West Indies thumped Australia by 74 runs at the R. Premadasa Stadium to enter the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final in ruthless fashion.
On Sunday, in Colombo, they will take on hosts Sri Lanka - who beat Pakistan on Thursday night - in the battle for the silverware.
Sri Lanka went from one extreme to the other, following up their tight Super Over victory over New Zealand with a comprehensive nine-wicket thrashing of the West Indies to make it two Super Eight wins in a row in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Pallekele.
A majestic unbeaten 65 from Mahela Jayawardene underpinned a successful run chase having been set a modest target of 130.
A magical innings from Eoin Morgan wasn't enough for England as they lost by 15 runs to the West Indies on the opening day of super eight matches in Pallekele. Morgan hit 71 not out off only 36 balls, but, coming in at number five, even he couldn't make up for the earlier failings of his colleagues.
West Indies' openers had earlier blitzed England's spinners to all parts to lead their side to 179 for five. Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles both hit fast-paced half-centuries as seven overs of England spin yielded 70 runs and only one wicket.
Bookmakers William Hill cannot decide who will win Thursdayâ€™s T20 match between England and West Indies with their punters equally as indecisive. England have seen around 56% of all bets placed on the match outcome at 10/11, while the West Indies have seen around 44% of all bets at the same price.
There were comfortable wins for South Africa Women and West Indies Women as the ICC Women's Twenty20 got underway in Galle today.
The South Africans bowled the home side Sri Lanka out for just 79 from their 20 overs in the first match in Group B, with Susan Benade and Dane van Niekerk taking two wickets each. The home side never got going in their innings after being put into bat as all of their top five batters failed to reach double figures.
West Indies found themselves on the lucky end of the rainy stick when for a second match running, they encountered a washout at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Earlier on Saturday, they had lost to Australia on the Duckworth-Lewis method after weather interference during their bowling stint. This time they didn't get to bat as Ireland's score of 129 for six in 19 overs went untested, meaning the West Indies qualified for the Super Eights.
Australia went top of Group B after beating West Indies by 17 runs (by D/L method) at R Premadasa Stadium. On a rain-affected Saturday, the second match of the day was washed off towards the end, just as it began moving to an intense finish. Earlier South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 overs, in a seven-overs per side rain curtailed match.
The final round of warm-ups ahead of the ICC World Twenty 2012 ended with wins for England, Ireland, India, South Africa and the West Indies.
Ireland produced an impressive comeback to beat Bangladesh by five runs, England came out on top of a similarly close game against Australia to win by nine runs, Pakistan confidently chased down a stiff target to overcome India by five wickets while South Africa proved too strong for New Zealand, as did the West Indies for Afghanistan.
West Indies Women won a last-ball thriller in Arundel to deny England Women a clean sweep of the five-match Twenty20 International series. The tourists had looked to have the edge in the 17th over at 123 for four, needing just 17 to win, but Holly Colvin ended Deandra Dottin's excellent innings at 62 off 34 balls.
England Women kept on course for a series whitewash against West Indies Women with a convincing 84-run victory in the fourth Twenty20 International at Hove. Batting first, they made 154 for three from their 20 overs thanks to an unbeaten half-century from Lydia Greenway.
England Women wrapped up their five-match Twenty20 International series against West Indies Women at the earliest opportunity with a 10-run win in the third match at Wantage Road, Northampton. On a pitch that was both slow and tired, the home side could manage only 103 for seven from their 20 overs after electing to bat, but that proved to be enough as West Indies were bowled out for 93.
England Women went 2-0 up in their five-match Twenty20 International series against West Indies Women with a 28-run win in the second match at Old Trafford.
A fine innings of 53 in 37 balls from Sarah Taylor set England on their way to a score of 150 for three and in reply the West Indies reached 122 for six from their 20 overs.
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson gives his side 'a real good chance' going into the ICC World Twenty20 2012, which begins on 18th September in Sri Lanka.
The West Indies play Ireland and Australia in the group and will expect to repeat their performance from the last two competitions and qualify for the Super Eight stage.
England Women recorded their 16th successive win in Twenty20 Internationals by defeating West Indies Women by eight wickets in the first match of their five match series at Chester-le-Street.
Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh ensured that England made short work of the tourists' woeful total of 71 for eight and added 59 inside the first seven overs.
The West Indies Women are in confident mood as they prepare for a series of five Twenty20 Internationals against England Women which begins on 8th September.
The first two matches will be played ahead of the England-South Africa men's matches at Chester-le-Street and Old Trafford before Northampton, Hove and Arundel host the remaining matches.
Fit-again batsman Darren Bravo has been named as part of the West Indies' 15-man ICC World Twenty20 squad, having been sidelined due to injury since June.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have kept faith with the nucleus of the squad that defeated New Zealand 2-0 in the recent series in Florida as they bid to better their semi-final appearance of 2009.
Pakistan suffered defeat at the hands of West Indies in the fifth place play-off semi-final as the Under-19 World Cup continued in Queensland. The other match saw Sri Lanka record the expected comfortable victory over Ireland.
West Indies Women have named a 14-woman squad for the World Twenty20 and five-match series against England, which begin next month. All-rounder Britney Cooper has been recalled following her successful recovery from a fractured finger, while young wicket-keeper Kycia Knight and teenage leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne are also included.