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Sri Lanka Vs West Indies, 1st Semi Final T20I Match of T20 World Cup 2014

By Asfak Patel

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Sri Lanka Vs West Indies, 1st Semi Final T20I Match of T20 World Cup 2014

Sri Lanka is in good form. They also won the Asia cup before the World Cup. Sri Lanka has been in Bangladesh since Feb 2014. It understands the ground formats. The current Asian Champions lost single match in Super 10 round against England. With 3 wins & 1 loss, Sri Lankans qualified as winner of Group 1 for Semi finals.

West Indies also reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2009, a tournament notable for Chris Gayle’s blistering assault on Australia fast bowler Brett Lee at The Oval during an innings of 88 from 50 balls that included six fours and six sixes. Current champions of this tournament qualified as runners-up of group 2. They also won 3 games with 1 defeat which was against India. Although their Net run rate was better than that of Indian team but, due to that defeat, they were at second spot in Group 2.

Player to Watch

Chris Gayle: The big hitting Jamaican has already showcased his class with some superb knocks and he looks set for more. Sri Lanka will be wary of the threat he carries and will want to see his back early.

Lasith Malinga: Slinga Malinga will be key to Sri Lanka's fortunes in the super 8s and the Islanders will be eager for the right-armer to show why he is renowned as the best limited overs bowler in the world.

Squads

West Indies: Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Chaturanga de Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne.

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