ICC World T20 – West Indies Beat Sri Lanka while Proteas Taste Victory against Afghanistan

March 21 13:00 2016

sri lanka1New Delhi, Monday, March 21 – Stage was all set for West Indies and Sri Lanka to give their best in a T20 World Cup clash at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Confidence of Sri Lanka was high after beaing Afghanistan by 6 wickets, while on the other hand, it was at peak for West Indies post thrashing England by 6 wickets thanks to a ton by Chris Gayle.

In the contest held a day ago, Sri Lankan side was led by Angelo Mathews. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal,  Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera and Rangana Herath were in team whereas, those who sat on bench were Dasun Shanaka, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal and Shehan Jayasuriya. West Indies side look strong having Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, skipper Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn.

Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Evin Lewis and Jerome Taylor may have to wait a bit long to eye a place in the Playing XI as each team likes to play with winning combinations. The seating capacity at this Bengaluru stadium is 40,000. In spite of the fact that it wasn’t completely occupied, the crowd present was elated and ready to back favorite teams regardless of the truth that the host wasn’t a part of it. West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first as motive was to restrict the rivals as low as possible. And, they were successful in their motive by restricting Sri Lanka at a total of 122 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal gave Sri Lanka a good start as both hit a six and four. However, senior player Dilshan had to go back early post getting his legs before wicket in Carlos Brathwaite’s delivery. 12 runs were scored by the cricketer in 10 balls with a strike rate of 120.00. Chandimal, the wicket-keeper batsman, was run out when Johnson Charles collected the ball and made sure it hit the stumps on time. 16 runs off 18 deliveries were his contribution.

Lahiru Thirimanne departed soon after arrival on the crease post failing to read a delivery by Samuel Badree. 5 runs were scored by him in seven balls, together with a boundary.  Chamara Kapugedera was stumped by Denesh Ramdin in Badree’s over when playing at an individual total of 6 runs (4 x 1). Badree, the right-arm leg-spin bowler, did not stop till here and dismissed Milinda Siriwardana at a zero, adding trouble for Sri Lankan cricketers.Mathews bore the brunt as well since he did not display the kind of show that was expected from him. Denesh Ramdin took his catch when Bravo was brought on bowling attack. Only 20 runs were pocketed by the Sri Lankan captain in 32 balls.

Thisara Perera, the leading scorer, helped the team gain some momentum that was required to be in the game. He eyed a good partnership but did not get any as Nuwan Kulasekara was dismissed by Andre Russell at 7 runs and Rangana Herath was run out by Dwayne Bravo at 3 runs. Perera lost his wicket in 19.5 over by Bravo at 40 runs (4 x 5 and 6 x 1). Jeffrey Vandersay and Dushmantha Chameera were not out at a zero. Badree took three wickets, Bravo two and both Russell and Brathwaite got one wicket apiece. The moment Johnson Charles fell short to Jeffrey Vandersay at a score of 10, which consisted of a four as well, it looked as if Sri Lanka will not give up without a good fight. Marlon Samuels’ wicket by Siriwardana at 3 runs boosted that thought. Denesh Ramdin also lost wicket to the same man at 5 runs.

But Andre Fletcher continued to keep the momentum up right from the beginning despite the fact that others were finding it difficult to play against Sri Lankan bowlers. His unbeaten knock of 84 runs in 64 balls helped West Indies go ahead towards attaining the target with much expected ease. Six 4s and five biggies from him made Sri Lanka come up with new strategies to dismiss him. Andre Russell’s not out innings of 20 runs off just 8 balls (4 x 3 and 6 x 1) were of immense use as well. West Indies winning run in the cricket carnival of the shortest format continued. Andre Fletcher received Man of the Match award.

In another match played yesterday, South Africa beat Afghanistan by 37 runs. 209 runs were piled up by Proteas for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs. In respond to it, Afghanistan were all out at a total of 172. Even though Afghanistan did not win the match, they win hundreds of thousands of hearts. ‘Player of the Match’ award was received by Chris Morris for his stupendous play. He sent four men back to the dressing room, lending the team a hand to taste victory finally. Chasing a target for over 200 is never easy but the way Afghanistan had played recently, it proves they have the potential to upset any team in the coming days.

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