West Indies Tri-Nation Series - 5th match

West Indies v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 39 runs (D/L method)

1.45pm We are back with the chase. Kulasekara will open the bowling. It is still dark, but hasn't rained much. He is going to swing it away from Gayle who has struggled against a similar bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Two slips in place

0.1

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, accurate start first up. Slight extra bounce, and Gayle defends this length ball with the bottom hand off the handle

0.2

Kulasekara to Gayle, 1 run, again the ball stops a touch at Gayle and moves away a little. Gayle fends away wide of point for one. Lucky to not spoon it up in the air

The sun is out

0.3

Kulasekara to Charles, no run, length ball, just outside off, defended with an open face

0.4

Kulasekara to Charles, 1 run, too straight, lucky to get away with just the single as Charles has found long leg

I think the Powerplay is 8 plus 4

0.5

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, short of a length, pitches middle and leg, hits the pad after seaming back in

Chandimal is keeping wicket here. Sanga off the field, Kusal Perera is the substitute

0.6

Kulasekara to Gayle, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched away to cover

End of over 1 (2 runs) West Indies 2/0 (218 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 4.44)
CH Gayle    1* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0
J Charles    1* (2b)     

Shaminda Eranga to get the second new ball

1.1

Eranga to Charles, no run, outswinger first up. On a length, can't drive at it without a big stride in. Charles pushes inside the line

1.2

Eranga to Charles, 1 run, short of a length, punched away to third man for one

1.3

Eranga to Gayle, no run, full and wide, Gayle goes after it, but plays outside the line, and is beaten under the bat. Should have been called a wide

1.4

Eranga to Gayle, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side

1.4

Eranga to Gayle, no run, movement back in. That's the outswinger Eranga is bowling well today. On a length, outside off, Gayle drives, but the ball moves back in to beat the inside edge

1.5

Eranga to Gayle, FOUR, slashes, slashes hard. That's a safe shot. Wide length ball, and he goes hard at it, knowing the edge of the ball will clear slips easily. As it does

1.6

Eranga to Gayle, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended with an open face

End of over 2 (6 runs) West Indies 8/0 (212 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.41)
CH Gayle    5* (8b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-6-0
J Charles    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Charles, no run, lovely ball. This one shapes up to be an insiwnger, but seams away after pitching outside off. Charles withdraws at the last moment

2.2

Kulasekara to Charles, FOUR, shot. On a length, angling in, he clears the front leg and swipes this over midwicket. Off the inside half of the bat

2.3

Kulasekara to Charles, no run, fuller, middle and leg, pushed back, hits the stumps at the non-striker's end

2.4

Kulasekara to Charles, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked away for an easy single

2.5

Kulasekara to Gayle, 1 run, return chance dropped. The ball stops at Gayle, he fails to keep the check shot down, it goes to the left of Kula, who goes at it with two hands, but the seam of the ball catches the knuckles, which has Kula in pain

Kula is walking off. There is a gash on the index finger of the left hand. If I am not mistaken, you can see the bone

Thirimanne to finish the over

2.6

Thirimanne to Charles, no run, full, middle and leg, defended. Gentle medium pace it was

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 14/0 (206 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 4.38)
J Charles    7* (9b 1x4)      HDRL Thirimanne    0.1-0-0-0
CH Gayle    6* (9b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    1-0-6-0

3.1

Eranga to Gayle, no run, shortish, angling away, beats Gayle's attempt at the cut

3.2

Eranga to Gayle, no run, beaten on the cut again. The ball is seaming away, and Gayle is going hard at it. Chances are, if he gets an edge on this, it will clear the slips

3.3

Eranga to Gayle, FOUR, full toss, just outside off, drilled through cover for four. Can't bowl that to Gayle

3.4

Eranga to Gayle, no run, swing and miss. He just stands tall and tees off. The length ball bounces a touch extra and beats the bat

3.5

Eranga to Gayle, FOUR, wide length ball. Not much follow-through of the bat, but the meeting of the bat and the ball is so crisp it goes flying over wide mid-off for four

3.6

Eranga to Gayle, no run, length ball, driven to mid-off

End of over 4 (8 runs) West Indies 22/0 (198 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 4.30)
CH Gayle    14* (15b 3x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-14-0
J Charles    7* (9b 1x4)      HDRL Thirimanne    0.1-0-0-0

Apologies. West Indies need to win this to make sure today that they are through. Otherwise they will have to wait for the next game's result. I had forgotten that Sri Lanka beat India with a bonus point too.

Here is Mathews

4.1

Mathews to Charles, 2 runs, length ball, angling in, worked into the leg side

4.2

Mathews to Charles, 1 run, pushed to mid-off for a single

The keeper comes up now

4.3

Mathews to Gayle, no run, length ball, outside off, swiped to midwicket

Third man comes inside the circle

4.4

Mathews to Gayle, OUT, Mathews has struck. And it's that short third man that has taken the wicket. Short of a length, just outside off, he punches at it, gets s thick outside edge, and lobs it to the right of that short third man. Taken easily

CH Gayle c Eranga b Mathews 14 (22m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Devon Smith is the new man in

4.5

Mathews to Smith, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended off the back foot

4.6

Mathews to Smith, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

End of over 5 (3 runs) West Indies 25/1 (195 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.33)
DS Smith    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-1
J Charles    10* (11b 1x4)      RMS Eranga    2-0-14-0

5.1

Eranga to Charles, FOUR, full, into the pads, whipped away square of square leg, all along the ground

5.2

Eranga to Charles, OUT, lovely return catch. Charles wants to pull one from just outside off, but he is a little late into the shot, and ends up almost toe-ending it back. The ball is falling at Eranga's toe. If he had been at Wimbledon, this had got too low to be an easy volley, but he takes it off his toes with both hands. Not short enough to be pulled

J Charles c & b Eranga 14 (27m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

Marlon Samuels is the new man in

5.3

Eranga to Samuels, no run, yorker first up, Samuels is on the crease and across the stumps. Does well to keep it out

5.4

Eranga to Samuels, no run, wide length ball, left alone after moving across

5.5

Eranga to Samuels, no run, wide short ball. The extra bounce means Samuels doesn't venture into a cut

5.6

Eranga to Samuels, OUT, Sri Lanka on fire. Lovely catch again. It's Jayawardene this time. Not a great shot. Short of a length, just outside off, with that extra bounce. Samuels plays a lazy back-foot drive. Had he gone hard, perhaps the edge would have cleared slip, but this one settles with Jayawardene high and to his left at first slip

MN Samuels c Jayawardene b Eranga 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 6 (4 runs) West Indies 29/3 (191 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 4.34)
     RMS Eranga    3-0-18-2
DS Smith    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    1-0-3-1

Darren Bravo walks out. West Indies were in such command yesterday. Now they will be hoping for rain

6.1

Mathews to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, Smith tries to drive, is hit on the inside half of the bat

6.2

Mathews to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, hits the outside half of the bat, and goes to the fourth slip. We have a first and fourth slip here

6.3

Mathews to Smith, no run, fuller, on off, defended from the crease

6.4

Mathews to Smith, no run, length ball, outside off, angling away, left alone

6.5

Mathews to Smith, no run, this one seams back in, hits his pad, draws an lbw appeal, but is buncing too high

6.6

Mathews to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to mid-off

If there is no further rain, Sri Lanka need to keep West Indies down to 183 for a bonus point. And if they get the bonus point, they make it to the Thursday final with a game in hand

End of over 7 (maiden) West Indies 29/3 (191 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.14, RRR: 4.44)
DS Smith    0* (8b)      AD Mathews    2-1-3-1
DM Bravo    0* (0b)      RMS Eranga    3-0-18-2

7.1

Eranga to Bravo, 1 run, extra bounce again, but Bravo does well to keep it down, and gets a single behind square on the off side

7.2

Eranga to Smith, no run, stays back to a length ball, is hit on the pad, but the ball has pitched outside leg

7.3

Eranga to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

RAvi: "We must all pray for a WI win. all attempts must be made to avoid any further India-Sri Lanka matches" Hear, hear

7.4

Eranga to Smith, no run, wide shortish delivery, left alone again

7.5

Eranga to Smith, no run, wide length ball, extra bounce, beats the drive

Setu: "Wrong again Sid. SL only need to win (no bonus point neccessary) to ensure a place in the final. If they win, their NRR will be higher than WI and hence they go through" Oh, but wouldn't their net run rate come down if they happen to lose to India in the next match?

7.6

Eranga to Smith, no run, full outside leg, kisses the pad on the way through

End of over 8 (1 run) West Indies 30/3 (190 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 4.52)
DS Smith    0* (13b)      RMS Eranga    4-0-19-2
DM Bravo    1* (1b)      AD Mathews    2-1-3-1

"You've gotta hand it to the selectors -- the Windies would be in a fine mess if they'd retained Darren Sammy as captain." realthog, your sarcasm is well taken. Wonder what the selectors think

8.1

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, punched away to deep point for one

8.2

Mathews to Smith, OUT, given lbw. Not sure if this is a good decision. The ball seamed back in, so that is one criterion fulfilled, but it seemed to be a little too high and a little too straight. Waiting for the replays to prove me wrong. And yes, the replays have proven me wrong. Short of a length, pitches leg, seams back to hold its line, hits him high on the pad, but would have hit the top of the stumps

DS Smith lbw b Mathews 0 (17m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes Lendl Simmons, the extra batsman who replaced Ramdin and resulted on some 20 extras from Charles behind the stumps

8.3

Mathews to Simmons, no run, short of a length, outside off, he stays inside the line

8.4

Mathews to Simmons, no run, forward defensive to a length ball

8.5

Mathews to Simmons, no run, dangerous batting. Stays back and moves across to a straight lenght ball, and is squared up in defence

8.6

Mathews to Simmons, no run, this one holds its line outside off, and Simmons is beaten and squared up

End of over 9 (1 run) West Indies 31/4 (189 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.44, RRR: 4.60)
LMP Simmons    0* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-1-4-2
DM Bravo    2* (2b)      RMS Eranga    4-0-19-2

9.1

Eranga to Bravo, no run, length ball, on off, driven to mid-off on the up

9.2

Eranga to Bravo, no run, short of a length, pitches off, angles away, left alone

9.3

Eranga to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, hits the toe end on the punch

9.4

Eranga to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

9.5

Eranga to Bravo, 1 run, covers the angle of the ball, dabs it away to third man for a single

9.6

Eranga to Simmons, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to cover-point

End of over 10 (1 run) West Indies 32/4 (188 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 3.20, RRR: 4.70)
LMP Simmons    0* (5b)      RMS Eranga    5-0-20-2
DM Bravo    3* (7b)      AD Mathews    3-1-4-2

10.1

Mathews to Bravo, no run, seams away, stays low, beats Bravo's bat who couldn't have done much besides pushing at the line

10.2

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, shortish, outside leg, tucked away to fine leg

10.3

Mathews to Simmons, no run, wide length ball, left alone

10.4

Mathews to Simmons, no run, length ball, angling in, Simmons moves across to push this to midwicket

10.5

Mathews to Simmons, no run, short of a length, wide outside off, Simmons doesn't play at it

10.6

Mathews to Simmons, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended off the back foot

End of over 11 (1 run) West Indies 33/4 (187 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 4.79)
LMP Simmons    0* (9b)      AD Mathews    4-1-5-2
DM Bravo    4* (9b)      RMS Eranga    5-0-20-2

Senanayake to bowl now. One slip in place

11.1

Senanayake to Bravo, no run, short to start off with, cut away, but can't beat cover-point

11.2

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked into the on side for one

11.3

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, offbreak, starts well outside off, defended off the front foot

11.4

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, arm ball outside off, Simmons leaves it alone

The cloud has arrived. So a good thought to bowl spin and get 20 overs in as soon as possible

11.5

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, offbreak now, defended in front of leg

11.6

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, flighted outside off, draws the loose drive, but the inside edge hits the pad

End of over 12 (1 run) West Indies 34/4 (186 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.83, RRR: 4.89)
LMP Simmons    0* (13b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0
DM Bravo    5* (11b)      AD Mathews    4-1-5-2

You can feel the eerie silence in the stands. Thirimanne to bowl now. Military medium

12.1

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, short of a length, cross-seam, extra bounce, beats the punch from Bravo

12.2

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

By the way, Sanga came back on the field log ago and is keeping wicket

12.3

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, another leave outside off

12.4

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, length ball, middle and off, defended back to him

12.5

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, short, wide, cut away to deep point

12.6

Thirimanne to Simmons, no run, wide length ball, holds its line, beats the drive

It has got brighter at QPO

End of over 13 (1 run) West Indies 35/4 (185 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.69, RRR: 5.00)
LMP Simmons    0* (14b)      HDRL Thirimanne    1.1-0-1-0
DM Bravo    6* (16b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0

13.1

Senanayake to Bravo, no run, the arm ball. Doesn't turn, and cramps him up

13.2

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, short offbreak, dabbed away for a single

13.3

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, looks to paddle-sweep this, but is beaten by the extra bounce. Zero not out off 14 now

13.4

Senanayake to Simmons, 1 run, bunts an offbreak into the leg side to get off the mark

13.5

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, full, middle and off, pushed with an open face past point

13.6

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, short of a length, outside off, doesn't turn as much as Simmons is expecting it to. Beaten

End of over 14 (3 runs) West Indies 38/4 (182 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.71, RRR: 5.05)
LMP Simmons    1* (17b)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-4-0
DM Bravo    8* (19b)      HDRL Thirimanne    1.1-0-1-0

14.1

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to extra cover

A message came during the over break

14.2

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, short, wide, cut away, but can't beat backward point

14.3

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, slow wide half-volley, drilled to long-off for one

14.4

Thirimanne to Simmons, 1 run, short of a length, wide, cut away to third man

14.5

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, wide half-volley, drilled to wide long-off again

14.6

Thirimanne to Simmons, 1 run, wide half-volley again, driven to deep cover for a single

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 42/4 (178 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.80, RRR: 5.08)
LMP Simmons    3* (19b)      HDRL Thirimanne    2.1-0-5-0
DM Bravo    10* (23b)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-4-0

15.1

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, sharp offbreak, beats the inside edge, but Simmons has got the front pad outside the line of off

15.2

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, tossed up wide, defended off the front foot

15.3

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, another forward-defensive to cover

15.4

Senanayake to Simmons, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked wide of mid-on for one

15.5

Senanayake to Bravo, no run, flighted on middle and off, the drive down the ground can't beat the diving straight extra cover

15.6

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, into the pads, bunted away into the leg side for one

End of over 16 (2 runs) West Indies 44/4 (176 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 5.17)
DM Bravo    11* (25b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-6-0
LMP Simmons    4* (23b)      HDRL Thirimanne    2.1-0-5-0

Par score for four down at the end of 20 overs is 114

16.1

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended with an open face

16.2

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, driven on the up, but can't beat that straight extra cover

16.3

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed away to deep cover for one

16.4

Thirimanne to Simmons, no run, short of a length, holds its line outside off, Simmons is squared up and beaten

16.5

Thirimanne to Simmons, 1 run, punched away to deep cover

The last boundary was hit in the sixth over. Only singles have come in the last 10 overs. Not even a couple

16.6

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven to deep cover for one

End of over 17 (3 runs) West Indies 47/4 (173 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.76, RRR: 5.24)
DM Bravo    13* (29b)      HDRL Thirimanne    3.1-0-8-0
LMP Simmons    5* (25b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-6-0

We are three overs from being ensured a result in this match

17.1

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, no room, punched to deep cover

Waseem: "The way these two are playing even they can't reach 114 after 41 overs..."

17.2

Senanayake to Simmons, SIX, and Simmons breaks the boundary drought. Down the wicket, right to its pitch, and plays the pick-up over wide long-on. That's a trademark Simmons shot

17.3

Senanayake to Simmons, 2 runs, full and fast, and he has swept this fine for a couple

17.4

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, length ball, turning in, Simmons defends off the front foot

17.5

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, tossed up outside off, defended with an open face

17.6

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, offbreak, on a length, defended with bat and pad close together

End of over 18 (9 runs) West Indies 56/4 (164 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.11, RRR: 5.12)
LMP Simmons    13* (30b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-15-0
DM Bravo    14* (30b)      HDRL Thirimanne    3.1-0-8-0

Another message for the batsmen. The sun is out. And Malinga to bowl with a nine-over-old ball

18.1

Malinga to Bravo, no run, wide length ball, left alone

"I partially agree with @Ravi's earlier comment regarding seeing more IND vs SL matches...I say let's all hope for a SL win here and also tomorrow so that it will be a WI vs SL final!" Ha ha, DD

18.2

Malinga to Bravo, no run, length ball, outside off, driven to short cover

18.3

Malinga to Bravo, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the back foot

18.4

Malinga to Bravo, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to point

18.5

Malinga to Bravo, no run, bouncer, outside off, head high, and he pulls out of the pull at the last moment as the ball keeps rising

18.6

Malinga to Bravo, no run, this one swings back in, played to point. Maiden over

End of over 19 (maiden) West Indies 56/4 (164 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.94, RRR: 5.29)
DM Bravo    14* (36b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0
LMP Simmons    13* (30b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-15-0

One more over, and we will have had an official ODI. The par score at the end of 20 overs, for four wickets down, is 114. West Indies clearly struggling

19.1

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, topspinner, defended from the back foot

19.2

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to cover

19.3

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, sharp, down the leg side, would have been a wide had he not deflected it to short fine leg

19.4

Senanayake to Simmons, 1 run, punched away to deep cover

19.5

Senanayake to Bravo, 2 runs, . Bravo wants to cut, but the ball doesn't turn and cramps him up. The edge goes low to Jayawardene's right at first slip. Can't even get a touch on it

19.6

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, bunted into the leg side for a single

And we now have an official match. West Indies are 54 behind the par score at the moment. The clouds have cleared up, and we could have a full 41-over game. Time for a drink

End of over 20 (4 runs) West Indies 60/4 (170 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 8.09)
DM Bravo    17* (38b)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-0
LMP Simmons    14* (34b 1x6)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0

I will repeat my opening comment from yesterday. The song, actually. "Ramotar and Joseph Henry/ Drinking two rum in Unity/ Planning the cricket game next day/ Ramotar turn to Joe and say/ We can win it in Guyana/ With Chanderpaul and big Hoopa."

20.1

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, worked into the leg side for one

20.2

Malinga to Simmons, 1 wide, sharp, short, but just outside the line of leg stump. It had Simmons hopping

Prabesh : "Hoping it would rain soon, then srilankan players can get much needed rest."

20.2

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, slower ball, low full tosses, worked away into the leg side

20.3

Malinga to Bravo, no run, loose drive outside off, down the wrong line of a length ball, and is beaten on the inside edge

20.4

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, kicks at him from just short of a length, and Bravo plays well with soft hands and guides it to third man for one

20.5

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, hopping again, but keeps this down and takes a single to third man

20.6

Malinga to Bravo, no run, bouncer, on off, Bravo ducks under it

End of over 21 (5 runs) West Indies 65/4 (165 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.09, RRR: 8.25)
DM Bravo    19* (42b)      SL Malinga    2-1-5-0
LMP Simmons    16* (36b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-0

165 required from 20 overs

21.1

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight, kicks this away outside leg

21.2

Senanayake to Simmons, 1 run, dips on hi, turns back in, hits the inside half of the bat, goes away for a single

21.3

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, pitched up on the pads, worked away for a single

21.4

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, short of a length, turning in, defended off the back foot

21.5

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

21.6

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, another forward-defensive

"Hey Sid, would that drink be rum and coke or rum and coconut water ?,Try it with the coconut water it is very good." Ken M, never with coke

End of over 22 (2 runs) West Indies 67/4 (163 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.04, RRR: 8.57)
LMP Simmons    17* (41b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-21-0
DM Bravo    20* (43b)      SL Malinga    2-1-5-0

Mathews into the attack now

22.1

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, wide length ball, punched away to deep cover

22.2

Mathews to Simmons, 5 wides, five wides. Something West Indies desperately needed. Short of a length, into the body, but it seams away and avoids Sanga late

22.2

Mathews to Simmons, no run, wide length ball, left alone

22.3

Mathews to Simmons, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to third man for one

22.4

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, wide, cut away to third man

Henry: "Ramotar is the President of GY now, but the main ingredient, Chanderpaul, is out of the team."

22.5

Mathews to Simmons, no run, accurate length ball, Simmons defends off the back foot

22.6

Mathews to Simmons, no run, lovely delivery. Seams away against the angle after pitching a little short. Simmons has to play at it, and is beaten

End of over 23 (8 runs) West Indies 75/4 (155 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.26, RRR: 8.61)
LMP Simmons    18* (45b 1x6)      AD Mathews    5-1-13-2
DM Bravo    22* (45b)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-21-0

Thirimanne comes back. He is slipping in those Kula overs. Remember Kula is injured

23.1

Thirimanne to Bravo, no run, length ball, driven straight to short cover

23.2

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, short, pitched outside leg, pulled away for a single

23.3

Thirimanne to Simmons, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on

23.4

Thirimanne to Bravo, 1 run, pulled away, but not very well, and gets just the single to long-on

23.5

Thirimanne to Simmons, FOUR, lovely shot. Knows mid-off is up, makes room, takes it on the half-volley, and goes inside-out over mid-off

Ken: ""In Guyana where I come from, rum and 'black water' from the creeks does taste real good. Guyana's rum is the best rum, just ask them West Indians""

23.6

Thirimanne to Simmons, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, dabbed away for a single

End of over 24 (8 runs) West Indies 83/4 (147 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.45, RRR: 8.64)
LMP Simmons    24* (48b 1x4 1x6)      HDRL Thirimanne    4.1-0-16-0
DM Bravo    24* (48b)      AD Mathews    5-1-13-2

These two are trying to take it as close as possible and then hope for a Pollard day. Or a Sammy day. Or a mix of Pollard and Sammy. Sri Lanka still favourites, though. And here is Jeevan Mendis. Watch out for his googlies. He bowls them more than legbreaks

24.1

Mendis to Simmons, no run, starts with a lengbreak, on a length, defended off the front foot

24.2

Mendis to Simmons, 1 run, wide full toss, attempted googly, driven to deep cover

24.3

Mendis to Bravo, no run, another full toss wasted. Swept fine, but Senanayake makes a diving save at short fine leg

24.4

Mendis to Bravo, SIX, lovely shot this time. A legbreak, on a length, but Bravo doesn't let it bounce. Down the track to take it on the full and smash it over midwicket for six

24.5

Mendis to Bravo, no run, googly, pitched outside leg, hits the pad on the sweep

24.6

Mendis to Bravo, no run, another googly. Bravo doesn't read it. So that's four googlies out of six. Bravo tries the big drive down the wicket, and is beaten

End of over 25 (7 runs) West Indies 90/4 (140 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 8.75)
DM Bravo    30* (52b 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-7-0
LMP Simmons    25* (50b 1x4 1x6)      HDRL Thirimanne    4.1-0-16-0

Malinga is back

25.1

Malinga to Simmons, no run, slower ball, on a length, defended back to him

"@ Ken... I'll take Bajan rum over Guyanese rum any day." Shawn, true. Mount Gay

25.2

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, short ball, into the body, pulled away to deep square, where Jayawardene makes a diving save. Surprised to see him in the deep

25.3

Malinga to Bravo, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, he ducks under it

25.4

Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, full, middle and off, moved away a little, hits the outside half of the bat and goes for a four fine of third man. Lucky there

25.5

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, slower ball, short of a length, middle and leg, worked with the offcut to get a single to point

25.6

Malinga to Simmons, no run, slower ball again, bunted into the leg side, wants a single, but Malinga is quick to get to the ball

End of over 26 (6 runs) West Indies 96/4 (134 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 8.93)
LMP Simmons    26* (53b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-1-11-0
DM Bravo    35* (55b 1x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-7-0

Mathews replaces Mendis

26.1

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, wide length ball, punched away nicely to deep point

26.2

Mathews to Simmons, no run, short of a length, holds its line outside off, beats the outside edge

Jason: "What is this blasphemy that mine eyes doth see? Mount Gay over an Eldorado 15yr old?"

26.3

Mathews to Simmons, no run, length ball, angling in, pushed to cover

Andrew: "In keeping with the venue, I would have to throw some Angostura rum into this debate!"

26.4

Mathews to Simmons, no run, full and straight, mis-hit to cover

"Morning commentary, Physics. Afternoon commentary, Rum. Whats next?." What do you think, Ravi?

26.5

Mathews to Simmons, SIX, gentle short ball, Simmons is waiting for it and rocks back to pull this over deep midwicket

26.6

Mathews to Simmons, no run, short of a length, outside off, opens the face to get a single

End of over 27 (7 runs) West Indies 103/4 (127 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 9.07)
LMP Simmons    32* (58b 1x4 2x6)      AD Mathews    6-1-20-2
DM Bravo    36* (56b 1x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-1-11-0

27.1

Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, beautiful shot. Malinga misses the yorker by half a foot, and he gets under to drive it over mid-off for four more

Mid-off goes back

27.2

Malinga to Bravo, 2 runs, full again, driven wide of deep cover for a couple

27.3

Malinga to Bravo, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, pretty sharp, and Bravo has to duck it

27.4

Malinga to Bravo, no run, wide swinging away, Bravo tries to slice it to third man, but is beaten

27.5

Malinga to Bravo, 3 runs, swat-pull. This is the first bouncer Bravo has played. It comes from the top, and it is almost a hook. Wide of deep midwicket. This shot has brought the crowd back to life. They love the bouncers and the hooks. Gets three despite a good effort from Thirimanne

27.6

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, full, a yorker, for a moment it seems Malinga is going to get a dead plumb lbw, but Simmons gets the bat down in time, and takes a single too

End of over 28 (10 runs) West Indies 113/4 (117 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 9.00)
LMP Simmons    33* (59b 1x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    4-1-21-0
DM Bravo    45* (61b 2x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    6-1-20-2

Dev: "Thanks for the commentary. We are ending up with a drunk physicist on our hands"

28.1

Eranga to Simmons, SIX, ho ho ho. That's out of Trinidad. Simmons dances down the wicket, gets under a length ball, and drives this slower ball back over the bowler's head, and into the roof. Bye bye ball

28.2

Eranga to Simmons, no run, regulation pace, shortish, outside off, the extra bounce beats the cut

Allan Alexander: "Ravi: Actually, the afternoon subject is chemestry, the topic is distillation"

28.3

Eranga to Simmons, FOUR, nicely played. Third man is square. He waits for this shortish ball to come to him, and he opens the face to beat the third man. Top shot

28.4

Eranga to Simmons, no run, this time he is beaten as this shortish ball holds its line outside off

David G: "Stepped away from my PC to deal with an issue and all of a sudden there is a dispute over rum? Count me in!!"

28.5

Eranga to Simmons, no run, length ball, into the pads, finds midwicket

28.6

Eranga to Simmons, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, steered away to third man

End of over 29 (11 runs) West Indies 124/4 (106 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.27, RRR: 8.83)
LMP Simmons    44* (65b 2x4 3x6)      RMS Eranga    6-0-31-2
DM Bravo    45* (61b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-1-21-0

This game is on. Under nine an over required. Pollard and Sammy in the shed. Kula is injured, Mendis is struggling. Here is Senanayake

29.1

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, full, driven hard, but straight back to Sena

29.2

Senanayake to Simmons, no run, short of a length, defended off the front foot

29.3

Senanayake to Simmons, 1 run, down the wicket, takes this on the full, gets a single to long-on

29.4

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, short, on the stumps, makes room to punch it to deep cover

29.5

Senanayake to Simmons, SIX, Simmons is dealing in sixes. Not even fours. This is an incredible shot. Off the back foot, against the turn, inside-out. What a drive over long-off. What a smashing way to bring up the fifty

29.6

Senanayake to Simmons, 1 run, dipping full toss, driven to long-on for one

End of over 30 (9 runs) West Indies 133/4 (97 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 8.81)
LMP Simmons    52* (70b 2x4 4x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-30-0
DM Bravo    46* (62b 2x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    6-0-31-2

The crowd has found its voice. They might have even started thinking of which rum to partake of later. They will either way, I am sure

Jury: "@Allan "Actually it is bio-chemistry. Fermentation followed by distillation""

30.1

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, yorker, Simmons goes back to dig it out for a single to point

Asif: "On the Rocks... Can some one draw a Straight Line now .."

30.2

Malinga to Bravo, FOUR, wide half-volley. Just misses the yorker. Not by much. Darren Bravo follows the line and drives along the ground and to the left of deep cover. Fifty for Li'l Bravo too

Sundar: "@David G : Count you in to what? They are discussing/debating/disputing.. Not drinking.. or are they????"

30.3

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, slower ball, full still, driven to long-off for one

30.4

Malinga to Simmons, no run, yorker, middle and off, swinging in, dug out

Anand: "WI win today will make sure it is not Ind vs Sri final and one less Ind vs Sl match. Go Windies"

30.5

Malinga to Simmons, FOUR, lovely shot. This time the yorker comes out a little too full, and Simmons flicks this low full toss past short fine leg. How wrist is that

30.6

Malinga to Simmons, 1 run, full and wide, steered away to third man

End of over 31 (11 runs) West Indies 144/4 (86 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.64, RRR: 8.60)
LMP Simmons    58* (74b 3x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    5-1-32-0
DM Bravo    51* (64b 3x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-30-0

"Is drinking & cover driving allowed?" Harris, only along the ground

A message has come from inside the shed. A cloud is headed our way, but the groundstaff hasn't yet started to get ready if that is an indication. West Indies behind D/L right now. Sri Lanka taking their time. Actually the groundstaff is ready now. Sri Lanka taking their time. They know they are ahead on D/L. What do WI do now? Par score for four wickets down at the end of 32 overs is 160

31.1

Eranga to Simmons, 1 run, and Simmons tries a big drive and nearly finds extra cover on the full. On the half-volley

Rain is headed here people. Should West Indies forget about the rain?

31.2

Eranga to Bravo, no run, short, gets a little big on him, hits the high part of the bat on the pull

Sundar: "@Harris : Sir Gary Sobers did that once.. Here :- http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/550266.html"

31.3

Eranga to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, outside leg, dabbed away to point for one

David G: "@ Sundar: Count me in the discussion/ sampling/ whatever it takes to get West Indies home (or me home as the case may be)"

31.4

Eranga to Simmons, FOUR, four. Back-foot cover-drive, inside-out, and over extra cover. Surely there hasn't been much there? Backs away, gets a shortish delivery, but goes ahead with the drive, and clears extra cover with ease

Another SL conference as Simmons asks for a change of bat. Sri Lanka being booed as it begins to drizzle

31.5

Eranga to Simmons, FOUR, Eranga goes full and wide, and Simmons goes with an open face, past point, past third man, the crowd in a frenzy now

They need a six to reach the par score at the end of this over. Sri Lanka taking their own time again. Another field change. The crowd is booing them

31.6

Eranga to Simmons, OUT, the crowd has been stunned into silence. Simmons goes for that six but finds deep cover. Gets a half-volley, on off, drives inside-out, wants to clear the cover field but doesn't get enough bat on it. What a crucial strike for SL. The par score now becomes 166

LMP Simmons c Thirimanne b Eranga 67 (92m 78b 5x4 4x6) SR: 85.89

End of over 32 (10 runs) West Indies 154/5 (76 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.81, RRR: 8.44)
     RMS Eranga    7-0-41-3
DM Bravo    52* (66b 3x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-1-32-0

Pollard rushed out to bat, folks, He wants no time wasted. Once again it is Pollard and rain. Can he get to the right side of this? It has begun to drizzle. The ground staff is ready

Jury: "If there is a (Drunken) dance ritual to keep the rain away. I will gladly bid adieu to my self respect and partake in the dance."

32.1

Malinga to Pollard, no run, short of a length, into the body, tucked away to short fine leg

32.2

Malinga to Pollard, no run, this one seams away from short of a length, and beats Pollard's outside edge

Par score at the end of this over is 170 with five wickets down

A slip comes in

32.3

Malinga to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, rising, left alone

prozium: "First it was champions trophy..now this..rains have found a new enemy after proteas"

32.4

Malinga to Pollard, OUT, gone. What a beauty from Malinga. This is a special delivery. Short of a length, outside off, Pollard pushes at it away from the body, which moves and kicks away and takes the shoulder of the bat through to Sanga. Forget par scores now

KA Pollard c †Sangakkara b Malinga 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Still drizzling. Sammy walks in

32.5

Malinga to Sammy, no run, Sammy too fumbles in the dark. Short of length, outside off, beats him

32.6

Malinga to Sammy, no run, and he finishes a wicket-maiden. Again it holds its line outside off, and beats the bat

A closer look at the falling rain

End of over 33 (wicket maiden) West Indies 154/6 (76 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.66, RRR: 9.50)
DJG Sammy    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    6-2-32-1
DM Bravo    52* (66b 3x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    7-0-41-3

Still not going off the field

33.1

Senanayake to Bravo, no run, looks to manufacture room to cut, beaten by the lack of room and extra bounce

33.2

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, jumps at him, beaten in the flight, pushes this wide of cover for one

33.3

Senanayake to Sammy, no run, full, turning in, defended back to him

33.4

Senanayake to Sammy, 1 run, looks to smash this, but it is not in his swinging arc, and gets a single off the inside half of the bat

33.5

Senanayake to Bravo, 2 runs, cut away from in front of off. Nicely done to make room. Between point and cover-point. Gets a couple

33.6

Senanayake to Bravo, 1 run, quicker ball, into the pads, gets a bottom edge on the pull. Takes a single

End of over 34 (5 runs) West Indies 159/6 (71 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.67, RRR: 10.14)
DM Bravo    56* (70b 3x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-35-0
DJG Sammy    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    6-2-32-1

West Indies 17 behind par score. Extras conceded by West Indies: 31

Mathews comes back to replace Malinga who just bowled a wicket-maiden

34.1

Mathews to Bravo, FOUR, slower ball, mid-off is up, and even though this short, Bravo has muscled this over mid-off for four

It's getting brighter. How that rain played with Simmons's mind. At least they should have taken the Powerplay then if they were going after the par score

34.2

Mathews to Bravo, no run, short, quick, gets the bottom edge on the pull, and into the ribs

34.3

Mathews to Bravo, no run, short ball, stays a touch low and squeezes under the pull

Cliff: "I guess Pollard doesn't like rain..."

34.4

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, cut uppishly, on two bounces to deep cover for one

Mid-off up, mid-on back

34.5

Mathews to Sammy, 1 run, length ball, gets a little big on him, mis-hit towards mid-on for one

34.6

Mathews to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, dabbed away to point for one

End of over 35 (7 runs) West Indies 166/6 (64 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.74, RRR: 10.66)
DM Bravo    62* (75b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    7-1-27-2
DJG Sammy    2* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-35-0

Six overs, 64 runs required. The rain is nowhere. What a tease that was. What a godsend it was for Sri Lanka. West Indies lost all their rhythm, but they can't complain: Sri Lanka had two interruptions when they were batting

Powerplay finally taken. Eranga to bowl

35.1

Eranga to Bravo, 2 runs, full and wide, squeezed past point for a couple

35.2

Eranga to Bravo, 1 run, full, on off, driven hard into the ground, over the bowler's head for a single

Sammy takes guard

35.3

Eranga to Sammy, no run, Sammy swings, and is in a different postal code to a shortish ball well outside off

35.4

Eranga to Sammy, 1 run, short of a length, smashed on the up and down the ground, but he can't beat mid-off

"The first thing a young player should be taught the moment they're in line for an ODI cap. NEVER CHASE THE D/L PAR SCORE!" Yes, Tim, what a temptress

35.5

Eranga to Bravo, 1 run, full toss wasted. Hit straight to mid-off for one

35.6

Eranga to Sammy, no run, length ball, into the pads, hit hard behind square, and once again Sammy has found the fielder: the short fine leg this time

End of over 36 (5 runs) West Indies 171/6 (59 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.75, RRR: 11.80)
DJG Sammy    3* (8b)      RMS Eranga    8-0-46-3
DM Bravo    66* (78b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    7-1-27-2

If West Indies score 13 more runs, Sri Lanka won't get a bonus point. Here is Malinga

36.1

Malinga to Bravo, no run, low full toss, hit straight to mid-on. Not even a single

36.2

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, full toss, muscled away, gets just the single. Bravo has lost his timing over the last two overs

greecedevil: "same mistake was made by SL in WCT20I final. Mahela chased after DL par score when there was threat of rain and got out & SL lost the match."

Fine leg goes back for Sammy. No he comes back in. Another change. Jayawardene goes to slip. Crowd boos again. Sri Lanka taking ages to set their field. And now we have a fourth fielding change. The crowd lets Sri Lanka know they don't like it

36.3

Malinga to Sammy, OUT, short of a length, Sammy still goes for the bog drive, the ball bounces and hits the sticker on the bat, and Malinga ends up skying it. Malinga runs towards midwicke to claim the catch

DJG Sammy c & b Malinga 3 (21m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

36.4

Malinga to Bravo, 2 runs, wide full toss, driven wide of deep cover for a couple

36.5

Malinga to Bravo, 1 run, yorker, on off, dug out for a single

Roach to take strike now

36.6

Malinga to Roach, no run, length ball, swings away, beats the outside edge

Breaking news: Kula is out of the tournament, according to Ramiz Raja

End of over 37 (4 runs) West Indies 175/7 (55 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.72, RRR: 13.75)
KAJ Roach    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    7-2-36-2
DM Bravo    70* (82b 4x4 1x6)      RMS Eranga    8-0-46-3

The sun is out and brilliant. Teasing West Indies

37.1

Mathews to Bravo, 1 wide, wide length ball. Pre-empting an away movement from Bravo. Goes too wide. Called too

More elaborate field changes. Clearly playing on WI's lack of patience

37.1

Mathews to Bravo, no run, short ball, stays low to beat the pull. Bravo is lucky it isn't straight

37.2

Mathews to Bravo, OUT, and this is done now. Bravo is frustrated and is teeing up for big hits every ball. Loses his shape as he slogs at this, and ends up slicing this shortish delivery to long-off. SL still in with a shout for a bonus point

DM Bravo c Mendis b Mathews 70 (135m 84b 4x4 1x6) SR: 83.33

37.3

Mathews to Roach, 1 run, Roach smashes a short ball to long-on for one

37.4

Mathews to Holder, OUT, slower ball, on target, and hits top of off. Offcutter from outside off, Holder tries to drive, plays down the wrong line, and is castled. Mathews is chuffed, and why wouldn't he be?

JO Holder b Mathews 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka can rubber-stamp their progress to the final if they get a wicket within six runs. Otherwise there will still be some work to do in the last league match

37.5

Mathews to Best, no run, length ball, angling in, hits the inside edge onto the pad

37.6

Mathews to Best, no run, a solid defensive off the front foot

End of over 38 (2 runs) West Indies 177/9 (53 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.65, RRR: 17.66)
TL Best    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    8-1-29-4
KAJ Roach    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    7-2-36-2

38.1

Malinga to Roach, 1 run, slower ball, full, hits the inside half of the bat. Gets a single

38.2

Malinga to Best, no run, that lethal dipping full toss. Best has no clue about it. He is ducking a beamer here, but it comes down and hits the calf. Only it is headed down leg

38.3

Malinga to Best, 1 wide, tries that dipping full bunger again, but this is a wide down leg

38.3

Malinga to Best, no run, yorker, on off, dug out by Best

38.4

Malinga to Best, no run, slower ball, half-volley outside off, pushed to cover

38.5

Malinga to Best, FOUR, shot. Slower ball, another half-volley, Best fancies it and drives it over mid-off for for four

38.6

Malinga to Best, no run, bouncer now, on the stumps, he ducks under it

End of over 39 (6 runs) West Indies 183/9 (47 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.69, RRR: 23.50)
TL Best    4* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    8-2-42-2
KAJ Roach    2* (3b)      AD Mathews    8-1-29-4

Jeevan Mendis to bowl now

39.1

Mendis to Roach, no run, legbreak, on a length, middle and leg, defended

Now Sri Lanka are trying to rush through their overs. "We're ready, mate," you can hear Sanga say

39.2

Mendis to Roach, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, punched away to midwicket

39.3

Mendis to Roach, no run, oh boy. Altercation between Best and Mendis. Pushed to the right of the bowler, Mendis runs into Best and jokingly tries to hold onto him. Best gives him a piece of his mind

39.4

Mendis to Roach, 1 run, bunted into the leg side for one. No bonus point now

39.5

Mendis to Best, no run, beaten on the cut

39.6

Mendis to Best, no run, Best is down the track, and is beaten. Sanga misses the stumping

End of over 40 (1 run) West Indies 184/9 (46 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.60, RRR: 46.00)
TL Best    4* (9b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-8-0
KAJ Roach    3* (7b)      SL Malinga    8-2-42-2

Last over coming up

40.1

Senanayake to Roach, FOUR, Roach slogs a length ball, and gets four wide of midwicket

40.2

Senanayake to Roach, no run, defended back

40.3

Senanayake to Roach, 1 run, short this time, pulled away for a single

40.4

Senanayake to Best, no run, slightly down the wicket, defends

Sri Lanka are absolutely rushing through their overs

40.5

Senanayake to Best, 1 run, shimmies and defends

40.6

Senanayake to Roach, no run, pushed outside off, beats the cut

Sri Lanka are not yet officially through, but they will have to play a very very horrible match to be thrown out of the tournament now. It's practically between India and West Indies now. India will have to win by either a bonus point or a certain margin to deny West Indies (India's NRR is -.524 to West Indies' -.383). Sri Lanka will have to lose by a huge huge margin to let both India and West Indies through

That's all we have for tonight. Thanks for joining us. Cheers

Quotes from the presentation
"We undid the work we did yesterday," says Kieron Pollard. "It wasn't right on our part. When you set plans, you have to bowl the plans. We were all over the shop[. You can't set fields for bad bowling. If we are honest with ourselves, our bowling was not up to the mark. Thirty-one extras is totally expectable. Bravo and Simmons brought us back, but if we are totally honest with ourselves, myself included, we haven't batted well. We always put ourselves in these situations. As cricketers, we need to find a way out. It should not have come down to this."

"Very pleased with the boys," says Angelo Mathews. "They showed a lot of character. Especially on the first day. I thought Sangakkara batted brilliantly, he held the innings together. We had a team talk, and we needed to get runs. Especially with D/L, batting first is a disadvantage. It is tough to play around rain delays batting first. We had to get the runs, and I am glad that we got the runs."

"I think the wicket was quite spongy," says Kumar Sangakkara, the Man of the Match. "There was a slow high bounce. It needed patience at the start and slogging at the end. If you hang in there, with the new rules, and the wicket getting better, you can get the runs. The real decision is, when the going is tough, are you going to absorb the pressure or are you going to attack? Batting first, you can absorb the pressure and then catch up in the end. If you have wickets in hand, the advantage is with you. On tough wickets like this, being there in the end helps."

Sri Lanka win by 39 runs under D/L. Sanga and Jayawardene having a chat with the umpire. Maybe the umpires are not happy with Sri Lanka's sowing down of the game. Or perhaps because Sri Lanka know they have fallen behind the over-rate and are trying to list their excuses before the umpires make any decisions

All that aside, Sri Lanka have played the much superior cricket on the big moments. Yesterday they faced this pitch at the most spiteful, then they had to fight rain intervals in their innings, then they had to do without their strike bowler, Kula, who is now even ruled out of the tournament. yet Saga played a gem, and when in the chase the rain came to play with West Indies' minds, they slowed the game down and got inside their heads

Hang around for quotes from the presentation

End of over 41 (6 runs) West Indies 190/9 (40 runs required)
KAJ Roach    8* (11b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-41-0
TL Best    5* (11b 1x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-8-0
Tournament Results
India v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain - Jul 11, 2013
India won by 1 wicket (with 2 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain - Jul 9, 2013
India won by 81 runs (D/L method)
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain - Jul 7-8, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 39 runs (D/L method)
West Indies v India at Port of Spain - Jul 5, 2013
India won by 102 runs (D/L method)
India v Sri Lanka at Kingston - Jul 2, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 161 runs
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Jul 8, 2013

Angelo Mathews led from the front with 4 for 29, West Indies v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port-of-Spain, July 8, 2013

Angelo Mathews led from the front with 4 for 29

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Jul 8, 2013

Darren Bravo reacts after Lendl Simmons' dismissal, West Indies v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port-of-Spain, July 8, 2013

Darren Bravo reacts after Lendl Simmons' dismissal

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