Sri Lanka made it two-in-two in the group games of the World T20, beating the West Indies by 15 runs on Wednesday.
With Chris Gayle sitting the game out, Denesh Ramdin took charge of the West Indies. His decision to fielding first backfired early, with Sanath Jayasuriya (81 off 47) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (74 off 47) smashing his bowlers high and wide. The two put on 124 runs in only 12.3 for the first wicket. The two smashed 21 boundaries and 4 sixes between them. With Jayasuriya and Dilshan getting off to a flier, Sri Lanka looked good for a score in excess of 200, but it wasn’t to be.
The West Indies pulled it back well, Lendl Simmons doing most of the good work. His finished with figures of 4/19 in 3. The new batsmen could not continue in the same vein, and Sri Lanka ended on 192. Later, despite a valiant effort from Dwayne Bravo (51 off 38), the spin twins of Ajantha Mendis (2/25) and Muttiah Muralitharan (1/21) clogged the West Indian scoring rate.
Sri Lanka: Dilshan c Benn b Simmons 74, Jayasuriya lbw b Simmons 81, Sangakkara c Fletcher b Simmons 5, Jayawardene c Ramdin b Simmons 4, Mubarak not out 8, Silva c Ramdin b Taylor 7, Mathews not out 3; Extras (lb-5, w-4, nb-1) 10
Total (for 5 wkts in 20 ovrs) 192
Fall of wkts: 1-124, 2-147, 3-168, 4-172, 5-189
Bowling: Taylor 4-0-32-1, Edwards 2-0-37-0, Bravo 4-0-29-0, Benn 4-0-25-0, Pollard 3-0-45-0, Simmons 3-0-19-4.
West Indies: Simmons c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 29, Fletcher b Malinga 13, Marshall c Silva b Mendis, Chanderpaul b Mendis 1, Sarwan not out 27, Bravo c Mubarak b Malinga 51, Pollard not out 19; Extras (lb-4, w-17, nb-1) 22
Total (for 5 wkts in 19.5 ovrs) 176
Fall of wkts: 1-38, 2-70, 3-71, 4-73, 5-150
Bowling: Jayasuriya 3-0-34-0, Malinga 4-0-45-2, Udana 4-0-36-0, Mendis 4-0-25-2, Muralitharan 4-0-21-1, Mathews 0.5-0-11-0.
Result: Sri Lanka win by 15 runs.