Sri Lanka v West Indies, World T20, semi-final April 3, 2014

The flamingo uppercut and Bravo's boundary magic

Plays of the day for the semi-final between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Mirpur

The bullet arm I
When Tillakaratne Dilshan tried to get off strike in Samuel Badree's third over, he exposed his fellow senior Mahela Jayawardene to an inglorious way to potentially end his T20 career. Darren Sammy bullocked to his left from point, took the ball on the bounce and rifled a throw over the top of the stumps for Denesh Ramdin to complete the run-out and send Jayawardene on his way for a diamond duck. Luckily, he will have one more crack.

The bullet arm II
Not content with seeing off the team's bellwether batsman, Dilshan did for himself with another piece of risky running. Dilshan laboured for 39 off 39 but that was nothing compared to his creaking effort to regain his ground after Lahiru Thirimanne turned down a quick single to mid-off. Thirimanne's judgement was proved to be the sounder when Lendl Simmons threw down the stumps with a direct hit.

The (sort of) direct hit
West Indies could have picked up a third run-out when Angelo Mathews clipped one off his pads to short fine leg, where Marlon Samuels was lurking. Thirimanne was backing up a long way and Mathews was struggling too at the other end. Thirimanne would have been done for too but, instead, Samuels scored a direct hit on Chris Gayle's ankle. The big man, who saved an overthrow at cover, was moving even more gingerly than normal for some while afterwards.

The flamingo
Thirimanne is still developing his game as a limited-overs player but he showed the panache of a Lara or a Pietersen with one stunning six off Andre Russell. The ball was short and wide but Thirimanne made sure it was aware of its shortcomings by sticking one leg out behind him and scything it over point with a flamingo uppercut.

The save
When Seekkuge Prasanna connected with a slog sweep off Sunil Narine, it looked to be sailing over the deep midwicket boundary. Dwayne Bravo had other ideas though, sprinting round the rope before leaping to take the catch and then toss the ball to Andre Russell in one motion as he leapt into the void. Bravo, indeed.

The first ball
Prasanna was playing his first match of the tournament in his maiden World T20 and he had a wicket to his name at the earliest possible opportunity. Coming on to bowl in the eight over, his opening delivery was bang on target, skidding on as Simmons tried to cut off the back foot. It might have been a non-turning legbreak, it could have been the slider but it was definitely lbw. Legspinners are just so in right now.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on April 4, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Well done Chandimal for giving way to Thirimanne.Dont worry your time and form will return to you soon.Well done for putting the Country first.

  • dummy4fb on April 4, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Hats off to Chandimal, well done Sri Lanka.

  • mkdp on April 4, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    well done lions! Chandimal as a great sportsman put his country first than self.As Sri Lankans this is what we expect from all who represent our motherland.We salute you for patriotic move.We pray and sure and will always be with Chandimal, Mathews, Thirimanna, Kusal, Malinga and all other young cricketers that they will make us proud in years to come after our greats SANGA, MAHELA and DILSHAN.

  • Hush78 on April 4, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    @S305 : absolutely agree with you on chandimal. This is what we say country before your self. I am not a big fan of chandimal and all ways believe he was pushed too hard on t20 to become captain before his place was even properly secured. Even when captain has a say in team selection he opted out of the world cup semi final and doing so in the final as well.that's some team spirit and has to be commended. Hats off to chandimal and I believe every sri Lankan will believe they got a future great captain who is willing to his self below his countries need.I am becoming a fan of him by this.

  • S305 on April 4, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    Not many are saying this, but: Hats off to Dinesh Chamdimal for stepping down after realizing that he was out of form. This is the real Sri Lankan spirit: play as one: it doesn't matter who plays, lets bring the cup home. Chandimal has a long career ahead of him, and this selfless act will earn him accolades from sports fans across the world.

  • gtbadboy57 on April 3, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    West Indies luck ran out they just to swing their bats. But today they swing but they could not get going if the rain did not fall they will still lose

  • Indians-love-flattracks on April 3, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Thirimanne looks set to be a top player for Sri lanka coming.

    More in Sanga's mould, Would be a perfect replacement for the great man.

  • wjkalana on April 3, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    WI is a ordinary team, it would have been a upset had it beat SL. Their record against SL is 5 losses and 1 win. So everybody can see who has the better team.

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