ICC World Twenty20 - 2nd semi final

Sri Lanka v West Indies

Sri Lanka won by 57 runs

5.28 pm 'Rally around the West Indies' echoes around the Oval, followed by the national anthem of Sri Lanka. It's a cloudy day in south London, the lights are on. I'm George Binoy, by the way, forgot to introduce myself earlier.

It's game time. Sammy will take the new ball, Dilshan will face, Jayasuriya's a week away from his 40th birthday. Phenomenal. This is Sri Lanka's first game at the Oval ... West Indies have had success here.

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5.15 pm West Indies have packed their side with batsmen against one of the best Twenty20 attacks. They used an interesting tactic in the game against England, keeping Sarwan and Chanderpaul for later and promoting the younger and more aggressive hitters. I suspect that was because it was a nine-over game though.

Sri Lanka, however, have Malinga, Murali and Mendis. Going by the form they have showed during this tournament, a team would do well to score 75-80 off those 12 overs.

Toss, 5.00 pm: Chris Gayle calls heads and a heads it is. West Indies are fielding. They've made only one change, replacing Andre Fletcher with Xavier Marshall, which means there's no Fidel Edwards to open the attack today.

Sri Lanka are fielding an unchanged side. Gayle said he preferred to chase ... Sri Lanka prefer to bat first. Both teams have got what they wanted.

Sri Lanka: 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Jehan Mubarak, 7 Angelo Mathews, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

"I hoped that they would've given the chance to de Saram from the beginning. However, even though Chamara has failed throughout ... we can't take a risk by putting de Saram in now. Hope Chamara comes good," says Haliastur.

West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Xavier Marshall 3 Dwayne Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 7 Denesh Ramdin, 8 Keiron Pollard, 9 Darren Sammy, 10 Jerome Taylor, 11 Sulieman Benn.

4.45 pm: David Lloyd reckons it's a typical Oval pitch - full of runs. Gayle likes this ground, he hit Lee for the most massive sixes here. Jayasuriya will fancy it too ... How long into the game will it be before we see the Dilshan?

"Its such a good finish to the tournament. The last 3 teams have so much to play for...West Indies - for the future of cricket in Carribean and to forget Stanford fiasco; Sri Lanka - To bring back the country together after recent fighting; and Pakistan - To tell the Terrorists in Lahore where to go," says Hugh.

"I hope Sri Lanka will play Indika De Saram instead of Chamara Silva. Saram is a good Twenty20 player and he deserves a chance to play," says Lasantha. We'll find out soon enough, the toss and teams are at 5.00pm.

4.35 pm Sri Lanka and West Indies have played each other before in the tournament, in a dead game after both teams had qualified from the group of death. Gayle missed that match with a knee injury and West Indies lost, but not by much.

Jayasuriya and Dilshan were scintillating in that contest and Sri Lanka will rely on them once again to provide early momentum. the West Indian bowlers bowled poorly to them though - gave Jayasuriya far too much width and didn't protect the square boundaries.

4.25 pm Good evening and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 between West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Oval. I'm still feeling the excitement from last evening's outstanding contest so here's hoping today is just as riveting.

Join Cricinfo's associate editor Dileep Premachandran, UK editor Andrew Miller and Pakistan editor Osman Samiuddin as they discuss the World Twenty20 here. Send your questions for them in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com.

We're still waiting for confirmation on Fidel Edwards, he missed West Indies' crunch game against England because of a back spasm and did not train last evening either. There was another injury scare for West Indies, with concern over Ramnaresh Sarwan who appeared to be in some discomfort a while earlier. You'll know what the matter with him was as soon as I do ...

0.1

Sammy to Dilshan, 1 run, good length first up, Dilshan has a go at it and gets an inside edge on the leg side

Sammy runs in but doesn't deliver, did he pull out? Or was Jayasuriya not ready?

0.2

Sammy to Jayasuriya, no run, fuller ball from over the wicket on middle stump, Jayasuriya moves forward and pushes towards the bowler

0.3

Sammy to Jayasuriya, no run, good line and length from Sammy, no room outside off stump, Jayasuriya steers towards point

0.4

Sammy to Jayasuriya, 1 run, quick single, risky single! Jayasuriya dabs the ball towards the off side and sprints, Marshall runs in from cover but fails to pick up, Jayasuriya was gone if he had picked up and hit at the bowler's end

0.5

Sammy to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan drives and picks up a less risky single

0.6

Sammy to Jayasuriya, no run, good start from Sammy, he pitches slightly shorter and angles the ball across the left-hander, Jayasuriya tries to pull but misses

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
ST Jayasuriya    1* (4b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    2* (2b)     

Jerome Taylor from the other end - the Vauxhall end.

1.1

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, Dilshan tucks the ball towards square leg

1.2

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, full and straight, block hole stuff from Taylor, Jayasuriya can't do much about that and plays it to the bowler

1.3

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, driven firmly off the front foot but Jayasuriya doesn't beat the infield

1.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short ball angles into the left-hander from round the wicket, Jayasuriya gets cramped for room while pulling but manages to get a single after hitting the ball on to his body

1.5

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, bowled Jerome! Full ball slanting into the block hole again, Dilshan leans across and keeps it out

1.6

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, superb finish to a superb over, Jayasuriya blocks another yorker towards the bowler

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
ST Jayasuriya    2* (8b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    4* (4b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-3-0

2.1

Sammy to Dilshan, 1 run, He was going to play the scoop there, he was! Dilshan moved across, got into position, and then realised he wasn't going to be able to do it. He ended up defending the ball

2.2

Sammy to Jayasuriya, FOUR, finally he breaks loose! Jayasuriya charges and pulls over mid-on, the outfield is super quick and that';s the first boundary of the match

2.3

Sammy to Jayasuriya, no run, full toss but Jayasuriya misses out by driving straight to mid-off

2.4

Sammy to Jayasuriya, no run, slower ball, Jayasuriya plays it to point

2.5

Sammy to Jayasuriya, no run, another slower ball, Jayasuriya is early on the pull and misses the ball

2.6

Sammy to Jayasuriya, 1 run, Jayasuriya charges again but has to reach out to play the ball towards cover, he runs another risky single but the fielder at cover misses at the bowler's end

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
ST Jayasuriya    7* (13b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    5* (5b)      JE Taylor    1-0-3-0

3.1

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, more slow stuff from the West Indian bowlers, Taylor slants a short slow ball towards the left-hander from round the wicket, Jayasuriya misses the pull, he's not happy with his bat and has called for a replacement

Jayasuriya's not happy with the replacement bat either. He's called for another one, did they bring the wrong ones out?

Unusually long delay but we're ready to resume now ...

3.2

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, he's nearly been caught! Jayasuriya tried to pull again, was cramped for room again, and lobbed the ball tamely on the leg side, both bowler and keeper went for it but neither could reach it

3.3

Taylor to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya backs away towards leg side, Taylor sees him go and bowls the ball as far outside off as he can without it being a wide, Jayasuriya can't reach it, he's getting restless out there

3.4

Taylor to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, played off the pads behind square for one

Jayasuriya's visibly restless with the lack of runs ...

3.5

Taylor to Dilshan, FOUR, now what was that? Taylor bowled a slower short ball, Dilshan was shaping up to pull but realised that he was early on the shot, he waited for the ball and tipped it over the keeper's head for four

3.6

Taylor to Dilshan, SIX, low full toss from Taylor, Dilshan moves across, bends down low and paddles the ball towards fine leg, the ball bounces on the boundary line and it's the first six of the match! Not quite the scoop but every bit as effective, he picked that up from middle stump

End of over 4 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 23/0 (RR: 5.75)
TM Dilshan    15* (7b 1x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    2-0-13-0
ST Jayasuriya    7* (17b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-9-0

Bravo replaces Sammy from the Pavilion end.

4.1

Bravo to Jayasuriya, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot towards the off side

Jayasuriya's called for another bat - this one looks brand new, no stickers on it.

4.2

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, Bravo pitches one in the block hole, Dilshan stays in his crease and defends on the off side

4.3

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, full ball outside off stump, Dilshan winds up and slashes hard, sending the ball flying over point, it speeds to the boundary

4.4

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, and again! This time it's slower but Dilshan waits before cutting in the air but just wide of the fielder at point, Bravo thinks he had a chance there

4.5

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, played towards the leg side

England's women have just received a congratulatory letter from Gordon Brown! says Andrew Miller from the Oval. "The whole country can be proud of what you achieved. I wish you the very best of luck at Lords [sic] on Sunday," he writes. The missing apostrophe shows him up for the Johnny-come-lately that he is.

4.6

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, bang! Dilshan's drilled a full ball down the ground, he's up and away already, Sri Lanka need Sanath to join him

End of over 5 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 36/0 (RR: 7.20)
TM Dilshan    27* (12b 4x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-13-0
ST Jayasuriya    8* (18b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-13-0

Big Benn's into the attack ...

5.1

Benn to Jayasuriya, FOUR, and Jayasuriya goes after him, smacking the flat ball through the gap at midwicket

5.2

Benn to Jayasuriya, 1 run, quicker ball, Jayasuriya charges but gets a bottom edge

5.3

Benn to Dilshan, no run, sun's out for a moment ... Dilshan pushes a fast ball towards point

5.4

Benn to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long on for one

5.5

Benn to Jayasuriya, 1 run, that's a nice friendly full toss but Jayasuriya mis-times the pull to long on

5.6

Benn to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan moves back in his crease and nudges the ball on the leg side

That's the end of the Powerplay. Dilshan's done well, Jayasuriya hasn't. Sri Lanka, though, are decently placed given they haven't lost a wicket.

End of over 6 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 44/0 (RR: 7.33)
TM Dilshan    29* (15b 4x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    1-0-8-0
ST Jayasuriya    14* (21b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-13-0

Gayle replaces Bravo from the Pavilion end ...

6.1

Gayle to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, he gets the ball to turn into the right-hander, Dilshan misses it and gets hit on the pad

6.2

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya tries to sweep Gayle, bowling from round the wicket, but misses

6.3

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, that's really quick outside off stump, Jayasuriya tries to cut but is beaten for pace

6.4

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, swept towards square leg

6.5

Gayle to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan cuts towards third man for two, he placed that wide of the fielder

6.6

Gayle to Dilshan, no run, Gayle finishes with a dot ball, Dilshan tried to cut late but was beaten

End of over 7 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 48/0 (RR: 6.85)
TM Dilshan    31* (18b 4x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-0
ST Jayasuriya    15* (24b 2x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-8-0

Jayasuriya has changed his bat once again ... would you believe it. This one looks old.

7.1

Benn to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya pulls but straight to short fine leg

7.2

Benn to Jayasuriya, no run, loud appeal for lbw after Jayasuriya misses the pull and gets hit on the pad, that looked very close, it pitched just in line and hit him in front of middle

7.3

Benn to Jayasuriya, no run, defended once again, he's just not hitting it well today

7.4

Benn to Jayasuriya, 1 run, played towards the leg side for one

7.5

Benn to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan cuts the ball towards point to bring up the 50 partnership

7.6

Benn to Jayasuriya, no run, that's Jayasuriya's 19th dot ball!! He hits a full toss straight towards cover

My word, he's changing his bat .... again ... this is the fourth or fifth change.

End of over 8 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/0 (RR: 6.25)
ST Jayasuriya    16* (29b 2x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    32* (19b 4x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-3-0

8.1

Gayle to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan waits and waits before nudging the ball fine past short third man, he used the pace beautifully, he's in lovely touch

8.2

Gayle to Dilshan, SIX, gone gone gone! Dilshan launches the ball over midwicket, he's connected with the slog sweep superbly and cleared the boundary

8.3

Gayle to Dilshan, 1 run, played to short fine leg

Dilshan's played only five dot balls ...

8.4

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, Jayasuriya works the ball behind square for two ...

8.5

Gayle to Jayasuriya, no run, Jayasuriya tries to play the reverse sweep but misses, he's looking desperate now

8.6

Gayle to Jayasuriya, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg for one

End of over 9 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 64/0 (RR: 7.11)
ST Jayasuriya    19* (32b 2x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-17-0
TM Dilshan    43* (22b 5x4 2x6)      SJ Benn    2-0-10-0

9.1

Benn to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Is this bat working? Jayasuriya steps down and swats the ball flat wide of the fielder on the long-on boundary ... he hit that hard

9.2

Benn to Jayasuriya, 1 run, dabbed on the off side for a single

9.3

Benn to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan backs away to cut and hits it firmly, Simmons fumbles at point and concedes a second

9.4

Benn to Dilshan, 1 run, played off the back foot towards long on for a single

9.5

Benn to Jayasuriya, no run, fast ball, Jayasuriya gets beaten while swinging across the line

9.6

Benn to Jayasuriya, no run, yorker, and Jayasuriya does well to keep it out

End of over 10 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 72/0 (RR: 7.20)
ST Jayasuriya    24* (36b 3x4)      SJ Benn    3-0-18-0
TM Dilshan    46* (24b 5x4 2x6)      CH Gayle    2-0-17-0

Bravo's back ... from round the wicket.

10.1

Bravo to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan drives the first one towards cover

10.2

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, Dilshan fishes out the reverse sweep but doesn't make proper contact

10.3

Bravo to Jayasuriya, OUT, it's finally over! Jayasuriya's struggle has ended at the Oval, he moved across his stumps and chipped a ball which angled into him towards short fine leg, Taylor took an easy catch

ST Jayasuriya c Taylor b Bravo 24 (46m 37b 3x4 0x6) SR: 64.86

Sangakkara is the new batsman ...

10.4

Bravo to Sangakkara, no run, good length ball on off stump, Sangakkara pushes on the off side and thinks about a single, Bravo is too quick

10.5

Bravo to Sangakkara, OUT, blinder at point! An absolute blinder! The ball was full and wide, Sangakkara came out of his crease and slashed hard, he hit it well and sent the ball racing towards Pollard who reacted superbly, he jumped to take a sharp catch above his head

KC Sangakkara c Pollard b Bravo 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Jayawardene is the new batsman ..

10.6

Bravo to Jayawardene, 1 run, played off the back foot on the leg side

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 74/2 (RR: 6.72)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-14-2
TM Dilshan    46* (26b 5x4 2x6)      SJ Benn    3-0-18-0

Pollard's been given the ball ...

11.1

Pollard to Jayawardene, 1 wide, that's too wide outside off stump

11.1

Pollard to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Jayawardene slashes the ball in the air but it bounces before reaching third man

11.2

Pollard to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan flicks a full ball from middle stump through midwicket

11.3

Pollard to Jayawardene, OUT, another wicket down! They're hitting it straight to fielders! Pollard bowled a full ball on leg side, it was a loose delivery and there to be hit, Jayawardene flicked it but in the air and straight to short fine leg, Chanders barely had to move

DPMD Jayawardene c Chanderpaul b Pollard 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Silva, who's not done very much in this tournament, is the new batsmen. Dilshan needs to bat through for Sri Lanka ...

11.4

Pollard to Silva, no run, driven off the front foot to cover

11.5

Pollard to Silva, no run, slower ball, driven to cover again

11.6

Pollard to Silva, no run, short of a length angling into the right-hander, defended on the back foot, only three off the over

End of over 12 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 77/3 (RR: 6.41)
LPC Silva    0* (3b)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-1
TM Dilshan    47* (27b 5x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-14-2

12.1

Sammy to Dilshan, 2 runs, cut off the back foot towards deep point

12.2

Sammy to Dilshan, no run, played towards point once again, can't find the gap

12.3

Sammy to Dilshan, 1 run, wide ball outside off stump, Dilshan cuts towards deep point to bring up his fifty

12.4

Sammy to Silva, no run, pushed towards cover off the back foot

12.5

Sammy to Silva, no run, Silva walks down the pitch, Sammy sees him and bowls a bouncer, Silva tries to hook but is beaten

12.6

Sammy to Silva, no run, tight line and length on off stump, played off the back foot towards cover

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/3 (RR: 6.15)
LPC Silva    0* (6b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    50* (30b 5x4 2x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-1

13.1

Pollard to Dilshan, 2 runs, full ball angling into the right-hander, pushed towards long on for one, they run a quick second in the end

13.2

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, played back to the bowler, terrific ball in the block hole

13.3

Pollard to Dilshan, FOUR, full toss and Dilshan pulls it into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary, lovely placement, he's got to do it for Sri Lanka

13.4

Pollard to Dilshan, FOUR, and again, another loose full toss on leg stump and Dilshan chips it wide of the fielder at short fine leg

13.5

Pollard to Dilshan, no run, driven off the front foot to cover

13.6

Pollard to Dilshan, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards square leg

End of over 14 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 91/3 (RR: 6.50)
TM Dilshan    61* (36b 7x4 2x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-14-1
LPC Silva    0* (6b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-12-0

14.1

Sammy to Dilshan, no run, Sammy hits the blockhole and not even Dilshan can get that one away

14.2

Sammy to Dilshan, no run, another yorker, another dot ball, Dilshan does well to keep it out

14.3

Sammy to Dilshan, 1 run, driven to long on for one

14.4

Sammy to Silva, FOUR, length ball, Silva gets down on one knee and pulls over short fine leg, he's finally off the mark

14.5

Sammy to Silva, 1 run, another single, gives Dilshan the strike

14.6

Sammy to Dilshan, 1 run, another ball in the blockhole, Dilshan plays towards long off for one

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 98/3 (RR: 6.53)
TM Dilshan    63* (40b 7x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    4-0-19-0
LPC Silva    5* (8b 1x4)      KA Pollard    2-0-14-1

Sri Lanka need some big overs here...Jerome Taylor back into the attack

15.1

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, tries to swing it through the leg side but can only managed a bottom edge to midwicket

15.2

Taylor to Silva, 1 run, good inswinging yorker, right at the base of the stumps and Silva can only punch it out to cover to bring up the 100

15.3

Taylor to Dilshan, no run, gets away with this one as Taylor drags it down short outside off, but Dilshan flashes hard and misses his connection

15.4

Taylor to Dilshan, FOUR, a valuable boundary, it was a low full toss at the stumps and Dilshan managed to open the face and drive hard through backward point with real power and placement

15.5

Taylor to Dilshan, 2 runs, gets underneath this one and hoicks it away over square leg, doesn't place it wide enough of the fielder but can scamper back for a second

15.6

Taylor to Dilshan, 2 runs, another top shot, driven hard through the covers but an excellent save on the cover boundary by Marshall prevents the four...West Indies need to keep their standards high

End of over 16 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 108/3 (RR: 6.75)
TM Dilshan    72* (45b 8x4 2x6)      JE Taylor    3-0-23-0
LPC Silva    6* (9b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-19-0

Dilshan's got four overs to take Sri Lanka to a competitive score. How much does Sri Lanka's bowling attack need? He's having a sip of water ...

16.1

Bravo to Silva, 1 run, full ball on off and middle, Silva moves across and hits towards long on

16.2

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, slash! Four! The Dilshan juggernaut rolls on, he picks up the length early and throws his bat at a full and wide ball, slicing it over point

16.3

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, and how he plays the slog sweep, fine leg can't run around in time, the ball beats his desperate dive, another boundary!

16.4

Bravo to Dilshan, FOUR, terrible ball! Dilshan keeps Sri Lanka going but pulling a full toss to the square leg boundary, what an effort from the dynamo, can he get 100?

16.5

Bravo to Dilshan, 1 run, yorker, and Dilshan plays it on the off side

16.6

Bravo to Silva, FOUR, Silva! He moves towards the off side and then heaves the ball towards the backward square leg boundary

End of over 17 (18 runs) Sri Lanka 126/3 (RR: 7.41)
LPC Silva    11* (11b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-32-2
TM Dilshan    85* (49b 11x4 2x6)      JE Taylor    3-0-23-0

Sri Lanka have scored 46 off the last four overs ... 18 off the last one.

17.1

Benn to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan backs away, Benn follows him, Dilshan cuts to point to bring up the 50 partnership

17.2

Benn to Silva, OUT, caught! Silva tries to play the reverse-hit, Benn bowls a quicker ball outside the off stump, Ramdin collects the ball and appeals immediately, confident that Silva's edged it, Benn is late to join in, Aleem Dar takes his time but eventually nods his head

LPC Silva c †Ramdin b Benn 11 (21m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

17.3

Benn to Mubarak, FOUR, Mubarak gets off the mark in some style, opening the face of the bat late to guide the ball past third man

17.4

Benn to Mubarak, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, Mubarak works the ball off his pads towards square leg

17.5

Benn to Dilshan, no run, fast ball outside off, Dilshan cuts but is beaten

17.6

Benn to Dilshan, no run, close call! Ramdin whips off the bails after Dilshan misses another quicker ball but the back foot is grounded, sharp work from the keeper

End of over 18 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 132/4 (RR: 7.33)
TM Dilshan    86* (52b 11x4 2x6)      SJ Benn    4-0-24-1
J Mubarak    5* (2b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-32-2

18.1

Taylor to Mubarak, no run, Mubarak walks down the pitch but has to duck out of the way of a short ball from Taylor

18.2

Taylor to Mubarak, 2 runs, full and wide outside off stump, Mubarak drives it through point, they'll get two

18.3

Taylor to Mubarak, OUT, that's some catch! Mubarak pulled the short ball high in the air towards deep midwicket, Sammy misjudged it initially but recovered in time, he sprinted in, covering lots of ground with his long strides before diving forward at full length to catch the ball inches off the ground

J Mubarak c Sammy b Taylor 7 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

18.4

Taylor to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan swings but gets an inside edge behind square

18.5

Taylor to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, pushed to cover for one

18.6

Taylor to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan moves into the 90s! He gets a full ball and simply swings the bat hard to dispatch it towards the backward square leg boundary

End of over 19 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 140/5 (RR: 7.36)
TM Dilshan    91* (54b 12x4 2x6)      JE Taylor    4-0-31-1
AD Mathews    1* (1b)      SJ Benn    4-0-24-1

One over left, Dilshan needs nine to get to a 100, he doesn't have the strike ...

19.1

Gayle to Mathews, 2 wides, Gayle starts the final over with a leg side wide, they run a single too, Dilshan has the strike

19.1

Gayle to Dilshan, 2 runs, fast ball on leg stump, Dilshan swings towards short fine leg, he won't get more than a single ...oh but he does! The throw to Gayle is poor and Dilshan sprints back

19.2

Gayle to Dilshan, 1 run, pulled to deep midwicket, only one this time, the throw is accurate

19.3

Gayle to Mathews, SIX, Mathews gets going! It's too full and on leg stump, Mathews makes room and hammers the ball over deep midwicket for six

19.4

Gayle to Mathews, FOUR, full again and another boundary! Mathews drives the low full toss to the straight boundary

19.5

Gayle to Mathews, 1 run, better length from Gayle, Mathews plays on the leg side for one

Dilshan needs to hit a six to get to a 100 ... surely he's going to go for it?

19.6

Gayle to Dilshan, 2 runs, He goes for it! Charging down the track to hit the ball towards wide long on, he hasn't got enough elevation though and gets only two, fantastic innings, a complete one-man show

Sri Lanka have got to 158, they've given their bowlers a target now. Dilshan made 96 off 57 and only two sixes! What excitement. He didn't play a scoop though. The West Indian bowlers bowled well to everyone but they couldn't contain Dilshan. I'll be back in ten minutes for the chase ... West Indies need 159 to make the final.

End of over 20 (18 runs) Sri Lanka 158/5
TM Dilshan    96* (57b 12x4 2x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-35-0
AD Mathews    12* (4b 1x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    4-0-31-1
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Photos

Jun 19, 2009

A dejected Chris Gayle walks off as Sri Lanka celebrate the win, Sri Lanka v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final, The Oval, June 19, 2009

A dejected Chris Gayle walks off as Sri Lanka celebrate the win

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Jun 19, 2009

Sri Lankan fans had plenty to cheer, Sri Lanka v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final, The Oval, June 19, 2009

Sri Lankan fans had plenty to cheer

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