not favor running between the wickets preferring instead to deal in boundaries. Charles can't bat either. We should try Russell as an opener. After all these years of playing top notch cricket, Edwards hasn't learned how to bowl. Ramdin should never come before Russ & Sammy. Rampaul is too inconsistent. Samuels is class. Why didn't Bravo bowl today? WI batsmen must learn to drop the ball in front them for quick singles. It's disconcerting that we came to SL knowing the conditions and still don't have a settled team as yet. Jaywardene & Sangakarra are old hands at knowing how to read games and bat accordingly. They were superb in this match. WI aren't out yet by I'm afraid time is running out. Looks like the 'Roos will lift the cup

  • dontlikecricket on September 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    It's getting very interesting now. I am sure Sri Lanka now will play semi rergdaless of their last game. I am not sure if England is going to win against SL though. Now if WI wins thier last game then they still may be able to go through. Not sure which way this group will shape up!!!

  • on September 29, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    This was a clinical performance from Sri Lanka. My Friends, West Indies are still one of the tournament favorites.This coming from a Sri Lankan fan. West Indies missed few tricks here. Leaving out Samuel Badri was a huge mistake VS S.L. The wicket was too dry, they watched the ENG VS NZ game and saw the spinner bowling well. D.Bravo didn't ball at all. They were not competitive enough. Its just one bad game, that all W.I. I think they will bounce back against lackluster N.Z side on Monday. Now for Sri Lanka,Sri Lanka cricket team is like a bottle of wine in Major tournaments. As the tournaments go on they gain momentum and become so strong. Still a long way to go in the tournament. Its real super cricket in super 8's.

  • lankavigi on September 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Hats off to Pakistanis for supporting another team and that to in big numbers. Thanks a lot mates we'll definitely come out in number supporting you guys tomorrow. To be honest Pakistan is my second team after SL. India's a good side, but not good enough for the mighty Pakistanis. The only problem for Pakistan is that they're capable of collapsing. My semi finalists are Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies. Should be either SL or Pakistan winning it.

  • mark2011 on September 29, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Congratz to SL, good all round performance today.. hope they will continue good work for the rest of the tournament.. THANK FOR WISHES FROM PAKISTAN BROTHERS...and good luck Pak team also..

  • yorkslanka on September 29, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    well done to Sri Lanka on a commanding win and a great game...i thought that we bossed the Windies innings well ensuring that Gayle was not given the strike, our fielders backed up the bowlers and the excellent captaincy of not allowing the WIndies batsmen to get used to any one bowler...We then finished off the innings well and stepped on the gas towards the end to get the NRR up. good luck for monday SL...

  • mr.yaz on September 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    good win sri lanka i m pakistani supporter but my second team is sri lanka. keep up the good work see u in final with pakistan :)

  • nilb on September 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I always thought SL team was not built for t20 because it's a form of game for big smashers. This match shows otherwise. Just look at the 1s 2s 3s 4s and 6s breakdown from both teams. I think SL team hit only one 6 in the match and chased the target with plenty of overs to spare. WI batsmen tries to smash the ball every time and forgot to rotate the strike with 1s and 2s. It's with accurate, variations and no nonsense SL bowling that kept WI team with such big hitters down to 130< by taking only 5 wickets. Sometimes the formula to win is not senseless bashing and power hitting but strategy and sensible cricket.

  • bddhika_harindat on September 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    It was an overall performance by SL with the superb captaincy of Mahela. Can you beileve that they restricted WI for 15 runs in 5 overs, that's where they made the differnce from the very 1st bowl. Except for Malinga in the 3rd over of the game, all other bowlers stup to stup and superb line and length, so WI could do much and SL kept building pressure on them.

    Very important victory for SL and should ease their way to semi-finals if they keep top spot in Group 1. For those who were expecting WI to do miracles against SL side or under-estimating our strengh, this is a good answer at the end of the day. Good luck SL and please DO NOT rush your way. Need to test middle order batting against Eng on Monday.

  • Sinhaya on September 29, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    I am glad Sri Lanka won, but I am shedding a few tears on behalf of Darren Sammy my favorite cricketer and West Indies whom I adore big time from the bottom of my heart! Good luck Windies against NZ and hope Sri Lanka wins against England to be fully safe.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    great win..Lions have the best bowling attack by far...can go all the way for sure...

  • Balumekka on September 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    JOB WELL DONE!!!!! Sri Lankans at top of their game!

  • Dxcombine on September 29, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Pakistan will get the World cup ... Supporter from SL

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    No surprises, u need good bowlers to dismiss good batters, and WI walked with only one. They left the others home. It was a pathetic sight. Better luck next time.

  • arif_shehzad402 on September 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    i m pak..well did lankans...c u in finals

  • geminip on September 29, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Well done SL, Thanks for the greetinghs from our pakistani friends, and indian absence after the Australian massacare.

  • Prabhash1985 on September 29, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka gained momentum in the last match with New Zealand. Our strike bowler Malinga showed his innate talent in the last over he bowled, I could see that he is back, it was written in his eyes. He is a death bowler, who does well in pressure situations, and who wants to win so badly. In summary, Sri Lankans are back, after heavy storms. At the same time, thanks a lot to our Pakistan brothers for wishing our team's victory. We are always with you, and we love you and your team all the time.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    disappointing for indians fans again, sorry guys lol

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    well payed Mendis,Kula,Mahela and Mr.Consistent Sanga.

  • CricF7 on September 29, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Well planned,measured professional cricket by Sri Lankans....Only another 3 hurdles to the glory......Go for it Lions...............

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Well done Mahela and the SL team. Today your performances matched all class required by world class cricketers. Keep up the good work. Nothing is impossible for you guys from that beautiful Island Sri Lanka. Good luck!

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Ravi Rampaul and Edwards is not fit for this format of the game with their pace. The problem with these bowlers is that they are not consistently sticking to a good line and length and of course you have to vary your ball and watch the bats man favored shots. I think they need to drop Ravi and put back in badree or use him less. In all the games so far Ravi been very expensive although he picked up a few wickets. The batting line up for the West Indies looks good but we struggling with the bowling. Hopefully they will fair better in the next match, it might come down to net run rate so go boys.

  • Hira1 on September 29, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    no team look favorite yet, performances are very inconsistent. WI look superb one day and next day they thrashed like minnows, same goes with England, NZ and India.......Australians are the only consistent performer but their skills are yet to be tested in spinning condition, very hard to guess the winner.

  • SL_Lover on September 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Thanks for Pakistan brothers. Will me at the Final.....thanks again

  • Master_Mihil on September 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    We haven't met in while. So i thought windies were over cautious today! But convincing win by Srilanka. Ajantha was his dangerous self once again! Bravo!!

  • Mr.Rola on September 29, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    is there any chance left for west indies for samies ?

  • Lions_Roar on September 29, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka...gud luck for the rest..

  • tdslbuwa on September 29, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    What a performance from SL boys..!!! Mahela, what a player he is for Sri Lanka..win the next game and go to the SEMI.!!! best of luck SL....

  • Perera32 on September 29, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Wow, that was a stunning performance by Sri Lanka. The bowling and Fielding was amazing. Sri lanka are one of the best Fielding sides in the world for sure. The first 8 overs choked the West Indies batsmen, Kulasekara is once again overshadowed by Malinga and Mendis. Looks like Sri Lanka are in semi finals unless they lose to England by a huge margin.

  • lankavigi on September 29, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Emphatic victory. SL did everything right from the start to the end. WI never looked threatening. They simply surrendered when Gayle got out. WI have exposed a weakness too. Without Gayle performing they look like sitting ducks. Apart from Rampaul and narine, the bowling was poor. Narine did well, but was put under pressure by Sanga. Whenever it looked like Narine would finish up well, Sanga goes bang and it's a boundary. Against the sub-continent batsmen Narine will struggle. WI would have been threatening, but it all depends on the mighty Gayle. SL were perfect today in every department. But this ain't the last, there's more to come. SL have to concentrate and never think about the t20 cup until they win it.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    This was a perfect display of cricket by SL...WI score 192 agnst ausis,179 against england bt 129 against us! Sri Lanka planned beautifully..Kula excellent in the power play,malinga roxz in death overs,mendis dng magic + good fielding...! Like to see wt India nw telling?

  • kandykolla on September 29, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka and well played !!! We Sri Lankans always love West Indies, we supported the small Caribbean islands like us at the Olympics. Usain Bolt, Yohanne Blake, Nester Carter,Michael Frater, Kirani James, Shelly-Anne Fraser,Keshorn Walcott, Bahamas 4x400 relay team we love you guys ..!!! A big salute from Sri Lanka.. !! and keep us entertaining....!!!

  • dsklokuge on September 29, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    i suppose Australia , South Africa , Sri lanka and England will be coming for semi finals , I wish Sri lanka will be fighting against Australia. well done boys. i hope next match Akila Dananjana Plays instead of Rangana Herath . U can do better than no one had so far . waiting for hat rick as youngest guy who take hattrick in T20 World cup

  • dsklokuge on September 29, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    i suppose Australia , South Africa , Sri lanka and England will be coming for semi finals , I wish Sri lanka will be fighting against Australia. well done boys. i hope next match Akila Dananjana Plays instead of Rangana Herath . U can do better than no one had so far . waiting for hat rick as youngest guy who take hattrick in T20 World cup

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    come on SL... WI must win the game against NZ and SL must win against ENG. then both SL & WI can qualify for the semis.....

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @FaYsal Raza - We hope for a similar performance from Pakistan tomorrow!! All the best for Pakistan!

  • kobler on September 29, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    This WI team is a chasing team with the batting that it has and the bowling, it is better to chase so they can know what they have to get. The bowling is not strong enough to restrict any team other than England. One time Sammy could not even win the toss now he winning and sending people in

  • cricincanada on September 29, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    From a Pakistani, congrats to SL, great win and lets both meet at the finals.

  • spirit_cric on September 29, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Well-done Lions! And this is why ajantha mendis is called a mystery spinner & R.Ashwin is called just a normal spinner!(apart 4rm indian commentators) Really looking forward 2 see how IND will b thrashed by PAK 2mro & go home!

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Never ever under estimate Ajantha Mendis and all Lions did it well. bit of sloppy from Sanga behind the wicket but he is classy with bat. Overall good performance but SL team still lack of Power hitter like David Warner, Chris galle. .. etc

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Great captaincy, bowling, fielding and batting...simply fantastic!

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    If SL can perform like this through out this tournament, I would put my money on SL to win this T20 world cup 2012.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    I feel bad to say this but sometime its better to play Sammy as an 12th man in T20. Smith had a bad first game but he is an experience player to open with Gyale. Edwards seems to be Gibson's donkey.

  • EVILKING on September 29, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    I was considering that Ross tailor ranked 1 and dhoni Ranked 2 as worst captains ever. But I was wrong. Somebody else topped the list today. Congrats darren sammy. On a track where spinners were enjoying and pace has been smothered our great captain sammy kept on bowling pace attack. What is gayle and sammuel doing.This guy has been winning matches only because of gayle. WI desperately need a good captain or else they are doomed. Hopeless WI with worthless sammy.

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Difference between Sammy and Dhoni is that Sammy gives credit to the winning team after a comprehensive trashing while Dhoni just offers lame excuses. Hoping to see WI in the semis along with SL

  • on September 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Good Win for Srilanka ...well done Srilanka..As a pakistani i love to see srilanka wins... westindies players only perfome in IPL,BPL,and SLP.. bad luck for gayle..but there is still chance for westindies

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England will enter the semis. Guess Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be the finalists.

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    West Indies made one of their biggest error in life....How can a team leave their best test and one d (Roach) for Rampaul or Edwards....! This match is already a lost. Best to fight to keep the runrate intact!......WI. should open with C.Gayle and Charles then Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, followed by Darren Bravo, Sammy and ramdin......Pollard should come on as the 12th man for his feilding. i dont like how WI plan for their game.

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Wel done Boys....:) Supporter from Pakistan

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Flawed selection has doomed us to defeat. What did Badree not do right to cause his omission? Ah well, we'll get exactly what we deserve.

  • AsfandYarKhan on September 29, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Go LANKANs,, Crush WINDIES today,,,,,,, Me pakistani ,, and supporting great lankans,,,,,!!!!!!

  • westindian4life on September 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Why would the West Indies drop Samuel Badree who is their most economic opening bowler in he tournament thus far? Why would the West Indies after seeing the Sri Lankans bowl fast with little or no variations? It should be obvious that the faster you bowl is the more runs you concede.... West Indies without Gayle and Pollard are average at best....

  • Extraz on September 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Sri lanka gonna win now man of the match should be given to Kulasekara for getting the big man GAYLE best of luck to sri lanka from Pak.Go lankans Go

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    An excellent Performance by Lanka........Wel done Boys :)

  • on September 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    :).. well done boys.................. S.L. Rox ....

  • westindian4life on September 29, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Pollard is no good as a batsman...he should learn to play cricket properly...blocks four balls and get bowled on the fifth...West Indies are always made to look ridiculous against quality opposition

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    W.I deserve to lose opening with Charles what a joke I been telling you guys since the start having a guy as limited as him opening the batting is ridiculous! All he does is block or slog to leg with a poor cut his only shot on offside You have to MAXIMIZE the power play you need someone who can hit all around W.I would even be better opening with Bravo or Russell as a pinch hitter with the obvious option being Smith who can hit straight over the top as easy as anyone and is good at rotating the strike. Even Charles innings v England was a terrible start W.I every game have been the worst starters of the innings 12 of 21 balls is pathetic I don't even care if W.I win that start is unacceptable. Also if Gayle is not going to take quick singles he has to take the first over why waste hitting opportunity the tactics don't add up 2 of 9 if you gonna take time to get in at least be the man and lead the innings not put extra pressure on your limited inexperienced younger partner !

  • dsuperguy on September 29, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Its a mistake....leaving Badree...to bring in Fidel....He bowls TOOOOO MANYYYYY short balls.... lets see!

  • on September 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    WI leaving out their most economical bowler against such a powerful batting team....hope to God this strategy doesn't backfire...GO WI!

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  • on September 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    WI leaving out their most economical bowler against such a powerful batting team....hope to God this strategy doesn't backfire...GO WI!

  • dsuperguy on September 29, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Its a mistake....leaving Badree...to bring in Fidel....He bowls TOOOOO MANYYYYY short balls.... lets see!

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    W.I deserve to lose opening with Charles what a joke I been telling you guys since the start having a guy as limited as him opening the batting is ridiculous! All he does is block or slog to leg with a poor cut his only shot on offside You have to MAXIMIZE the power play you need someone who can hit all around W.I would even be better opening with Bravo or Russell as a pinch hitter with the obvious option being Smith who can hit straight over the top as easy as anyone and is good at rotating the strike. Even Charles innings v England was a terrible start W.I every game have been the worst starters of the innings 12 of 21 balls is pathetic I don't even care if W.I win that start is unacceptable. Also if Gayle is not going to take quick singles he has to take the first over why waste hitting opportunity the tactics don't add up 2 of 9 if you gonna take time to get in at least be the man and lead the innings not put extra pressure on your limited inexperienced younger partner !

  • westindian4life on September 29, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Pollard is no good as a batsman...he should learn to play cricket properly...blocks four balls and get bowled on the fifth...West Indies are always made to look ridiculous against quality opposition

  • on September 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    :).. well done boys.................. S.L. Rox ....

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    An excellent Performance by Lanka........Wel done Boys :)

  • Extraz on September 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Sri lanka gonna win now man of the match should be given to Kulasekara for getting the big man GAYLE best of luck to sri lanka from Pak.Go lankans Go

  • westindian4life on September 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Why would the West Indies drop Samuel Badree who is their most economic opening bowler in he tournament thus far? Why would the West Indies after seeing the Sri Lankans bowl fast with little or no variations? It should be obvious that the faster you bowl is the more runs you concede.... West Indies without Gayle and Pollard are average at best....

  • AsfandYarKhan on September 29, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Go LANKANs,, Crush WINDIES today,,,,,,, Me pakistani ,, and supporting great lankans,,,,,!!!!!!

  • on September 29, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Flawed selection has doomed us to defeat. What did Badree not do right to cause his omission? Ah well, we'll get exactly what we deserve.