Welcome to the coverage of the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka from Abu Dhabi.
Charith Asalanka, POTM: Always glad to have a half-century and a match-winning knock for my country. Before this World Cup I hadn’t played a lot of T20 cricket. I asked senior players questions and wanted to get better and better by the day. I want to say, I was waiting for five years and I worked hard to come to the national side. This is my pay-off time. I just want to carry on, work hard and win more matches for my country.
It’s a shoot-out between South Africa and Australia for the second semifinals spot in Group 1. The Proteas take on England in its final game while the Aussies face the ousted West Indies.
WI 169/8 in 20 overs: Chameera rushes it to the pads first ball. Hetmyer slams it to mid-wicket and gets two runs. Chameera lands in the perfect yorker and Hetmyer fails to get it through and that puts West Indies out of contention for the semifinals. Hetmyer slams another SIX over extra cover as Chameera offers a hint of room. He lands another yorker and Hetmyer just about keeps it off the block-hole. That’s it. A convincing win for the Lankans who end their campaign on a high!
WI fails to reach semifinals for the first time since 2012
WI needs 34 in one over
WI 156/8 in 19 overs: Hetmyer fails to score off the first ball. He follows up with two straight sixes and a four through extra cover before failing to smash the fifth ball. He’s absolutely livid with himself. Chamika finishes with a fine delivery outside the off-stump and Hetmyer misses the slog, but sneaks in a bye.
WI needs 52 in 12 balls.
WI 138/8 in 18 overs: Hetmyer gets to FIFTY with a punch over extra cover that goes four. A little too late to celebrate or make sense of it as Sri Lanka keeps firm control of the proceedings.
WI 131/8 in 17 overs: Hasaranga to Bravo. OUT! Through the gates! Hasaranga completes his quote on a high as Bravo shimmies down and misses a straight one. The ball crashes into the stumps and West Indies move closer to the exit door. Dwayne Bravo b de Silva 2 (3b)
|Most wickets in a T20 WC edition: 16 – Wanindu Hasaranga (2021)*; 15 – Ajantha Mendis (2012); 14 – Dirk Nannes (2010)|
WI needs 66 in 24 balls.
WI 124/7 in 16 overs: Shanaka to Holder. OUT! Pulls it straight to deep. Karunaratne dives in and takes another ripper. Hold on, the umpires have opted to review the catch and the full-toss for height. Easy for the third-umpire, as Karunaratne has caught the ball well within his reach away from the ground. West Indies falling apart in a flash now. Bravo’s the new man in. Jason Holder c Karunaratne b Shanaka 8 (5b 1×6)
WI needs 80 in 30 balls.
WI 110/6 in 15 overs: Hasaranga to Pollard. OUT! Bowled him, a golden duck for the captain! Loops this one outside off as Pollard pulls out a hefty swing and misses! The ball turns from the deck and crashes into the off-stump. The wicket sums up the night for Polly’s men. What a season is this man having! Hasaranga keeps Hetmyer and Holder rooted to the crease and gives away just three runs in the successful over. Kieron Pollard b de Silva 0 (1b)
The defending champions are going out. Outplayed. Sri Lanka have played this perfectly so far.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 4, 2021
WI needs 83 runs in 36 balls.
WI 107/5 in 14 overs: Karunaratne to Russell. OUT! Straight up in the air and Karunaratne completes an easy catch. Is this it? The beginning of the end of a famed Caribbean line-up or will Pollard pull off the improbable once again? He’s in at 6. Hetmyer pummels a short delivery fiercely to the mid-wicket fence for FOUR. They need ’em coming at a brisk pace from here. Hetmyer lofts Karunaratne over mid-off and dangerously close to the fielder in the deep. de Silva fails to reach the ball and ends up conceding FOUR. FOUR more for Hetmyer! Fraction short on the good length and Hetmyer sits down and slaps the ball through mid-wicket and beats the fielders again. Andre Russell c & b Karunaratne 2 (4b)
WI 94/4 in 13 overs: Could well the phase of play in which West Indies would realise how have they put itself in such a situation on a brilliant wicket. Hasaranga keeps the big blades down to negate in singles.
WI needs 101 runs in 48 balls.
WI 89/4 in 12 overs: Chameera to Pooran. OUT! High in the air and taken in the deep! The pressure has gotten the better off him. With Hetmyer failing to find the boundaries, Pooran had to go at it. He mistimes it to the sub fielder Dananjaya who runs in from long-off to complete a fine catch. And quite oddly, Hetmyer finds a SIX the next ball. Short from Chameera and Hetmyer sends it miles past the mid-wicket fence. Nicholas Pooran c sub (de Silva) b Chameera 46 (34b 6×4 1×6)
WI 77/3 in 12 overs: Hasaranga squares up Hetmyer with a corker. The googly spins sharply from the leg-stump past Hetmyer’s outside-edge. He gapes and nods the beauty of the delivery. Hetmyer fails to up the scoring rate and there’s a lot of pressure on Pooran to accelerate from his end.
WI needs 118 from 10 overs. Here’s Hasaranga!
WI 72/3 in 11 overs: Theekshana bowls out with a decent over. Pooran gets a reverse sweep across for FOUR but the asking rate has jumped past 11.8.
WI 63/3 in 9 overs: The scoring rate has taken a crashing. Shanaka continues to flip through his bowlers and has kept the batters pinned to the crease. All this while Hasaranga is yet to take the ball tonight.
WI 59/3 in 8 overs: SL loses a review. Theekshana darts in a quick slider that keeps low and thuds Hetmyer’s pads from around the wicket. The umpire was unmoved but Shanaka opts for a review. The replays suggest Umpire’s Call on wickets and the decision stays.
WI 56/3 in 7 overs: Shanaka pins the batters to the crease and gives away no width whatsoever. Pooran and Hetmyer work across the line and finds a couple of singles.
Shanaka with the ball after PP
WI 52/3 in 6 overs: Karunaratne to Chase. OUT! Rajapakse pulls off a stunner at short mid-wicket! Chamika rushes Chase with a quicker one. He responds with a swift on-drive and Rajaspakse latches onto it in a flash while diving to his left. Pooran finishes the PowerPlay with a fierce cut behind point for FOUR. Roston Chase c Rajapaksa b Karunaratne 9 (8b 2×4)
Karunaratne replaces Binura
WI 43/2 in 5 overs: Chameera drills the ball into Chase who gets a bottom-edge on it. The ball skips to the third-man boundary for FOUR. Chameera offers a hint of width to Pooran who swings through the arc and lofts the ball over extra cover for FOUR.
Sadly, the T20 dynasty comes to an end. Winners in 2012, semi-finalists in 2014 and winners in 2016. @windiescricket will need to rebuild with its good crop of young players and evolve as the format has since those magical days! #dontbeleftbehind
— Samuel Badree (@qmanbad) November 4, 2021
Chameera into the attack
WI 34/2 in 4 overs: Dropped by Theekshana. Pooran pulls the short one and Theekshana slips one through his hands at square and the ball races for FOUR. Binura offers one in the slot and Pooran tonks it over long-on for SIX! Binura oversteps and ends up conceding another FOUR off the free hit. Deft work from Pooran as he cuts the ball over short third there.
WI 19/2 in 3 overs: Theekshana touches a tad too full and Pooran crunches him through extra cover for FOUR. He slides the ball back in Pooran gets a lucky inside-edge that runs fine and gets three runs.
WI 10/2 in 2 overs: Binura to Gayle. OUT! In the air and straight to mid-off! What a blow for West Indies. The big man cannot get his side to a flier. He takes a slow walk back and will that be a sign of things to come for West Indies? Gayle aims to make the early move on against the left-armer but fails to get any timing on the loft. Hasaranga times his jump well and sends the veteran packing. Lewis gets in on the job rightaway. He slams the short ball through mid-wicket for FOUR and follows up with another down the ground. Here comes the last ball of the over. Chopped on! Lewis has chopped it back on. Binura’s on a roll here as he sends the Windies openers back in the space of a couple of deliveries. Chris Gayle c de Silva b B Fernando 1 (5b); Evin Lewis b B Fernando 8 (6b 2×4)
Binura into the attack
WI 1/0 in 1 over: Theekshana starts with a flat trajectory to both left-handers. Gayle gets a single off the third ball and Lewis is cramped up in his crease. Top start here as he concedes a solitary run in the first over.
Theekshana with the new ball.
Back for the chase. Gayle and Lewis are at the centre.
Pollard’s men will look at this surface as a missed opportunity, wouldn’t they? In their desperate need to up the NRR, West Indies have ended up conceding 189 on a belter of a wicket. They will need to bring out their absolute best with the willow to seize this chase and push their run rate into the positive zone. At the very least, they cannot afford to slip-up. A loss would mean they are out of the race and would take away an extra chance to fight back in the final game against Australia on Saturday. WI needs to chase the target in seven overs to reach positive NRR.
SL 189/3 in 20 overs: Rampaul nails the block-hole with precision and concedes eight runs from the final over. West Indies has an uphill task from here as it needs 190 to win.
Rampaul to finish.
SL 180/3 in 19 overs: Russell to Asalanka. OUT! Straight to deep square leg. Russell bumps another one in and this time Asalanka gets a miscue on the pull. A sensational innings comes to an end and well, he’s executed his role to perfection. Charith Asalanka c Hetmyer b Russell 68 (41b 8×4 1×6)
SL 170/2 in 18 overs: Slower one from Bravo and Asalanka smokes it over the bowler for SIX. Pressure telling on the veteran as he follows up with three consecutive wides. Bravo hits the slot again and this time Asalanka does even batter as he lofts the ball down the ground. A neat swing through the arc and the southpaw holds his pose as Pollard fails to stop the ball. The skipper isn’t pleased one bit.
Asalanka surpasses Buttler as the leading run-scorer of T20 WC 2021.
SL 153/2 in 17 overs: Holder rolls in the slower delivery on length. Shanaka waits on it and pumps it to deep mid-wicket. Chase leaps in the air and unfortunately parries the ball over the fence for SIX. Holder attempts to finish with a yorker but Shanaka shimmies down and gets some wood on the ball and leads it to the third-man boundary for FOUR.
SL 137/2 in 16 overs: Bravo to Nissanka. OUT! Holes out to deep mid-wicket. Bravo rolls in the slower-one on the length angling in to Nissanka from around the wicket. He aims to swing it over mid-wicket but is cramped for room just a bit. He mistimes the shot and the ball comfortably lands in Hetmyer’s hands in the deep. Shanaka joins Asalanka. Asalanka weaves in a single to retain strike and gets his second fifty of the World Cup! Pathum Nissanka c Hetmyer b Bravo 51 (41b 5×4)
SL 132/1 in 15 overs: Fifty for Nissanka! Rampaul pushes the ball wide outside off, Nissanka shuffles across and flicks him behind square for FOUR. He follows up with a fierce cut for a quick and gets to his fifty. Asalanka then slams Rampaul to mid-wicket for another FOUR! These two are well evolving to be the next set of batting starts for the Lankan.s
SL 120/1 in 14 overs: Pollard wafts the ball in throughout and the batters stick their guard down and negotiate in singles. Just the eight off it and West Indies will aim to force a tight leash on Sri Lanka pretty soon.
Pollard replaces Bravo
SL 112/1 in 13 overs: The boundary fest continues! Russell overpitches outside off and Nissanka’s rash slog takes the outside-edge over short third for FOUR. Asalanka gets another FOUR as Russell strays to the pads. A simple flick off the wrist and the ball races to the third-man fence.
SL 101/1 in 12 overs: 100 up for Sri Lanka! This has been an excellent partnership between Asalanka and Nissanka. They did not let the scoring rate hamper in the recovery phase as West Indies continues to put up an iffy performance with the ball. Bravo goes for the wide yorker and Asalanka slides his bat down and guides beside short third for FOUR.
Bravo is back
SL 91/1 in 11 overs: Hossein cuts down on pace and keeps the ball wound to the stumps. Asalanka and Nissanka watchfully tread in singles, five of them before Nissank launches the reverse-sweep to good effect and finds three runs. Nissanka gets a top-edge on a ball gushing and it races to short third-man for FOUR.
Evin Lewis goes off the field due to an injury
SL 82/1 in 10 overs: Holder continues to bowl short but takes off pace conistent pace on the bat. Asalanka whips him to the deep twice, only to find two runs on both occasions.
SL 77/1 in 9 overs: Bravo floats in a slower ball outside off and Asalanka crunches it to the deep cover fence. Bravo continues to mix up his pace and is twice protected by the cover fielder.
Bravo with the ball.
SL 67/1 in 8 overs: Russell steams in to attack the stumps. Asalanka and Nissanka pierce the gaps and sneak in ones and twos. Bravo’s rolling his arm, looks like he’s up next.
SL 61/1 in 7 overs: This is class batting from the two youngsters. Hossein rolls in a quicker delivery outside the off-stump and Asalanka work it behind square for FOUR. His partner Nissanka joins the act with a delicate touch beside the keeper to third-man boundary.
Akeal Hossein replaces Rampaul
SL 48/1 in 6 overs: Russell to Perera. OUT! Lobs straight back and Russell takes a sensational catch. Russell greets the new man Asalanka with a bouncer. He top-edges it over the keeper for another FOUR to finish the Powerplay. Kusal Perera c & b Russell 29 (21b 2×4) 1×6)
Russell into the attack
SL 42/0 in 5 overs: Rampaul bangs it short and Perera pulls it over mid-wicket for SIX. The batters unleash their aggressive strokes and fetch 13 runs from the over.
SL 29/0 in 4 overs: Holder fends in the slower short ball to Perera who nearly lobs it back to him Holder follows up with another to Nissanka who gloves it down to the third fence for FOUR.
SL 21/0 in 3 overs: Rampaul tucks the ball into both batters but Perera and Nissanka work him through with ease. Seven runs come off it and West Indies seems in no rush to force a tough fight out of this one so far.
Rampaul replaces Chase
SL 14/0 in 2 overs: Sloppy start for Holder. He strays to Perera’s pads who nudges the ball down leg and fine to fetch four runs. Holder goes a tad to full and this time Perera lofts him over mid-wicket for FOUR.
Jason Holder from the opposite end
SL 6/0 in 1 over: Chase keeps a tight line to Nissanka who nudges the second ball to the on-side for a single. Chase floats the ball wide to Perera who goes hard at it and gets an outside-edge that trickles down to the third boundary.
Roston Chase with the new ball. Nissanka on strike.
Here we go! Sri Lanka’s openers Kusal Perera and Pethum Nissanka walk out to the middle. Kieron Pollard leads the Men in Maroon to the field
The players walk out for the national anthems.
West Indies XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran(w), Kieron Pollard(c), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul
Sri Lanka XI: Pethum Nissanka, Kusal Perera(w), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando
TOSS: West Indies wins the toss, opts to bowl – this is the same surface as yesterday’s IND – AFG match
Kieron Pollard: We are going to bowl first. That has been the nature of the competition. Expect a bit of dew here. For us, it’s important to win a cricket match. As a team, hopefully we can bowl well. I had a couple of days off, worked with the physio. We are playing the same team. We have not batted well, have another opportunity to put it right.
Dasun Shanaka | SL captain: We have played three games here, the wickets have flattened now. We tried our best. Our batting hasn’t delivered. If it had clicked, we could have made it to the semis. Kumara is out, Binura is in.
6:10PM IST: A massive win for the Aussie in Dubai have seen them leapfrog to the second spot. West Indies has its task cut out to do one better tonight and hope to beat Australia convincingly on Saturday to stand a chance to qualify for the semifinals.
Ridiculously easy for #Australia . Their primary objective was 2 points and an NRR above that of South Africa and they have managed both. They can now afford a loss to the #WestIndies as long as it is a very close game provided #SouthAfrica lose to #England
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 4, 2021
Head-to-head – WI vs SL
The two teams have met on seven earlier occasions in the T20 WC. Sri Lanka has the edge in the ICC event with five wins.
In all Twenty20 international games combined, both Sri Lanka and West Indies have won seven games each.
Defending champion West Indies will be desperate to address its batting woes and keep its slim semifinal hopes alive when it takes on an inexperienced Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup on Thursday.
After two back-to-back defeats, West Indies managed to revive its campaign with a scrappy three-run win over Bangladesh. The two-time champion’s chances of reaching the semifinals look very slim but it is not out of the race just yet.
It not only needs to win its last two fixtures to stay in the mix for the semis but also require dominant victories to improve its net run rate, which is the worst in the group.
The wins will not only improve West Indies chances but will also hurt fellow contender Australia’s chances of progressing and if South Africa lose against England, who are already through, then all three sides could finish on six points which will bring the net run rate into the equation.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka, which had won the title in 2014, slumped to its third consecutive defeat after a dominant victory in its campaign opener.
With just one match to go in their Super 12 campaign, Sri Lanka can finish on a maximum of four points which will not be enough to help them progress.
The West Indies bowlers sealed the win against Bangladesh with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder and Andre Russell bowling brilliantly at the death. The bowling unit has shown they are capable of defending decent totals.
Holder, who was added into the squad as a replacement for Obed McCoy, and debutant Roston Chase turned out to be valuable additions.
While Holder had an immediate impact with the ball (1/22) and the bat (15 off 5), Chase (39) anchored the innings as wickets tumbled at the other end.
In this episode of Matchpoint Paradox, Ayan Acharya and Amol Karhadkar review the latest from the T20 World Cup and other major updates from the world of cricket this past week.
The West Indies were also guilty of being sloppy in the field against Bangladesh, missing several run-out opportunities and dropping catches and need to improve on that front.
But most importantly, they urgently need to address their batting frailties.
The side, known for its flamboyant style of play, has failed miserably with the bat. Had it not been wicketkeeper batter Nicholas Pooran’s quickfire 22 ball 40 they would have lost to Bangladesh as well.
It will need to be better prepared to counter the wily Sri Lankan spin duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana, who have bamboozled the opposition batters.
For Sri Lanka, the pace trio of Chamika Karunaratne, Dushyant Chameera and Lahiru Kumara looked off-coloured against England. They will look to bowl in the right areas against a wobbly West Indies.
As many as six Sri Lankan batters got good starts against England but failed to capitalise. But opener Kusal Perera can be dangerous while Pathum Nissanka showed he can tonk the ball over the park.
The role of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who has shown glimpses of his talent, will also be crucial.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka would be expecting rookie Charith Asalanka, who shone in the team’s win in the opener, and Avishka Fernando to make key contributions. Playing their last game of the tournament, Sri Lanka will hope to conclude the campaign with a win. – PTI
WI vs SL PROBABLE PLAYING XI
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dusmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
WI vs SL DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM
Wicketkeeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batters – Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Evin Lewis, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka
All-rounders – Jason Holder (vc), Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Roston Chase
Bowlers – Ravi Rampaul, Akeal Hosein, Maheesh Theekshana
Team Composition: WI 6:5 SL Credits left: 2.5
WI vs SL SQUADS
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando
West Indies (58%)
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S MATCH IN T20 WORLD CUP 2021 – WI vs SL?
The T20 World Cup 2021 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka will be aired live on the Star Sports Network at 7:30pm IST. The online live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.