Highlights: Sri Lanka vs West Indies T20 World Cup 2012 Super 8
With their unorthodox attack in familiar conditions, Sri Lanka kept West Indies down to the lowest Twenty20 total in Pallekele. It was the variety of the attack that tied West Indies down: between Ajantha Mendis' different bamboozlements, Nuwan Kulasekara's mix of inswingers and huge slower balls and Jeevan Mendis' skiddy legrollers, Sri Lanka could even afford an off half-day for Lasith Malinga, who was hit for two fours in his first over.
Kulasekara got big man Chris Gayle out with a slower delivery about 25kmph slower than his usual delivery. Ajantha began with a wicket-maiden, toying around with Johnson Charles, and ended with one run and Kieron Pollard's wicket in the 16th over. Jeevan played his part in slowing down and eventually getting rid of Dwayne Bravo, who seemed to be playing a different game, scoring 40 off 34. He even followed that up with a jig to match Gayle's wicket celebrations.
Sri Lanka were on for this game from the moment Tillakaratne Dilshan dived at short point to keep the first ball of the match down to a dot; their fielding hardly ever let up throughout the rest of the innings, except for a half-chance missed by Kumar Sangakkara. There was tension and anticipation around with the way West Indies had played out four quiet overs without the loss of a wicket.
Narine: 'We want to bowl in the right areas and let the batsmen make the mistakes. We have worked hard on our fielding and hopefully the results will show for themselves.'
West Indies (Playing XI): Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy(c), Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin(w), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
Mahela: 'We would have batted first as well, but the wicket is holding up well. We will look to do well in this match, unfortunately Dananjaya is not fit, he has a small fracture, we want to give him some time to recover. Rangana Herath will replace him.'
Sammy: 'We will bat. We played on this pitch in the last game and we will look to defend a score. Just one change, Edwards is back in place of Badree.'
West Indies have won the toss and elected to bat
Hello everyone. A big game tonight between the hosts and one of the favorites. As Luke Wright showed us, the track is still very good for batting. There will be something on offer for both spinners and pacers alike. The duel between Gayle and co against the Sri Lankan spinners is already very intriguing. Stay tuned as we bring you the toss and other updates. If Sri Lanka lose this game then New Zealand are out of the tournament. Guess the Kiwis will stay back to cheer the hosts.