West Indies hero Marlon Samuels pulled his team out of the fire to seal a 36-run win over hosts Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final. There was no fairytale finish for the host nation, no culmination of a dream for its brave captain. Instead, international cricket’s most admired team walked away with the spoils, as West Indies justified pre-tournament favourite status by lifting the ICC World Twenty20 2012 crown in sensational fashion.
Courtesy: International Cricket Council Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena says his team has to be wary of the entire West Indies team and not just Chris Gayle if it is to win the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final. Especially after his pyrotechnics against Australia in the semi-final on Friday night, Gayle is the cynosure as the West Indies goes into the final against the host nation on Sunday night. Gayle smashed an unbeaten 75 off 41 deliveries at the R. Premadasa Stadium to turbo-charge the West Indies to 205-4, a total that was 74 runs beyond the reach of Australia, but Jayawardena said there was more to the West Indies than just Gayle. “That”s not the way we have gone… Read More →
Sri Lanka wasn’t at its best, either with the bat or in the field, but it still had enough in reserve to overwhelm Pakistan and make it to the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2012.
Courtesy: International Cricket Council Sri Lanka romped into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 when it handed England a convincing 19-run defeat at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. In the process, England was knocked out of the tournament, with West Indies being the other team from Group 1 to make it to the final four. The game began in eventful fashion, with Kumar Sangakkara leading Sri Lanka, despite Mahela Jayawardena and Angelo Mathews being in the playing XI that took on England. While the reasons for this were not officially made clear ? it is the prerogative of a team to name anyone as captain for a particular game ?it was speculated that this was done in order to… Read More →
Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara took Sri Lanka to a comfortable win over the West Indies in a match that calmed the somewhat jangled nerves of the 35,000-plus spectators at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a Super Over after the teams played out a tie in their Super Eights match in Pallekele.
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs in a reduced ICC World Twenty20 match in Pallekele on Saturday.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena praised spinner Ajantha Mendis following a dramatic impact on his international return.