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By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Apr 3, 2014
In an innings that saw a few momentum shifts, Sri Lanka posted 160 for six after electing to bat against West Indies in their ICC World T20 2014 semi-final encounter at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. Sri Lanka had started things very well and a good total looked likely when their openers got going. The West Indians then hit back and kept Sri Lanka in control in the middle overs before a late surge saw them through to a good total.
Sri Lanka started off as if they were in a hurry with Tillakaratne Dilshan smashing Samuel Badree just wide of mid-off in the very first over. In the third over, which was bowled by Badree, Dilshan first carted him over long-off for a huge six and Kusal Perera emulated him off the last ball. Even Krishmar Santokie was smashed for a six over long-on by Perera, unmindful of the fact that the man was back on the boundary.
But then there was a slide as Perera chopped one from Santokie onto his stumps. In the fifth over, Dilshan pushed Badree to point and called him for a tight single. As the throw came in, Jayawardene was found short and he had to leave without facing a ball. Sangakkara came in and stood around for six balls before spooning a return catch back to Badree. West Indies had done very well to hit back. From 41 for no loss in 3.5 overs, Sri Lanka had slipped to 49 for three in the seventh. Badree finished his quota upfront and recovered well to finish his spell at one for 23.
In the middle overs, Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels kept Sri Lanka in check. Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne tried to resurrect the innings, but the recovery went gradual. In the next seven overs they went at a run-a-ball without too many boundaries. Dilshan was then run-out when he called for a tight single and was sent back by Thirimanne.
Thirimanne continued to fight and was starting to get boundaries when he was dismissed for 44, cutting Santokie to point. With three overs to go, Angelo Mathews gave Sri Lanka some much needed impetus with some big shots. Santokie’s last over, which was the 19th of the innings went for 17 runs.
Sri Lanka 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Kusal Perera 26, Tillakaratne Dilshan 39, Lahiru Thirimanne 44, Angelo Mathews 40; Krishmar Santokie 2 for 46, Samuel Badree 1 for 23) vs West Indies.
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