Sri Lanka took a giant step towards winning the t20 World Cup after a brilliant bowling performance saw them restrict the West Indies to a total of just 138-6 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first but the decision by Darren Sammy proved to be the wrong one after his side had been restricted to a total of just 14-2 after the opening six power play overs.
Marlon Samuels offered some hope with a resistant 78 but with only Darren Sammy (26) and Dwayne Bravo (19) providing any support the West Indies will need an almost perfect bowling performance to halt Sri Lanka’s charge with the bat.
With Chris Gayle (3) and Johnson Charles (0) back in the dug out inside the opening six overs it was left to Samuels to bat the West Indies out of danger, the 31 year old smashed three boundaries and six sixes during his 56 ball innings.
Despite Samuels fireworks, the Sri Lankan’s will be happy with a run chase of just 138 thanks to another faultless performance from Ajantha Mendis (4-12) who seemed unplayable at times as he bamboozled the West Indies top order.
Angelo Matthews (1-11) got the game off the perfect start with the wicket of Charles at the end of his first over before he went on to concede just 11 runs from his three reaming over.
Lasith Malinga (0-54) proved pretty costly after he was picked out by Samuels during his aggressive innings but he made up for it with a superb fielding performance as everything went almost perfectly for the hosts.