Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene’s 98 laid the foundation for an emphatic 57-run victory over the West Indies.
It was a sublime, low risk innings that deserved a second century of the tournament for the Sri Lankan maestro. He fell agonisingly short, but the weight of his contribution was significant, and it was ultimately decisive to the outcome.
Credit also to Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 68 in a 166-run partnership with Jayawardene. He has struggled with the willow in recent weeks, but this could be the innings that signals the turning point. Certainly Sri Lanka will hope so.
In reply, the Windies could only muster a paltry 138-8, their talisman Chris Gayle and banker Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributing just 16 runs between them.
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo steadied the innings, but both perished in attempting to up the ante to leave the Windies reeling at 83/4 with seven overs remaining.
Andre Fletcher struggled to hit the ball off the square and this compounded the pressure on his partner, the powerful Kieron Pollard. The remainder of the Windies batters crumbled under the pressure of expectation and will have to improve exponentially if they hope to advance in this tournament.
Sri Lanka 195-3 (20 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 98, Kumar Sangakkara 68
West Indies 138-8 (20 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 28, Ajantha Mendis 3-24, Lasith Malinga 3-28
Sri Lanka win by 57 runs
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