ICC World Twenty20, 18th Match, Group 1: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Pallekele, Sep 29, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 18th match, Group 1
Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)
29 September 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Welcome back for the chase. Ravi Rampaul began his previous game with a double-wicket maiden. How will he fare today?

0.1

Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, starts with a back of length ball outside off that is steered to backward point

0.2

Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 wide, short and way outside off, a bit of swing away

0.2

Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, much closer to the off stump, defended back towards the bowler by Mahela Jayawardene

0.3

Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, a touch wider, chopped towards point

0.4

Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, attempts the steer once more, again finds the fielder

0.5

Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 wide, short of length ball well outside off, too far outside off

0.5

Rampaul to Jayawardene, FOUR, this time Jayawardene gets hold of it, length ball well outside off, crashes it past point for a boundary

0.6

Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length ball just outside off, defended to the off side

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (124 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.52)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (6b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 0 (0b)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-6-0

Edwards to bowl

1.1

Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, crashes his first ball for four! Friendly half volley outside off and at good pace, thrashes it past the gap at cover

1.2

Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, no mercy! Edwards drops it shorter this time but errs by giving too much width outside off, stands tall and bashes it past the huge gap at point

1.3

Edwards to Dilshan, FOUR, three out of three! Edwards varies his length again and drops it too full outside off, Dilshan punishes him by driving off the front foot and it scorches past cover

1.4

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, full outside the off stump and driven on the front foot again but Gayle's there at extra cover

1.5

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, loss of concentration there, it was short and wide and Dilshan went for the slash and nearly edged it

1.6

Edwards to Dilshan, no run, three consecutive dot balls, short and chopped hard to the off side, point picks up, end of a terrible over

End of over 2 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0 (112 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.22)

    • TM Dilshan 12 (6b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 4 (6b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-12-0
    • R Rampaul 1-0-6-0
2.1

Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 run, nicely stopped by Pollard at point, opened the face and steered it and it was to the fielder's left, they pick up a quick single

Fine leg goes back

2.2

Rampaul to Dilshan, 1 wide, that was too wide outside the off stump, went for the slash though

2.2

Rampaul to Dilshan, no run, that really took off off a good length! Dilshan wanted to bash that straight and the ball gathered pace off the pitch and good carry to the keeper

2.3

Rampaul to Dilshan, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers it down to third man

2.4

Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven on the up and fast towards Pollard at backward point and he fumbled it, Jayawardene sneaks in a run

2.5

Rampaul to Dilshan, OUT, Rampaul's rewarded for a good over! He gets another ball to kick up off a good length, Dilshan was cramped for room as he tried to steer that away and it took the outside edge to the keeper

TM Dilshan c †Ramdin b Rampaul 13 (15m 9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 144.44

2.6

Rampaul to Sangakkara, 1 wide, starts off with a wide down the leg side to Sangakkara

2.6

Rampaul to Sangakkara, 1 run, too straight and he tucks it down to fine leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 24/1 (106 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.23)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 6 (8b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-12-1
    • FH Edwards 1-0-12-0

Slip in place

3.1

Narine to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and turns it to the on side

3.2

Narine to Jayawardene, 1 run, the off break and he gets across and works it with the turn to the on side

3.3

Narine to Sangakkara, no run, full and driven down to mid-on

3.4

Narine to Sangakkara, FOUR, elegantly done! Tossed up on the leg stump and easily flicked away in the air over midwicket

3.5

Narine to Sangakkara, 2 runs, gets across and drives and Russell dives at cover point and gets a hand to it, does well to gather himself and run after the ball and throw

3.6

Narine to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and drives him to cover

End of over 4 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 32/1 (98 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.12)

    • KC Sangakkara 8 (6b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 7 (9b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-8-0
    • R Rampaul 2-0-12-1
4.1

Rampaul to Jayawardene, FOUR, slashed over backward point but quite safe, it was short and wide and he reached out and slashed it, third man couldn't come across

4.2

Rampaul to Jayawardene, FOUR, this was more convincing! Too straight and full on the pads and he nicely chips it over midwicket

4.3

Rampaul to Jayawardene, no run, a touch short and he times the punch well and finds backward point

4.4

Rampaul to Jayawardene, 1 run, bowls it short and wide again and Mahela cuts and beats cover point but there's sweeper cover to cut it off

4.5

Rampaul to Sangakkara, no run, lucky to get away with that Rampaul, straight and full on the pads and Sanga fails to whip it away, hit on the pads but outside the line

4.6

Rampaul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, shorter in length but on the pads and he clips it behind square, Edwards does the mopping near the boundary

Sam: "This match is shaping up similar to the hopelessly one-side Australia-India match yesterday." Not quite yet, since WI have already taken a wicket. India didn't look like taking any.

End of over 5 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 43/1 (87 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.60, RRR: 5.80)

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (8b 1x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 16 (13b 3x4)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-23-1
    • SP Narine 1-0-8-0
5.1

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, tries to dab that past point but Sammy comes in the way

5.2

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside the off stump and chopped down to cover point

5.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, 5 wides, Edwards decides that the bouncer is the way to go but he hits the deck so hard that it clears Ramdin by a mile

5.3

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, the conventional length ball this time and he punches it towards point

5.4

Edwards to Jayawardene, no run, too close to cut and he manages to fend it off to point

5.5

Edwards to Jayawardene, FOUR, exquisite timing! Good length outside off and he rides the pace on the ball to punch it effortlessly past the covers, didn't hit it too hard

5.6

Edwards to Jayawardene, 3 runs, gives him width and he slaps it past cover, not enough in it to get it to the rope

Mahi: "When a spinner goes for a boundary or big hit, captains take them off from the attack promptly, while pace bowlers have the luxury to bowl on a trot. No one thinks that spinner have a plan in their mind to trap the batsmen in next overs. Pity on spinners."

End of over 6 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 55/1 (75 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.16, RRR: 5.35)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 23 (19b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 10 (8b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-24-0
    • R Rampaul 3-0-23-1

Narine to bowl his second

6.1

Narine to Jayawardene, 1 run, no turn on that one, shuffles and clips it to the on side

6.2

Narine to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes round the wicket to sanga, drives a full ball wide of cover

6.3

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, the first proper off break from Narine, spins sharply and he easily tucks it to the leg side

6.4

Narine to Jayawardene, 1 run, waits for it and clips it with the turn to the on side

6.5

Narine to Sangakkara, no run, spins back into the left-hander and he knocks it back to the bowler

6.6

Narine to Sangakkara, FOUR, lovely shot! Especially against the spinner, stays back at the crease and punches it with the turn wide of midwicket, that's 1000 T20 international runs for Sangakkara

End of over 7 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 62/1 (68 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.85, RRR: 5.23)

    • KC Sangakkara 15 (11b 2x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 25 (22b 4x4)
    • SP Narine 2-0-15-0
    • FH Edwards 2-0-24-0
7.1

Sammy to Jayawardene, 1 run, slightly short and he arches back and dabs it to third man

7.2

Sammy to Sangakkara, FOUR, at this rate they will canter home really quickly, friendly short delivery and he swivels and pulls it behind square, fine leg gave up the chase

7.3

Sammy to Sangakkara, no run, moves across the stumps and he pushes it down the track

7.4

Sammy to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to mid-off, the keeper is up to the stumps

7.5

Sammy to Jayawardene, 1 bye, Mahela tried the lap shot over the keeper and didn't come off at all, failed to make contact

7.6

Sammy to Sangakkara, no run, gets it to nip back in to tuck him up for room, punched to the off side

I've given up trying to figure out why Pollard and Russell can't be given a few overs. Why does Sammy insist on bringing himself on?

End of over 8 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 69/1 (61 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.62, RRR: 5.08)

    • KC Sangakkara 20 (15b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 26 (24b 4x4)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-6-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-15-0
8.1

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, slower off the pitch and he dabs it down to point

8.2

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, spins back in slightly and he punches it back to the bowler

8.3

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, inside edge on the drive and it rolls to short fine leg

8.4

Narine to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's a Mahela special! Premeditated reverse sweep, he knew there was no slip, played it fine to third man

8.5

Narine to Jayawardene, 2 runs, turns it wide of midwicket and he picks up a couple

8.6

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, lucky that Ramdin was wearing a helmet! The off break spun back in sharply from the rough and beat the batsman, hit the keeper's grill

End of over 9 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 75/1 (55 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 5.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 32 (30b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 20 (15b 3x4)
    • SP Narine 3-0-21-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-6-0
9.1

Sammy to Sangakkara, 1 run, drops it short and he pulls it along the ground to deep midwicket

9.2

Sammy to Jayawardene, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers it down to point

9.3

Sammy to Jayawardene, no run, that was short and wide and slashed and lucky for Sammy that went straight to point

9.4

Sammy to Jayawardene, FOUR, just short of the rope! It was bowled short and he swiveled at the crease and pulled in front of square, nearly carried over the deep midwicket rope

9.5

Sammy to Jayawardene, 1 run, full on the pads and driven down to long-on

9.6

Sammy to Sangakkara, no run, flicked and Gayle does well at short midwicket to cut it off

Reuel: "darren sammy's captaincy is baffling to say the least. why give fidel edwards a second over when he bowled so badly in the first. he refuses to give bravo, pollard and russell the ball, even when it was clear that all sri did was take pace off the ball when they bowled. totally ridiculous."

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 81/1 (49 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.10, RRR: 4.90)

    • KC Sangakkara 21 (17b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 37 (34b 6x4)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-12-0
    • SP Narine 3-0-21-0
10.1

Narine to Jayawardene, 1 run, stays back and clips it with the turn to midwicket

10.2

Narine to Sangakkara, no run, the slower off break, Sanga was beaten as the ball spun away

10.3

Narine to Sangakkara, no run, stabs it to the off side

10.4

Narine to Sangakkara, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to point

10.5

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, quicker and flatter and tucked away with the turn to the leg side

10.6

Narine to Jayawardene, no run, no turn this time, softly punched towards point

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 83/1 (47 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.54, RRR: 5.22)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 38 (37b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 22 (20b 3x4)
    • SP Narine 4-0-23-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-12-0
11.1

Sammy to Sangakkara, no run

11.2

Sammy to Sangakkara, 2 runs, wasted delivery! Down the leg side with the keeper up and the ball clips the pads and goes to fine leg

11.3

Sammy to Sangakkara, no run, punches it down to mid-off

11.4

Sammy to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, bowls it on the pads and it rolls to fine leg

11.5

Sammy to Jayawardene, no run

11.6

Sammy to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets a top edge on the sweep and it lands safely, that kind of day for West Indies

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 87/1 (43 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.25, RRR: 5.37)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 39 (39b 6x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 24 (24b 3x4)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-15-0
    • SP Narine 4-0-23-0
12.1

Russell to Jayawardene, FOUR, slightly streaky! Makes room to a length ball and lofts it just over mid-off's reach

12.2

Russell to Jayawardene, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it down to fine leg

12.3

Russell to Sangakkara, 1 run, gives him too much width outside the off stump and he slaps it straight to sweeper cover

12.4

Russell to Jayawardene, no run, drops it short and it hurries onto him and he stays back and defends

12.5

Russell to Jayawardene, FOUR, it's Mahela's day today, once again he makes room to unsettle the bowler, carves it just over Gayle's reach at extra cover and it races away

12.6

Russell to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller delivery on middle and he clips it towards midwicket

Cris: "The disadvantage for the Windies is that England play the last game of Group 1 and will know exactly what they need to do for qualification. I am praying for a SA win tomo so that Group 2 also remains open till the final game. If Ind beat Pak and SA beat Aus, the final games of Group 2 will be virtual knockouts! However, Pak look a far superior side to India, who have lost 7 Super 8 games consecutively."

End of over 13 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 98/1 (32 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 4.57)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 49 (44b 8x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 25 (25b 3x4)
    • AD Russell 1-0-11-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-15-0
13.1

Sammy to Jayawardene, 1 run, brings up his fifty! Makes room and slashes on the up and drops short of backward point, sneaks a single

13.2

Sammy to Sangakkara, 2 runs, stays back and punches it wide of extra cover for a couple

13.3

Sammy to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slower ball wide down the leg side and Sanga tried to heave that away but was frustrated he couldn't put it away

13.3

Sammy to Sangakkara, 1 run, waits for it and dabs it down to third man

13.4

Sammy to Jayawardene, SIX, bang! He bowls it too short and Jayawardene rocks back and gives it a whack over deep midwicket, clean strike

13.5

Sammy to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller delivery and he dabs it down to third man

13.6

Sammy to Sangakkara, 1 run, makes a lot of room to heave it away and gets an inside edge past the stumps to fine leg

End of over 14 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 111/1 (19 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.92, RRR: 3.16)

    • KC Sangakkara 29 (28b 3x4)
    • DPMD Jayawardene 57 (47b 8x4 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-28-0
    • AD Russell 1-0-11-0

The sooner SL get home the more damaging to WI's NRR

14.1

Rampaul to Sangakkara, FOUR, starts off with a juicy half volley from round the wicket, gets under the bounce and he lofts it crisply through the line to long-off

14.2

Rampaul to Sangakkara, FOUR, another "hit me" ball, drops it too short and he had the time to swivel and pull it cleanly down to deep square leg

14.3

Rampaul to Sangakkara, no run, stays back and punches it towards cover point

14.4

Rampaul to Sangakkara, 1 bye, slower ball outside the off stump and he swings and misses, the keeper fumbles

14.5

Rampaul to Jayawardene, FOUR, Jayawardene at his best! Back to his silent-killing best, makes room and cheekily dabs the ball past the keeper and down to third man, really dents a bowler's confidence

14.6

Rampaul to Jayawardene, FOUR, nearly finished it off! Pitched up outside off and he lofts crisply down to wide long-off, one bounce and four

End of over 15 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 128/1 (2 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.53, RRR: 0.40)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 65 (49b 10x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 37 (32b 5x4)
    • R Rampaul 4-0-39-1
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-28-0
15.1

Gayle to Sangakkara, no run, gets across and pushes it to the off side

15.2

Gayle to Sangakkara, 2 runs, overthrow to seal the win! Sangakkara came down the track and chipped it to short extra cover who flung himself to his left and couldn't pluck it, the throw to the bowler's end was wide

Presentation

Sammy: The bowlers bowled really well to us. NZ game is a must-win for us. We are always a boundary hitting team. We bowled too short and wide. The SL bowlers bowled fuller and we didn't do that enough.

Jayawardene: "Overall a very good effort. When they were going after our bowlers I just kept changing the bowlers. Once we got through the first 12 overs I told Kumar we should finish this as quickly as possible."

Jayawardene is also the Man of the Match.

The big one's coming up tomorrow - India v Pakistan. Before that, Australia v South Africa. Your Sunday's packed.

That's it from us. Thanks for the mails and your company. Cheers!

End of match: That's SL's best win in T20 internationals in terms of balls remaining - 28. After Australia yesterday, we've witnessed yet another comprehensive thrashing. Really disappointing from WI's point of view. Their dependence on Gayle was exposed and the rest were never quite good enough to challenge the hosts. There were too many rubbish deliveries.

Not taking any credit away from Sri Lanka. Their fielding was sharp, the bowlers didn't give away too many scoring opportunities and the batsmen never looked in trouble.

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