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T20 World Cup: Holders West Indies out of semi-finals race after loss to Sri Lanka

Defending champions West Indies had been eradicated from the semi-final race within the T20 World Cup after a 20-run loss to Sri Lanka right here on Thursday as their ageing stars didn’t recreate the magic of the previous.

Going into the sport with two losses in three video games, the West Indies had been at all times up towards it and Sri Lanka out-batted them by amassing 189 for 3 on batting floor.

Pathum Nissanka (51 off 41) and Charith Asalanka (68 off 41) struck chic half-centuries to provide Sri Lanka the upper-hand. The West Indies may solely attain 169 for eight regardless of Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 81 off 54 balls.

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga as soon as once more starred with the ball taking two wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs.

The West Indies, who’ve received two of the final three world titles, at the moment are mathematically out of the competitors with two factors from 4 video games. Their final recreation is towards Australia on Saturday.

Sri Lanka batters performed with freedom and aptitude to arrange a frightening goal which show to be too steep for West Indies, who may by no means recuperate from a poor begin to the run chase.

For Sri Lanka, it was their first win of the Tremendous 12 stage and so they go house providing hopes for a vivid future.

The West Indies’ forgettable marketing campaign confirmed the necessity to look past greats like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo whereas rebuilding forward of the 2022 version.

Gayle’s struggles continued and he was the primary to depart for West Indies. Pacer Binura Fernando eliminated Gayle and Evin Lewis within the second over to place excessive stress on the opposition.

Nicholas Pooran (46) and Hetmyer batted properly however wickets at common intervals saved the West Indies at all times behind within the chase.

Earlier, the in-form Nissanka and Asalanka loved batting on the floor.

Nissanka performed some outrageous strokes en route his third half-century of the event. If the change hit was not daring sufficient, the opener walked manner throughout the off stump to whip Ravi Rampaul in the direction of backward sq. leg for a boundary.

Asalanka too struck a chic half-century and one of many highlights of his innings was a straight slog sweep off Dwayne Bravo for a six.

With nothing to lose, Sri Lankan batters performed to their promising potential and made the West Indies assault look pedestrian.

In addition they displayed that the way forward for Sri Lankan batting is in succesful arms and with extra expertise on the highest degree, they may solely get higher.

Sri Lanka made 48 for one within the Powerplay with the lack of Kusal Perera, who performed properly for his 29 off 21 balls. Andre Russell took an excellent catch to dismiss him.

Nissanka and Asalanka then obtained collectively and with their free flowing strokeplay, put the West Indies assault beneath super stress.

After Nissanka’s dismissal, Asalanka went ballistic. Within the 18th over, he slog swept Bravo for a straight six earlier than smoking one over the bowler’s head for a boundary.

Skipper Dasun Shanka additionally chipped in with an unbeaten 25 off 14 balls within the dying overs.

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