West Indies and Sri Lanka in a bid to reach the finals once again in the history of ICC World T20 will take on one another at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on April 3.
The increasingly hot conditions ensure this will be a game for the spinners. Sri Lanka’s left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath is already in form after he replaced Ajantha Mendis in the team.
Toss, TV telecast and streaming info:
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
Sri Lanka 160/6 (20 ov)
West Indies 80/4 (13.5/13.5 ov, target 108). Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method).
Check the final scores and highlights videos here.
There are no rains predicted at Mirpur today with brutal high temperatures. The SL vs WI match will be live on CSN in Sri Lanka and ESPN in West Indies.
In India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Bhutan, fans can catch the live telecast on Star Sports. ESPN has the rights for telecast in USA and Fox Sports in Australia.
The live streaming of the semi-final match can also be watched on Star Sports website here.
The team relies heavily on Sachithra Senanayake, who is retained for the game. If Ajantha Mendis is brought back and Herath is retained, Sri Lanka will have to let go of Mathews or someone else today for sure.
Pakistan is the only team to play the finals of the tournament in 2007 and 2009.
For West Indies, ODI captain Dwayne Bravo and T20 skipper Darren Sammy has kept the attacks strong with capable spinners like Sunil Narine.
With economy rate of 4.50 for the tournament, Narine can change things here. They also have leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who is in tremendous form with and 10 wickets to credit.
Krishmar Santokie has replaced Ravi Rampaul, but his attack justifies the decision of the team management.
Watch highlights video:
Highlights of this semi final will be the Gayle vs Malinga clash, which promises action as Gayle with his decent performance in the current matches faces pin-point accuracy of Malinga.
Although the Mirpur pitch doesn’t favor pacers, this one is worth a watch. Jayawardene 130 plus strike rate will be challenged by Narine, who knows how to break the footwork and get the spin effective.