West Indies, Sri Lanka in semifinal
West Indies’ hopes of reaching the 20/20 World Cup final ended in big disappointment today after the Caribbean side was thrashed by Sri Lanka in their semi-final match at The Oval in England.
Sri Lanka through Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 96 not out and three wickets for Angelo Matthews in West Indies’ first over won the match by 57 runs.
Mathews finished with 3 for 16, Muttiah Muralitharan took 3 for 29 and Ajantha Mendis 2 for 9 as West Indies were bowled out in less than 18 overs for 101, despite an unbeaten 63 from captain Chris Gayle.
Sri Lanka had made 158 for five.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin with nine runs was the next best scorer for West Indies, who lost Xavier Marshall, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo without scoring.
Bravo was the most successful West Indies’ bowler with 2 for 32. Sri Lanka will play Pakistan in Sunday\'s final at Lord\'s.
Meanwhile, England reached the final of the Women’s 20/20 World Cup when Clare Taylor hit an unbeaten 76 from 53 balls to lead them to a memorable eight-wicket victory over archrivals Australia in the first match at The Oval.
The result means that England will face New Zealand in the Women’s final on Sunday at Lord’s in a repeat of the 50-overs Women’s World Cup final earlier this year at Sydney.