West Indies lose as Sri Lanka reach T20 final

LONDON, England -- West Indies failed to qualify for the final of the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 World Championship when they lost to Sri Lanka by in their semi-final at The Oval in London on Friday night.

After restricting Sri Lanka for 158-5 off their 20 overs the West Indies fell for 101 in 17.4 overs to lose by 57 runs with 14 balls to spare. Captain Chris Gayle carried his bat to end on 63 from 50 balls with eight boundaries and two sixes but he did not receive the necessary support. The Man-of-the-Match award went to Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Tillakeratne Dilshan, who made 96 not out. He was later supported by opening bowler Angelo Mathews, who took three wickets in the first over

“We did well to reach the semi-final and overall we are proud of our performances in this tournament. I can’t fault the guys for reaching the semi-final. Overall we are disappointed [at not making the final], but you can’t point fingers. I’m happy for the players to use this as a learning experience. With the next Twenty20World Championship in the Caribbean, it will be good for us to use this as a good learning experience, and we hope to capitalise on our home advantage,” Gayle said.

The next ICC Twenty20 World Championship will be played in the West Indies next year. Gayle also thanked the Windies fans for their support and noted that during the tournament when the West Indies beat favourites Australia, defending champs India and hosts England “we brought some smiles to our fans’ faces”.

Sri Lanka’s victory set up an all-Asian final. They will meet Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday evening.