MATCH HIGHLIGHT : SRI LANKA END DEFENDING CHAMPIONS’ SEMI FINAL DREAM

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 20 runs in their last match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.

Defending the target of 190, Sri Lanka restricted West Indies to 169/8 with a superb bowling show by Wanindu Hasaranga (2/19) and Binura Fernando (2/24). Shimron Hetmyer top-scored for West Indies with his unbeaten 81-run knock, followed by Nicholas Pooran (46). Earlier Sri Lanka scored 189 runs in 20 overs,

where Charith Asalanka top-scored with his 68 runs. Asalanka added 91 runs for the second wicket with opener Pathum Nissanka (51) who smashed his second fifty of the ongoing T20 World Cup. With this loss, West Indies have been knocked out of the tournament.

Kieron Pollard (West Indies Captain) said post match Presentation ,

“I think we were below par. In a crucial match like this, you don’t want to see those things (for fielding). Our bowlers did okay, they got 189 but it was a very good batting track. The way Sri Lanka played, they didn’t bat us out of the game but played very smartly. Only 3 sixes but 17 fours, so they didn’t give us chances. Ran a lot of twos.Hetmyer batted brilliantly at the end,

that’s what we know he can do as an individual. Come in early, knock the ball around and explode at the end. That’s what we want to see from him, a bit more consistency. Him and Pooran, we know we have these guys. I think cricket smarts is something that has plagued us. We have spoken time and time again especially from a batting perspective what we need to do as individuals and we have not done well.

A couple of young guys are putting up their hands but the experienced guys, myself included, have not done well. We are not going to hide from the fact that it’s been disappointing for us. I’m sure all the guys are hurting in that dressing room. It’s something we didn’t see coming but we have to face reality.”

 

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