Sri Lanka are not yet officially through, but they will have to play a very very horrible match to be thrown out of the tournament now. It's practically between India and West Indies now. India will have to win by either a bonus point or a certain margin to deny West Indies (India's NRR is -.524 to West Indies' -.383). Sri Lanka will have to lose by a huge huge margin to let both India and West Indies through
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"We undid the work we did yesterday," says Kieron Pollard. "It wasn't right on our part. When you set plans, you have to bowl the plans. We were all over the shop[. You can't set fields for bad bowling. If we are honest with ourselves, our bowling was not up to the mark. Thirty-one extras is totally expectable. Bravo and Simmons brought us back, but if we are totally honest with ourselves, myself included, we haven't batted well. We always put ourselves in these situations. As cricketers, we need to find a way out. It should not have come down to this."
"Very pleased with the boys," says Angelo Mathews. "They showed a lot of character. Especially on the first day. I thought Sangakkara batted brilliantly, he held the innings together. We had a team talk, and we needed to get runs. Especially with D/L, batting first is a disadvantage. It is tough to play around rain delays batting first. We had to get the runs, and I am glad that we got the runs."
"I think the wicket was quite spongy," says Kumar Sangakkara, the Man of the Match. "There was a slow high bounce. It needed patience at the start and slogging at the end. If you hang in there, with the new rules, and the wicket getting better, you can get the runs. The real decision is, when the going is tough, are you going to absorb the pressure or are you going to attack? Batting first, you can absorb the pressure and then catch up in the end. If you have wickets in hand, the advantage is with you. On tough wickets like this, being there in the end helps."
Sri Lanka win by 39 runs under D/L. Sanga and Jayawardene having a chat with the umpire. Maybe the umpires are not happy with Sri Lanka's sowing down of the game. Or perhaps because Sri Lanka know they have fallen behind the over-rate and are trying to list their excuses before the umpires make any decisions
All that aside, Sri Lanka have played the much superior cricket on the big moments. Yesterday they faced this pitch at the most spiteful, then they had to fight rain intervals in their innings, then they had to do without their strike bowler, Kula, who is now even ruled out of the tournament. yet Saga played a gem, and when in the chase the rain came to play with West Indies' minds, they slowed the game down and got inside their heads
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Sri Lanka are absolutely rushing through their overs
Last over coming up
Now Sri Lanka are trying to rush through their overs. "We're ready, mate," you can hear Sanga say
Jeevan Mendis to bowl now