ICC World Twenty20, 23rd Match, Group F: India v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, May 11, 2010
Sri Lanka have managed to restrict India to 163 runs with a good death bowling.
India who need to win this match by a margin of 20 runs, and then hope for Australia’s win against West Indies later in the day, made a brilliant start as they scored 91 runs in the first ten overs, with the loss of one wicket only. However, Sri Lanka pulled back with some superb death bowling in the second half of the Indian innings, as only 73 runs were conceded in the last ten overs.
India who had a lot of fire power in their batting could not capitalize on the start given by Gautam Gambhir (32-ball 41) and Suresh Raina (47-ball 63, which included seven 4s and a six).
Sri Lanka have to score 144 to knock India out of the ICC World T20. The chase has begun, and Sri Lanka have started poorly as they have lost both openers in quick succession. Mahela Jayawardena, the danger-man, out for 4, and Sanath Jayasuriya for a duck. At present, Sri Lanka are 19 for 3 after three overs.
– Yesterday, England, who had already qualified for the semifinals, beat New Zealand and with that, the Defending Champions, Pakistan, got a back-door entry into the next round.
– Earlier, Pakistan had defeated South Africa in their last Super Eight match, who were also knocked out by them last year, but it was the Semifinal then.
– West Indies seek a win over Australia to stay alive in the tournament.