Sri Lanka and West Indies came in to this game both having won their first match on Thursday. The winner in this match would be one step closer to sealing a spot for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka have looked very strong and a balanced side, whereas West Indies have had some troubles in their bowling department.
Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat relying on Chris Gayle. Sri Lanka had other plans as both openers were dismissed within the first 6 overs. The danger man Gayle scored just 2 runs. Sri Lanka kept the pressure on till the end despite a half-century from Marlon Samuels and a cameo from Dwayne Bravo. Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers with returning figures of 2-12. West Indies ended up scoring 129 runs at the loss of 5 wickets. The West Indian bowlers were left with a hard task.
Sri Lanka didn’t show any signs of trouble while chasing down the target despite losing Dilshan early. The experienced pair of the skipper Jayawardene and ex-skipper Sangakarra saw Sri Lanka through with Mahela scoring 65 off 49 balls and Sangakarra 39 off 34. This was Sri Lanka’s biggest victory in terms of balls remaining in the innings (28). The Captain Mahela Jayawardene was rightly declared man of the match.
Sri Lanka now sit on top of their group table with 4 points in the bag. However the fate of all the teams in the group will remain undecided until Monday when Sri Lanka meet England and West Indies meet New Zealand.
The blog was first published on the defunct KheloPakistan.com.