At Bangalore, March 20, 2016 (floodlit). West Indies won by seven wickets. Toss: West Indies.
One of Twenty20's delights is its propulsion of players into the limelight, few more so than the 35-year-old West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree. His CV included only a dozen first-class games for Trinidad, the last of them in 2009, yet his performance here was a reminder that, in the shortest format, he is a star. In his team's second pool match, a charged-up Badree was positive for West Indies, terminal for Sri Lanka. After Brathwaite won a terrible leg-before decision against Dilshan, Badree took three big wickets, conceded just 12 runs, and forced a run-out with the pressure of his dots: Sri Lanka were 47 for five, but Mathews and Perera rebuilt, and 122 wasn't terrible on a turning pitch on which both sets of spinners combined for an economy-rate of under five. With Gayle trying to shake off a hamstring twinge, Fletcher stepped in to open; unfortunately for Sri Lanka he also stepped up, crashing 22 from his first nine balls. Jeffrey Vandersay, another low-key leggie, tried to emulate Badree: his first two overs went for one run, and his four yielded 11. Siriwardene got rid of Samuels and Ramdin cheaply, and the target widened to 48 from 36 balls. But Fletcher was not to be denied, helping to loot 19 from a Siriwardene over, and finishing with five sixes from 64 balls as West Indies eased to only their second World Twenty20 win over Sri Lanka in seven attempts. "Today showed we aren't a one-man show," said Sammy. "We have 15 potential matchwinners."
Man of the Match: A. D. S. Fletcher