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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)
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    It's all over

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    Hasaranga's T20 World Cup record

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    The last rites

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    Word up

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    West Indies are crashing

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    An eventful over

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    Pooran goes

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    Required rate almost 12

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    The end of an era for WI?

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    Pooran tees off.. but Rajapakse pulls off a stunner

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    Binura double strikes

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    Binura gets Gayle

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    West Indies and their NRR battle

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    Rampaul finishes nicely

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    Asalanka goes, but Sri Lanka well-placed

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    Holder leaks 16

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    Asalanka gets his half century too

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    Nissanka holes out - can Sri Lanka explode?

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    Nissanka gets to fifty

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    Sri Lanka's steady progress

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    King v spin

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    Sri Lanka have a platform

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    Asalanka + Nissanka take 13 off Hosein

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    Russell gets Perera

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    A quiet start

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    Kusal Perera v Roston Chase

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    Waddup... here's how the teams in Group 1 stand

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Updated 04-Nov-2021 • Published 04-Nov-2021

As it happened - Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Men's T20 World Cup, Super 12s

By Andrew Fidel Fernando

It's all over

West Indies, two-time champs and the defending daddies, are out of the T20 World Cup.

Sri Lanka, who had to qualify for this tournament, have turned heads, and finished with two wins from five matches.

Shimron Hetmyer has struck an outstanding 81 not out off 54, but with the wickets falling at the other end, and West Indies having had a slow first 10 overs chasing 190, it needed a miraculous innings, rather than just a very good one.

Hetmyer and Pooran top-scoring for West Indies in this match is fitting, because there is a sense that a baton has been passed. You suspect we've seen the last of Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo at T20 World Cups (that Bravo was going to retire was already confirmed).

Look out for our full report in a bit.

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Hasaranga's T20 World Cup record

With his second wicket, Hasaranga edged ahead of Ajantha Mendis to claim the record for most dismissals at a T20 World Cup, with 16.

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The last rites

Two overs to go, but the worm graph above shows the story for West Indies, which is bleak.

Hasaranga takes 2 for 19 from his four overs. Another excellent outing.

Hetmyer, meanwhile, gets to fifty. But he didn't have a lot of support. And the required rate has got way away from them.

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Word up

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West Indies are crashing

It's a roll-call of T20 greats, coming in one after another, as the dream of a third T20 World Cup title dies.

This time, it's Pollard. He sees Hasaranga toss the first ball of the over up, and aims a huuuuuuge slog sweep. It's the googly, though, which means it dips. Dips right beneath Pollard's shot and clatters into off stump.

Rare is the game in which Hasaranga goes wicketless, no matter how much teams try to play him out safely.

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An eventful over

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First ball, Chamika Karunaratne bounces Andre Russell and the batter's attempted pull only goes straight up for Karunaratne to catch. The bowler then signals to his dugout that he's outsmarted the bowler. Hetmyer then hits three boundaries. Two through wide long on. And one through long off - the fielder running in to attempt a catch, but getting a bad bounce and the ball skipping away to the boundary.

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Pooran goes

Pooran was the only West Indies batter who really got going, and he's out now, hitting a slower ball from Chameera towards long off, where sub-fielder Dhananjaya de Silva runs in and takes an excellent catch diving forward. Pooran's gone for 46 off 34.

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Required rate almost 12

Ten overs to go, WI are up against it. Cricinfo's win probability calculator has their chances down below 8%.

If any team has the firepower, though, it's these guys.

(Though as Hasaranga has four full overs to bowl, I'm not sure how much I believe that myself.)

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The end of an era for WI?

So if West Indies lose this match (and right now, their chances don't seem great), they are out of the tournament. Even if they win, progress to the semis seems unlikely.

Samuel Badree, who was instrumental to West Indies' World Cup wins in 2012 and 2016 (and is a superb commentator as well, by the way), thinks that great era of West Indies T20 is over. You suspect we're seeing several of these T20 greats in a World Cup for the last time.

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Pooran tees off.. but Rajapakse pulls off a stunner

Pooran seemed to really be getting in the groove, hitting a six and two fours off the fourth over (bowled by Binura Fernando) before Chase and he hit a four each in the next over (from Chameera).

But a bit of brilliance in the field ends this partnership. Bhanuka Rajapakse, generally one of the worst fielders in the side, and someone who has dropped at least two catches this tournament, is for some reason prowling short midwicket, and pulls of an incredible diving catch, leaping to his left to intercept a firmly hit ball from Roston Chase. Chamika Karunaratne is the bowler.

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Binura double strikes

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He's not quick like Kumara, but Binura Fernando is having plenty of impact in this outing already. Evin Lewis had cracked him four two fours, through square leg, and down the ground, but Binura bowls a 126kph cross seamer outside off stump, which Lewis chops back on to the stumps. West Indies up against it a bit.

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Binura gets Gayle

30 Runs for Chris Gayle in four innings this tournanment.

13, 12, 4, and now 1. Gayle took a single off Theekshana in the first over, played and missed the first ball against Binura, and then when he tried to hit out, attempting to launch the left-armer over mid on, managed only to pick out Hasaranga, who doesn't drop easy ones like that. Is that his second-to-last innings in T20Is? Could it be his last? (If WI dare to drop him that is.)

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West Indies and their NRR battle

Anyway, Gayle stays at the top of the order, and has Lewis along with him. Theekshana is first up for Sri Lanka.

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Rampaul finishes nicely

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An over of mostly-nailed Ravi Rampaul yorkers keeps the last over to just nine runs. Still, West Indies have to chase 190. Any hopes of seriously ramping up their net run rate in this game have been substantially diminished.

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Asalanka goes, but Sri Lanka well-placed

Superb innings from Asalanka ends for 68 off 41, as Asalanka mis-hits an Andre Russell slower ball towards deep square leg, where Hetmyer takes a good running catch.

This has been an excellent partnership with Shanaka though.

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Holder leaks 16

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Jason Holder's fourth is the most expensive of the innings so far. Shanaka mows one to deep midwicket, where a leaping Roston Chase palms it over the boundary and allows the six. The last ball goes off Shanaka's outside edge for four.

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Asalanka gets his half century too

Asalanka, who even without this innings would have been Sri Lanka's batting find of the tournament, has produced another fantastic innings - the better of the two fifties that Sri Lanka have managed today. Never at any point seemed rushed, but has got there in 33 balls.

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Nissanka holes out - can Sri Lanka explode?

Dwayne Bravo, so effective at this stage of an innings, bowls another slower ball (offcutter I think), and although the length is there, Nissanka is trying to clear the long deep midwicket boundary, and he is comfortably caught by Shimron Hetmyer and his pink hairdo.

Dasun Shanaka, who has had a pretty poor World Cup so far, is the next batter in. Can he provide some fireworks?

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Nissanka gets to fifty

That's his third fifty of the tournament, having hit one against Ireland in the qualifying round, and another against South Africa.

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Sri Lanka's steady progress

It's not been an explosive innings. There haven't been any massive overs. But these batters have kept the scoreboard moving, and a score of more than 170 should technically be possible, with nine wickets in hand and six overs to go. West Indies need to strike.

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King v spin

At the early stages of this tournament, Charith Asalanka was not in Sri Lanka's starting XI. It wasn't a surprising omission - he'd had a T20 (domestics included) strike rate of 120. But whaddya know? At this World Cup, nobody has played spin better. Nissanka's not far behind.

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Sri Lanka have a platform

82 for 1 after 10, with their form batters of the tournament at the crease. This is as good a start batting first as Sri Lanka have had in the tournament.

Russell is the man with the wicket, but Jason Holder has arguably been West Indies' best bowler of the first 10, conceding only 21 from his three overs. He'd also bowled his first three overs cheaply (11 runs all up) in the previous match against West Indies.

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Asalanka + Nissanka take 13 off Hosein

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Nissanka and Asalanka are two of Sri Lanka's youngest players, but they are their team's top runscorers this tournament.

And although the seventh over is historically a cheap one in T20s, each of these batters opened their face and ran the left-arm spin of Akeal Hosein down to third man to take a boundary apiece.

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Russell gets Perera

123 Kusal Perera's run tally at this World Cup, from eight innings.

Better innings than some of the others in the tournament, but Andre Russell stops any chance of a roaring comeback, in his first over.

He sends a slower one at Perera, who tries to turn it to the legside, but only pops a catch back towards the bowler, who has to leap to his right to get to it. 29 off 21 isn't a bad contribution though, particularly given his form coming in.

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A quiet start

Only three boundaries. No overs that cost more than ten. No wickets. 29/0 after 4 - it's been quiet.

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Kusal Perera v Roston Chase

Kusal Perera's had a rough tournament, having made only 94 runs in seven innings, before this match. He's frequently struggled against spin (particularly offspin) in the Powerplay overs, so it's no surprise Roston Chase is in early.

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Perera gets a boundary away off a thick edge, but did not otherwise look particularly comfortable in that first over, which he survives.

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Live show

While we wait for the action to start, check out our live show with Mahela Jayawardene, Darren Ganga, and Shahriar Nafees.

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Binura Fernando comes in for Sri Lanka... WI unchanged

Here's how the teams are looking. Lahiru Kumara, who was expensive in the last couple of games, has been replaced by left-armer Binura.

WI have stuck with the same XI that won against Bangladesh.

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Waddup... here's how the teams in Group 1 stand

Hey folks. Welcome to our live report for WI v SL.

If you're wondering where the teams are placed, here it is. Australia's brutal win over Bangladesh now puts them reasonably well placed in terms of Net Run Rate, so West Indies will need to win huge here, and in the final match (against Aus), to give themselves a chance of going through. If WI win their last two games, they'll be on equal points with Aus.

South Africa, by the way, have England to play. They will shut both Australia and West Indies out if they win that game, as they'll be on eight points.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are out of the tournament.

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