2nd Semi-Final (D/N), The Oval, Jun 19 2009, ICC World Twenty20
(17.4/20 ov, target 159)
Sri Lanka won by 57 runs
Player Of The Match
WI Innings
Full commentary

So Sri Lanka will meet Pakistan in the final at Lord's on Sunday. Chris Gayle walks off with no emotion on his face, he played a lone hand and got no support whatsoever from his team-mates. Three batsmen played on in Mathews' first over and West Indies never recovered from that. Gayle scored 63, extras contributed 11 and no one else made more than 7.

How about Sri Lanka's bowling? Mathews 3 for 19 off four overs, Mendis 2 for 9, Murali 3 for 29. They will believe they can defend anything, even 100. And don't forget Dilshan's 96, he is a shoo in for the Man of the Match.

Gayle says Dilshan took the game away. "One man can actually change the game, and we didn't get the runs," he says. "We didn't bowl badly. We didn't get the start, it didn't happen and we have to use it as a learning experience."

"I've run out of superlatives to describe him," Sangakkara says about Dilshan. "Fantastic knock, Angelo Mathews' first over, it's a great team effort. It was a perfect pitch for us.

"You can't ask for more than the first over that Mathews bowled. And once we got through the first six overs, we had Mendis and Murali ..."

Dilshan is the Man of the Match. "Once I got the start, I wanted to keep going until the end," he says. "I'm in good form over the last six months, I want to keep it going. Just one more to go."

So it will be Sri lanka v Pakistan at Lord's on Sunday. What a smashing finale. No matter which way that one goes, it's going to be emotional. Hope you've enjoyed today's coverage. This is George Binoy signing off. Over and out.

Malinga to Benn, OUT
Malinga's sealed Sri Lanka's place in the final with a searing yorker that crashes into the stumps, that ball completes a fearsome defence
SJ Benn b Malinga 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Malinga to Gayle, 1 run
another slower ball, Gayle can't do much but punch it towards long-off, he takes the single
Malinga to Gayle, no run
excellent ball from Malinga, tight length and straight, Gayle gets behind the line and blocks
Malinga to Gayle, 1 wide
a slower ball and it's wide down leg side
Malinga to Gayle, no run
full and wide outside off stump, Gayle winds up and swings hard but can't make contact

Malinga runs in to bowl at Gayle ...

end of over 172 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 99/9CRR: 5.82 • RRR: 20.00 • Need 60 runs from 18b
Sulieman Benn0 (3)
Chris Gayle62 (47)
Ajantha Mendis4-0-9-2
Muttiah Muralitharan4-0-29-3
Mendis to Benn, no run
Benn tries to sweep but can't make contact
Mendis to Benn, no run
full and straight again, Benn defends back to the bowler
Mendis to Benn, no run
defended back to the bowler on the front foot
Mendis to Gayle, 1 run
Gayle strides forward and defends towards the off side, he takes the single
Mendis to Gayle, 1 wide
Mendis slips one down leg side, that's a wide

Benn's the last man but he's at the other end because Gayle crossed.

Mendis to Sammy, OUT
another one goes, feeble feeble batting, Sammy tries to clear the infield but slices the ball in the air towards point where Mubarak takes the catch, they simply need to give Gayle the strike
DJG Sammy c Mubarak b Mendis 1 (1m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00
Mendis to Sammy, no run
Sammy gets beaten by one from Mendis that moves away from him
end of over 169 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 97/8CRR: 6.06 • RRR: 15.50 • Need 62 runs from 24b
Daren Sammy1 (2)
Chris Gayle61 (46)
Muttiah Muralitharan4-0-29-3
Isuru Udana3-0-20-1
Muralitharan to Sammy, 1 run
cut off the back foot towards backward point, Gayle won't have the strike again, he's been given shockingly inadequate support from his team-mates
Muralitharan to Sammy, no run
Sammy pushes forward and gets beaten by one that drifts across him