World T20 final: West Indies v Sri Lanka – Live text
Carnival in Sri Lanka! Malinga hits Narine straight to Bravo at long as West Indies complete a great win in the final! They looked all but out of it when they won the toss and chose to bat! 32/2 from 10 overs and finishing at 137 was a great turnaround and then to completely strangle the solid Sri Lankan batting line up, great determination! Sri Lanka were bowled out for 101, with all West Indian bowlers doing their bit. The last major trophy for the Caribbean kings came in 2004 when they won the ICC Champions Trophy, but this is special because it caps a great run by Darren Sammy’s men where they faced on and off field troubles and came through. There was never any doubt about the potential that the Calypso kings had to offer, but to stick together and cross the final hurdle is the big change that fans all over wanted to see in the West Indies team! Marlon Samuels is the man of match for his heroic 56-ball 78 runs!
Saroj Pathirana, BBC Sinhala Service in Colombo, says:
“As many have already said, Sri Lanka have a bad habit of losing the all-important game, having qualified all the way through to the finals! The 2007 and 2011 finalists in the 50-over World Cup and the 2009 finalists in World Twenty20 seem to be still far behind despite Kulasekara heroics.”
BOUNDARY – First six of the Sri Lankan innings comes from Nuwan Kulasekara! He has done it before for Sri Lanka on a few occasions, can he pull of a Gul-like innings today? He follows it up with three fours, one off a free hit! A real big over for Sri Lanka, 21 runs from it! Rampaul stunned and West Indies now face a counter-attack themselves! ‘Nuwan Samuels’ on the charge!
WICKET – Another wicket, another run out! West Indies have really turned it on in the field. Strangled by the bowlers and outdone by the fielders, the Sri Lanka batsman have found no answer to the West Indians! Thisara Perrera falls, the hosts’ last real hope perhaps.
WICKET – Jayawardene falls to the reverse sweep! Narine is doing what Mendis did to the West Indies! That reverse sweep just lobbed up to Sammy inside the circle! And more disaster follows! Jeevan Mendis way short in that attempted second run! Great throw by Bravo and Narine whips the bails off in a flash!
WICKET – Angelo Mathews attempts the dreaded ‘dilscoop’ and is bowled out! The possibilities with that shot: edge it into your face, leave your stumps exposed for the ball to crash into them and if its your day, time it from the middle of the bat for six over the keeper or fine leg! Not the game to attempt that high-risk shot! Mathews has gifted his wicket to Sammy!
WICKET – Sangakkara falls! Sri Lanka really up against it now! Badree bowled it short and it was probably a little too close to Sangakarra’s body to get elevation into that pull shot! Pollard takes a smart low catch!
BOUNDARY – Sangakkara picks Gayle for a much needed four! They will need to keep things moving, required run rate over 8!
Sri Lanka 36/1 in 7 overs and Sunil Narine comes into bowl! His first two deliveries have found Sangakkara wanting! Could it be Narine’s day? Sammy needs to get more fielders in the ring!
Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special, says:
“Dot ball pressure’s going to win the game for West Indies, if they are to win, as they don’t have the bowlers to blow Sri Lanka away.”
BOUNDARY – Too short from Badree and Jayawardene cuts it easily towards the boundary!
DROPPED – Jayawardene plays the slog sweep toward square leg where Dwayne Bravo drops what should have been a regulation take for him! Big let off! Samuels should have picked up a wicket to go along with his fifty!
WICKET – Ravi Rampaul does what Wasim Akram did to Allan Lamb in the 1992 WC final! That ball pitched on middle and off and jagged away, Tillakaratene Dilshan would have done well to get a bat on it!
BOUNDARY – West Indies start with leg spinner Badree and Jayawardene provides some deft touch to the proceeding after the Samuels mauling! 6/0 in 1 over.
15 off the final over from Kulasekara, Sammy somehow managed to squeeze the full deliveries from the bowler for two fours! West Indies will take great momentum from this! A total of 137 is a great turnaround considering the Calypso kings were 32/2 in 10 overs! But a great counter-attacking innings from Marlon Samuels meant the Sri Lankans, who were on top right through the first half of the West Indian innings, not only felt the pressure of the big final but also have quite a bit of work to do in the chase. The surge of emotions that Jayawardene’s men were feeling while pinning and keeping the Windies down for a large part of the match will have subsided. Great focus will be needed but they will be up against a spin test of their own in Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree. Can Sammy inspire?
West Indies need a big last over! 122/6 in 19 overs!
BOUNDARY – A stinger from Malinga and Sammy somehow manages to chinese cut it toward the fine leg boundary!
WICKET – Dananjaya strikes! Samuels departs and possible the big final push that West Indies were hoping for will have to come from Sammy now!
BOUNDARY – Malinga being treated with absolute disdain here by Samuels. Malinga has tried the yorker, slowed it down it pace and even tried the short ball! They have all travelled, 4,6,6! 19 runs off that Malinga over!
WICKET – Ajantha Mendis picks the dangerous Pollard! It was short and outside off, Pollard tried to hit it over point but edged it a bit and the fielders takes it on his second attempt! New man Andre Russell falls first ball! Horrible shot, attempting to sweep, completely misses the ball and it would have hit middle!
BOUNDARY – Samuels looks like he’s batting in the nets, not perturbed by the events unfolding in front of him! Another six over long on! 14 from that Jeevan Mendis over. WI 87 in 15 overs.
WICKET – Just when the Windies had found some momentum, Mendis strikes! Bravo stuck in the crease a bit and was adjudged LBW by Simon Taufel! Keiron Pollard now in!
BOUNDARY – Another one, this time over long on! Malinga goes for three sixes in the over! A very uncommon sight! The third six was hit while Samuels was disbalanced but the ball still sailed over the boundary! WI now on somewhat of a roll!
BOUNDARY -6 and 6! Marlon Samuels tonked Lasith Malinga for two huge sixes, first a mere flick over midwicket and then an absolute sizzler over cover to a ball that was quite full!
BOUNDARY – SIX! Dwayne Bravo finally manages to find the middle of his bat for a huge six over midwicket! Much, much more needed. 48 in 12 overs
West Indies have the worst possible start to the World T20 final. Chris Gayle was dismissed without the usual fireworks, and Johnson Charles did not trouble the scorers. The flamboyance of the Windies has been completely pegged down by Sri Lanka’s mystery spinners and a great spell by medium pacer Angelo Mathews. Can they comeback from this?
COLOMBO: West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bat first against Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
The hosts brought in off-spinner Akila Dananjaya replacing left-arm spinner Rangana Herath from the team that beat Pakistan in the semi-final.
West Indies kept an unchanged side that beat Australia in the second semi-final on Friday.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Ravi Rampaul.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya, Ajantha Mendis.