Sri Lanka produced a complete performance as they cruised to a 57-run victory to book their place in Sunday’s World T20 final.
Tillakartne Dilshan’s wonderful World T20 continued as he, almost singlehandedly, helped Sri Lanka to their total of 158-5 of their 20 overs. Dilshan was once again in supreme form as he batted through the innings to finish on 96* from just 57 balls.
Sanath Jayasuriya and Dilshan put on 73 for the first wicket, but the West Indies came back, picking up three wickets as Sri Lanka limped to 77 for 3 in the 12th over, before Dilshan took control and guided his team to a defendable total.
It seemed certain that Dilshan would bring up the first century of the tournament, but he struggled to gain the strike with time running out, and ultimately fell four runs short of the milestone.
Sri Lanka made the perfect start in defence of their total as Angelo Matthews took three wickets in the opening over to leave the Windies in dire straights at 1-3 after the first over.
Skipper Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul attempted to rebuild the innings, but once the later was removed the writing was on the wall as the wickets continued to fall around Gayle as Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan took control.
Sri Lanka 158-5 (20 overs)
Tillakartne Dilshan 96*, Sanath Jayasuriya 24, Dwayne Bravo 2-32.
West Indies 101 (17.4 overs)
Chris Gayle 63*, Angelo Matthews 3- 16, Muttiah Muralitharan 3-29.
Sri Lanka won by 57 runs.
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