New Delhi. Sri Lanka, performing brilliantly, defeated the defending champions West Indies (SL vs WI) by 20 runs on Thursday. With this defeat, the hopes of the Windies team reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup-2021 also ended. Sri Lanka, captained by Dasun Shanaka, registered their second win in the Super-12 stage. In this match of the Super-12 stage played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka scored 189 runs in the stipulated 20 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. After this the Windies team could score 169 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer played a commendable innings of 81 runs and returned unbeaten.
Openers Pathum Nisanka and Charit Asalanka scored half-centuries for Sri Lanka. Charit Asalanka scored the highest 68 runs. He hit 8 fours and 1 six in his 41-ball innings. At the same time, Nisanka scored 51 runs in 41 balls with the help of 5 fours. Apart from him, wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera scored 29 and captain Dasun Shanaka scored an unbeaten 25. Andre Russell of West Indies took 2 wickets while Dwayne Bravo got 1 wicket.
Chasing the target of 190 runs, the Windies team had a very poor start and their 2 wickets fell to just 10 runs. Binura Fernando took 2 wickets in the second over of the innings. Chris Gayle 1 and Evin Lewis returned to the pavilion after scoring 8 runs. After this, Nicholas Pooran (46) took the innings forward with Roston Chase (9) and added 37 runs for the third wicket. Shimron Hetmyer came out after the dismissal of Chase. Pooran and Hetmyer shared a 30-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Pooran was sent to the pavilion by Dushmanta Chamira and the Windies team got the fourth blow on the team score of 77.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s Asalanka scored 68 runs in 41 balls in favorable conditions for batting. He shared a 91-run partnership for the second wicket with opener Pathum Nisanka (51 off 41 balls, five fours). Electing to bat first after losing the toss, Sri Lanka scored 48 runs in six overs of the powerplay and lost the wicket of Kusal Perera (29 off 21 balls). Perera had hit Ravi Rampaul for a six at deep square leg but Russell forced him to give back the catch by tumbling on a slow ball.
Asalanka and Nisanka batted strategically from here. Instead of playing long shots, he focused on rotating the strike and was successful in it. Meanwhile, he also brought loose balls to the boundary line and in the meantime did not allow the medium pace bowlers and spinners of West Indies. Sri Lanka reached triple digits in the 12th over. Nisanka sent Rampaul’s off-side delivery for four runs at square leg and then took two runs to complete his half-century in 39 balls. This is his third fifty in this format. After this, however, his timing was not right on Bravo’s slow ball and he gave an easy catch at ‘Cow Corner’.
Asalanka completed his half-century in 33 balls. To support them, captain Dasun Shanaka (25 not out off 14 balls) came to the crease, who is known for playing long shots. When Shanaka showed his attitude by hitting six and four on the holder, Asalanka sent Bravo’s ball for six runs. Soon after, Aslanka waved Russell’s ball in the air and caught Shimron Hetmyer.