Home > News >

Sri Lanka vs West Indies ICC World T20 2014 semi-final Preview: Lankans look to avenge defeat in previous final

Mahela Jayawardene will look to make his mark in T20Is © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene will look to make his mark in his final T20I tournament © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

 

Mirpur: Apr 2, 2014

West Indies versus Sri Lanka semi-final encounter in ICC World T20 2014 is a rematch of the previous final. West Indies stormed into the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 2014 by beating Pakistan to setup a date with Sri Lanka, and they will clash at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Thursday. Sri Lanka too worked their way into the semi-final with a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in their last Super 10s game. Thus, both sides have momentum and it is tough to pick a winner on the day.

To start with, the spin factor would be very crucial. Sri Lanka summoned Rangana Herath for the last game and he was magnificent. He had replaced Ajantha Mendis for that game and it would be interesting to see if they decide to bring him back. Sachithra Senanayake was the other spinner, but it looks like Sri Lanka wouldn’t make changes. West Indies have a settled pair in Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree. Both have done exceedingly well in the last game against Pakistan and would be looking to take that form forward.

West Indies have gradually got better with their performance, as the tournament has gone by. Chris Gayle has had only one good innings of note and he would certainly be fired up to do the job. Dwayne Smith too is in a similar situation and it is imperative that these two help West Indies to a good start. There may be a bit of concern over Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, who have got starts, but haven’t converted it into big scores.

At the same time, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy’s form with the bat is encouraging and they are the designated finishers in this team. There is of course Denesh Ramdin who can bat, but in the lower-order, Sammy and Bravo are vital cogs of the team. West Indies go in with one front-line fast bowler in Krishmar Santokie, who can cause a few problems with his variations and movement. Sammy and Bravo would fill in should the need arise.

Sri Lanka would want their batting to click as a unit. So far, they have seen good individual performances, but need a team effort to counter this West Indies team. A lot of the focus would be on Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, men who are playing their last T20 International (T20I) tournament. They would hope for a win to get that one more game in and possibly lift the cup.

Dinesh Chandimal should come back after serving his one-match suspension and that results in Lahiru Thirimanne being left out. Sri Lanka bank on Lasith Malinga in the fast bowling department. But, interestingly, they start with Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara first up. Even Thisara Perera can bowl a few handy overs.

With two heavyweight sides lining up against each other, one can expect a good contest at Mirpur. One would certainly hope that the contest is better than the previous final. Can Sri Lanka avenge that defeat?

Squads:

 

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lahiru Thirimana, Suranga Lakmal.

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

Time: 19:00 IST | 01:30 GMT

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Australia perpare for 1st Test against Pakistan

Pakistan’s chances in ICC World Cup 2015 bleak: Mohammad Zahid

Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test in Dubai Preview: Motivated Pakistan look to hurt rusty Australia

MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli as captain, and other points of interest from squad for first 3 India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: MS Dhoni gets much-needed break ahead of Australia tour

A Pakistan all-time XI: A galaxy of captains

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa West Indies West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India 2014

West Indies cancel tour to India: ICC says it does not have power to intervene

Aditya Garhwal slams 196 in 50-over match for Rajasthan under-19 XI

Loughborough becomes latest ICC-accredited testing centre

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s ton takes Pakistan to 219/4 on Day 1

Shahid Afridi wins it for his team in an exhibition match for displaced at Bannu

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 highlights: Younis Khan’s ton, Mitchell Johnson’s riveting spell

Younis Khan becomes 12th batsman with a ton against each of the Test-playing nations

Steve O’Keefe and other Test cricketers with apostrophes in their surnames

Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Geoff Marsh and other Father-Son trios to have played Test cricket

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Why did Mohammad Hafeez go for a shocking review?

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Revealed: Aamir Khan’s alien avatar in PK- View pic!

Latest Moto 360 software update brings battery saving feature and mood lighting

Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone at the Dubai press conference for Happy New Year-view pic!

Kill Dil song G Phaad Ke: Govinda steals Saif Ali Khan’s thunder

इबोला से संक्रमित अमेरिकी फोटोग्राफर विषाणु मुक्त घोषित

इबोला : अंतर्राष्ट्रीय लड़ाई में क्यूबा का साथ देगा अमेरिका

Novak Djokovic names new-born son Stefan

Lenovo RocStar music-focused Android KitKat smartphone with Dolby Digital Plus audio launched in India, priced at Rs 6,499

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here