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Kusal Perera once again threatened to take the game away but was bowled by Krishmar Santokie He scored 26 from 12 balls © Getty Images

 

After an intensely fought contest, it was the rain which had the eventual say in the result as Sri Lanka sailed in to the final of the ICC World T20 2014 with a 27-run win over West Indies via Duckworth Lewis method. Chasing 161 to win, storm and slight drizzle halted play. No sooner had the players and umpires walked off, the drizzle turned into a heavy downpour and there were hailstorms everywhere. This is Sri Lanka’s consecutive appearance in the World T20 final. Last time around they had lost to the same opposition in the final.

 

Sri Lanka had walked in to the second innings on a high after late blitz from Angelo Mathews which had powered them to 160. With the quality of their bowling, even on a batting-friendly pitch, the target would be stiff. Samuels, after the first innings felt that the total was competitive and he was confident with the wicket not as threatening as it has been in the past few matches.