World Twenty20 2014: Sri Lanka v West Indies as it happened

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 27 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method to reach the World Twenty20 final.

3 April 2014 Last updated at 12:24 GMT

As it happened

  1. 17:40: 

    India in 2007, Pakistan in 2009, England in 2010, West Indies in 2012 - who will it be in 2014. with only Sri Lanka, India and South Africa left in the tournament? Those three teams will be narrowed down to two tomorrow when India take on South Africa at 14:00 BST.

    But before that, England meet South Africa in the second women's semi-final at 09:30 - and I hope you'll join us (and TMS) for that one tomorrow morning. Until then, enjoy your evening and don't forget your umbrella.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Antony Stewart: Really the D/L calculation needs a Darren Sammy variable.

    Tom Flanagan: How on earth can you use the Duckworth/Lewis method in T20, it kills all excitement and interest in the sport. DL in T20 simply doesn't work, as Sammy could prove if they ever get back on!

    Junior Uzzy: They should play tomorrow and finish the game off.

    There is a reserve day for the final(s) - but not any other games.

  3. 17:33: 

    So, once more the holders fail to defend their trophy - and of the three teams left in the men's tournament, two of them have never won it before.

  4. 17:32: 

    On TMS at the moment, there's another chance to hear Aggers' interview with England captain Charlotte Edwards - you can watch a video version of this on the BBC Sport website.

  5. 17:30: 


    Lasith Malinga
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If they get any more cricket tonight, it'll be absolutely amazing from where they were 20 minutes ago."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    More from ICC chief David Richardson on DRS: "In the third umpire's room now there is a big screen which can be divided up into 6-8 pictures - he's like a TV director. The other day, there was a catch - Jayawardene - everyone watching TV at home would have seen different TV replays.

    "Unfortunately the third umpire was watching different pictures, saw a better close-up at a better frame rate. It looked like the ball touched the ground, and on that basis he'd given it not out. What should have happened is that the TV producer should switch to what the umpires are watching. He was showing replays on his own without realising the umpire was watching his own pictures. The third umpire can also now make a quicker decision on no-balls."

  8. 17:24: 

    And with the County Championship season beginning on Sunday, a reminder that you can hear ball-by-ball commentary on every county match via the BBC Sport website and the network of BBC local and national radio stations.

    Selected games throughout the season will also be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - starting on Monday with day two of Sussex v Middlesex.


    More from ICC chief David Richardson on crooked-arm spinners: "We are up to phase three of a project which will take us another two to three years, we're hoping to have a simple set-up where a bowler suspected of an illegal action will have to bowl with two sensors on his joint, and we can analyse an action. The idea would be to identify a bowler during the game. We're still not 100%, but the guys who are in charge of the research project are confident.

    "Umpires are still authorised to no-ball players on the pitch, and I like to think we backed them when they did - but the controversy that arose from when players were no-balled, such as Muralitharan - I can understand why umpires are reluctant to do so."

    The Duckworth/Lewis debate- Emsil

    Seb in Hong Kong: Duckworth/Lewis scoring system is a joke in Twenty20 where any over out of the 20 can completely change the game. It just favours a team who score quickly at the start of their innings - not West Indies in this tournament! How sad it would be to see the semi decided by this and rob us of another grandstand finish from the Windies.


    ICC chief executive David Richardson on TMS, the "crooked-arm spinners" debate: "There certainly are some crooked arms. Whether those arms stay crooked throughout the bowling action and are therefore illegal... I'm not always 100% sure. I think there are some that are, and some that aren't.

    "We are going to battle until we've got the technology that can identify an action in a match condition, otherwise bowlers will bowl with a different action in a lab."

  12. 17:17: 

    Looking ahead to tomorrow, it's a South African double - with a women's semi-final against England at 09:15 BST, and a men's semi-final against India at 14:00. You can hear commentary on both games on TMS, and live text commentary on both right here.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It'll be a miracle if they get any more play, but they're doing their best with a super sopper. The journalists in the overflow press area have been marooned by overflowing water."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  14. 17:14: 

    If you're just joining us, we're beyond the scheduled close of play as we've been off for rain for half an hour, the ground is completely saturated, and the word from TMS in Mirpur is that we're just waiting for the inevitable to be confirmed.

    At some point, we think it will be announced that Sri Lanka have won on Duckworth-Lewis and are through to the final.


    ICC chief executive David Richardson on TMS, on the decision to drop the propsed World Test Championship: "As an event itself, a semi-final and final - it's not going to be the end of the world for Test cricket if it doesn't take place. Test series had been uneconomical for people - the Test fund for people has enabled people to play Test series and make money from it.

    "Overall [these changes to the ICC are] not the end of the world. We are, and we will remain, a members' organisation."

    The Duckworth/Lewis debate- Email

    John Ross: Does Duckworth Lewis work for 20-over matches as lower-order batsmen can easily win a match? Is there any alternative?

    Duckworth-Lewis is rather like parliamentary democracy, in my personal view. Not perfect... but the least worst thing we've tried so far.


    David Richardson on TMS, on the recent changes at the ICC with England, India and Australia taking control: "I don't think it's practically changed anything that has happened in the past. Those three countries have always been most influential.

    "There's nothing worse than spending six months working on an initiative only to see it get killed.

    "Having India, England and Australia involved in a daily basis - to me that can only be good, as long as they take their responsibilities seriously, it should be an improvement."

  18. 17:05: 

    If pedalos are required, is it too late for a Flintoff comeback?

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no way they're going to get out there unless they're in pedalos. It's still raining and it's coming down hard. Hailstones the size of golf balls. Although there's an hour that can be added on today, they'll need more than that."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    David Richardson on TMS: "There are occasions where teams sit around for too long at these tournaments - if we can solve that in future, from the 2019 World Cup onwards, I think that would help. It's still a lot shorter than an Ashes tour. I think the people who complain most are the hard-working journalists, rather than the fans, especially those from the countries who don't play on the big stage."

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    Matt Coleman: How much does Duckworth/Lewis factor in for Sammy being not out?


    David Richardson on TMS: "At times you see some exceptional skill among the Bangladesh batsmen, they've got the spinners, so there's no reason why they can't be more competitive than they are. They're just not been able to put it together for a sustained period."

  23. 17:00: 

    Meanwhile, on TMS, it's time to hear another chunk of Aggers' interview with ICC chief executive David Richardson.

    Women's World Twenty20

    More from England pace bowler Anya Shrubsole: "Turning professional [on 1 May] won't mean much to me personally as I'm still doing a degree, but hopefully it will mean there's more time for us to spend together and push ourselves forward."

    You can hear commentary on tomorrow's England-South Africa semi-final from 09:15 BST on TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - with live text commentary here on the BBC Sport website.

  25. 16:58: 

    If you're just joining us, the fear is that you've missed the last of today's cricket - it's still lashing down with thick, Salfordian rain in Mirpur - the outfield is almost becoming a lake.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's barely any of the outfield that isn't under water. They won't get back on here - there's no way."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

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    Shohidur Rahman: Gayle and Samuels are massively to blame. A combined total of 21 off 42 balls is just not good enough.

    Women's World Twenty20

    More from Anya Shrubsole: "We have our feet firmly on the floor, we know we've got a big job to do before we can even think about the final. But we thrive under pressure, we performed well in those last three group games and that's what's got us here. We're getting more support every day, and I think we're getting the support regardless of how the men are doing."

    You can hear commentary on tomorrow's England-South Africa semi-final from 09:15 BST on TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - with live text commentary here on the BBC Sport website.

  29. 16:53: 
    Women's World Twenty20

    TMS are now hearing from England pace bowler Anya Shrubsole, who has combined tournament figures of 10-57 from 16 overs.

    "I think I've been bowling well for the last 18 months, but there's a lot of hard work to go. The important thing is taking that form into the semi-final."

  30. 16:52: 

    While the hail falls, I can direct you to a couple of other things to read - Australia's women have booked their place in Sunday's final after beating West Indies earlier today.

    And there's a special feature on the (noble?) art of death bowling on the BBC Sport website. As if West Indies need reminding, even if they do get back on, there's still two more overs of toe-crushing slingy yorkers from Lasith Malinga to come.


    Owen Williams in London: Does this chase by West Indies show how good England's run chase against Sri Lanka was? The one ray of light of the winter!

    Chris Gilbert: I wonder what the odds are of England ending up being the only team to beat Sri Lanka in the tournament? Got to be worth a punt.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It feels inconceivable there will be any more play."

  33. 16:49: 
    Hailing frequencies open

    With the hail lashing down on the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, even the ground staff have been give the signal to leave the covers where they are, and leg it for the pavilion. One of them falls over in slapstick manner.

    Some of those hailstones are so big, they could even be ice cubes lobbed down from the hospitality boxes (if there are any).

  34. 16:46: 
    It's raining (and hailing)

    Spectators are running for cover, the ground staff have dragged the covers onto the square but it's raining hard now, there's not much more they can do. It's now hailstones falling on the covers.

    I blame the person who said after 12 overs that it wouldn't rain. Me, I'm afraid...

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The only positive is, when it rains this hard, you think the rain will go away fast."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  36. 16:44: 

    Fair to say, Sri Lanka are well ahead on Duckworth-Lewis - with one ball left of the 14th over, with four wickets down, West Indies would need to have 108 on the board at the end of this over to be up with the par score.

  37. 13.5 overs: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- WI 80-4 (target 161)

    Darren Sammy is the new batsman. It will need another heroic knock from one of the nicest men in cricket to rescue the Caribbean ship which is heading for the rocks. (Not inappropriately, Bangladesh has one of the world's biggest ship-breaking yards - in Chittagong, no less). Samuels adds a two, while a crazy leg bye almost runs Sammy out without facing.

    Hang on, the umpire's had has just flown off... and they're going off for rain.

    Text 81111

    Sam in Broadstairs: Cue Mr Sammy...

  39. 13.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bravo c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 30 (WI 77-4)

    Kulasekara does return for real, this time. Samuels shovels a single to mid-on, and Bravo perishes as eh aims a big hit over square leg and is caught by the diving Jayawardene running in from the rope. A good catch, ending a decent knock of 30 from 19 balls.

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a period of the game that West Indies often dominate and we are coming up to that."

  41. 16:37: 

    Another flash of lightning in the distance. Umpires confer. If you remember, lightning curtailed the England-New Zealand game - although some felt the umpires should have taken the players off earlier than they did.

  42. 13 overs: 
    WI 76-3 (target 161)

    Darren Sammy is practising some big hits in the Windies dug-out. It looks for a minute as if Kulasekara's coming back on, but Sri Lanka persist with Herath for his last over. A sweet cover drive brings Samuels four, but he fails to punish a low full toss as he hits it straight to Malinga - in his incongruous white sunhat, as he always is for floodlit games - at mid-wicket. A single takes him to 15 from 25 balls... but Bravo is cooking with gas, he hoists a six over long-off. Herath finishes with 0-28 from his four - 85 from 42 balls needed.

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    Small Man Peaky: Gayle hasn't been himself for a long time now. Takes way too long to get going every time now.

  44. 12 overs: 
    WI 65-3 (target 161)

    Prasanna takes a rest and medium-pacer Angelo Mathews, fresh from his cameo batting innings (40 from 23 balls) is on as Sri Lanka's sixth bowler. Bravo starts with a single, Samuels keeps picking out fielders, using up three dot balls before he can reach double figures with a single. Bravo powerfully drives through the off side but another good stop in the deep restricts him to a single. Anotehr good over for Sri Lanka, three from it, means West INdies need 97 from 48 balls - the rate's upwards of 12.

    And if it were to rain now - which it won't, although TMS's Simon Mann has seen some lightning in the distance - Sri Lanka would win by 26 runs on Duckworth-Lewis.

    Marlon Samuels
  45. 11 overs: 
    WI 61-3 (target 161)

    Herath wheels away for his third over, and after a couple of singles, Bravo cracks him for four through mid-wicket, At the risk of a commentator's curse, Bravo looks like he's seeing the ball very well. A legside wide and another single mean Bravo has 21 from 14 balls, Samuels is still in second gear on nine from 17. West Indies need exactly 100 from 54 balls.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies will feel if they leave themselves 50-55 off the last five, with wickets in hand they can get them."

  47. 10 overs: 
    WI 53-3 (target 161)

    Bravo drives Prasanna for a four through extra cover, which is applauded by Windies women's captain Merissa Aguilleira, watching from the team's dug-out. A single takes Bravo to 12 from nine balls, Samuels rotates the strike, and some good work by Dilshan on the boundary turns what looks a likely Bravo four into two.

    We've reached the halfway point - West Indies need 108 more from 60 balls. Time for a Caribbean calypso finish? Or a calypso collapso?

    Dwayne Bravo
  48. 9 overs: 
    WI 44-3 (target 161)

    Herath to continue, Samuels can only manage a two and a single, and the slow left-armer is quickly through his over as Bravo glances the last ball for a single to long leg. 117 from 66 needed. Are we seeing the calm before the storm, or the calm before the collapse?

  49. 8 overs: 
    WI 40-3 (target 161)

    Dwayne Bravo strides to the middle, he guides his first ball for a two to deep extra cover. Prasanna, hair sticking up like he's just got out of bed, keeps it tight until Bravo pulls the last ball of the over for four. 121 needed from 72 balls - who's your money on?

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the beauty of keeping someone back, you don't quite know what to expect, a tale of the unexpected. Plumb lbw and the West Indies in a certain amount of disarray, except they have got Sammy and Bravo to try and get them out of rather a big hole."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  51. 7.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Simmons lbw b Prasanna 4 (WI 34-3)

    Our first look at leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna, and he strikes first ball as Simmons tries to run one down to third man and is hit on the flap of his pad as the ball hurries on. West Indies are at sixes and sevens here.

    Seekkuge Prasanna
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Herath bowls as if he's bowling in a Test match, with a length you think is so vulnerable because the batsmen could get underneath it. But it's a semi-final."

  53. 7 overs: 
    WI 34-2 (target 161)

    Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka's demon bowler against New Zealand, is into the attack, Samuels and Simmons manage some ones and twos but the required rate (9.76) is nearly in double figures. They need 127 from 78 balls.

  54. 6 overs: 
    WI 30-2 (target 161)

    Senanayake off, Kulasekara back for the final powerplay over, and West Indies have to rebuild here. Simmons manages a single, Samuels punches one into the covers and they try a risky single but the throw is wide. At this stage, Sri Lanka were 48-2.

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    Vinny Person: People forget Sri Lanka's pedigree when it comes to T20 and ODI World Cups. Statistically the most consistent team around.

  56. 5 overs: 
    WI 28-2 (target 161)

    Marlon Samuels is the new batsman - who took Sri Lanka to the cleaners in the final of this competition in 2012 in Colombo, whacking a match-winning 78 from 56 balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's the same delivery, almost, that got Gayle, the off cutter. They know it's coming but sometimes that's not enough, they can't pick it up. Perhaps it's a masterstroke giving him that captaincy."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  58. 4.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Smith b Malinga 17 (WI 28-2)

    Lendl Simmons is in at three. He drills his first ball for a single - West Indies add a couple more before Malinga strikes again as Smith is bowled through the gate. Two in the over for the rampaging Slinger, who must think this captaincy lark is easy...

    Lasith Malinga
    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Gayle is extraordinary. It looked like he didn't pick it up and he ended up poking at it. Some of the greats in this match have had very forgettable games."

  60. 4.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Gayle b Malinga 3 (WI 25-1)

    Malinga keeps himself on for a second over, and is vindicated as Gayle edges onto his stumps! A most un-Gayle-like innings is ended.

    Chris Gayle
  61. 4 overs: 
    WI 25-0 (target 161)

    Gayle knocks Senanayake for a single, Smith tries to chop one through the off side but misses. A big heave through the leg side... falls safely and they run two.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Smith is out there to be the all-out aggressor, Gayle is the cagey one now."

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  63. 3 overs: 
    WI 22-0 (target 161)

    It's Captain Sling! Kulasekara's off after that expensive first over and curly-haired skipper Lasith Malinga is on with his idiosyncratic slingy yorkers. A fumble at short fine leg allows Smith a single, Gayle is watchful and looks happy to see off Malinga at this stage, a single off the last ball means he has two from 10 balls. Smith, by contrast, has 14 from eight.

  64. 2 overs: 
    WI 20-0 (target 161)

    Off-spinner - that's what it says on the tin at any rate; he doesn't do anything with his left arm and just rolls his right arm over - Sachithra Senanayake will bowl the second over. Smith knocks a single to leg, Gayle is off the mark with a gentle single to deep mid-wicket, and a single takes Smith to 13 from six balls.

  65. 1 over: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- WI 17-0 (target 161)

    Gayle can afford to play himself in at this rate, he survives an lbw appeal when he was a stride or two down the pitch (and it pitched well outside leg stump).

    Nuwan Kulasekara
  66. 0.3 overs: 
    WI 17-0 (target 161)

    Smith drills a single to Jayawardene - who still seems to be directing a lot of the traffic in the field - at long-on. Kulasekara fires a wide behind the legs of the left-handed Chris Gayle, the next ball is equally loose and scoots past keeper Sangakkara for five wides. After three legitimate balls of the innings, West Indies are well on track.

  67. 0.2 overs: 
    WI 10-0 (target 161)

    No looseners needed for Smith, who chips Kulasekara's first ball for four through cow corner, despite a despairing dive from Malinga. Next ball, he hoists it over mid-wicket for six into the stands. Boom Boom!

    Dwayne Smith
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    Charlie Thompson: The stage is set for a Gayle force wind to sweep the Windies into the final!

  69. 15:40: 

    We're nearly ready to resume - Chris Gayle, despite his crack on the ankle earlier, is fit to open with regular partner Dwayne Smith. Captain Lasith Malinga is ready to unleash Nuwan Kulasekara with the new ball. And as we've observed, he has plenty of former captains to call on in the field. Some more than others...


    David Oldfield: Here I am sitting in Turkey following TMS on my computer. I would dearly love for West Indies to get this total. They have been so exciting in the competition, they deserve to get to the final.

  71. 15:38: 
    Windies beware?

    If you weren't around for Monday's final group game, Sri Lanka defended a much lower total than 160 against Sri Lanka. Having been bowled out for 119, they bowled New Zealand out for 60. Slow left-armer Rangana Herath - one of the most innocuous-looking bowlers in world cricket - had astonishing figures of 3.3-2-3-5. That's 3.3 overs, two maidens, five wickts for three runs.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We reckon we've seen nine bowlers at this tournament with suspect actions - all of them spinners."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  73. 15:33: 

    So who's your favourites to make the final at this stage? Will West Indies need to rely on Darren Sammy's long levers at the death, yet again?

  74. 15:31: 
    David Richardson

    David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council, has his say during the interval on the governing body's new format - with India, England and Australia effectively in charge of the world game.

    He tells Test Match Special: "I don't think it's practically changed anything that has happened in the past. Those three countries have always been most influential.

    "Having India, England and Australia involved in a daily basis - to me that can only be good, as long as they take their responsibilities seriously, it should be an improvement."

    You can hear more from David Richardson during the intervals between innings over the next few days on TMS.


    West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels: "It's a very good total on this ground and it's already on the board so we have to go out there and get it."

  76. 15:29: 

    So, West Indies need to score 161 to reach the final. Can they succeed where their women's team fell at the final hurdle earlier today?

    Don't forget, a tie would mean a super over. (Its technical name is an OOPSE - a one-over-per-side eliminator).

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka needed that impetus in that last over and they feel they can exert some pressure now. It's scoreboard pressure."

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  78. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- Mathews c Bravo b Russell 40 (SL 160-6)

    Mathews swings at a low full toss and is brilliantly caught by the tumbling Bravo racing in from deep mid-wicket. What a catch! And a dot ball means it's 15 from the last over.

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    Dwayne Bravo
  79. 19.5 overs: 
    SL 160-5

    Three balls to go, Russell strays with another wide, then is punished further as Mathews flays another wide delivery over extra cover for six. A bouncer is hooked for four over square leg - that was nearly another six. Last ball to come...

  80. 19.3 overs: 
    SL 149-5

    By process of elimination, it's Russell to bowl, he starts with a yorker which Mathews swipes to third man for a single. Prasanna clubs the ball straight to point but with both sets of stumps unguarded, the fielder holds the ball and allows a single rather than risking overthrows. Mathews runs another two but it's signalled as one short by umpire Kettleborough. Russell then sends down a wide out of Mathews' reach.

    Angelo Mathews
  81. 19 overs: 
    SL 145-5

    It's almost another six for Mathews as he steps back and hammers an inside-out first-bounce four past long-off. A single takes him to 28 from 18 balls, Prasanna helps himself to a two. Santokie finishes with 2-46, a little more expensive than he's usually been.

    And with West Indies' four main bowlers bwoled out, I wonder who will bowl the last over - Russell (who's been expensive), Gayle (who we think is still off the field injured), Bravo (who we think hasn't bowled because of an injury which prevented him bowling against Pakistan) or captain Sammy (who hasn't bowled today, ditto part-timer Dwayne Smith whose medium pace would be fodder to Mathews at this stage)?

  82. 18.2 overs: 
    SL 138-5

    Santokie is blasted for six over long-on by Mathews, a clean hitter at this stage of the innings. Next ball, another heave is wide of Bravo at long-on and that's four.

  83. 18 overs: 
    SL 128-5

    Prasanna goes big, hoisting it over deep mid-wicket, will it be six or out? It's neither - Dwayne Bravo prevents the six, throws the ball in just before his momentum takes him over the rope and a team-mate helps out with the fielding as Prasanna runs three. Mathews adds a single to keep the strike. Narine finishes with 0-20 from his four.

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    Gilad: All the WI need not need now is to lose Chris Gayle to injury it would be a big loss.

    Chris Gayle
  85. 17.3 overs: 
    SL 124-5

    Seekkuge Prasanna is the new batsman - as well as bowling leg-spin, apparently he can give it a bit of a bash down the order - in his nascent T20 international career (two games before today), he has a strike rate of 208. Narine will bowl his last over, Mathews adds a two and a single and there's a slip in for the new batsman, who plays and misses at his first ball.

    Ian Bishop, Ex-West Indies bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good catch by one of the safer fielders, Lendl Simmons, who times his jump. It's very difficult for batsmen in these conditions to re-set themselves when they have been deceived by a slower ball, and that is why pace off the ball is so important."

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  87. 17 overs: 
    WICKET- Thirimanne c Simmons b Santokie 44 (SL 121-5)

    Left-arm seamer Santokie returns, Thirimanne swipes a four over short third man, but perishes when he doesn't pick a slower ball and pops an easy catch to backward point. His 44 came from 34 balls. Three overs left.

    Lahiru Thirimanne
  88. 16 overs: 
    SL 112-4

    West Indies turn back to their most economical bowler, Sunil Narine, who will bowl two of the last five overs. Mathews and Thirimanne help themselves to three singles and a two - Narine has 0-13 from three. In fact, he's not only got the best economy rate in this match, but he has the best in the tournament.


    Rob in London: Has Geoffrey Boycott been teaching how to run between the wickets in Sri Lanka?

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
  90. 15 overs: 
    SL 107-4

    Samuels, normally lively in the field, lets one through his legs at third man to gift Thirimanne a four. A single brings up the hundred for Sri Lanka, Mathews clips one to fine leg and this time Samuels gets the long barrier out. But just as it looks a half-decent over by Russell, Thirimanne gets up on one leg and swipes the 278th six of the tournament over point.

  91. 14.2 overs: 
    OUCH!- SL 95-4

    A rare outing for seam as Russell returns - indeed, it's only the second over of the innings quicker than medium pace. Thirimanne and Mathews manage a couple of singles, Samuels' throw nearly conjures another run-out - but the ball scoots through and hits Chris Gayle a nasty blow on the ankle as he backs up the throw. He collapses to the turf like a collapsing chimney, and leaves the field to be replaced by sub fielder Johnson Charles.

    (As Gayle's injury is an external injury, he won't have any restrictions on when he can bat).

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Mathews is the key for Sri Lanka to get a competitive score on the board. He's very capable but they need to get a move on - to get towards 140-145, to have something to bowl at."

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  93. 14 overs: 
    SL 93-4

    Angelo Mathews, who remains the Test and ODI skipper and is one of several ex-captains in this format, is in at number six. He's under way with a single but just as Dilshan was earlier, he's warned by umpire Kettleborough for running on the pitch. Another single means Thirimanne has 24 from 25 balls. Six overs left, and Samuels (0-23) has finished his spell.

    Lahiru Thirimanne
    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Poor option indeed, just knocked it straight to extra cover who had all the time in the world."

  95. 13.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Dilshan run out (Simmons direct hit) 39 (SL 91-4)

    Samuels will whistle through his last over here, Dilshan runs a couple of twos, then attempts a quick single, is sent back and, having run Jayawardene out, runs himself out at the striker's end as Lendl Simmons pings it in to the keeper.

  96. 13 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- SL 86-3

    I don't think West Indies will risk another over of Gayle, who looks a bit rusty - but spin continues to dominate their attack as Narine returns. He yells an lbw appeal against Thirimanne, but that looked like it pitched outside leg stump, as well as hitting him pretty high up. Narine puts the brakes on the scoring, just three singles from the over.

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    Vinny Person: This is a typically Sri Lankan performance. You can never predict what'll happen next, some fireworks around the corner?

  98. 12 overs: 
    SL 84-3

    The Sri Lankan fans remain in fine voice as Thirimanne lofts a single over point, Dilshan knocks one to the cover sweeper. Two more singles, then Thirimanne swats a six over mid-wicket - Samuels has 0-17 from three.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
  99. 11 overs: 
    SL 74-3

    Chris Gayle, the self-styled coolest man in cricket, will come on for his first bowl of the tournament, bowling his off-spin off a couple of paces. In fact, he hasn't bowled for West Indies in a competitive game since the Champions Trophy in England last June. But his first ball is a ropey long-hop which Thirimanne flogs for four to the mid-wicket boundary. Some ones and twos mean it's nine from the big Jamaican's first over.


    Colin Roses: Re: Eoin Morgan (13:52). If he and his precious friends had stood up to the mark, we may have been wondering if England would win today.

  101. 10 overs: 
    SL 65-3

    Sri Lanka reach the halfway mark of their innings by milking Samuels for three singles, but the off-spinner keeps it tight. Plenty left in the tank for Sri Lanka, when will they start their engines?

    Russel Arnold, Ex-Sri Lanka batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm inclined to think dew will not be a factor here so Sri Lanka will look to get up to 150-155, which is about eight an over from here, and that would give their spinners quite a good chance of putting pressure on the West Indian batsmen."

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  103. 9 overs: 
    SL 62-3

    Right-arm seamer Andre Russell is pretty electric in the outfield, but needs to crank up the voltage on the bowling front as he fires his first ball down the leg side and Dilshan helps it on its way for four. Dilshan scampers a hasty two which earns him a talking-to from umpire Kettleborough for running down the middle of the wicket. A single takes the veteran opener to 29 from 28 balls, a Thirimanne single mean it's eight from Russell's over.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
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    Former England seamer Mike Selvey on Twitter: Derek Randall once went to New Zealand for a high-profile benefit match, was run out without facing, and came home again.

  105. 8 overs: 
    SL 54-3

    More spin as Marlon Samuels replaces fellow off-spinner Sunil Narine. While Aggers and Vic are discussing spinners' actions on TMS, let's not forget Samuels is still specifically banned from bowling his quicker deliveries. Thirimanne and Dilshan purloin four singles from the over. Nothing risky.

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    Pinda Mann: Dilshan needs to make 60+ to make up for running out MJ.

    Ralph Brooker: Dilshan, Jayawarddene, Kumar: not at the races. SL boast the most out-of-form top order in the competition. But they're in the semis.

  107. 7 overs: 
    SL 50-3

    Left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne - preferred to captain Chandimal - is the new batsman, and he's up and running with a single. Badree's figures: 4-0-23-1.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If this is to be the last match for Jayawardene and Sangakkara they are not going to remember them with much affection."

  109. 6.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Sangakkara c & b Badree 1 (SL 49-3)

    Badree to bowl through here - and the Trinidadian picks up the prize wicket of Sangakkara, who taps a very tame return catch back to the bowler. Three wickets have fallen for eight runs.

    Samuel Badree
  110. 6 overs: 
    SL 48-2

    Sunil Narine to serve up some mystery spin for the last over of the powerplay. Sangakkara is off the mark with a single, Dilshan whacks a two to deep mid-wicket and a single off his legs,

    And a look ahead to the interval on TMS - you'll be hearing from ICC chief executive David Richardson who had a chat with Aggers earlier today.

    Denesh Ramdin
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    Niall ODonnell: The way that England have fielded, most of the team would drop themselves.

  112. 5 overs: 
    SL 43-2

    Kumar Sangakkara, also potentially playing his final T20 international, replaces his close friend and long-term team-mate Jayawardene. A single and a leg bye end a better over from Badree, just one run off the bat. He has 0-21 from three.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jayawardene departs furious, shaking his head. He's such a key man, he can pace the innings."

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  114. 4.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Jayawardene run out (Sammy/Ramdin) 0 (SL 41-2)

    And he's gone - there was never a single there as Sammy pounced at cover and Ramdin gleefully demolished the stumps before the 37-year-old - who had hesitated, fatally - reaches the crease.

    Denesh Ramdin

    Mahela Jayawardene, who will retire from T20 internationals after this tournament, is in at three - and may be run out without facing as Dilshan wants a risky single...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The West Indies did need that wicket. Perera has only faced 12 balls but he already done quite a good job for his team."

  117. 4 overs: 
    WICKET- K Perera b Santokie 26 (SL 41-1)

    Big breakthrough for the Windies as Perera chops onto his stumps for an entertaining 26 from 12 balls.

    Kusal Perera
  118. 3.3 overs: 
    SL 39-0
    Kusal Perera

    Santokie to continue, he has Dilshan fishing outside off stump before the right-hander punches a quick single to mid-off. Perera takes aim at long-on, this is six or out... and it's six over Marlon Samuels's head. Sri Lanka are batting like it's 1996...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Badree and Santokie have been key bowlers for the West Indies and even though the ball seems to be flying around Sammy is going to keep Santokie on for another over."

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  120. 14:13: 

    Looks like the umpires are changing the ball - it may have been damaged from being thrashed into the advertising hoardings a couple of times.

  121. 3 overs: 
    SL 32-0

    A slog-and-a-miss from Dilshan, West Indies appeal - in vain - for a catch behind. A single brings Perera back on strike and they scamper one to wide mid-on. Dilshan moves to 12, then it's Perera's turn to go for the big one - another six over long-off, and Badree - who usually bowls most of his overs straight through - has 0-20 from two overs.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan
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    Phil Davis: Hope the England players watch this and take notes on how to play spin! #useyourfeet

  123. 2.1 overs: 
    SL 23-0

    Dilshan down the pitch again, he whacks Badree for six over long-off!

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I haven't seen Santokie punished like this in this tournament."

  125. 2 overs: 
    SL 17-0

    Wily left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie will share the new ball as usual - Perera knocks his first ball for two, then flicks a four down the leg side. This is Santokie's 10th T20 international, but he's still yet to play a first-c;lass match. Perera steers a two and heaves a four towards cow corner to get the Sri Lankan fans on their feet. He has 13 from seven balls.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Perera has had some bad luck in this tournament with catches given down the leg side but he's been out there long enough to show us he can really hit the ball."

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  127. 1 over: 
    SL 5-0

    Perera, resplendent in Sri Lankan royal blue, pushes Badree's first ball for a single, Dilshan shows his intent by coming down the pitch and whacking a four wide of the leaping Windies captain Darren Sammy at mid-off.


    Sam Graham: I think Alastair Cook should probably drop himself from the Test team so we can get KP back!

  129. 14:01: 

    It's the free-scoring left-hander Kusal Perera and the experiences Tillakaratne Dilshan opening for Sri Lanka. Leg-spinner Samuel Badree will spin down the first over for West Indies.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope the opening batsman Perera doesn't get caught down the leg side - or given out caught down the leg side - because he has looked the most likely of the Sri Lanka batsmen [to find form]. It's difficult to pinpoint who is in the most princely form."

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    Deuane Taylor: Chances are Chandimal reckons from the last game that Malinga led the team well. Why change a good thing?

    Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath
  132. 13:58: 

    We've had the full two-and-a-half minutes of the Sri Lankan anthem, the flagbearers are heading off. Who's up for some cricket?

    Captains who have dropped themselves

    Mike Rice: I remember Mark Chilton dropping himself as captain of Lancs going back a few years. I've got it in the back of my mind it may have been for a T20 finals day, but I'm not sure.

    Mark Chilton
  134. 13:57: 

    While the Sri Lanka anthem is still merrily going on, a quick stat from the ICC - Mahela Jayawardene needs eight runs to become the first player to score 1,000 runs in World Twenty20 matches.

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    We've been asking you for captains who have dropped themselves, like Dinesh Chandimal:

    Zain Mahmood: Angelo Mathews in the IPL.

  136. 13:55: 

    If you've just firing up the laptop, switching on your phone and getting ready for the match, you've still got time to make a quick cup of tea. For here comes the Sri Lanka national anthem...

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sri Lanka have got a couple of horses for this particular course that have worked really well."

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  138. 13:53: 

    After the usual stirring burst of Vangelis, teams are out for the anthems. It's cricketing anthem "Rally Round The West Indies" first up.

  139. 13:52: 

    West Indies opener Chris Gayle is the only man in today's match in the top 10 run-scorers in the Super 10s (he's ninth with 140).

    But of all those who have batted more than once, skipper Darren Sammy is top of the strike-rate table with an astonishing 224.44.

    An unlikely figure at second place in the table: England's Tim Bresnan, with 216.66. Well done, Big Tim.

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    England batsman Eoin Morgan: Who's everyone backing in today's semi? I fancy the West Indies.

  141. 13:46: 
    MCC v Rest of the World
    Jenny Gunn and Charlotte Edwards

    Some news from the home of cricket this morning - they've confirmed the full team line-ups for the MCC Women's XI v Rest of the World game on 19 May to mark the bicentenary of the current Lord's ground.

    The all-English MCC team will be led by England skipper Charlotte Edwards and includes retired internationals Claire Taylor, Arran Brindle and TMS summariser Isa Guha, as well as current stars Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Jenny Gunn, Holly Colvin, Kate Cross and Danielle Hazell.

    A strong-looking Rest of the World team (in alphabetical rather than batting order is Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Jhulan Goswami (India), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Meg Lanning (Australia), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Mithali Raj (India), Shashikala Siriwardene (Sri Lanka) and Stafanie Taylor (West Indies).

  142. 13:45: 

    Test Match Special are back on air with Aggers and the gang live from Mirpur - you can listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, via the BBC Sport website and app, or the BBC iPlayer Radio app if you're off on your travels.

  143. 13:43: 
    Get involved

    As ever, we want to hear from you today. Whether you hail from Dambulla or Dominica, and are rooting for Malinga's men or Sammy's troops (or just want cricket to be the winner), who do you think will make the final?

    You can email us at (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 if you're in the UK, or tweet us via #bbccricket to transmit your views from the Twitterverse.

  144. 13:41: 

    Some news from Pakistan, who bowed out in the Super 10 stage - Mohammad Hafeez has resigned as T20 captain. Who will be next on the Pakistan captaincy merry-go-round?

    Mohammad Hafeez
  145. 13:39: 
    To the death!
    Dale Steyn, Lasith Malinga and Jade Dernbach

    But what Slinger Malinga may lack in Brearleyesque captaincy skills, he makes up with his skill with the ball in hand (after he's given it a little kiss at the end of his run-up, as is his habit).

    We've taken a look at the theories - and practice - of T20 death bowling, with some interesting stats to reveal who is the best death bowler of the last four years. We've spoken to Ian Bishop, Dirk Nannes and Owais Shah - it's well worth a read.

    Here are a couple of clues as to one of the worst five death bowlers in T20 international cricket (in terms of economy rate: he plays for Surrey and has rather a lot of tattoos.

  146. 13:35: 
    Team line-ups

    Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga (capt).

    West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie.

    English umpire Richard Kettleborough is the only non-Aussie in the official crew. He's joined on the field by Rod Tucker, with Steve Davis as third ump, Bruce Oxenford fourth, and David Boon - once known as the "keg on legs" - is today's ICC match referee.


    West Indies skipper Darren Sammy: "We love putting our runs on the board but we've won batting first and chasing, so it's about restricting them and we know we have power in our batting. Somewhere between the eight and 14th overs we tend to lose wickets. We've addressed it and hopefully the guys will improve."


    Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga: "Chandimal thought about what was good for the team."

  149. 13:32: 

    The captains are out for the toss... Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first. The Slinger thinks they can set a decent score and defend it. Windies skipper Darren Sammy would like to have batted. They're unchanged, as we expected.

    As well as omitting their captain, Sri Lanka have left out all-rounder Thisara Perera to accommodate leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna for only his third T20 internationals.

  150. 13:31: 
    Windies' settled side
    West Indies warm up

    By contrast, barring last-minute injuries, I think we all know what the West Indies team will be - they and the Netherlands have fielded unchanged teams throughout the tournament.

    So, we think it'll be Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher and Ravi Rampaul carrying the drinks again.

  151. 13:28: 
    Captain Slinger?
    Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga

    A tweet from Sri Lanka Cricket this morning announced that T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal "has opted not to play" (their words) in today's semi-final. Pace bowler Lasith "The Slinger" Malinga will captain the side.

    I say "captain"; it was observed in their last group game against New Zealand, when Chandimal was serving a suspension for slow over-rates, official vice-captain Malinga was the nominated skipper, fronted up for the toss, and the pre-match and post-match interviews - but former captain Mahela Jayawardene appeared to be calling the shots on the field.

    The late Mike Denness famously dropped himself in an Ashes series in Australia - but do you know any other captains who have fallen on their sword for such a big match?

  152. 13:25: 

    Afternoon, everyone. It's semi-final day at the World Twenty20 - with two of the tournament favourites, Sri Lanka and West Indies, ready to lock horns in Mirpur in just over half-an-hour's time.

    If that's the main course, we've had an entertaining hors d'oeuvre with the first women's semi-final, in which Australia beat West Indies by eight runs as not even the big-hitting Deandra Dottin (as she's usually described) could prevent the Southern Stars reaching their third successive World T20 final.

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Live Scores - Sri Lanka v West Indies


  • Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 27 runs (D/L)
  • Sri Lanka: 160-6 (20.0 overs)
  • West Indies: 80-4 (13.5 overs)
  • Venue: Mirpur

West Indies Innings

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Dwayne Smith b Malinga 17
Gayle b Malinga 3
Simmons lbw b Prasanna 4
Samuels not out 18
Dwayne Bravo c M Jayawardene b Kulasekara 30
Sammy not out 0
Extras 7w 1lb 8
Total for 4 80

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