Jayasuriya and Tillekeratne Dilshan hammered an opening stand of 124 as
Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by 15 runs in the World Twenty20 here on
The duo lifted Sri Lanka to 192-5, a total the West Indies chased
bravely despite the absence of explosive opener and captain Chris Gayle,
who missed the Group C match due to a knee injury.
The West Indians ended at 177-5, fired by a spectacular counter-attack
by Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan, who put on 77 off 59 balls for the
Bravo hit a 38-ball 51
that included five fours and two sixes, while Sarwan remained unbeaten
The match, watched by a sell-out crowd at Trent Bridge, held only
academic interest since both teams had already qualified for the Super
Eights at Australia’s expense.
Sri Lanka, who thumped Australia by six wickets in their first match,
are hot favourites to make the semifinals from Super Eights Group F
which includes Pakistan, Ireland and New Zealand.
The West Indies are drawn in the tougher Group E which also has
defending champions India, South Africa and hosts England.
Two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals.
Left-handed Jayasuriya, at 39 the oldest player in the 12-nation
tournament, smashed 81 off 47 balls that was studded with 10 boundaries
and three sixes.
Dilshan, who contributed just 38 in the century partnership, went on to
make 74 off 47 balls before he became one of seamer Lendl Simmons’ four
All-rounder Kieron Pollard bore the brunt of the Sri Lankan assault,
conceding 45 runs from his three overs.
The West Indies made a spirited reply, reaching 70-1 by the seventh over
before losing three wickets in the space of as many runs.
Two of those wickets fell in one over from spinner Ajantha Mendis, who
had Xavier Marshall caught in the deep before bowling danger man
Shivnarine Chanderpaul for one.
West Indies won toss
S T Jayasuriya lbw b Simmons 81
T M Dilshan c Benn b Simmons 74
*†K C Sangakkara c Fletcher b Simmons 5
D P M D Jayawardene c Ramdin b Simmons 4
L P C Silva c Ramdin b Taylor 7
J Mubarak not out 8
A D Mathew not out 3
Extras (lb5, w4, nb1) 10
Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 192
Did not bat: M Muralitharan, B A W Mendis, S L Malinga, I Udana
Fall: 1-124, 2-147, 3-168, 4-172, 5-189
Bowling: Taylor 4-0-32-1 (1nb); Edwards 2-0-37-0; Bravo 4-0-29-0 (3w);
Benn 4-0-25-0; Pollard 3-0-45-0 (1w); Simmons 3-0-19-4
L M P Simmons c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 29
A D S Fletcher b Malinga 13
X M Marshall c Silva b Mendis 14
S Chanderpaul b Mendis 1
R R Sarwan not out 28
D J Bravo c Mubarak b Malinga 51
K A Pollard not out 19
Extras (lb4, w17, nb1) 22
Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 177
Did not bat: *†D Ramdin, S J Benn, F H Edwards, J E Taylor
Fall: 1-38, 2-70, 3-71, 4-73, 5-150
Bowling: Jayasuriya 3-0-34-0 (1w); Malinga 4-0-45-2 (6w); Udana 4-0-36-0
(8w); Mendis 4-0-25-2; Muralitharan 4-0-21-1 (1w); Mathew 1-0-12-0 (1nb,
Result: Sri Lanka won by 15 runs
Man of the match: Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
Umpires: B F Bowden (New Zealand) and S J A Taufel (Australia). TV
umpire: I J Gould (England). Match referee: B C Broad (England)