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Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 1st Semi-final, ICC World Twenty20 2014

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Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method) | Sri Lanka Vs West Indies Live Score, 1st Semi-final

Well, there was no sign of the presentation for a while and hence we signed off, but it was shown later and hence, there was a delay in the quotes.
Mathews: 'I had to pick my bowlers, Narine wasn't an option. We wanted to play him down. So I had to attack at the other end. 160 I thought was a good target and I am glad that we got there. It was a very good wicket to bat on. Off-cutters were difficult to pick but for pacers the ball came on nicely to the bat. We have a few seniors in the side and Lasith was fantastic as captain.'
Mathews is the Man of the Match for his 23-ball 40.
Malinga: 'We just were looking forward to the batsmen doing well at the top so that the bowlers could defend. We got a good start but we fell off in the middle. Mathews played a crucial role to propel the score. With the ball, the first six overs were exceptional. The run rate was going up all the time and we were ahead on D/L. Everyone is looking forward to the final game. We just don't want to look at the opposition, we just want to play well on Sunday.'
Sammy: 'We left home with a goal to defend the title but we have no control over the weather. Credit to Sri Lanka, they bowled very well upfront. I see it as the Gods smiling on Sanga and Mahela, they have one more chance, they've done so much for Sri Lanka. Probably the Father Almighty wants them to leave on a high note. It's disappointing to lose this way though. There was no panic in the dressing room, Bravo was batting very well. We always believed that we could get 12 runs an over every time. Today it might have been very difficult but with the batsmen at the crease and Russell to come, we back ourselves to get.'
Commentator Harsha Bhogle tweets: 'and with everyone heading off to the hotel @russelarnold69 and me get ready for the post game show from the commentary box!!' On that note, we sign off but do join us back for India's semi-final clash with South Africa tomorrow. Bye! Bye!
So once again, a defending champion is not going to win the tournament for the second time. West Indies have only themselves to blame. Gayle never got going at the start and Samuels didn't help their cause coming in at number 4. He was 10 off 21 balls at one stage and it put pressure on Dwayne Bravo, who was batting exceedingly well at the other end, as he perished looking for big shots. Credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers though for keeping things simple and keeping it tight. Skipper Malinga's double-blow, knocking over both Gayle and Smith very early, turned out to be vital in the end. So at the end of it all, Sri Lanka are in their second straight final of this tournament and it's the third time they will be playing for the title in the history of the T20 Cup.
Well! West Indies did not want this. You never know with power-hitters still to come, they would have backed themselves to get the target even against the best of bowlers. The rain has spoiled what promised to be a cracking finish and in the end, Sri Lanka will not mind the weather intervention, as they had bowled well upfront to keep the West Indies batsmen calm, which indeed played a big role in helping them to achieve a 27-run win by D/L method.
Oopsy! The match has been called-off and Sri Lanka go through to the finals.
Meanwhile there is talk about an umpire's inspection shortly but nothing official though.
Former cricketer Russel Arnold tweets: 11.06 is the time the game should end..mopping up operations not yet begun.
Okay! The rain has stopped now but can the ground-staff react quickly for the game to resume again?
The rain is still very heavy and the outfield is full of water now. Chances of a resumption look bleak at the moment.
Oh my word! It's a hailstorm now! The ground-staff are being pelted by the bits of ice. They are running for cover and they rush off the field. Meanwhile a bloke, trying to escape, slips.
Looks like there's a dust storm out there. The umpire's hat goes flying and now it has started to rain! The covers are coming on and the players rush off the field. Well, at this stage, Sri Lanka are 27 runs ahead on D/L. Lightning and thunder join the heavy rain! Already there's a lot of water on the covers! The picture isn't looking very good at all folks! Fingers crossed though.

Match details

Toss : Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Richard Kettleborough (England) and Rod Tucker (Australia)

TV umpire : Steve Davis (Australia)

Match referee : David Boon (Australia)

Teams

Sri Lanka : Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga(c).

West Indies : Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy(c), Denesh Ramdin(wk), Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine, Krishmar Santokie.

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