World T20, 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dhaka, Apr 3, 2014
World T20 - 1st semi final
Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method)
Played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur (neutral venue)
3 April 2014 - night match (20-over match)

[Ring Ring Ring] We are almost ready for the first round.. West Indies Women's lost in a nail-biting finish earlier.. Can their men's team buy some cheer for the home fans? KJP, all gloved up, walks in to take the strike. The Fantastic Dilshan at the other. Samuel Badree to start..

6.53 pm Teams have lined up for the national anthems.. I like this part.

"Warnie keeps talking about Scoreboard pressure, but i think it goes both ways. If WI manages to restrict SL to a low score, suddenly all that pressure is on the other side! SL then will feel the pressure grow exponentially with each run WI score and they'll know at the back of their mind that even one bad over can cost them! So really, the point is to play well, irrespective of what you do first! (Not taking into account the amount of pitch decay)," Prophetic words from Zops.

"Seeing Chris'Gayle's celebrations last few games means i'm tipping WI for this game. He has a lot of adrenalne running through him, which spells disaster for opposition bowlers!" Legspin, Amen.

Stinger: "good choice to drop Thisara and bring Prasanna. Thisara was doing nothing with the ball, and hitting deliveries only-in-his-zone with the bat. Go SL"

Sith: "Gotta feel for birthday boy Thisara who's missing out on this match. No need to 'spin' your head around it as to why."

6.30 pm Sri Lanka have won the toss and they will bat.. Malinga says they have left out Thisara to include Prasanna. Darren Sammy says he would have batted first too, but he is hoping that the team can pull off a perfect game. He says, the starts need to improve for the team. WI are going unchanged.

Stark62: "SL will not repeat the same mistakes of last years final and they would have definitely observed and analysed the last game, hence I'm going for a SL win today. "

"James, it's a no win situation at Dhaka in this case. The team batting second has found it considerably harder to score runs as reflected by the low second innings score here." -- True Shakib.. India winning two matches chasing doesn't really count.

6.25 pm "Belter, but spin to win," says Shane Warne about the pitch. We have seen how this surface helps the spinners but Warne says the team winning the toss should look to bat first and put some scorecard pressure on the opposition.

Our man at the ground, Mohammad Isam, tell me the wind has picked up (we saw some umbrellas flying in sunny conditions earlier during the Women's game).. Covers are being prepared near the press-box. Wind = no dew..

LoveLanka: "When PAK had the game early on they kept Ajmal away and let Bravo & Sammy settle in instead of kicking the opposition down further and paid the price. I don't want to believe that SL gonna bowl like that to WI. but hope they wont get carried away by trying too hard... i am sweatting already."

James: "From what Warnie says, it seems dew will not be a major issue. Hope that's right. We want the better team on the day to win (I hope it's West Indies, because I love the attitude!), not a match that depends on the toss."

6.10 pm You saw how West Indies demolished Pakistan the other night and you also saw how Sri Lanka crushed New Zealand - two matches that were called quarter-finals..I can't imagine a semi-final where it's so hard to pick a favourite. Sri Lanka were further boosted by the news of Chandimal opting out of the match (Apologies for picking on Chandimal, but he was struggling a bit), making it simpler for the management to pick their best XI. West Indies though are the team on a roll despite some inconsistency by their top order.. Well, there are a lot of pre-match stories on the right-hand side panel for those of you who like to eat anything with a topping of cricket.. and there is that fantasy team to work out too.. 50 minutes to go for the start, use your time well...

Also, there are these two gentlemen in our studio waiting to answer your queries.. So send your questions for Daryll Cullinan and Martin Crowe through Twitter with the hashtag #matchpoint.

Joe : "Hoping SL play Prasanna today as leg break bowlers are doing well on this ground. May have to drop Thirimanne. IF Tissara perera plays today he should not bowl at all. He should come maybe 3 down after Mahela, Sanga purely as a pinch hitter to increase the run rate . Good luck to both teams "


Badree to Perera, 1 run, bowls a slider outside off, the batsman doesn't waste any time, punches it to wide mid-off for a single

No slip for Dilshan


Badree to Dilshan, no run, he plants his front foot out and blasts a drive, straight to Gayle at cover


Badree to Dilshan, FOUR, this has almost gone to mid-off! But Dilshan comes down the pitch and hammers it hard.. The fielder didn't have much time, it flew past his left..Sammy, didn't have much chance


Badree to Dilshan, no run, goes on the back foot and punches the flatter delivery to cover


Badree to Dilshan, no run, slower and on the pads, the batsman looks to work it to the leg side but is rapped on the pad


Badree to Dilshan, no run, another quicker and flatter delivery outside off, Dilshan, who was looking to advance, chops it to point

End of over 1 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 5/0

    • TM Dilshan 4 (5b 1x4)
    • MDKJ Perera 1 (1b)
    • S Badree 1-0-5-0

Santokie, the man who got a wicket off the first ball in the last match, is here..


Santokie to Perera, 2 runs, starts off with a slower one, KJP allows it to come in and whips it to deep midwicket.. He hares back for a second. Excellent running


Santokie to Perera, FOUR, full, swinging, but down the leg side. KJP loves to flex his muscles on the leg side.. there is a reason why he is compared to The Sanath.. flicks it to the fine-leg boundary


Santokie to Perera, 2 runs, length delivery on off stump, good line by the bowler, but KJP stays in the crease and punches it to wide mid-on for a couple

Sammy comes up to the bowler to work out the fields..Fine leg is up.. A man from point comes to midwicket


Santokie to Perera, FOUR, short and wide outside off but doesn't get up too much with that slingy action, KJP gets some room to swing his bat to the leg side, manages to hammer it over that midwicket fielder

Mid-on goes back now. Third man comes in


Santokie to Perera, no run, sensible from KJP.. Stays in the crease and calmly bunts the length delivery to short cover


Santokie to Perera, no run, a slower ball on the middle stump line, but KJP has had enough violence this over, he defends it calmly to midwicket

End of over 2 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 17/0

    • MDKJ Perera 13 (7b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 4 (5b 1x4)
    • K Santokie 1-0-12-0
    • S Badree 1-0-5-0

Badree to continue


Badree to Dilshan, SIX, comes down the pitch, makes room and calmly picks it up over long off.. This keeps sailing.. this is a beautiful pick-up shot..SL are racing away


Badree to Dilshan, no run, an appeal for caught behind as Dilshan misses a sweep shot! But it flicked the pads en route to the keeper

Joseph: "Dilshan..Please stop trolling fantasy league players... Badree is our hero..."


Badree to Dilshan, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and easily flicks it to deep midwicket for a single


Badree to Perera, 1 run, bowls a googly, KJP is in no hurry, he dabs this to mid-on to complete and easy single


Badree to Dilshan, 1 run, flatter and quicker delivery on the stumps, Dilshan goes deep in the crease and works it away to deep midwicket for a single


Badree to Perera, SIX, now KJP uses his feet! This is a beautiful straight hit.. He makes the flighted delivery a half-volley and smashes it to the long-off advertising boards.. Badree is being taken apart here.. The ball has been damaged

Ram: "I think this match is in Srilanka's favor due to one big reason: They always qualify for the finals! They mostly have a bitter ending though!"

End of over 3 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 32/0

    • MDKJ Perera 20 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 12 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Badree 2-0-20-0
    • K Santokie 1-0-12-0

Santokie may have give away 12 in his first over, but he is back


Santokie to Dilshan, no run, lovely cutter from Santokie! Dilshan read it was a slower ball but didn't account for the movement of the pitch, he is beaten outside off

Keeper comes up to the stumps


Santokie to Dilshan, 1 run, another slower delivery, 108 kph, the batsman pushes it to cover off the front foot


Santokie to Perera, SIX, floater outside off, Russell at long-on was there for that shot! but KJP makes a perfect connection.. It sails, and sails, never comes down.. goes over the head of the long-on fielder. Superb hit


Santokie to Perera, 1 leg bye, looks to hit it across the line as the bowler bowls another slower delivery, gets hit on the pads, but picks up a leg bye


Santokie to Dilshan, 1 run, back of length delivery on the pads, normal speed, Dilshan comes forward and whips it to deep midwicket


Santokie to Perera, OUT, oh no! He was looking so good, but KJP plays back to this length delivery and chops it on to his middle and leg stump! Santokie doesn't show any emotion, but I am sure he is releived. Fantastic start to the innings by KJP though

MDKJ Perera b Santokie 26 (17m 12b 2x4 2x6) SR: 216.66

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1

    • TM Dilshan 14 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • K Santokie 2-0-20-1
    • S Badree 2-0-20-0

Badree to Dilshan, no run, goes back to work it on the leg side, but gets hit above the knee roll


Badree to Dilshan, OUT, he was looking to cut this hard, but chopped it on to point. Mahela was late to respond to the call and he is gone.. This is disaster for Mahela.. out without facing a ball. .He was a touch too late to start. I hope this is not his last innings!

DPMD Jayawardene run out 0 (3m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

That good start has been evened out by these quick strikes.. How world changes..Sanga is the new man


Badree to Sangakkara, no run, he waits on the back foot and defends the quicker delivery to the leg side


Badree to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, looks to pull a leg-side delivery, but gets hit on the pads again.. They run a leg bye to short fine leg


Badree to Dilshan, 1 run, he stays in the crease and punches a flatter delivery to deep midwicket for a single


Badree to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, Sanga comes forward and slices his drive to point

"Easy run-out decision there but did anyone notice how the stumps did not flash until the angle had reached 30 degrees. Wonder what would have happened in a very close run-out call?" says an observant OmarM

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 43/2

    • KC Sangakkara 0 (3b)
    • TM Dilshan 15 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Badree 3-0-21-0
    • K Santokie 2-0-20-1

Here comes another change.. Narine is here


Narine to Dilshan, 1 run, Narine who, says that shot from Dilshan as he swings his bat across the line to whack this to deep midwicket

Slip in place for Sanga


Narine to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, Sanga comes forward and easily pushes it to deep cover, no problems for the master


Narine to Dilshan, no run, this is the offspinner, turns in sharply and Dilshan misses his nudge to the leg side, gets hit on the pads


Narine to Dilshan, 2 runs, this time he gets some bat on it as he dabs it to midwicket and picks up two as the field is spread out


Narine to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads again, Dilshan clips it easily to deep backward square leg for a single


Narine to Sangakkara, no run, flatter and spins conventionally, Sanga comes forward and defends that down the pitch solidly

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 48/2

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (5b)
    • TM Dilshan 19 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0
    • S Badree 3-0-21-0

Badree to complete his quota


Badree to Dilshan, 1 run, he bowls this quicker delivery on the pads and Dilshan picks up a quick single to short fine leg with a nudge


Badree to Sangakkara, OUT, now it's Sanga! Badree takes a wicket afterall! Unlike his previous deliveries, he tosses this one right up and Sanga cannot control his push.. lobs it up in the air for the bowler to take a simple chance.. Tragedy for Sri Lanka, but West Indies are quickly coming back. He probably closed the face a bit too early and the little turn on that one did him

KC Sangakkara c & b Badree 1 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Big big wicket that one from West Indies.. Thirimanne comes in


Badree to Thirimanne, no run, slower through the air, the batsman comes forward and defends


Badree to Thirimanne, no run, waits on the back foot and cuts it straight to point


Badree to Thirimanne, no run, this is much quicker - a bit like Afridi - Thirimanne is hurried in his defensive shot but manages to push it to point


Badree to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes forward and drives it to long off for a single

Nine runs, three wickets, in the last three overs

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/3

    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 20 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Badree 4-0-23-1
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0

Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, plays a deft late cut to this shorter one, but is not able to beat short third man


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, full toss on the pads, Lahiru calmly flicks it to deep midwicket


Samuels to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker and shorter outside off, the batsman swivels in the crease to pull this to deep square leg

Round the wicket now


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, fired on the pads, Lahiru whips it to deep midwicket off the back foot


Samuels to Dilshan, no run, quicker outside off, Dilshan sees the room and looks to cut it, but finds the man at point


Samuels to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump, the batsman drives it to wide long on for another single

Pratik : "These two need to hunker down and rotate strike instead of falling to easy deliveries...... any target in the neighbourhood of 140 would be tough. "

End of over 8 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 54/3

    • TM Dilshan 22 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 3 (7b)
    • MN Samuels 1-0-4-0
    • S Badree 4-0-23-1

Andre Russell comes in econ of over 9


Russell to Dilshan, FOUR, yeah, and he proves the stats right.. bowls it full on the pads and Dilshan whips it past the short fine leg fielder for a welcome boundary


Russell to Dilshan, no run, that was there to be hit! Short and wide at 140 kph, but Dilshan is disappointed as he makes no connection


Russell to Dilshan, 2 runs, a low full toss outside off, the batsman hits it to wide long-off off the toe-end of the bat and calls for a second.. but Thirimanne would have been in trouble had Russell collected the ball.. surely in trouble


Russell to Dilshan, no run, looks for a yorker wide outside off, the batsman digs it out to the bowler


Russell to Dilshan, 1 run, he is bowling that wide outside off line, bowls it full too.. Dilshan drives it to deep point without much timing


Russell to Thirimanne, 1 run, lovely shot for a single! Thirimanne arches back to a short delivery and plays an upper cut down to third man

Sushil: "For big hitters pitch or target doesn't matter so much considering WI's explosive mood in last 2-3 games and if they can score 82 runs in 5 overs as they did in last game I am not sure 140 or so will be safe."

End of over 9 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 62/3

    • HDRL Thirimanne 4 (8b)
    • TM Dilshan 29 (28b 2x4 1x6)
    • AD Russell 1-0-8-0
    • MN Samuels 1-0-4-0

Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, some turn for the bowler from round the wicket, the batsman picks up a single to the left of point

James: "Russell has been going at about 6.6 an over in this tournament, and has picked up some useful wickets. Bit of a bonus for West Indies there."


Samuels to Dilshan, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it to cover with soft hands, picks up a single


Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, slower this time from Samuels.. slower is relative though, it's still 93 kph.. the batsman defends


Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, bowls it nicely outside off, some turn there too, the batsman pushes it to the cover fielder


Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, slightly short, the batsman looks to cut but doesn't generate any force in the shot, played to point


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes forward and clips the fuller delivery to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 65/3

    • HDRL Thirimanne 6 (13b)
    • TM Dilshan 30 (29b 2x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 2-0-7-0
    • AD Russell 1-0-8-0

Gayle comes in now.. Not sure i have seen him bowl in this tournament before


Gayle to Thirimanne, FOUR, bowls a filthy long hop that Thirimanne hammers to the deep midwicket boundary with a powerful pull


Gayle to Thirimanne, 2 runs, fuller delivery this time, Thirimanne pushes it softly towards long on and calls for a second.. Does it comfortably as Santokie is not able to collect the ball cleanly

Uwaisul Karnain: "Kusal Perera was unstoppable early in the innings. It seems to be a different ball game all of a sudden once he got out. That shows the kind of impact this young man have in SL batting lineup."


Gayle to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower and fuller on the stumps, the batsman flicks it to deep midwicket for an easy single


Gayle to Dilshan, 1 run, he misses out on a juicy full toss! That probably came a touch quicker and Dilshan only manages to push it to long on


Gayle to Thirimanne, no run, makes room and looks to cut, but gets beaten


Gayle to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes forward and drives it to long on for a single

That was Gayle's first over since December 2012..

End of over 11 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 74/3

    • HDRL Thirimanne 14 (18b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 31 (30b 2x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-9-0
    • MN Samuels 2-0-7-0

Samuels continues


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, he comes forward and chips it over the point fielder, it's kind of a sliced shot.. falls short of the deep point fielder


Samuels to Dilshan, 1 run, shorter and quicker outside off, the batsman goes deep in the crease and punches it firmly to deep cover


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower this time and on the stumps, Thirimanne waits for it, opens the face to dab it in front of point for another single


Samuels to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker but wide outside off, easily punched to deep cover off the back foot


Samuels to Thirimanne, SIX, this one is off the middle and goes a mile! Thirimanne goes down on his knee and soon as he spots the loop in the delivery and slogs it over deep midwicket. Handsome shot


Samuels to Thirimanne, no run, immediately shortens his length, the batsman defends it calmly to cover

Saleel: "blast from the past - the first time bangladesh hosted a world event (1998 ICC Knockout), it was West Indies and South Africa who made it to the finals, while India and Sri Lanka who lost to them in the semi-finals. "

End of over 12 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 84/3

    • HDRL Thirimanne 22 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 33 (32b 2x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 3-0-17-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-9-0

Narine is back..


Narine to Dilshan, no run, beats the bat with the extra bounce.. the batsman was looking to cut it off the back foot


Narine to Dilshan, 1 run, slower this time, Dilshan clips it to short fine leg with the turn and calls for a quick single


Narine to Thirimanne, no run, that was a good shout as he slips in a quicker delivery that turns in into the lefty.. The batsman is hit on the pads, but that was missing leg stump probably


Narine to Thirimanne, 1 run, he waits and chops the shorter delivery fine on the off side, but the short third man fielder dives to prevent any more than one


Narine to Dilshan, no run, the doosra, it beats the bat as Dilshan looks to play a late cut

Jasmeet: "This current Sri Lankan team reminds me of Pakistan's Cricket Team of old days with 5 Players who have at some point been Full time Captains of the side."


Narine to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman calmly pushes it to long on for a single

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 87/3

    • TM Dilshan 35 (36b 2x4 1x6)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 23 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 2-0-8-0
    • MN Samuels 3-0-17-0

Samuels continues


Samuels to Dilshan, 2 runs, flatter and quicker outside off, Dilshan smartly tucks it to midwicket with soft hands and comes back for the second


Samuels to Dilshan, 2 runs, shorter and quicker, keeps the batsman back in the crease, but Dilshan does well to clip it behind square on the leg side this time for a second.. Badree doesn't collect it cleanly

Mahesh: "@Saleel - but WI played India and SA played SL in that semi final. Since that's different, the results might as well change."


Samuels to Dilshan, OUT, this is gone! This is a huge wicket! There is no escape once it hits direct. Dilshan pushed it to mid-off and immediately set off, but Thirimanne wasn't interested..Dilshan, though, had come down a fair distance and needed the fielder to miss his throw.. unfortunately for him, Simmons doesn't depend on the Keeper.. fires it quick and knocks down the stumps .. Dilshan was way short that time..

TM Dilshan run out 39 (54m 39b 2x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Angelo is the new man.. he has a big role to play now


Samuels to Mathews, no run, he comes forward and defends the flighted delivery to the off side


Samuels to Mathews, 1 run, dabs the quicker delivery fine on the off side for an easy single

Simon: "I don't think Sammy bowls as much as he should. Sure the sub-continent is spinner-friendly but his canny better-than-mediums could prove a handful."


Samuels to Thirimanne, 1 run, shorter and quicker on the stumps, the batsman goes back and whips it to the leg side for a single

West Indies' fielders have done very well to bring the team back after the horror start.. Another wicket out of nowhere

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 93/4

    • HDRL Thirimanne 24 (25b 1x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 1 (2b)
    • MN Samuels 4-0-23-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-8-0

Six overs to go.. Can SL take this to 150?


Russell to Thirimanne, 1 run, short and wide, the batsman crunches it off the back foot, but the fielder at point gets a hand to it to keep them down to a single


Russell to Mathews, 1 run, more hesitation! Thirimanne comes down all the way as the batsman flicks it to short fine leg, but the throw from Marlon Samuels goes to the wrong end.. Angelo wouldn't have made it to the other end..A direct hit would have finished Thirimanne too..

Problems for West Indies though as Gayle twists his ankle backing up for that.. He is going off the field .. in some pain..


Russell to Thirimanne, FOUR, poor stuff from Samuels at third man as he lets one slip through his hands.. gives away three extra runs.. just slips as he bends down

rhys: "Oh Marlon, not even batting and you ran out chris gayle"


Russell to Thirimanne, 1 run, he keeps steering these short of length deliveries to third man.. Samuels is careful this time, gets his body behind the ball


Russell to Mathews, 1 run, on the pads and the batsman clips it to fine leg, again to Samuels, for a single


Russell to Thirimanne, SIX, up, up and away! Superb shot from Thiri.. He backs away to the leg side, gets a short delivery outside off and whacks it with a powerful upper cut.. For a second it looks like he is going to hole out at the boundary.. but no.. that just manages to cross the rope easily

End of over 15 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 107/4

    • HDRL Thirimanne 36 (29b 2x4 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 3 (4b)
    • AD Russell 2-0-22-0
    • MN Samuels 4-0-23-0

Narine comes back for his remaining two


Narine to Mathews, no run, superb doosra! Big turn on that and it fizzes past the outside edge


Narine to Mathews, 1 run, another doosra, Angelo dabs it unconvincingly to the off side and put Thirimanne on the line with a single


Narine to Thirimanne, 2 runs, fuller delivery on the middle stump, Thirimanne is looking good as he whips this to wide long on for a couple


Narine to Thirimanne, no run, this is the conventional offspinner, i think Thiri read it fine as he looked to push it to off, but that zips past the outside edge


Narine to Thirimanne, 1 run, he waits on the back foot and punches this easily to deep midwicket for a single

Daniel Alexande: "Thirimanne is playing brilliantly under pressure in big matches, Asia cup final and now today. Excellent player to replace Sangakkara "


Narine to Mathews, 1 run, he gets a leading edge to cover but that falls safely in the gap. Angelo was looking to work the doosra to the leg side but closed the face too early

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 112/4

    • AD Mathews 5 (7b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 39 (32b 2x4 2x6)
    • SP Narine 3-0-13-0
    • AD Russell 2-0-22-0

Four to go, 150 is doable.. Santokie comes back


Santokie to Mathews, 2 runs, bowls a half-volley on the pads that is whipped to deep midwicket for a couple

Richie P: "Will they stop using Russell he is getting slaughtered...Gayle has been nothing more then a glorified mascot this tourney. Guy has to be made of paper because he is always ripping apart."


Santokie to Mathews, 1 run, lovely slower delivery! The batsman didn't read that at all, he gets an outside edge to short third man as he looks to push it to off


Santokie to Thirimanne, FOUR, another outside edge, but this one flies over Samuels at short third man! It was the faster one, that's why it flew over the fielder.. Thirimanne had backed up too far for creating some room


Santokie to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower delivery wide outside off, the batsman drags it down to long on with a flat hit


Santokie to Mathews, 1 run, he swings to the length which is full.. I don't think he read the pace there.. But he manages to chip it to deep midwicket


Santokie to Thirimanne, OUT, another one down! He makes room, gets a slower one, looks to crash it through point.. But that lack of pace messes with his timing and he ends up giving a simple catch to Simmons at point

HDRL Thirimanne c Simmons b Santokie 44 (42m 35b 3x4 2x6) SR: 125.71

Thirimanne was looking very good.. West Indies are chipping away, even without Narine not taking wickets

End of over 17 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 121/5

    • AD Mathews 9 (10b)
    • K Santokie 3-0-29-2
    • SP Narine 3-0-13-0

Prasanna is the new man.. He has come in to replace Thisara


Narine to Mathews, 2 runs, he comes forward and dabs it smartly to the vacant midwicket region for a couple


Narine to Mathews, 1 run, that's the doosra again and Angelo doesn't have a clue.. Luckily for him, he gets an outside edge to short third man to get away from the strike

Slip comes in..


Narine to Prasanna, no run, another big doosra.. Prasanna doesn't have a clue as he pushes inside the line and is beaten


Narine to Prasanna, 3 runs, he doesn't think he has a chance defending, so goes for a slog sweep.. But hello hello, Bravo is manning the deep square leg boundary and does very well to leap and catch that.. the momentum though is taking him out and his flicks it in..


Narine to Mathews, no run, he is struggling to read these doosras, gets beaten again


Narine to Mathews, 1 run, this time he reads it fine, dabs it to point for a single.. Narine goes wicketless

End of over 18 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 128/5

    • AD Mathews 13 (14b)
    • S Prasanna 3 (2b)
    • SP Narine 4-0-20-0
    • K Santokie 3-0-29-2

Santokie to Mathews, SIX, useful hit by Angelo! He gets a full delivery on off and he doesn't care if it's slow or fast, he drags it over deep midwicket with a powerful mow


Santokie to Mathews, FOUR, this is faster and Angelo gets more power on this one.. same region but this is flatter.. Bravo could have stopped that, but he looses it in the light and turns away his face.. It bounces over him


Santokie to Mathews, FOUR, super shot! this is lovely.. Angelo moves to the leg side and punches this slower ball with an inside out drive.. There is enough fuel on this to take it to the moon.. it drops over the extra cover boundary


Santokie to Mathews, 1 run, he goes for a yorker, the batsman whacks it to long on off the toe of the bat

Malinga: "Brilliant! How many times has Angelo Mathews smashed stuff like this, simply superb!!!" --- he has done it more often since leaving his captaincy

scapula: "why isn't that OUT. he caught it, took a step within the boundary and threw it in air. In my book, the ball was not in play anymore. how is it different from the wicket keeper catching this and throwing up in the air." --- he wasn't in control of the ball


Santokie to Prasanna, 2 runs, another across the line hoick, this time from Prasanna.. He doesn't get much timing, but gets it in the gap for a couple


Santokie to Prasanna, no run, he is beaten by the slower ball as he looks to sweep it behind square, gets hit on the pads

Amit: "The average score that teams made against Srilanka in the first four matches is 112. By that standard Srilanka already have enough. But then better teams like South Africa & England scored 160 & 190 when teams like Netherlands & Newzealand could manage 39 & 60 only. West Indies on their good days could bat like South Africa or like Netherlands. Don't know which West Indies will turn up in the 2nd innings."

End of over 19 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 145/5

    • S Prasanna 5 (4b)
    • AD Mathews 28 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • K Santokie 4-0-46-2
    • SP Narine 4-0-20-0

Psst.. it's Russell to the bowl the last one


Russell to Mathews, 1 run, full and wide outside off, the batsman stretches out to guide it to third man


Russell to Prasanna, 1 run, full and wide outside off, he slices it straight to point but the fielder doesn't take an aim.. he doesn't want to give away extra runs


Russell to Mathews, 1 run, good yorker this time, the batsman digs it out straight down the ground and the steal a couple

That is one short.. says the umpire.. that's a tight call.. just on the line from Prasanna..Sorry that was Mathews there..


Russell to Mathews, 1 wide, short, wide, very wide..


Russell to Mathews, 1 wide, another one, way wide.. the batsman throws his bat at that.. but this is too far away


Russell to Mathews, SIX, Wallop! Full delivery, this is really a half-volley outside off and Angelo cover drives it all the way over the boundary.. Smashing shot that one

Extra delivery


Russell to Mathews, FOUR, and another one! Russell is leaking.. This is short and quick and Angelo lashes his bat at that one, he was not in control, but that goes all the way over deep square leg

Another one of those extra deliveries..


Russell to Mathews, OUT, where has this one! Bravo takes another cracker at deep midwicket.. he makes these look so easy.. It was a low full toss that the batsman flicked in the air.. It didn't look like it would carry to the fielder, but Bravo covers the ground and gobbles it up..

AD Mathews c Bravo b Russell 40 (31m 23b 3x4 2x6) SR: 173.91

Hundred and Sixty, someone mentioned that number at the start of the match.. Sri Lanka have tumbled their way to reach that target, thanks to Angelo for providing the finish and Dilshan and KJP for the start. Thirimanne played a very important hand, scoring 44. West Indies would not be sure what to make of it.. They had things under control a little while ago, but Sri Lanka took 32 from the last two. Samuels says it's a good total, it's already on the board so West Indies have to make a chase out of this.. Cracker (unless there is a collapse) coming up..Back in ten

pavan: "have always been a fan of sammy's captaincy...but today the distribution of overs were really questionable...bravo and himself being good bowlers and russell known to leak runs..the last two overs of russell were defenitely a mistake..probably even santokie's last over"

MAB: "two extra deliveries worked for SL in the end, not a bad total to defend on this surface, they have to come up with tight plan against WI big guns, my all votes for Malinga more than spinners."

Mayur: "This target can be achived in 10-12 overs if someone tells Gayle that SL don't like WI"

atif: "Srilanka just did to West indies what Westindies did to Pakistan towards the end of their innings.. question is- will they collapse under score board pressure like Pakistan ? Hope not "

End of over 20 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 160/6

    • S Prasanna 6 (5b)
    • AD Russell 3-0-37-1
    • K Santokie 4-0-46-2
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