West Indies clinched the ICC World T20 2012 after outplaying hosts Sri Lanka in a one-sided contest at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka needing only 138 to chase made a complete mess because of the soft approach from its top order.
West Indies overcame New Zealand through a Super Over win to keep their hopes of making it to the Semis alive! It was a thrilling tie at Pallekele for the second time in this tournament with once again New Zealand at the wrong end of a Super Over.
Sri Lanka are almost there into the Semi Finals after beating West Indies by a big margin of 9 wickets with 28 balls to spare at Pallekele. The hosts made short work of the West Indian target of 130 by romping home in just 15.2 overs.
It wasn’t that New Zealand were totally outplayed during their two Test-match series against West Indies, as the 2-0 result may suggest. It was just that every time West Indies found themselves on the back foot or the Kiwis began to look threatening, someone or the other from the Caribbean camp stepped up to hand West Indies the upper hand.
The New Zealand batsmen negated the good work their bowlers did on the second day and are now in danger of losing the test series 0-2 on tomorrows fourth day at Sabina Park. As the game now stands, the West Indies are 135/4, 71 runs away from the 206 required for victory.
It is a time of festivities in Jamaica. The nation is in a good mood. Celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the island’s independence from England are underway. This weekend, Jamaican athletes are expected to burn up the track at the London Olympics and send the country in a frenzy of merriment.
If they didn’t know before, England today found that their back-up pacers were of high quality when they restricted a hard fighting West Indies to 280/8 at stumps. Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan ended with three wickets each, while the pacey Steven Finn had two.