Sri Lanka vs W Indies
Sri Lanka Win By 9 wickets
After a good all round performance Sri Lanka win the game by 9 wickets. West Indies will have to rethink some aspects of their game, the batting got off to a slow start and the bowling changes were uninspired with Samuels, Bravo and Pollard not bowling at all. Sri Lanka will be happy with all departments, especially their fielding that restricted Windies to a low score.
Over 16 SL 130/1 (Jayawardene 65, Sangakkara 39)
Sri Lanka needs two runs to win and now Gayle gets the ball. Sri Lanka win from a couple of runs due to the misfield, that sums up the day for West Indies. Sri Lanka win by 9 wickets with 28 balls to spare. These are useful points for them and will help their run rate too.
Over 15 SL 128/1 (Jayawardene 65, Sangakkara 37)
Rampaul gets the ball, and Sangakkara plays a great straight drive for four. This time he pulls it to square leg for another four, that flew to the boundary the fielder had no chance to cut that one off. A fumble by the keeper and they get a single. Windies should be looking to drag this out as much as possible to keep Sri Lanka's net run rate low. They seem to be doing the exact opposite as Mahela plays the scoop for four to third man. Another boundary, inside out shot from the captain for four through the covers. SL now need just 2 to win.
Over 14 SL 111/1 (Jayawardene 57, Sangakkara 29)
Mahela brings up his 50, a display of controlled batting with some good cricket shots. SIX! What a shot, pulled away for a big one by Mahela over square leg. He seems to be in a hurry to finish this. Sanga inside edges it to fine leg for a single, it is 111 and Sri Lanka need 19 more to win.
Over 13 SL 98/1 (Jayawardene 49, Sangakkara 26)
Sri Lanka controlling this game very well, in all departments. Finally Andre Russell gets the ball. Mahela walks across the crease and hits it just over mid on for four. He must be thinking about net run rate. Sri Lanka have not done anything rash, they have planned it and then executed the plan. Mahela going inside out, for four through the covers, moves on to 48 now. Sri Lanka now need 32 from 42 balls.
Over 12 SL 87/1 (Jayawardene 39, Sangakkara 25)
Even Marlon Samuels has not bowled today, not sure what the strategy is from Sammy. Mahela top edges one but it just goes over the keeper's head and lands safely, no luck for Windies. After 12 overs it is 43 for 1.
Over 11 SL 81/1 (Jayawardene 38, Sangakkara 22)
Narine runs in to bowl his last over, shouldn't Gayle or Pollard get a chance to bowl? If Sammy is out of ideas and not getting wickets from his main bowlers, part timers deserve a chance. Forget the part timers, even Bravo and Russell have not bowled yet. After 11 it is 83 for 1.
Over 10 SL 81/1 (Jayawardene 37, Sangakkara 21)
Sammy continues, bowling his second of the day. Mahela pulls this one away for a one bounce four, it was slightly short from Sammy and Mahela onto it in a flash. 81 for 1 after 10 overs, Sri Lanka in control
Over 9 SL 75/1 (Jayawardene 32, Sangakkara 20)
Narine continues. The required rate is now around 5 per over, with 9 wickets in hand, that should not be a problem for Sri Lanka. Mahela reverse sweeps with the spin of Narine, very well controlled boundary. Just watched it, waited for it and played it fine for four by Mahela. This pair not only getting the singles and twos, but also getting a regular boundary. 75 for 1 after 9 overs.
Over 8 SL 69/1 (Jayawardene 26, Sangakkara 20)
The captain, Darren Sammy, comes in to bowl. Sammy running out of options now, Sanga pulls this one for another boundary. It was a risk free shot all along the ground for four. Mahela tries to play a scoop, there is no need for that here, gets a single for it. Seven runs from the over.
Over 7 SL 62/1 (Jayawardene 25, Sangakkara 15)
Narine comes in, Sammy having a chat to him. Sri Lanka need less than 6 per over, so they are under no pressure with Mahela and Sanga batting well. West Indies need to do something different and put pressure on them. Sangakkara punches it off his back foot through the leg side for four. Another good over for Sri Lanka.
Over 6 SL 55/1 (Jayawardene 23, Sangakkara 10)
Fidel Edwards comes in to bowl, it bounces over the keeper and the batsman for four byes. Windies can not afford to give these runs away. Mahela drives it through the covers for another four, everything seems to be finding the middle of his bat. Another good shot in the same area, three runs this time. Twelve from the over and Windies need some wickets here.
Over 5 SL 43/1 (Jayawardene 16, Sangakkara 10)
Rampaul runs in to bowl. In the air, and Mahela gets it just over point for four. Mahela switching gears just lifting this one nicely on the leg side for four, there were no fielders there. A nice cut shot for a single from Mahela who is looking dangerous here. A good over for the Lankans, 11 from it.
Over 4 SL 32/1 (Jayawardene 7, Sangakkara 8)
Narine comes into the attack, to pick up some wickets. Four, Sangakkara just picks it up early and helps himself to a four on the leg side, solid shot. Good running between the wickets too, completing the second run easily. After 4 it is 32 for 1.
Over 3 SL 24/1 (Jayawardene 6, Sangakkara 1)
A hit-and-run from Mahela giving Dilshan the strike, against Rampaul. Another wide from Rampaul, Gayle is at first slip waiting for a nick. After four balls in the over, Gayle comes out of the slips. WICKET! Dilshan gets a nick on that one and Ramdin makes no mistake, the ball climbed as it reached Dilshan and Windies have an early wicket. Sangakkara comes in and Rampaul bowls another wide.
Over 2 SL 18/0 (Jayawardene 4, Dilshan 12)
Fidel Edwards sharing the new ball with Rampaul. Beautiful cover drive from Dilshan, four, good balance and a great shot. Another four, this time in front of point, hammered away to the fence. Another exquisite cover drive, same result and one more great shot. Three balls, three fours! Three fours and three dots for Dilshan.
Over 1 SL 6/0 (Jayawardene 4, Dilshan 0)
Ravi Rampaul starts the innings for Windies. Sammy will look to put pressure on the batsmen, Dilshan will have other ideas though. A big wide outside off from Rampaul, giving Sri Lankans their first runs. Mahela playing the same cut shot the whole over, just not getting it past the gully and point fielders. Another wide from Rampaul, so far two runs from two wides. Finally gets the cut shot right, through the fielders for four, it raced to the fence in no time.
End of Innings
The West Indies have scored 129 from their 20 overs, after a slow start. Some very good fielding and bowling by the Sri Lankans, also clever captaincy from Mahela. We will be right back with the chase.
Over 20 WI 129/4 (Sammy 1, Russell 19)
Mathews to finish the bowling innings for Sri Lanka. Samuels tries to hit this out of the park, only to find Dilshan on the boundary. WICKET! Samuels caught Dilshan bowled Mathews. Sammy is the new man in, but is off strike as they crossed. West Indies will end up with 129 for 5 after their 20 overs.
Over 19 WI 122/4 (Samuels 50, Russell 13)
Malinga comes in to bowl the 19th, his last over of the day. Malinga is mixing his pace and length to good effect, just slowing it down as Samuels looks to swing his arms. A single to third man, brings up the 50 for Samuels. A good over under pressure from Malinga, just three from it.
Over 18 WI 119/4 (Samuels 49, Russell 11)
Three overs to go, surely now they will start hitting long and big. Kulasekara is hit for a six over long on, a good clean shot from Russell. Six, this time it is Samuels, just hits it straight again for a big one, 102-meter six, the longest of this tournament. Four, Samuels plays it nicely through the off side for four, a good shot. Another four, this time straight down the ground. 21 runs from this over, it is 119 for 4.
Over 17 WI 98/4 (Samuels 35, Russell 4)
Malinga runs in with the ball. Andre Russell coming in before Sammy, they seem to be trying different combinations here. Some good fielding throughout from Sri Lanka, must have saved 20 runs in the field.
Over 16 WI 91/4 (Samuels 31, Russell 1)
Ajantha Mendis comes in, Mahela shuffling his bowlers to good effect. WICKET! Pollard misses, Ajantha hits. Bowled him, goes through his defenses and Pollard is disappointed. Four overs, 2 for 12, that is the end of Ajantha Mendis.
Over 15 WI 90/3 (Samuels 31, Pollard 1)
Jeevan Mendis is brought back into the attack. WICKET! Bravo tries to get this over the long on fielder but ends up as an easy catch for Dilshan. Bravo out for 40, that brings Pollard to the crease. Six, Samuels walks down the pitch and hits this one out of the park for a big 93-meter six. Five overs to go, it is 90 for 3.
Over 14 WI 80/2 (Samuels 22, Bravo 38)
Mathews to bowl the 14th over. The run rate is still under 6 runs per over. Sri Lanka really keeping the runs down, but they will want to pick up some wickets. Four, driven by Bravo, nicely placed into the gap for four. Nine from the over, Windies are 80 for 2 after 14.
Over 13 WI 71/2 (Samuels 20, Bravo 34)
Lasith Malinga comes back to bowl his second over today. Nicely played past the keeper for four, Samuels just angling it past Sangakkara using the extra pace from Malinga. Sri Lanka are looking to pick up a few more wickets. Eight from the over, it is 71 for 2 after 13 overs.
Over 12 WI 63/2 (Samuels 14, Bravo 32)
Ajantha Mendis to bowl his third. A big appeal for lbw, but it hit him outside the line of the stumps. Bravo picks the spin well and plays it over midwicket for a six! Good, powerful shot and some useful runs.
Over 11 WI 55/2 (Samuels 14, Bravo 25)
A change in the bowling, Jeevan Mendis comes in to bowl. Mendis is bowling confidently, mixing it up well. Just two from that over.
Over 10 WI 53/2 (Samuels 13, Bravo 24)
Bravo picks this one up from Herath and puts it out of the park for a six. A big six from the first ball, putting the pressure on the bowler. Samuels comes down the pitch, swings hard and misses it. A couple of runs to end the over, after 10 overs it is 53 for 2.
Over 9 WI 42/2 (Samuels 10, Bravo 16)
Mendis back into the attack, a slip in place. Mendis bowling some really good deliveries, putting pressure on the batsmen. Another good over from him.
Over 8 WI 38/2 (Samuels 7, Bravo 15)
Rangana Herath comes in to put a spin on things. Bravo gets it away and into the off side for another boundary. A strong shot through the covers for four. After 8 overs, its 38 for 2.
Over 7 WI 33/2 (Samuels 6, Bravo 11)
Mathews comes back into the attack. Sri Lankans are all over the ball here, fielders keeping things tight and bowlers bowling well. Samuels edges this one past the first slip area for four. Mahela puts a slip in for Mathews after the boundary. Bravo drives through the covers for four, picking the gap to perfection. A good over for Windies, 13 from it.
Over 6 WI 20/2 (Samuels 0, Bravo 4)
Kulasekara picks up Gayle! WICKET! Gayle goes after this one, only gets a nick on it as it flies to the keeper and Sangakkara takes a good catch. Two wickets in two overs for Sri Lanka. Dwayne Bravo walks in, Windies in a tight spot. Four, times it sweetly past the bowler for four, good straight drive to start with. After the powerplay it is just 20 for 2, the lowest powerplay score in this tournament.
Over 5 WI 16/1 (Samuels 0, Gayle 2)
Ajantha Mendis comes into the attack, Mahela shuffling his bowlers. An appeal for lbw against Charles, but the umpire not interested, replays show it was hitting outside the line of the stumps. The batsmen struggling to pick Mendis. WICKET! Charles reacting to the pressure by coming down the wicket and the ball goes through him to the keeper who completes an easy stumping. The dot balls really putting the pressure on Charles. Some good bowling from Sri Lanka is rewarded. Marlon Samuels comes out to bat.
Over 4 WI 14/0 (Charles 12, Gayle 2)
A yorker from Kulasekara to start the over, well directed and dug out by Gayle. The pressure slowly building on the West Indies now, the dot balls taking their toll. Another very good over for the hosts.
Over 3 WI 12/0 (Charles 11, Gayle 1)
Malinga gets the ball, replaces Mathews. He strays down the leg side and Charles puts him away for a good boundary, just guided it to the fence. After a couple of plays and misses, Charles plays a beautiful straight drive for four. Just jabbed it nicely down the ground, good balance and control. Two boundaries from the Malinga over.
Over 2 WI 4/0 (Charles 3, Gayle 1)
Nuwan Kulasekara gets the new ball, Malinga is held back for later. Charles takes a bit of time to get going, as we saw in the last game, but can be dangerous when he is set. Another good over from Sri Lankan, a quiet start from Gayle.
Over 1 WI 3/0 (Charles 2, Gayle 1)
Sri Lanka will start with Angelo Mathews, an interesting choice. Johnston Charles and Chris Gayle open for West Indies. A good start from Mathews, some good fielding from Sri Lanka too. Just three from the first over.
West Indies have won the toss and have elected to bat first. Fidel Edwards comes back and Badree is dropped. For Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath comes in for the new guy, Akila Dhananjaya who took a blow from Nicol in the last game.
Hello and welcome to the Super Eights game between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Pallekele.
- 29th Sep 2012
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
- A S Dar and S J Davis
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Dilshan||c Ramdin b R Rampaul||13|
|Extras||10w, 2b, 1lb||13|
|Total||15.2 Overs||130 - 1|