Sri Lanka thrashed the West Indies in a ‘super eight’ match of the Twenty 20 world cup in Pallakale today and are now in a strong position to enter the semi finals.
Batting first the West Indies scored 129/5 after losing the top order including big hitting Chris Gayle cheaply.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena rotated his bowlers around very skillfully and, together with some good fielding, managed to restrict the West Indies scoring.
Spinner Ajantha Mendis took 2 wickets for 12 runs in his quota of 4 overs while Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekera took a wicket each.
In reply Sri Lanka reached the target for the loss of just one wicket with 28 balls to spare following a good partnership between Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara.
Jayawardena scored 65 runs (not out) while Sangakkara scored 39 runs (not out) after opener T.M Dilshan fell for 13.
During the Sri Lankan innings, Sangakara also completed 1000 runs in Twenty 20 international matches.
The Sri Lankans will face England in their next match on Monday. The English beat New Zealand in the other match played on Saturday.
The top eight teams in the tournament are in the ‘super eight’ round and the top four teams will be selected for the semi finals.
The finals of the Twenty 20 world cup in Sri Lanka takes place on October 7.