Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sri Lanka beats West Indies by 15 runs

Sri Lanka have beaten West Indies by 15 runs having restricted them to 177/5 at the end of 20 overs.

Sri Lanka produced a wonderful batting display and made 192-5 in its Twenty20 World Cup game with West Indies at Trent Bridge. Openers Sanath Jayasuriya (81) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (74) flayed the West Indies bowlers to all parts of the ground as they put on 124 for the first wicket.

It was a good effort from a West Indies side which was without Gayle. Simmons played a good knock at the top of the order followed by a superb inning from Dwayne Bravo who scored 51 off 38 balls. At the end, they fell 15 runs short and if they reflect on the match, they would realise that they conceded as many runs in the field today with missed opportunities and fumbles at the boundary. It was a good game of cricket with over 360 runs being scored but the star of the show was Sanath Jayasuriya who played one of the best innings in the tournament so far.

Lendl Simmons, who took 4-19, was the only bowler to avoid punishment, as Sri Lanka hit 23 fours and six sixes. WI made a good fist of the chase inspite of not having Gayle. Bravo and Sarwan fought valiantly but it was too bigger a bridge to cross for the Windies. SL though will be pleased with their performance today with Jayasuriya coming back to form.

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