West Indies v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group F, Barbados May 7, 2010

Sublime Jayawardene routs West Indies

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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20 overs Sri Lanka 195 for 3 (Jayawardene 98*, Sangakkara 68) beat West Indies 138 for 8 by 57 runs
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Sri Lanka wrapped up a crushing 57-run win over a disappointingly lacklustre West Indies in Barbados after Mahela Jayawardene's sublime unbeaten 98 from 56 balls took them to 195 for 3. Jayawardene took full toll of a shambolic West Indian fielding performance in a 166-run partnership for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara - the highest of the tournament so far - and when Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle fell early in West Indies' chase, the fight went from their batsmen.

The inept West Indian batting was merely a continuance of their fielding effort, as the rot set in when five straightforward chances went down to allow Sri Lanka to take their score into the stratosphere. Jayawardene, whose superb form carried his side into the Super Eights, displayed silky touch and superb manipulation of the bowling in his innings, and Sangakkara, while not quite in Jayawardene's league at the moment, matched him almost shot for shot.

Jerome Taylor, on his return to international cricket after a six-month lay-off, should have had Sanath Jayasuriya, opening in place of the wretchedly out-of-form Tillekaratne Dilshan, caught by Kieron Pollard at backward point from his second ball. It was a regulation chance for a fielder in that position, but Pollard couldn't hold on to it, and the lapse set the tone for West Indies' performance in the field for the rest of the afternoon.

After Kemar Roach got rid of Jayasuriya, Taylor suffered another lapse from his fielders in his second over, as the normally-reliable Gayle put Sangakkara down at slip before he had scored. Jayawardene lifted the very next ball handsomely over wide long on for six. With that, the moment had passed and the rest of the match was entirely Sri Lanka's.

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene flashed airily at the odd delivery, but were level-headed enough to keep their composure and capitalise on the bad balls that came, predictably, at least once an over. As the partnership gained momentum, West Indies seemed almost resigned to the fact that a large total was in the offing, and a missed caught-and-bowled chance from Pollard's first ball of the match barely registered.

As West Indies' fielding became ever more ragged, a fourth chance was missed as Benn found bounce and turn to elicit a rare mistake from Jayawardene, who was tempted out of his crease by a flighted delivery. But Fletcher fumbled the take, allowing Jayawardene to scramble back. Three balls later, things became even more farcical as Jayawardene top-edged Benn almost straight up in the air, and Fletcher and Wavell Hinds, the two closest fielders, both stood back and watched the ball plummet down, each expecting the other to go for it.

It looked as though Jayawardene would be able to reach his second hundred of the tournament when he took 10 runs from Bravo's final two balls to reach 97 with six balls still to be bowled. He was stranded at the wrong end in the final over, unable to reach the landmark, but through him Sri Lanka were able to post a massive total.

Chanderpaul began with a paddled six over deep backward square and a cracking off drive in Angelo Matthews' first over, but was out next ball, top-edging an ugly swipe to be caught at short third man. Gayle followed him two balls later, undone by a touch of extra bounce and nip off the seam by the impressive Nuwan Kulasekara, and West Indies were 23 for 2. His wicket stunned the large crowd into silence, and a similarly shell-shocked Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo trundled along at under a run a ball for the first 30 runs of their partnership.

Their stand eventually crept past fifty, but soon after Bravo flapped Lasith Malinga straight to Matthews at cover with 120 needed off just 56 balls. With the hitting power of Pollard to come, it was still just possible that West Indies could get close, but inexplicably Andre Fletcher was sent in ahead of him, and struggled to get the ball off the square.

When Sarwan departed, chipping a tame return catch back to Mendis, Pollard finally arrived, but the Sri Lankan spin attack, together with Malinga's pinpoint yorkers, strangled every attempt to reach the boundary. The required run-rate rocketed up beyond 20, and even before Pollard skied Mendis to wide long on, the result was a foregone conclusion.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Abaa on May 9, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    @ Bengali-Tiger007

    Great common sense you have not being able to guess what my nationality was despite 3 comments where it was as obvious as possible! I am not West Indian. The only reason I defend them is because they are indeed better than Bangladesh. You undermined our victory by stating that West Indies could have been an easy ticket for even Bangladesh. You made it look as if we had just thrashed a hopeless country! Whereas it was actually a solid all-round performance that had gained us a victory. Don't suck it up to SL now like you didn't say that! As for your IPL comments. MM cost $600000? REALLY? WOW! Our ancient 40 year old all-rounder Sanath cost 950 while Sanga cost over 800 and most of our players (Mahela, Malinga, Mendis, Matthews, Murali, etc.) went for the IPL and were actually used unlike your MM whose only performance in the 2nd IPL was being unable to defend over 20 in the final over. Rankings? You have Sakib? We have Mahela, Sanga, Murali, Dilshan, Malinga, n so on

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on May 8, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Hey abaa, don't really know who you are, whether your Srilankan or West Indian??? I think your a confused fan and you really don't know your facts at all. Bangladesh beat the West Indian team (white wash) whether 2nd or 1st string team, doesn't matter. BANGLADESH is the current best spin attack team in the world. Mashrafe Mortaza Costed more than any of your west indian bowlers in the IPL ($600k) and Shakib Al Hassan is ranked no:1 ODI all-rounder in the World. As for SRILANKA, they as well as India always get our Bangladeshi support no matter what and Mahela at the moment is the best batsmen currently in the sub-continent in all forms. So you and your west indian team better pray hard, becuase it wont be too long before Bangladesh over takes you in the ranking and just face it, your west indian team is the new minnow. Bangladesh would have thrashed your team, even the Aussies struggled to score runs against master class spin such as Shakib. Its unfortunate we had the aussies and paks

  • Sidath346 on May 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I don't know why some people have to be so jealous of other countries just because their team lost so horribly and are on the verge of being kicked out of the tournament unless India wins their 2 remaining games....get a life people and worry about your own team rather than worrying about that of others...Just because India couldn't beat A'lia doesn't mean SL can't...SL have been very consistent in their WCs in the recent past...not to mention the way India was thrashed by Bangladesh in their 2007 world cup ( if im not mistaken ) and had to face a 1st round exit. So, please stop commenting harshly on other teams and @Aditya: dude u should study ur facts properly, since when were NZ and WI the worst bowling teams...do some studies on cricket before commenting.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Terrible India, Pakistan and Srilanka.. Once considered the three good giants are now so painful teams.. loosing each and every important match... not to mention bangladesh and now afghanistan... None of the Asian team is good enough or remotely deserve to be in semi final with the games ... maybe team selection or too many games are being played .. top players are selfishly motivated... out of form players are

    Indian big guns - 1) sachin and sehwag in IPL but not in world es makes me mad. 2) making this stupid ravindra jadeja play , out of form murali and oldie zaheer... DHONI wake up else you dont deserve to be captain pakistan - younis,shoaib and yousuf most reliable players have already gone? srilanka - jaysurya my god this guy is not even in form why does he play?

  • ryan88 on May 8, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    first of all congratulations lanka for a fabulos victory!!and why in the world would somone even think of us indians bein jealous of anyone elses sucess!!seriosly narrow minded fellas!to be honest and to b very frank,not gettin this cup or not reachn the semis or finals..wont elude us of anythin,v r still the richest cricket playin nation u c(money wise,support wise).so quit wastin ur time blamin each other and appreciate the beautiful game !!ciao btw we did win the first edition of this t20 wc ryt!!! heres wishin for a great tournament ahead! Ps:West indies were a dissapointment once again!!pollards forgotten his massive hittin gloves!!lol

  • ramsen76 on May 8, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    no doubt...sanath was a great asset...but the times have elapsed///he cant put bat to ball....a prudent man would realize when his days are over....but v cant expect that from sanath 'cos he is a sri lankan politician!! they never resign...i think he should b dropped and chandimal given the chance....givin chances for past greatness is a serious mistake & no other country does that...and it would lead us no where with the world cup loomin up around da corner

  • TAJY on May 8, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Oi, West Indies West Indies West Indies!! Why does this team torture its fans like this? All we want is for this team to be competitive, but instead they get crushed by 57 runs cuz they can't catch, and they can't play spin bowling. West Indies have suffered from the same weaknesses for YEARS and they're not improving. Fletcher's horrid mix-up with Hinds just made me realize how hopeless it is. God help this team, and its idiotic management!!!

  • Mutukisna on May 8, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    SL should open with Mahela and Sanga against the Aussies in order to counter their strategy of short pitched bowling against sub continental teams. Against India we should milk Harbhajan for 20 to 25 runs off his 4 overs without taking too many risks. In this way SL would be assured of at least 160 to 170 runs in total against them as the other Indian bowlers are easier to score against. Every international match is important so we should try to win both. The other point is that the time has come when the great Sanath may have reached his sell by date. Can SL afford to play him only for his bowling? The Sports correspondent of the Ceylon Daily News appears to suggest that there is an orchestrated attempt within the team to prevent the master blaster from playing and sending him in at nos 7 and 8 shows disrespect to the great man. All this writer is achieving is in displaying his blatant patronising to the establishment whilst showing disregard to the cricketing interests of the team.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    mahela rocks... scoring amost a hundred in every 20 over match.. since last few matches of IPL

  • Tyronne85 on May 8, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    I would love to have Dinesh Chandimal and Dilhara Fernando back in the playing side.

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