Mar 20, 2016 22:46(IST)
That's it! West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets, a comprehensive win. The crowd wanted Gayle, but West Indies didn't even need him to chase down the modest target of 123. Andre Fletcher starred in West Indies' innings with his unbeaten 84 off 64 (6 fours, 5 sixes). He stayed throughout the innings.
He's also the man of the match.
"No one can take Gayle's job," he rightly says before being presented the MotM award.
Gayle comes out to greet the crowd, a lovely gesture from the master-entertainer. Crowd yearned for a Gaylestorm, but it wasn't needed on the night.
This is a crucial win for West Indies, they now win two on the trot and now have a solid footing in their group. Sri Lanka left much to be desired.
SIX! Andre Russell goes for the big one to end Sri Lanka's misery 22:39(IST)
2 more needed from 11 balls 22:38(IST) After 18 overs,West Indies 116/3 ( Andre Fletcher 84 , Andre Russell 10)
This has been a ridiculous night for Sri Lanka. Another sitter of a catch dropped. Russell survives, Sri Lanka just seem too desperate to not let Gayle come on, they might've let off their sights from the real purpose; to win. Six off the over. 7 more needed off 12 balls.
22:34(IST) After 17 overs,West Indies 110/3 ( Andre Fletcher 79 , Andre Russell 9)
What an innings this has been from Fletcher. He sends a full toss straight down the ground that pierces the 2 fielders at long-on and long-off, they both waiting for the other one to make a move to stop the racing ball. But neither of them did. 11 off the over. just 13 more needed off 18 balls.
100 up for West Indies from 16.2 overs 22:25(IST)
So, apparently the gods do not want Gayle to bat! Fletcher is presumably caught behind, but the third umpire rules that the edged ball just bounced in front of Chandimal's gloves. That seems harsh, the ball seems to land on the edge of his gloves. But Fletcher stays, he's on 72 off 52. 22:19(IST) After 15 overs,West Indies 94/3 ( Andre Fletcher 71 , Andre Russell 4)
Fletcher is not going to make the Bengaluru crowd happy, because the way he's playing, Gayle won't be required at all. Back to back sixes off Siriwardana. One flies to long-on, the other to the moon!
Fletcher's 50 came up too in the last over. 53 off 39, 5 fours, 3 sixes 22:14(IST) After 13 overs,West Indies 72/3 ( Andre Fletcher 53 , Andre Russell 0) OUT! Ramdin is bowled! Siriwardana strikes. Ramdin attempts a bizarre shot he shouldn't have, misses, and the ball kisses his stumps.
Gayle wants to join the action, he comes out with the bat wto send the crowd in a frenzy, "GAYLE! GAYLE!", but the 3rd umpire stops him. He can only bat after 2 more wickets fall or after 11 more minutes. Much the crowd's disappointment, Gayle walks back to the dressing room. This stadium is going to erupt if he finally does come out to bat.
Russell comes out amid chants of "WE WANT GAYLE!!!!"
22:02(IST) After 11 overs,West Indies 63/2 ( Andre Fletcher 46 , Denesh Ramdin (W) 3)
Fletcher has played the protagonist for West Indies with the bat. He started off with a boom, has clamed down a bit and settled. He now looks comfortable. He shuffles towards leg to make room and sends a searing drive through the off-side.
Herath will bowl his final over. Still in hunt for a wicket. 21:56(IST) After 9 overs,West Indies 54/2 ( Andre Fletcher 40 , Denesh Ramdin (W) 0)
OUT! New man in Samuels is gone, and a slow bowler strikes. Samuesl dances down the track to Siriwardana, swings and misses completely, and is stumped out by Chandimal. 21:54(IST) After 8 overs,West Indies 52/1 ( Andre Fletcher 39 , Marlon Samuels 2)
A brilliant over from Vandersay. He's proving to be quite an addition to the Sri Lankan team. Superb. Just 7 off the over, and that includes 4 dots, a single and six. The six from Fletcher made the crowd happy, but those dots deserve more mention. Excellent bowling.
OUT! Finally a wicket for Sri Lanka. Johnson Charles departs, new man in the team Vandersay has his say as his ball takes an edge off Charles' bat and goes onto the stumps 21:41(IST) After 4 overs,West Indies 30/0 ( Andre Fletcher 22 , Johnson Charles 7)
Vandersay brought into the attack and immediately brings a check to WI's flying start. He almost got Charles, but Kapugedera ran in fast towards his slog at deep mid wicket and dropped a sitter. This just made Sri Lanka's day go from bad to worse.
21:34(IST) After 2 overs,West Indies 23/0 ( Andre Fletcher 22 , Johnson Charles 1)
Fletcher has delivered on the crowd's demands. They wanted Gayle, but he's been no less. This time he sends another rocket into the stands at long-off and then reaches out to a wide delivery and sweeps it on the leg side for four. West Indies in a hurry to finish this one. Grim beginning for Sri Lanka.
21:29(IST) After 1 overs,West Indies 13/0 ( Andre Fletcher 12 , Johnson Charles 1)
There's no Gayle, but there are fireworks, right from the first over. Fletcher taking on the responsibility to cause damage and entertain the crowd. First he puts a drive through mid-wicket for four, Then sends Mathews staright down the ground, into the crowd. Straight, huge six.
"WE WANT GAYLE! WE WANT GAYLE!" The crowd demands in Bengaluru 21:23(IST)
Charles and Fletcher to open for West Indies. 21:19(IST)
For entertainment's sake, we hope he does 21:17(IST)
Gayle has a problem with his left hamstring. Unless required, he won't be batting tonight. 21:11(IST)
This will dampen the crowd's mood. But gives Sri Lanka hope. 21:10(IST)
JUST IN: Chris Gayle won't be opening for West Indies due to injury. 21:09(IST)
Badree was brilliant on the night.
21:09(IST) After 20 overs,Sri Lanka 122/9 ( Jeffrey Vandersay 0 , Dushmantha Chameera 0) OUT! Perera's resistance comes to an end. He sends a low full toss only till Russell at long on. He departs on 40 off 29 balls.
Sri Lanka manage a measly 122. Two wickets and just 4 runs from that last over from Bravo. Badree ends up with 3 wickets, Bravo with 2. Chris Gayle isn't opening, which could only delay a WI win. But it's hard to expect the result to be any different.
OUT! Herath is run-out in the hunt of a quick single. Alert work from Bravo. 21:00(IST) After 19 overs,Sri Lanka 118/7 ( Thisara Perera 38 , Rangana Herath 2) OUT! Kulasekara departs. Swing and a miss, the ball finds his leg stump, his bat finds nothing. Herath comes in. Just one over left now, and this is not yet a respectable total.
Perera, on the other hand, has been brilliant on the night. His has been a fighting innings. His four, slammed to mid-wicket takes him to 37. He deserves a half-century.
20:56(IST) After 18 overs,Sri Lanka 110/6 ( Thisara Perera 33 , Nuwan Kulasekara 6)
A few boundaries in the over for Sri Lanka. 16 off it. That included Perera's four and his huge swing for six over deep square leg. Perera is the silver lining of Sri Lanka's innings.
20:53(IST) After 17 overs,Sri Lanka 94/6 ( Thisara Perera 22 , Nuwan Kulasekara 2)
Perera and Kulasekara on the crease to save Sri Lanka the blushes. Just 3 overs left, even a whirlwind spell of scoring won't get them to a challenging total.
OUT! Mathews departs. The captain's innings comes to an end after a valiant fight. Weird dismissal, Bravo's ball is a high full-toss and takes an edge of Mathews' bat. Mathews is just trying to duck. Ramdin takes an easy catch. 20:43(IST) After 16 overs,Sri Lanka 91/5 ( Angelo Mathews (C) 20 , Thisara Perera 21)
Sri Lanka's run rate is just 5.62. Just four overs left now. Sri Lanka needs to fire now.
20:40(IST) After 15 overs,Sri Lanka 81/5 ( Angelo Mathews (C) 18 , Thisara Perera 15)
Perera goes straight down the ground again. Apart from his two straight drives for four, the last two overs have been quite dry for Sri Lanka.
20:36(IST) 20:32(IST) After 14 overs,Sri Lanka 73/5 ( Angelo Mathews (C) 16 , Thisara Perera 9)
Perera's straight drive off Russell in the over has been Sri Lanka's brightest spot on the night. It was exquisite. Does nothing much to ease their troubles, but was very easy on the eye.
20:28(IST) After 12 overs,Sri Lanka 65/5 ( Angelo Mathews (C) 14 , Thisara Perera 3)
Just 11 runs off the last two overs, no boundaries. Lankans finding it hard to score here, but Mathews trying his best to build a partnership with Perera. They've been rotating strike, but the quickly need to find the big ones to make a game out of this.
20:20(IST) 20:18(IST) After 10 overs,Sri Lanka 54/5 ( Angelo Mathews (C) 7 , Thisara Perera 2)
Horrendous first 10 overs for the Lankans. After a good couple of overs, it's all been downhill. Their last batsmen have departed on 0,6 and 5. Mathews and Perera have a big task at hand. To pose an asking total from here for WI will be one tough task.
20:12(IST) After 9 overs,Sri Lanka 49/5 ( Angelo Mathews (C) 3 , Thisara Perera 1)
What an over from Badree, two wickets off it and just 2 runs given. Perera the new man in with the bat. It's up to him and Angelo to rebuild, otherwise this won't see the end of the 20th over.
OUT! Siriwardene comes in and goes out. This has turned into a procession. Badree claims his third victim, as Siriwardene edges it to Gayle at the slip. This has been poor from the Lankans. 20:08(IST)
OUT! Kapugedera is gone, compounding Sri Lanka's troubles. Badree strikes again. Kapugedera comes out of his crease and swings wildly, completely misses the ball and is stumped out by Ramdin. Sri Lanka in deep trouble. 19:58(IST)
OUT! Thirimanne departs. The new man in goes for a drive but only finds Fletcher at point. Sri Lanka hurting now at 41/3. Captain Angelo Mathews walks in with a huge responsibility on his shoulders. 19:57(IST) After 6 overs,Sri Lanka 41/2 ( Lahiru Thirimanne 5 , Chamara Kapugedera 4)
Both the new batsmen find themselves in the thick of it. Two fours from the over, one from each Thirimanne and Kapugedera.
History says Sri Lanka is going to hit big. 19:53(IST)
Mahela is not going to let go of that leg-before decision 19:51(IST)
OUT! Chandimal is run-out. Horrible confusion between him and Thirimanne, the new man in. 19:49(IST)
Mahela making his feelings clear. 19:48(IST) After 4 overs,Sri Lanka 30/1 ( Dinesh Chandimal (W) 14 , Lahiru Thirimanne 0)
A horrible decision from Umpire JD Cloete ends Dilshan's innings, but Chandimal carries on. He pulls Brathwaite to deep-square leg for a six
OUT! Dilshan is gone. Brathwaite comes into the attack in place of Russell, and strikes on his first ball. It seems the umpire has missed a trick here. That ball was going way wide of the leg-stump in the replays. But Dilshan is given leg-before and he walks. 19:42(IST) After 3 overs,Sri Lanka 20/0 ( Dinesh Chandimal (W) 6 , Tillakaratne Dilshan 12)
Benn forces Sri Lanka's foot off the pedal. Some really tight bowling as he stuck to the right areas to only give away a single run off the over, after WI had conceded 19 off the first two. Once again, it's the slower bowlers who'll make the telling difference.
19:39(IST) After 2 overs,Sri Lanka 19/0 ( Dinesh Chandimal (W) 6 , Tillakaratne Dilshan 11)
Chandimal joins in. Gets down on one knee and sweeps Badree, the ball races to the ropes. Unstoppable.
19:36(IST) After 1 overs,Sri Lanka 13/0 ( Dinesh Chandimal (W) 1 , Tillakaratne Dilshan 10)
Dilshan might be on the older side but his batting is still as youthful as ever. He kicks off the party with a brilliant flick off Russell that flies to the square-leg boundary for six.
Chandimal and Dilshan are out to bat for Sri Lanka. They'd want to get Sri Lanka off a flier in a crucial group fixture for both teams. Russell to bowl the first over. 19:20(IST) 19:14(IST)
Just to put faces to the names 19:12(IST)
West Indies XI: Charles, Gayle, Samuels, Fletcher, Bravo, Russell, Ramdin, Sammy, Brathwaite, Badree, Benn 19:12(IST)
Sri Lanka XI: Dilshan, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Kapugedera, Mathews, Siriwardana, Perera, Kulasekara, Vandersay, Chameera, Herath. 19:09(IST) 19:06(IST)
"Losing Malinga is a big loss." Angelo Mathews 19:05(IST)
"With Chris Gayle back at Bangalore, it feels like a home game for us. I expect the crowd to cheer for us." Sammy 19:04(IST) The Toss
West Indies have won the toss and captain Darren Sammy has elected to bowl first. 19:02(IST)
Ambrose on the wrong end you reckon? 19:01(IST)
Sri Lanka are not the Sri Lanka of the old, one that boasted of Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Just a 39-year-old Dilshan stands as proof of those times. It's a transition period for the island nation. Their team has been on a rollercoaster. Malinga was supposed to be captain. But then he stepped down and Angelo Mathews took the reigns in his hands. Now Malinga isn't even in the team owing to injury. They have started off strongly with a win against Afghanistan and a fine show from Dilshan, but much needs to be worked upon (remember their woes in the T20I series against India and in Asia Cup).
West Indies have been riding a roller-coaster for some time now. They are experts at it. One could even say that they enjoy it. Caribbean cricket instantly plunges purists into the romance of cricket, but of late they been going through an existential crisis. Amid contract woes, dying Test cricket culture and fear for the future, it's often Chris Gayle who stands tall to bring smile to their faces. He did that against South Africa in their World T20 opener. His blistering century left everyone smiling, but the Proteas. Yes, West Indies might not be in a good shape, but they aren't one bit less on confidence. And with a team tailor-made for T20, they always fancy themselves.
Today, the two roller-coasters collides as Sri Lanka take on the West Indies in the
ICC World T20 2016. And here to witness the resultant explosion along with you is Firstpost Sports. Welcome to the Live Blog for Sri Lanka vs West Indies. Stay with us to see all the sparks fly.
The Jamaican, who lit up the first World T20 in 2007, showed his powers remain undimmed when he smashed a 47-ball century to lead the
West Indies to victory over England on Wednesday. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, winners of the last World T20 in Bangladesh two years ago, have been badly weakened since the retirements of star batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Chris Gayle unleashed a Gaylestorm against South Africa. AFP
Slumping to eighth in the T20 rankings,
Sri Lanka are also in turmoil after changing their coach and captain in recent weeks and following a disastrous showing at the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka were given a morale booster with victory over lowly Afghanistan in their first Super 10 outing on Thursday, when veteran opener Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 83 off 56 balls.
But they face a much tougher test in Gayle who unleashed a succession of sixes during the
West Indies' stunning six-wicket win over England.
Captain Angelo Mathews, who replaced injured veteran bowler Lasith Malinga as skipper on tournament eve, was upbeat, saying his side was capable of "doing anything" if they worked together.
"No matter who you play, you have to be positive. We aren't looking too far ahead, if we click we can do anything," he said.
West Indies coach Phil Simmons has sounded a warning to opponents, saying he expected Gayle to bat in 15 of the 20 overs of every match at this World T20, to set the side up for victory.
"Once you bat 15 overs we are someway near to the target (either) we are setting or chasing," Simmons said.
He said the 36-year-old, who hit the format's first international century in 2007, should be placed alongside great Viv Richards on the list of destructive batsmen from the Caribbean.
West Indies are one of the weakest teams in Test cricket but they remain a force in the shortest format, winning the T20 in 2012 and ranked second in the world. Teams Angelo Mathews (captain), Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne. Sri Lanka: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Braithwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Evin Lewis. West Indies: