Beaten by the elements?
Rain, hail, slow batting end Windies title hopes
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) — West Indies' defence of their World Twenty20 title ended disastrously here yesterday after a furious rain and hail storm ruined their semi-final, handing Sri Lanka a 27-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Chasing 161 for victory for a place in the final, West Indies were struggling at 80 for four in the 14th over, when the fearsome weather system swept across the Shere Bangla Stadium, ending the contest prematurely.
With West Indies well short of their par score of 108, it meant that Sri Lanka qualified for Sunday's final, and will now await the winner of today's second semi-final between India and South Africa.
Once again, West Indies were let down by their top order who batted slowly and created enormous pressure, leaving the middle and lower order with a mountain to climb.
Dwayne Bravo dazzled briefly with 30 from 19 balls, but the usually big-hitting Chris Gayle was bogged down, scoring just three from 13 balls while Lendl Simmons scored four.
The Caribbean side's woes were highlighted by Marlon Samuels who spent a whopping 29 balls over a nervy, unbeaten 19 and with 81 runs required from 37 balls before the rains arrived, Sri Lanka were definitely in the driver's seat.
Speedster Lasith Malinga was the best bowler with two for five from two overs.
Earlier, Sri Lanka rattled up 160 for six off 20 overs, after opting to bat first.
Lahiru Thirimanne top-scored with 44 from 35 deliveries, while Angelo Matthews slammed 40 from 23 balls, to give Sri Lanka momentum late in the innings.
Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a run-a-ball 39, while his partner Kusal Perera scored 26 from 12 balls.
Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie finished with two for 46, but proved expensive, especially at the death.
In a rematch between the 2012 finalists, Sri Lanka started positively and raced to 41 for one after just four overs. Perera was the catalyst, punching two fours and two sixes, while Dilshan opted for caution, with two fours and a six.
Perera took 12 runs from Santokie's opening over -- the second of the innings -- before joining Dilshan in clearing the ropes with leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the next over which went for 15 runs.
Three balls later, Perera clobbered Santokie over long on for the second of his sixes but had his cameo cut short when he played on to the same bowler off the last ball of the over, at 41 for one.
West Indies then got the precious wicket of Mahela Jayawardene, run out before he had faced a ball with no runs added in the fifth over and Kumar Sangakkara's nightmare run continued when he chipped a catch back to Badree for one off six balls.
At 49 for three in the seventh, Dilshan and Thirimanne added 42 from 43 balls to repair the innings, as the Windies pulled things back. Off-spinner Sunil Narine's four overs cost just 19 runs and part-time off-spinner Marlon Samuels's four overs went for just 23 runs.
K Perera b Santokie 26
T Dilshan run out 39
M Jayawardene run out 0
+K Sangakkara c & b Badree 1
L Thirimanne c Simmons b Santokie 44
A Mathews c Bravo b Russell 40
S Prasanna not out 6
Extras (lb2, w2) 4
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 160
Did not bat: N Kulasekara, S Senanayake, R Herath, *L Malinga
Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Perera, 4 overs), 2-41 (Jayawardene, 4.2), 3-49 (Sangakkara, 6.2), 4-91 (Dilshan, 13.3), 5-121 (Thirimanne, 17), 6-160 (Mathews, 20)
Bowling: Badree 4-0-23-1, Santokie 4-0-46-2, Narine 4-0-20-0, Samuels 4-0-23-0, Russell 3-0-37-1, Gayle 1-0-9-0.
D Smith b Malinga 17
C Gayle b Malinga 3
L Simmons lbw b Prasanna 4
M Samuels not out 18
D Bravo c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 30
*D Sammy not out 0
Extras (lb1, w7) 8
TOTAL (4 wkts, 13.5 overs) 80
Did not bat: +D Ramdin, A Russell, S Narine, S Badree, K Santokie.
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Gayle, 4.1 overs), 2-28 (Smith, 4.5), 3-34 (Simmons, 7.1), 4-77 (Bravo, 13.2)
Bowling: Kulasekara 2.5-0-22-1, Senanayake 2-0-6-0, Malinga 2-0-5-0, Herath 4-0-27-0, Prasanna 2-0-15-1, Mathews 1-0-4-0.
Result: Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method)
Series: Sri Lanka qualify for final.
Man-of-the-Match: Angelo Matthews.
Toss: Sri Lanka.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire: Steve Davis.
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is clean bowled by Lasith Malinga during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Sri Lanka here, yesterday. (PHOTO: WICB)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara (left) watches as West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament semi-final match at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons (left) makes his ground as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara (right) tries to break the stumps during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final match at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Groundsmen run to cover the pitch as it rains during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Sri Lanka and West Indies here, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews (left), embraces Nuwan Kulasekara after taking the wicket of West Indies's Dwayne Bravo during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final match in here, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)