About the Match
West Indies won it big against Pakistan to make it to the semi-finals and the stage is set for their clash against Sri Lanka on Apr 3rd at Dhaka; both sides fought hard to make it here and will come out all guns blazing to get to the top. While Sri Lanka defeated the Kiwis by 59 runs to qualify for the top four, West Indies got the better of Pakistan in the crucial match on Tuesday as they won emphatically by a huge margin of 84 runs. It will be a thrilling contest between Sri Lanka and West Indies; the team that succeeds to give an all-round performance under pressure has a better chance to emerge victorious.
It was Rangana Herath’s unbelievable bowling figure of 5 wickets for just 3 runs that took Sri Lanka safely out of the clutches of defeat against New Zealand to reserve their place in the semi-finals. He is in tremendous form and will be key to the team’s success against the hard-hitting West Indies batsmen; together with the brilliance of Senanayake, Malinga and Kulasekara, the bowling unit has many tricks up its sleeves to give their team the competitive edge. Put to bat first, the Sri Lankan top order hadn’t lived up to its expectations and had failed to get the scoreboard ticking against the Kiwi speedsters; however, the bowlers delivered perfectly to defend the low total of 119 runs. Against West Indies, the Lankan batsmen will need to strike harder and face the challenges from the opposing in-form bowlers like Narine, Badree and Santokie. The team looks confident to accelerate ahead in its campaign to reach the finals provided they can keep up with the pressure.
Badree’s phenomenal performance with a bowling figure of 3 wickets giving away only 10 runs, clubbed with great support from Narine, Santokie and Russell, took the team home safely to the semi-finals. They crushed the Pakistani players, giving them hardly any room to breathe with quick wickets that stifled the Pakistani chase. The bowlers demolished the opposing batting line-up and got them all out in 18 overs; giving them their best victory in the T20 format. Dwayne Bravo’s 46 off 26 deliveries gave them a good total, one that the bowlers could easily defend, and his efforts won him the man of the match award too. Darren Sammy has been superb form and he contributed to the team’s success with his unbeaten 42 off 20 deliveries that propelled the target to 167 runs for the opposition. Simmons, Gayle and Samuels will also need to get the big runs against the Lankan spinners like Herath and Senanayake; the players will have to keep up their positive attitude and dominate the opposition right from the start.
While Sri Lanka has been consistent in its performance throughout the series and are in very good form with both bat and ball; West Indies has shown great determination in the last few games and seems to have the upper hand presently. Though the Lankans are a tough team to beat, West Indies look well set to surprise themselves once again and dance away to glory on Thursday.
West Indies, 2.10 @ Bet365