Sri Lanka and the West Indies qualify for T20 semis

Sri Lanka and the West Indies qualified for the semi finals of the Twenty 20 world cup by winning their respective matches in Pallekale today.

The West Indies beat New Zealand in the ‘super over’ after their match ended in a tie and Sri Lanka beat England by 19 runs.

Both England and New Zealand have been eliminated from the tournament while the other semi finalists will be selected following Tuesday’s matches between Pakistan and Australia and South Africa and India.

In the first match of the day, the West Indies scored 139 runs in 19.3 overs after being sent into bat by New Zealand.

Opener Chris Gayle blasted 30 runs off 14 balls to help his team reach the score as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

In reply New Zealand scored 139 runs for the loss of 7 wickets off 20 overs and tied their second match of the 2012 tournament after seeing their game against Sri Lanka just a few days ago also ending in a tie.

In the ‘super over’ to select a winner New Zealand scored 17 runs but the West Indies managed to reach the target with a ball to spare.

In the other match Sri Lanka scored 169 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs thanks to a fine batting display by Mahela Jayawardena (42 runs), who incidentally decided not to captain Monday’s game.

In reply England managed to score 150 runs for the loss of 9 wickets giving Sri Lanka victory by 19 runs.

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga took 5 wickets for 31 runs and was named man of the match. (Colombo Gazette)