Those of us who thought the West Indies would have kept this series close or even gotten the better of Australia have been sorely disappointed. Not only did the visitors lose – they lost badly; 5-0 in fact, and the games, for the most part, weren’t even close.
The West Indies has the opportunity to show that their T20 World Cup triumph was no mere fluke but an indication of real improvement of a side long in the doldrums. They are scheduled to play five ODIs and a single T20 game, and though both teams shared both the ODI (2-2 with one tied) and T20 (1-1) series early last year in the Caribbean...
Skipper Darren Sammy scored an unbeaten 60 at no.8 and then followed it up with 3 for 28 in 8 overs to help West Indies pull off a resounding victory in the Fourth ODI at Mirpur. The 5-match series is now leveled at 2-2 with the decider to be played at this same venue tomorrow itself.
Hosts Sri Lanka have been undefeated so far in the ICC World T20 2012, winning six matches on the trot! West Indies would like to spoil that record by beating them in tonight’s final at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Sri Lanka and West Indies, arguably the two best teams in the competition, have made it to the summit clash. Although from here only one side will walk away with the trophy, both the teams can go away with their heads held high, irrespective of the result on Sunday.
We have been used to seeing Australia dominate and overcome opponents with ease in crunch games over the years. In the second semi-final of the World T20, however, the Aussies got a dose of their own medicine.
Hosts Sri Lanka and West Indies, both would go into the match against each other high on confidence. Lanka, following their Super Over win against New Zealand, and West Indies having overcome the English challenge.