Struggling Windies made to toil with the bat

Aaron Moores | cricket20

Sri Lanka strengthened their chances of securing a place in the t20 World Cup semi finals after restricting the West Indies to a total of just 130 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

The West Indies elected to bat first but their innings never got going despite a half century from Marlon Samuels who scored 50 runs from 35 balls to help his side record a total of just 129-5.

Despite Samuels and Dwayne Bravo’s (40) contribution the West Indies were never able to control the game on a slow wicket which assisted the host’s spinners with Ajantha Mendis once again at his best with figures of 2-12.

Even the big hitting Chris Gayle struggled to get going, the opener scored just two runs from nine deliveries before he was dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara (1-28) at the start of the 6th over.

Gayles opening partner, Johnson Charles fared no better as he scored just 12 runs from 21 balls during a power play which only 20 runs were scored as Sri Lanka took control early on.

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