Sri Lanka brightened their semifinal prospects with a crushing nine-wicket win over West Indies in their Super Eights match.

 

Chasing a modest target of 130, Jayawardene struck 65 off 49 balls to guide the the hosts to victory with 28 deliveries to spare, after the bowlers set it up with a disciplined effort.

 

This was Sri Lanka's biggest win in terms of balls left.

 

Aiding skipper Jayawardene in the chase was Kumar Sangakkara (39 off 34), and the two were involved in an unbeaten 108-run partnership for the second wicket, the highest for this wicket in the tournament.

 

In the process, Jayawardene equalled Chris Gayle's record of six fifties.

 

It was always going to be a difficult task for the West Indians after they failed to make use of the first strike.

 

And though Ravi Rampaul had Tillakaratne Dilshan caught behind with a delivery that kicked up on landing, Sri Lanka were always on the driver's seat as long as two of world cricket's most experienced players — skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara — were in the middle.

 

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ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012: Match time table with group details