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ICC T20 WC: Sri Lanka end on a high but dash Windies hopes

Sri Lanka ended their campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup with a 20-run win over West Indies in the Super 12 stage at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.

With this defeat West Indies' hopes of making the semi-final stage was also dashed.

Sri Lanka batting first posted 189 for three and in their response West Indies finished on 169 for eight in their 20 overs.

Earlier, Sri Lanka after being asked to bat started off well. Openers Kusal Perera and Pathum Nissanka began confidently adding 42. Then Nissanka took charge in the company of Charith Asalanka. This second wicket pair added 91 runs for the second wicket in quick time. By the time Nissanka fell for 51 off 41 balls with five boundaries, Sri Lanka was in a strong position. Then Asalanka took off before he was dismissed for 68 off 41 balls with eight boundaries and a six. Asalanka added 46 for the third wicket with captain Dasun Shanaka. Towards the end Shanaka used the long handle to good effect as Sri Lanka finished on an impressive 189 for three. The most successful bowler for West Indies was Andre Russell (2-33).

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The chase for West Indies did not take off at all. West Indies needed to score at a quick pace to have a chance of making the semi-finals. But West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals. West Indies was reduced to 47 for three. Then young guns Nicholas Pooran (46) and Shimron Hetmyer allied but could not score at the pace required . The pair added 30 runs for the fourth wicket, but the asking rate kept climbing. The pressure of the asking rate got to the big hitters Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard as they fell in quick succession. The fight went out of the chase and in the end West Indies finished on 169 for eight. Shimron Hetmyer made an unbeaten valiant 81 off 54 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes. But it was too little too late.

For Sri Lanka the best bowlers were Binura Fernando (2-24), Wanindu Hasaranga (2-19) and Chamika Karunaratne (2-43).

Match Summary

Sri Lanka: 189-3 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Kusal Perera-5.2 ov), 2-133 (Pathum Nissanka-15.3 ov), 3-179 (Charith Asalanka-18.4 ov)

West Indies: 169-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Chris Gayle-1.2 ov), 2-10 (Evin Lewis-1.6 ov), 3-47 (Roston Chase-5.3 ov), 4-77 (Nicholas Pooran-11.1 ov), 5-94 (Andre Russell-13.1 ov), 6-107 (Kieron Pollard-14.1 ov), 7-117 (Jason Holder-15.2 ov), 8-131 (Dwayne Bravo-16.6 ov)

Result: Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

Scorecard

Playing XI:
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wicket-keeper), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran (wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (captain), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul

Match details

Toss: West Indies, elected to field
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Aleem Dar, Langton Rusere (On-field Umpires); Paul Wilson (TV Umpire); Richard Kettleborough (Reserve Umpire); David Boon