Rain played a key Role in the 1st semi-final of 2014 ICC World Twenty20 as Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 27 runs through D/L method. Sri Lanka put up 160 with help of some good contributions. Later Sri Lankan Captain’s brilliance with ball slowed down the opposition’s rate in the chase which later helped to take the rain affected game. If the rain spoils sport in the 2nd semis also without any result possible, India will pass through to final as they ended as Group Toppers.
Chasing 161 to enter semis, West Indies scored 17 runs before even four legal balls were bowled. Starting with a four and followed by a Six Smith took over Kulasekara. On other hand he bowled 6 wides to Gayle. But after that poor start, Sri Lanka came back into the game really well their captain Malinga removed both the openers in 5th over. West Indies came down to 28/2 in 5 overs. West Indies moved slowly due to some tight bowling from Sri Lankan bowlers. Adding to their troubles Simmons was dismissed by Prasanna in 8th over, with just 34 on the board. But with Bravo’s entry the WI’s rate slowly got up but Samuels struggling on other end the required run rate kept on increasing.
At 10 overs they were 53/3 with another 108 needing. Bravo kept the chase on scoring 30 off just 19 balls but fell in 14th over to Kulasekara. Unfortunately in the same over rain came doing pouring and lasted for about 40 minutes. But that time was enough to call of as Hail Strom kept on and made the outfield like a lake. When rain stopped the play West Indies were 80/4 in 13.5 overs and were 27 runs behind according to D/L par score.
Earlier, Sri Lankan Captain Lasith Malinga chooses to bat after winning the toss. The Sri Lankan openers made judgement to his decision as they gave a flying start. Against the West Indies strike bowlers of the tournament, Kusal Perera took over Santokie and Badree as he smashed 26 off just 12 balls smashing 2 fours and two sixers. He put on 41 for the 1st wicket with Dilshan in just overs before got bowled off Santokie. But that start went in vain as Sri Lanka lost their senior batsmen Jayawardene and Sangakkara in quick succession cheaply. Jayawardene got run-out without facing a delivery in 5th over and Sangakkara fell to Samuel Badree giving a return catch to him for just 1 run. The Sri Lankan rate slowed in that process adding Sunil Narine and Badree’s tight bowling as they could just put 65/3 halfway stage.
Dilshan and Thirimanne took the Sri Lankan innings to aside as they put on 43 runs 7.1 overs stopping the fall of wickets before Dilshan fell for run a ball 39, courtesy of direct hit by Simmons. Thirimanne and Mathews took the responsibility of accelerating the innings as they both put on 30 in 21 balls before Santokie removed Thirimanne who scored a 35-ball 44, which included 3 fours and 2 sixers. With 3 overs remaining Prasanna joined in who came into the team as replacement for Thisara Perera played a watching role at non-strikers end as Mathews did the damage. These both put on 39 runs off last 3 overs off which 33 came in last 2 overs itself. Mathews took over Santokie and Russell in last two overs where he hammered 27 runs in 9 balls he face and got dismissed off the last ball of innings. Angelo Mathews smoked a 40 runs in 23 balls. His knock contains 3 fours and 2 sixers.
Player of the Match: AD Mathews (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka: 160/6 in 20 overs (HDRL Thirimmane 44, AD Mathews 40; K Santokie 2/46, S Badree 1/25) defeated West Indies: 80/4 in 13.5 overs (DJ Bravo 30, MN Samuels 18*; SL Malinga 2/5, S Prasanna 1/15) by 27 runs (D/L method)