Protecting champions West Indies had been eradicated from the semi-final race within the T20 Global Cup after a 20-run loss to Sri Lanka right here on Thursday as their ageing stars didn’t recreate the magic of the previous.
Going into the sport with two losses in 3 video games, the West Indies had been at all times up in opposition to it and Sri Lanka out-batted them by means of gathering 189 for 3 on a excellent batting floor. Pathum Nissanka (51 off 41) and Charith Asalanka (68 off 41) struck chic half-centuries to offer Sri Lanka the upper-hand. The West Indies may just simplest achieve 169 for 8 in spite of Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 81 off 54 balls.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga as soon as once more starred with with the ball taking two wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs. The West Indies, who’ve gained two of the ultimate 3 global titles, at the moment are mathematically out of the contest with two issues from 4 video games. Their ultimate recreation is in opposition to Australia on Saturday.
Sri Lanka batters performed with freedom and aptitude to arrange a frightening goal which end up to be too steep for West Indies, who may just by no means recuperate from a deficient begin to the run chase.
For Sri Lanka, it was once their first win of the Tremendous 12 degree and so they move house providing hopes for a shiny long run. The West Indies’ forgettable marketing campaign confirmed the wish to glance past greats like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo whilst rebuilding forward of the 2022 version.
Gayle’ struggles persevered and he was once the primary to leave for West Indies. Pacer Binura Fernando got rid of Gayle and Evin Lewis in the second one over to place excessive force at the opposition.
Nicholas Pooran (46) and Hetmyer batted neatly however wickets at common durations stored the West Indies at all times at the back of within the chase.
Previous, the in-form Nissanka and Asalanka loved batting at the floor. Nissanka performed some outrageous strokes en direction his 3rd half-century of the match. If the transfer hit was once no longer daring sufficient, the opener walked approach around the off stump to whip Ravi Rampaul against backward sq. leg for a boundary.
Asalanka too struck an elegant half-century and one of the crucial highlights of his innings was once a immediately slog sweep off Dwayne Bravo for a six.
With not anything to lose, Sri Lankan batters performed to their promising attainable and made the West Indies assault glance pedestrian. In addition they displayed that the way forward for Sri Lankan batting is in succesful arms and with extra revel in on the easiest stage, they’ll simplest recover.
Sri Lanka made 48 for one within the Powerplay with the lack of Kusal Perera, who performed neatly for his 29 off 21 balls. Andre Russell took a super catch to disregard him.
Nissanka and Asalanka then were given in combination and with their free-flowing strokeplay, put the West Indies assault underneath super force. After Nissanka’s dismissal, Asalanka went ballistic. Within the 18th over, he slog-swept Bravo for a immediately six sooner than smoking one over the bowler’s head for a boundary.
Skipper Dasun Shanka additionally chipped in with an unbeaten 25 off 14 balls within the loss of life overs.