result
35th Match, Group 1 (N), Abu Dhabi, Nov 4 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, target 190)169/8
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
Player Of The Match
68 (41)
charith-asalanka
2:12
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Sri Lanka knock out West Indies with sharp all-round display

Asalanka, Nissanka fifties trump Hetmyer's unbeaten 81 in high-scoring clash

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Comms: Saurabh Somani
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka189/3(20 overs)
West Indies169/8(20 overs)
end of over 2013 runs
WI: 169/8CRR: 8.45 
Shimron Hetmyer81 (54)
Akeal Hosein1 (1)
Dushmantha Chameera 4-0-41-1
Chamika Karunaratne 4-0-43-2

10.06pm: Well that's that from this day of double headers from us. A sobering sort of day, when you think that a dynasty has run its course in T20I cricket. West Indies were a magnificent team. And despite how they've gone in this tournament, they still have the ability to beat any side, on any day. But their title defence is over. But a rousing finish for Sri Lanka, who are full of exciting potential. For now, this is Saurabh Somani, signing off on behalf of Peter Della Penna too.

Dasun Shanaka: Overall it's a very good victory. These youngsters have been working hard, so I'm really happy. The batsmen were brilliant and the bowling was also brilliant throughout the tournament. (On Asalanka and Nissanka) I knew that they have the potential. They worked really hard for this. They have a long career ahead and a lot of good cricket to come. Anywhere they go, they'll have a special place in the team. I think the team is going in the right direction at the moment. The fans have been supporting us very well, lose or win, so we should thank every fan over here and all over the world. (On Hasaranga) He's a gem. He's a superstar in the making. Lot of cricket to be played, we have to protect him as well. As a captain, I back him in every situation.

Kieron Pollard: I think we were below par. In a crucial match like this, you don't want to see those things (for fielding). Our bowlers did okay, they got 189 but it was a very good batting track. The way Sri Lanka played, they didn't bat us out of the game but played very smartly. Only 3 sixes but 17 fours, so they didn't give us chances. Ran a lot of twos. Hetmyer batted brilliantly at the end, that's what we know he can do as an individual. Come in early, knock the ball around and explode at the end. That's what we want to see from him, a bit more consistency. Him and Pooran, we know we have these guys. I think cricket smarts is something that has plagued us. We have spoken time and time again especially from a batting perspective what we need to do as individuals and we have not done well. A couple of young guys are putting up their hands but the experienced guys, myself included, have not done well. We are not going to hide from the fact that it's been disappointing for us. I'm sure all the guys are hurting in that dressing room. It's something we didn't see coming but we have to face reality.

Charith Asalanka is the Player of the Match: Always glad to have a half-century and a match-winning knock for my country. Before this World Cup I hadn't played a lot of T20 cricket. I asked senior players questions and wanted to get better and better by the day. I want to say, I was waiting for five years and I worked hard to come to the national side. This is my pay-off time. I just want to carry on, work hard and win more matches for my country.

Gautam Shenoy: "The shot off the last ball summed up the tournament for WI. Couldn't get out of their own way.."

SudarshanaB: "Had SL could hold those crunch moments against SA, even against Eng, they would have been in contest for SF berth against Aussies. Those fine margins. But absolutely brilliant effort from young SL team."

9.48pm: West Indies' title defence has formally ended. They lose by 20 runs, but they were behind the game for large parts of their chase. Hetmyer's blows at the end only narrowed the margin. Bit of a sad end to a great dynasty of talent, don't know how many of them we'll see again in a World Cup. On the other hand, what a win for Sri Lanka's young guns. The batting was fearless and power-packed, the bowling was on target with great plans, the fielding was consistently outstanding. One team has the feel of an ageing band breaking up, the other one has the feel of a new bass guitarist and lead singer discovered, and with full of exciting possibilities ahead.

19.6
1
Chameera to Hetmyer, 1 run

full ball blasts a drive back, that catches Akeal on the boot and goes towards mid-on - and that's that.

For those talking up Fabian Allen - a) you're right, he's a great talent. But b) he was in the squad and got injured. Akeal is his replacement.

19.5
4
Chameera to Hetmyer, FOUR runs

and another yorker, that Hetmyer is a bit late to get bat down on, and gets an inside edge that runs past the stumps and the keeper for a boundary

19.4
Chameera to Hetmyer, no run

and another yorker outside off, that Hetmyer can only squirt back towards the bowler off the bottom edge as he's looking to slog

19.3
6
Chameera to Hetmyer, SIX runs

connects with this one, full and wide outside off and it's launched over extra cover. Stayed in his crease, and transferred weight back and forward to nail that shot

19.2
Chameera to Hetmyer, no run

yorker outside off, he can only steer it away towards point

19.1
2
Chameera to Hetmyer, 2 runs

full ball outside off, he's going for it hard, but losing his timing, thumps it to deep midwicket for two runs

Gowtham: "Disappointing to see WI bow out, but they have been rigid with their tactics and strategy. Holder and Chase should have been in the lineup right from the beginning. The first loss really set, unfortunately, the descending tone."

end of over 1918 runs
WI: 156/8CRR: 8.21 RRR: 34.00 • Need 34 from 6b
Shimron Hetmyer68 (48)
Akeal Hosein1 (1)
Chamika Karunaratne 4-0-43-2
Dushmantha Chameera 3-0-28-1
18.6
1b
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, 1 bye

backing away to try and hack that into the legside but can't connect. Full pace delivery going away from him. They still manage to steal the bye so Hetmyer will have the strike last over

18.5
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, no run

short ball, he gets a bottom edge on the pull and it rolls down the pitch. Hetmyer is furious with himself, swings the bat in anger

18.4
4
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, FOUR runs

full toss outside off, and he's thrown his bat at that really hard, beats extra cover and gets a boundary this time. Finishing with a flourish, is Hetmyer.

18.3
6
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, SIX runs

swatted straight back now. Too short, goes back and smashes the slower ball across the line with a horizontal bat, straight back over the bowler's head

18.2
6
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, SIX runs

clears a leaping long-on. Full on the stumps, goes deep in his crease and absolutely crunches a lofted on-drive. Avishka there times his jump well but the ball just eludes his fingertips

18.2
1w
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, 1 wide

too far down legside and it's a wide

18.1
C Karunaratne to Hetmyer, no run

fuller on the stumps, drilled to long-on. Doesn't take the single

Deluxshan: "With that wicket Hasaranga is the leading wicket taker in a single T20 WC, overtaking fellow Srilankan Ajantha Mendis (15 in 2012)" - Indeed. And you don't have to believe me or Deluxshan, you can Ask Cricinfo.

end of over 187 runs
WI: 138/8CRR: 7.66 RRR: 26.00 • Need 52 from 12b
Shimron Hetmyer52 (42)
Akeal Hosein1 (1)
Dushmantha Chameera 3-0-28-1
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-19-2
17.6
1
Chameera to Hetmyer, 1 run

another full ball, this time on a fifth stump line, driven to long-off

17.5
Chameera to Hetmyer, no run

going across again, looks to slog-sweep it into oblivion but can't connect. Full ball going across him and keeps low too

17.4
1
Chameera to Hosein, 1 run

keeps it full and outside off, driven through cover

ButterFingers: "Just wondering how much of a difference Sunil Narine would have made if he had played? Surely he has be in the next world cup?" --- he made himself unavailable, ButterFingers.

17.3
1
Chameera to Hetmyer, 1 run

moving across again, this time the bowler keeps it straighter. It's a full toss, and it's punched hard past the bowler, but the long-on is very straight, so he stops it

17.2
4
Chameera to Hetmyer, FOUR runs

going across to this, so he's in great position to belt the leather off it while driving through extra cover, because the ball was bowled wide outside off. Fifty up for Hetmyer but not even the ghost of a celebration from him.

KLPR: "So good to see SL performing well. They have seen so many lows in the past year or 2. "

17.1
Chameera to Hetmyer, no run

full outside off, lets it go. But that's inside the tram-lines so it's a dot, not a wide

Waleed: "A cathartic tournament for WI. They need to get rid of some deadwood. Romario Shephard, Odean Smith, Dom Drakes and Sherfane Rutherford should be inducted and developed. " --- I'm pretty sure 75%, or 100% of them will be at the World Cup in Australia next year.

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 131/8CRR: 7.70 RRR: 19.66 • Need 59 from 18b
Shimron Hetmyer46 (37)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-19-2
Dasun Shanaka 2-0-18-1
16.6
W
Hasaranga de Silva to Bravo, OUT

stumps clattered. No fairytale ending for Bravo, coming down the track to lift him over long-on, but the googly sneaks through between bat and pad and keeps its date with the stumps. End of a quite fantastic quota from Hasaranga.

Dwayne Bravo b de Silva 2 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Best performances - batters
Shimron Hetmyer portrait
SO Hetmyer WI
81 runs (54)
8 fours
4 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
cover drive
24 runs
3 fours
1 six
401415161625
Charith Asalanka
KIC Asalanka SL
68 runs (41)
8 fours
1 six
Control87%
Productive shot
pull
12 runs
2 fours
0 six
415431031514
Best performances - bowlers
Wanindu Hasaranga
PWH de Silva SL
O
4
M
0
R
19
W
2
ECO
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Andre Russell portrait
AD Russell WI
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
2
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesICC Men's T20 World Cup
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Charith Asalanka
Charith Asalanka
Match numberT20I no. 1392
Match days4 November 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Langton Rusere
TV Umpire
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Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
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Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsSri Lanka 2, West Indies 0
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