Sri Lanka v West Indies, Super Eights, World T20 2012, Pallekele

Gayle doesn't feel like dancing

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the match between Sri Lanka and West Indies

David Hopps in Pallekele

September 29, 2012

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Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates the fall of Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka v West Indies, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele, September 29, 2012
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Taunt of the day 1

Gangnam Style, a 2012 song by the Korean rapper PSY, which has turned into a global dance sensation, has been adopted by Chris Gayle when he does something special on the field. That had not escaped the Sri Lankan DJ at Pallakele who gave a quick burst of the track when he was dismissed.

Taunt of the day 2

Gangnam Style also figured when Jeevan Mendis (should that be Jiving Mendis?) took the wicket of Dwayne Bravo and broke into his own version of the dance. Gayle, sat in the West Indies dressing room with a towel over his shoulders, looked suitably amused.

Taunt of the day 3

It wasn't a taunt really, it just felt like one. Darren Sammy bowled a full spell of military medium on a pitch that was dry and taking spin even at the start of the day. His spell completed, he then threw the ball to Gayle with only two runs needed. Gayle managed two uninterested balls before Sri Lanka achieved victory. He walked off to the sound of Gangnam Style, on the loudspeakers once more, but did not feel like dancing.

Over of the day

Kieron Pollard is one of the most potent hitters in world cricket and with only five overs left, and 90 scored, West Indies needed him to make an immediate impact. Ajantha Mendis bowled an excellent over at him, turning the ball both ways and then pushed the fifth ball through quicker as he came down the track and bowled him off his pads as he yorked himself.

Bad comeback of the day

West Indies rested Fidel Edwards against England so they could field a battery of spinners. He came back against Sri Lanka as planned but to little effect. His first three deliveries with the new ball were crashed to the boundary by Tillakaratne Dilshan. It was just the start that West Indies did not need.

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Posted by stormy16 on (September 30, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

I thought the Windies missed a trick when Samuals didnt bowl an over, Gayle on two balls. Sammy kept going for Edwards and himself when the call of the day was spin.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (September 30, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

The Windies SHOT themselves in both feet before the 1st ball was bowled. The cliche' that YOU NEVER CHANGE A WINNING COMBINATION comes into play here.(1) BADREE was your most ECONOMICAL bowler in the last match which you won so why drop him especially on a wicket that is known to assists the spinners. (2) It was really poor judgement or MEMORY lapses to bat 1st when in their last encounter vs Sri Lanka in the practice match Windies batted 1st made a similar score and were thrashed by the same margin. Also since when it became normal for Windies to bat first. I think going into this game we were ahead of Sri Lnka on points table by virtue of runrate. So we should have allowed Lanka to come at us and we chase. By failing to recognize these factors Windies gave Sri Lanka the advantage. When Lanka batted Sammy should have bowled Gayle & Samuels after Narine. RAMPAUL & EDWARDS need to make greater and more effective use of BOUNCERS, YORKERS & SLOWER BALLS. Over to you COACH & CAPT.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (September 30, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

The Windies SHOT themselves in both feet before the 1st ball was bowled. The cliche' that YOU NEVER CHANGE A WINNING COMBINATION comes into play here.(1) BADREE was your most ECONOMICAL bowler in the last match which you won so why drop him especially on a wicket that is known to assists the spinners. (2) It was really poor judgement or MEMORY lapses to bat 1st when in their last encounter vs Sri Lanka in the practice match Windies batted 1st made a similar score and were thrashed by the same margin. Also since when it became normal for Windies to bat first. I think going into this game we were ahead of Sri Lnka on points table by virtue of runrate. So we should have allowed Lanka to come at us and we chase. By failing to recognize these factors Windies gave Sri Lanka the advantage. When Lanka batted Sammy should have bowled Gayle & Samuels after Narine. RAMPAUL & EDWARDS need to make greater and more effective use of BOUNCERS, YORKERS & SLOWER BALLS. Over to you COACH & CAPT.

Posted by Kesbir on (September 30, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Really dont know y they dropped Badree. And y gayle and samuels didnt bowl. Who eva selecting dis squad dont no wat they doin. Pace is not d way to go on dese pitches.......... ALso y isnt bravo bowling. Simmons shud come in for charles... he wud definetley rotate d strike more........ Good innings by samuels and bravo though....... Hoping for Pollard to come good when it matters most...

Go windies.............

Posted by Narbavi on (September 30, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Hey Sanga cricket fan or whatever your name is, i did post my opinions in the last game, do not jump man, funny really,

Posted by   on (September 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

I didn't feel like dancing too.... very poor batting performance from the west-indies... enough chances given to pollard he should be rested... where is kemar roach????? Bowling is very very poor..... you have to bowl well to win matches... only batting won't help to win...

Posted by ksupun on (September 30, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

THOUGH I AM A SRI LANKAN I LOVE TO SEE WEST INDIES PLAY.WELL PLAYED SL. I WANT TO SEE SL WI PAK & ? ON SEMIS .GOOD LUCK SL KEEP ROCKING ................

Posted by KingOwl on (September 30, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

At last, SL played something close to what they are capable of. I have not seen SL put in that much effort In the field in limited overs cricket since the world cup. With all the masala tournaments against India, which SL cricketers treat as irrelevant, the fans missed the real intensity our players are capable of. SL got a shock from NZ the other day and came back with a very professional approach to this came - with that attitude, the result was never in doubt. It was a massacre. Feel a bit sorry for WI. They are a good bunch. Just came against a really motivated (for a change) SL team.

Posted by anson1970 on (September 29, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

utter madness to include Edwards dont tamper with a winning team shld've kept the 11 from England game and put pressure on SL by letting Narine & Badree go at them .....SL is not a team to offer a bowl in home conditions.....bonehed move by Windies!!!!!

Posted by ahs123 on (September 29, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Pakistan will beat Sirilanka IN SHA ALLAH in the semi finals ...

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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