Mahela Jayawardene leads the Sri Lankan batting ahead of tonight's World Twenty20 semi-final against the West Indies.
Big hitting is expected in Mirpur tonight when Sri Lanka and the West Indies clash in the first semi-final of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Neither side has really set the tournament on fire thus far, but unlike cricket powers Australia and England, at least both these nations moved past the Super 10 stage.
With the bat, the Windies have two serious big-hitters capable of blowing sides away in a flash. Chris Gayle is their most consistent player with 140 runs from his four digs. The rock-star opener has a high score of 53, but his strike rate is a modest 116.66. The lefthander has 11 boundaries and six 6s to his name. Bowlers have certainly kept Gayle under control, but should his break the shackles, look out – it may just rain cricket balls.
Late in the innings, Darren Sammy has been lethal with the willow. His best is 42n.o. and his strike-rate an impressive 224.44. The captain has found the fence 12 times and cleared it on five occasions, meaning 78 of 101 runs have come in boundaries.
Often so dependent on their pacemen, the Calypso Kings now also boast two of stingiest slow bowlers in the world. With best figures of 4/15, Samuel Badree has 10 wickets so far in the tournament and is going at less than six runs per over. His ally is Sunil Narine.
With the cherry, Sri Lanka counts heavily on the canny seam of Nuwan Kulasekara for the early big wicket and the bullet yorkers of Lasith Malinga to close out games. Kulasekara may only have six scalps thus far, but his economy rate of 5.83 is one of the best at the tournament. Remember the Sri Lankans did a great job to defend 119 in the must win game against New Zealand.
The other semi between South Africa and India will be played on Friday night.
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