Mahela Jayawardene leads from the front with 65 not out as the hosts chase down 130 in 15.2 overs to notch up their second successive win in the Super Eights.
Sri Lanka innings:
16th over: Sri Lanka 130 for 1 Sri Lanka win. They get the required runs off the second ball courtesy an overthrow. Superb win for the Lankans. Their second successive win in the Super Eights and with this they have put their one foot in the semi-finals. Mahela remains unbeaten on 65 not out, while Kumar Sangakkara on 39 not out and both share 108 for the second wicket. That's it from me. We will be back with the Australia-South Africa tie tomorrow at 3.30 pm IST. Till then, goodbye.
15th over: Sri Lanka 128 for 1 Ravi Rampaul returns and is smashed for two fours by Kumar Sangakkara. He looks in a hurry. The first is over mid-on; the second is a pull. Great stuff. Off the fifth ball comes another four. This time it's Mahela. Just guides the ball through the third man area. Effortless. Another four. Makes room for himself to lift
it over covers for a one bounce four. 17 off the over. SL need two more to win.
14th over: Sri Lanka 111 for 1 Mahela takes a single off Sammy to complete his 7th T20 fifty. Here comes the first six for Mahela. Slogs it over the square leg and it goes some distance. 13 off the over. SL now need 19 to win off 36 balls.
13th over: Sri Lanka 98 for 1 Andre Russell comes on with his first over and gets treated with a four off the first ball. Mahela hits it over mid-on and it races to the boundary. The Sri Lanka captain is playing a gem of an innings. He hits another four. Makes room for himself to smash it over the covers. 11 off the over.
12th over: Sri Lanka 87 for 1 Six off the Darren Sammy over. Another quiet over. The hosts now need 43 off 58 balls.
11th over: Sri Lanka 83 for 1 Sunil Narine bowls a tight over. Just two off it. The Sri Lankans have slowed down a little bit in the last few overs. Still, they are the red-hot favourites to go all the way.
10th over: Sri Lanka 81 for 1 Mahela is in great nick. Picks up a four off the fourth ball. Sammy bowls it short and Mahela pounces on it, pulling it to good effect. Six off the over. SL need 49 more off 60 balls to win.
9th over: Sri Lanka 75 for 1 Mahela plays a reverse sweep off the fourth ball to hit a boundary. Six off the Sunil Narine over. WI desperately need a wicket and such bowling just won't do for them.
8th over: Sri Lanka 69 for 1 Darren Sammy bring himself into bowl. Can he provide the much-needed wicket? It seems he can't. Sanga fetches a four off the second. Seven off the over.
7th over: Sri Lanka 62 for 1 Sunil Narine returns. Bowls a tight over until the final ball which is hit for a four by Kumar Sangakkara. With this boundary, Sanga completes 1000 runs in T20s. Seven off the over.
6th over: Sri Lanka 55 for 1 Fidel Edwards returns to bowl the last powerplay over. Five extra runs. Pitches it short and it sails over the keeper's head. He is smiling. Why, nobody knows. Here comes a four off the fifth. Mahela just leans on it, a short one on the offstump. Three off the last ball.
5th over: Sri Lanka 43 for 1 Rampaul continues and Jayawardene picks up two boundaries. First a fierce cut past point, the second one through the leg-side. Looks pretty unstoppable. 11 off the over.
4th over: Sri Lanka 32 for 1 Mystery spinner Sunil Narine comes on to bowl. He is crucial in the context of the match. However, Sangakkara picks him off his pads to get a four over mid-wicket. Nine off the over.
3rd over: Sri Lanka 23 for 1 Rampaul continues. WI need a couple of early wickets to make a match of it. Rampaul strikes. Dilshan goes. The ball goes big on him and he nicks it straight to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
Dilshan c †Ramdin b Rampaul 13 (9)
2nd over: Sri Lanka 18 for 0 Fidel Edwards bowls and Dilshan picks up back to back boundaries. Both fierce cuts through the off-side. Here comes another. Smashes it through the covers. 12 off the over.
1st over: Sri Lanka 6 for 0 Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan walk out to the middle. Sri Lanka have never lost to the Windies in T20s and West Indies' 129 is the lowest first innings total at Pallekele. Everything is against the Caribbean team. Meanwhile, Mahela gets a four, it races past point. Ravi Rampaul is perturbed. Mahela has the maximum boundaries in ICC World T20 history. It's 88.
West Indies innings:
20th over: West Indies 129 for 5 Angelo Mathews to bowl the last over. Russell is off the strike off the first ball and Samuels departs off the next. Pulls it really hard but finds Dilshan who runs from long-on towards his right to take a stunner on the boundary. 7 off the over.
19th over: West Indies 122 for 4 Malinga continues. Fifty for Samuels. His fourth T20 fifty. It came off 34 balls. Meanwhile, Malinga has bowled an excellent over, just two off the first five balls. Let's see what happens off the last. Russell gets a single. Just three off the over.
18th over: West Indies 119 for 4 Kulasekara returns and Andre Russell launches him into the stands at long-on. Sheer power. Now Marlon Samuels gets in on the act. Hits it straight back over the bowler's head. Another demonstration of power. It travelled 102 metres, the biggest so far in this tournament. The previous best was Shane Watson's 98 metres. Gets a four. Muscles it past the covers. Another four. Hits it straight back. Sheer power-hitting. 21 off the over. Just the over West Indies needed.
17th over: West Indies 98 for 4 Malinga returns. Five singles and a double. Tight over. The Windies need some big shots to get up a decent score against the hosts. Remember, the average first innings total here is 173.
16th over: West Indies 91 for 4 Now Ajantha Mendis comes on to bowl and he gets rid of the woefully out-of-form Kieron Pollard. The big batsman fails to read the line of the ball and gets cleaned up. Great stuff by the Sri Lankan mystery spinner. Andre Russell is the new batsman in. Just one run in the over with a wicket.
Pollard b BAW Mendis 1 (6)
15th over: West Indies 90 for 3 Jeevan Mendis comes back on and gets rid of Dwayne Bravo. The ball is a bit short and Bravo bludgeons it but finds Tillakaratne Dilshan at long-on. Pollard up next. Meanwhile, Samuels gets a six over mid-wicket. It's 93 metres.
Bravo c Dilshan b BMAJ Mendis 40 (34)
14th over: West Indies 80 for 2 Angelo Mathews returns. The lowest defended total at Pallekele is 155. To get there both these batsmen have got to up the ante. Bravo is listening to me, I guess. Gets a four off the fifth ball. Nicely timed shot that goes past point in a flash. Two off the last. This is the highest third wicket stand for the Windies in this tournament. 64 runs.
13th over: West Indies 71 for 2 Lasith Malinga returns and Samuels takes a four off the second, just guides it past the wicketkeeper Sangakkara. With that comes up a fifty-run partnership. This is the highest 3rd wicket partnership in the Sri Lanka-West Indies T20s. Eight runs come off the over.
12th over: West Indies 63 for 2 Now Ajantha Mendis. Samuels is having a hard time against him but that's not the case with Bravo, who hit a big six. It was a long hop and Bravo was onto it in a flash. A sight to sore eyes.
11th over: West Indies 55 for 2 Jeevan Mendis comes on. Bowls a tight over. Just two off it.
10th over: West Indies 53 for 2 Herath continues. Bravo goes inside out for a big six over the covers. What timing. That was 200th six for the team in T20s. The average first innings total at Pallekele is 173. WI need to up the ante to get there from here. 11 runs off the over.
9th over: West Indies 42 for 2 Mendis replaces Mathews. Samuels picks up a two off the fist. Both batsmen are having a hard time against the mystery spinner. He is the leading wicket-taker in this tournament with eight scalps. The end of another good over. Just four off it.
8th over: West Indies 38 for 2 Rangana Herath comes into bowl. He is Dananjaya's replacement for this match. Bravo fetches another boundary, off the third ball. It's a half-volley and the allrounder is onto it in a flash. It races to the boundary in the blink of an eye. Three dot balls finish the over.
7th over: West Indies 33 for 2 Angelo Mathews comes on to bowl. Marlon Samuels spring into action with a four off the second ball. The edge off his bat goes past wicketkeeper Sangakkara. Mahela now brings a slip in. Now Bravo gets in on the act. His four is more convincing. The ball is a bit full and wide. He makes the most of it, the fielders at the covers could do nothing. Good over for the Caribbean team. 13 off it.
6th over: West Indies 20 for 2 Gayle also goes. The Kulasekara delivery is too wide for a cut but Gayle still goes for it. Pays the penalty as Kumar Sangakkara takes an easy catch behind the wickets. A big blow to the Caribbean team. Dwayne Bravo comes in and opens his account with a four off the first ball he plays.
Gayle c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 2 (9)
5th over: West Indies 16 for 1 Ajantha Mendis comes into bowl. He took six wickets against Zimbabwe in a group match. He is a dangerous man. A huge appeal against Johnson Charles off the second ball. It pitched a bit outside the offstump. Johnson out!
Charles st †Sangakkara b BAW Mendis 12 (21)
4th over: West Indies 14 for 0 Kulasekara continues. Another good over. Just two off it.
3rd over: West Indies 12 for 0 Here comes Lasith Malinga and gets treated with a four by Johnson Charles. The ball was way down the leg side and all Charles had to was just flick off his pads. Another four off the fourth ball. Charles again. Hits it straight back, a short arm jab. Eight off the over.
2nd over: West Indies 4 for 0 Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl. Accuracy is his middle name and that stands him in good stead. Great over. Just one over. Superb stuff. It's not easy to do that against the likes of Gayle and Charles.
1st over: West Indies 3 for 0 Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles walk out to the middle. Both batsmen are in form. Charles scored 84 in the last match against Engalnd, while Gayle chipped in with 58. Angelo Mathews begins the proceedings for Sri Lanka. Tight over. Concedes just three.
7.OO pm: West Indies win the toss, will bat first. Darren Sammy says Fidel Edwards returns and Samuel Badree goes out, while for Sri Lanka young injured offspinner Akila Dananjaya misses out and Rangana Herath comes in. Here are the teams.
West Indies: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy(c), Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin(w), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene(c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
6.45 pm: Hello and welcome to the World T20 Super 8 tie between Sri Lanka and West Indies at Pallekele. West Indies and Sri Lanka both won their first matches in Group 1, against England and New Zealand respectively. A victory today for either team will push their case for a semifinal berth not a little. Stay tuned, we'll soon be back with the toss.