SL v WI, World T20, semi-finals

'Sri Lanka will be thinking about 2012 final' - Sammy

Abhishek Purohit in Mirpur

April 2, 2014

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Darren Sammy does not think West Indies have an edge going into their World T20 semi-final against Sri Lanka because of what happened in the final of the previous edition. Sri Lanka had tied down the West Indies batsmen completely for more than half of their innings in Colombo before Marlon Samuels' counter-attack lifted his side to a title-winning score. Sammy felt, however, that the incidents of that night would be in the minds of the Sri Lankans.

"Cricket is not about what happens before," Sammy said. "It's (about) what happens on a cricket field on that present day. We defeated them in the World Cup (2012 final) and in the practice game here but they have played some good cricket and we have a lot of respect for them.

"Last final will be at the back of their mind, the practice game will be at the back of their mind. Once West Indies turn up, West Indies are dangerous."

No team has successfully defended the World T20 title before, but Sammy said West Indies were confident they could become the first side to do so.

"When we left the Caribbean, we had that as the motivation factor for us," he said. "In the last World Cup, the mantra was one team, one goal and the mission was to win the World Cup. This year the mantra is the same: One team, one goal, but the mission is to retain the title. It's something that no team has done before and we are very confident that we can do it.

"Once we play the brand of cricket that we played in the last three games, there is every possibility that we can do it. We have been peaking at the right times (and) doing some good things with our team spirit and our never-say-die attitude. Hopefully, that will be contagious. Hopefully, we have another good semi-final like we did in the last World Cup (against Australia)."

When asked about Rangana Herath's astonishing return of 5 for 3 against New Zealand, Sammy said it was offspinners who had troubled West Indies. "The off-spinners are the ones who have got wickets against us so we don't mind their left-arm-spinner," he said. "Hopefully, we don't play him as the New Zealanders did. We know what we are going to come across or against, but this bunch of guys in the dressing room are very confident even when everything seems gloomy."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by akramk on (April 3, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Whats happening? SL winning the toss again, gotta say no one has run into so much luck ever. But WI seems to be playing with character and still giving them a hard time. Great attitude from Sammy and co.

Posted by izzidole on (April 3, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

West Indies celebrated one of their rare victories aganst Australia last week as if they had already won the 2014 T20 World Cup throwing their bats in the air and Gayle doing the "Gangnam Star. Well they should be excused for that because their emotions were very hgh and out of control because they have been on the receiving end against Australia for over 20 years losing all their test and ODI's to the aussies since 1995. Since T20 cricket was introduced very recently they have hardly met. It is good to see the Windies making a comeback atleast in T20 cricket having beaten Australia at the last minute to make it to the semi final stage. They go as one of the firm favourites once again to win the World Cup for a second consecutive time. They are a well balanced side and have some big hitters which can hurt the opposition immnsely.

Posted by ngjght on (April 3, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

letz c wat happens. i go with Sri lanka

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 3, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

@hail_sarcasm...well said dear, justice should be equal for all...my heart and mind is with WI in todays match, in their current form, they are just unstoppable at the moment, its all due to Faulkner effect...lets see what happens

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 3, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

SL should concentrate on this match first...after they can think about taking revenge on India in finals....on seeing stats, WI clearly having advantage over SL, as their batting and bowling is strong, in fact they bat very deep unlike SL...they will play with free mind, whereas SL players will play with revenge in mind....so WI are favourite here to face India in finals...ATB for both teams

Posted by India_boy on (April 3, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

@nishara silva...right good sir, because winning CB series in Aus, Idea Cup in WI, penultimate Asia cup in SL, CT in Eng, 2007 T20 WC in SA won't count because they are all "home grounds" for India. Oh wait we also beat you 4-1 in another Indian home ground called Sri Lanka. And i'm only talking about the finals, pardon me for missing out on all the times we have beaten SL in semis and other matches. cricinfo pls publish.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 3, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

SL should concentrate on this match first...after they can think about taking revenge on India in finals....on seeing stats, WI clearly having advantage over SL, as their batting and bowling is strong, in fact they bat very deep unlike SL...they will play with free mind, whereas SL players will play with revenge in mind....so WI are favourite here to face India in finals...ATB for both teams

Posted by Nishara_Silva on (April 3, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Dear "India_boy" please don't over estimate the Indians.before you think about the final try to score at least 100 against SA in 2nd Semi Final,Because this is not Indian's Home.They are only Home Heros..

Posted by talkcricnotrubbish on (April 3, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Excuses allowed- WI beat SL in warm up game and Malinga didn't play that game. Excuses not allowed- SL beat Ind in warm up game where Kohli batted @ 8 and Dhoni didn't bat.

This sound perfectly logical and unbiased to me!!!!!!!!

Posted by PPL11 on (April 3, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Mind Games !! Already Started

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