Result
2nd Semi-Final (D/N), The Oval, Jun 19 2009, ICC World Twenty20
158/5
(17.4/20 ov, target 159)
101
Sri Lanka won by 57 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to final

It will be an all-Asia final at the after Sri Lanka maintained their unbeaten record by crushing West Indies by 57 runs

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka158/5(20 overs)
West Indies101(17.4 overs)

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.

17.4
w
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
17.3
1
Malinga to Gayle, 1 run
another slower ball, Gayle can't do much but punch it towards long-off, he takes the single
17.2
Malinga to Gayle, no run
excellent ball from Malinga, tight length and straight, Gayle gets behind the line and blocks
17.2
1w
Malinga to Gayle, 1 wide
a slower ball and it's wide down leg side
17.1
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 from 18b
Sulieman Benn0 (3)
Chris Gayle62 (47)
Ajantha Mendis4-0-9-2
Muttiah Muralitharan4-0-29-3
16.6
Mendis to Benn, no run
Benn tries to sweep but can't make contact
16.5
Mendis to Benn, no run
full and straight again, Benn defends back to the bowler
16.4
Mendis to Benn, no run
defended back to the bowler on the front foot
16.3
1
Mendis to Gayle, 1 run
Gayle strides forward and defends towards the off side, he takes the single
16.3
1w
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.

16.2
w
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
16.1
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 from 24b
Daren Sammy1 (2)
Chris Gayle61 (46)
Muttiah Muralitharan4-0-29-3
Isuru Udana3-0-20-1
15.6
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
15.5
Muralitharan to Sammy, no run
Sammy pushes forward and gets beaten by one that drifts across him
15.4
1
Muralitharan to Gayle, 1 run
Gayle hammers the ball again but straight to long-on this time
15.3
w
Muralitharan to Taylor, OUT
caught! Taylor tries to clear the midwicket boundary but doesn't even clear the inner circle, Kulasekara takes the catch
JE Taylor c sub (KMDN Kulasekara) b Muralitharan 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
15.2
1
Muralitharan to Gayle, 1 run
flatter and quicker, Gayle moves back and nudges towards midwicket, Gayle loses strike
15.1
6
Muralitharan to Gayle, SIX runs
SIX! SIX! Gayle rocks back, latches on to a short ball and hammers it over square leg, awesome power

West Indies need 71 off five overs. Surely it's beyond even Gayle, but stranger things have happened.

Best performances - batsmen
TM Dilshan
96 runs (57)
12 fours
2 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
4 fours
1 sixes
411131987826
CH Gayle
63 runs (50)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control66%
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
3 fours
1 sixes
8886101373
Best performances - bowlers
AD Mathews
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
3
Eco
4.00
M Muralitharan
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
3
Eco
7.25
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossWest Indies , elected to field first
SeriesICC World Twenty20 2009
Player Of The Match
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Series resultSri Lanka advanced
Match numberT20I no. 115
Season2009
Hours of play (local time)17.30 start, First Session 17.30-18.50, Interval 18.50-19.10, Second Session 19.10-20.30
Match days19 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
Daryl Harper
Reserve Umpire
Amiesh Saheba
Match Referee
Alan Hurst