September 29, 2012
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangkkara put on an unbeaten 108 runs stand to guide Sri Lanka to a convincing 9 wkts win.
With the win, Sri Lanka becomes the first team to qualify for semi-finals.
Chasing 130 for victory, Sri Lanka were never in trouble despite losing Tillakaratne Dilshan early.
After that it was Mahela and Sanga show as they eased their way into the game. Sunil Narine tried his best but went wicketless.
Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 65, while Sangakkara was unbeaten on 39.
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have revived Sri Lankan innings with 50-runs stand for the second wicket.
With still 10 overs to go, Sri Lanka need 49 runs off 60 balls. Jayawardene is on 37, while Sangakkara is on 21.
Ravi Rampul strikes the first blow for West Indies as he removes dangerous Tillekeratne Dilshan for 13.
Dilshan started off in grand fashion stroking three boundaries before he edged one to Denesh Ramdin.
Sri Lanka were 24-1 in 3 overs.
A brilliant 35-ball 50 from Marlon Samuels and 34-ball 40 from Dwayne Bravo helped West Indies recover from a sluggish start to post 129-5.
Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara were brilliant up front, removing the openers quickly, but since then the Bravo-Samules duo put up 65 runs for third wicket.
Bravo perished looking in for some quick runs, while Kieron Pollard's flop show continued as he was castled by Ajantha Mendis for 1.
Fro Sri Lanka, Mendis was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-12 from his 4 overs.
Jeeven Mendis provides the breakthrough just when the Bravo-Samuels duo were looking threatning.
With six overs to go, Bravo went in another one of his trademark shots, but didn't have enough on it as he was holed out in the deep by Dilshan for 40.
But that didn't stop Marlon Samuels, who smashed a 93 metre six.
Ajantha Mendis in the next over castled Kieron Pollard to make it 91-4 after 16 overs.
Dwayne Bravo is attacking Sri Lankan bowlers after they lost openers in quick succession.
Bravo announced himself on the crease with a superb straight drive off Kulasekara. He then took on spinner Rangana Herath smashing for a six and a boundary as Windies looked to get some momentum.
At the end of 10 overs, West Indies were 53-2. Bravo is on 24, while Samuels is on 13.
Ajantha Mendis strikes in his first over as he removes Johnson Charles for 12.
Charles struggled against the spin and craft of Mendis as he chipped down the track looking to smash one out of the ground.
The ball sneaked past his bat and Sangakkara does the rest.
Nuwan Kulasekara, then in his next over removed dangerous Chris Gayle for 2.
Gayle went after a wide delivery from Kulasekara, got the outside edge as Sangakkara dives in front to take the catch.
West Indies 16-2 after 5.1 overs.
West Indies openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle are off to a slow start -- courtesy off some tight bowling by Sri Lankan bowlers.
Lankans opened the attack with Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara, who were miserly in their opening overs.
However Charles managed to hit the boundary boards twice in Lasith Malinga's first over.
West Indies 12-0 after 3 overs.
West Indies have won the toss and have elected to bat first against Sri Lanka.
Both teams won their respective opening encounters so the winner of the match will book a place in semis.
West Indies have made one change to their side bringing in Fidel Edwards in place of Samuel Badree.
Sri Lanka on the other hand too have been forced to make a change as spinner Akila Dananjaya sits out due to jaw line fracture. Rangana Herath will replace the youngster.
Luke Wright blasted a 43-ball 76 to guide England to a convincing six-wicket win over New Zealand in Group 1 game of the Super Eights.
Both teams needing to win this game to stay in the hunt, it was England who came up on top with their power hitting.
Chasing 149 for victory, Wright and Eoin Morgan put up a superlative show as they didn't allow Kiwi bowlers any window of opportunity, after Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum managed to get rid of the openers.
Enngland reached the target with a single off Doug Bracewell with seven balls to spare.
Luke Wright struck a brilliant 33-ball 50 to put England in cruise control chasing 149 for victory.
Wright reached the landmark in a thumping way -- with a six off Tim Southee as England are marching towards the total.
Wright was particularly severe on Rob Nicol, who too was taken to cleaners with two sixes off his over.
At the end of 16 overs England were 126-2, requiring 23 runs from 24 balls.
Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan have combined well for England after they lost the openers in quick succession.
Morgan is looking busy picking up singles and couple besides the odd boundaries and six.
At the end of 13 overs England were 86-2, still requiring 63 from 42 balls.
Morgan is on 21, while Wright is on 36.
After Daniel Vettori castled Craig Kieswetter, it was chance of the other opener Alex Hales for 22.
Hales chipped down the track looking to smoke one out of the ground, missed the ball as it turned viciously, hitting the middle stump.
England reeling at 42-2 after 7 overs.
Daniel Vettori strikes in his first over as he castles an out-of-form Craig Kieswetter for 4.
Kieswetter who has been woefully out of form went in for a slog sweep as the ball went between bat and pads much to the delight of the bowler.
England 22-1 after 4 overs.
England are off to a flier chasing 149 for victory against the New Zealand.
Opener Alex Hales has been the aggressive of the two partners smashing three boundaries in six balls.
Kieswetter, meanwhile is biding his time in the middle as England reach 19-0 after 3 overs.
A brilliant cameo from 33-ball 50 from James Franklin and some late blows from Nathan McCullum ensured New Zealand reach to 148-6.
Franklin came in when Kiwis were reeling at 67-4, took on Danny Briggs and Tim Bresnan smashing two boundaries and a six.
Ross Taylor tried to give him good company with a 23-ball 22, before Nathan McCullum used the long handle hitting Stuart Broad for a couple of sixes to provide the much-needed momentum to the Kiwi innings.
James Franklin is providing the much-needed momentum for New Zealand innings with couple of boundaries off Stuart Broad.
In the previous over too off Danny Briggs, Franklin smashed a six and a boundary to give some sort of impetuous.
But just as we speak, Ross Taylor perishes trying to play a big stroke as he pulled a ball from outside off stump giving a simple catch to Alex Hales.
Taylor made 23-ball 22.
New Zealand 107-5 from 16.2 overs.
Wickets continue to tumble for New Zealand as Rob Nicol is on his way back after a struggling 11.
Kiwis looking to up the tempo perished playing a semi-sweep shot off Graeme Swann.
Kiwis reeling now at 42-3 after 7 overs.
Steven Finn strikes again for England as he now removes dangerous Brendon McCullum for 10.
A lose shot as McCullum charged the bowler to smash another boundary got an outside edge, which flew towards the third man area, where Luke Wright took an easy catch.
New Zealand jolted early. Kiwis were 26-2 after 4 overs.
Steve Finn strikes early for England as he removes Martin Guptill for 5.
A fuller length delivery from Finn catches Guptill right in front of the stumps -- a loud appeal follows. The umpire raises the finger in confirmation.
New Zealand 7-1 after 1.3 overs.
Ross Taylor has won the toss and has elected to bat first in a crucial Group 1 encounter against England.
New Zealand had lost their first match to Sri Lanka in the Super Over, while England too had lost their first match to West Indies.
Both teams have made one change to the side as Doug Bracewell comes in for ill Jacob Oram.
England have brought in Danny Briggs and Tim Bresnan in place of Jade Dernbach and Samit Patel.