World T20: Sri Lanka ride Duckworth-Lewis vs Windies, sail into final
Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 27-runs on Duckworth-Lewis method to reach the final of the World Twenty20.
Sri Lankan skipper Lasith Malinga (2/5) led from the front when his side began to defend their total of 160/6 in the first semi-final (All images AFP).
Chris Gayle (3 off 13 balls) had a miserable outing with the bat. His misery ended when he played a delivery from Malinga on to his stumps.
Dwayne Smith started well but was foxed by a slower one from Malinga that went right through his defence and crashed onto his stumps.
Sekkuge Prasanna struck with a wicket off his first ball in T20Is as he trapped Lendl Simmons in front of the stumps.
Dwayne Bravo went after the Lankan bowling, scoring 30 off 19 balls before Kulasekara dismissed him.
With West Indies on 80/4 in 13.5 overs, heavy showers forced the players off the field. Within minutes the rain turned into hailstorm. At this stage, the Windies were 27 runs behind Sri Lanka via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Earlier, West Indies started well with three quick wickets of Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
However, Tillakaratne Dilshan (39) proved to be a thorn in their flesh as he kept the Sri Lankan scoreboard ticking.
Dilshan had left-handed Lahiru Thirimanne for company who top-scored for Lanka with 44.
But it was Angelo Mathews' 40-run cameo that took Sri Lanka to 160/6 in 20 overs.
Krishmar Santokie was the pick of the bowlers for the Windies, finishing with figures of 2/46.
The play was called off due to rain and Sri Lanka sailed through to the final with a 27-run victory over the West Indies via D/L method.