Charith Asalanka and Wanindu Hasaranga star as Sri Lanka defeats West Indies by 20 runs in the T20 World Cup.

Charith Asalanka: Sri Lanka beat the reigning champions West Indies by 20 runs in their final Super 12 encounter in Abu Dhabi on Thursday to complete their campaign on a strong note.

Sri Lanka finished the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in style on Thursday, defeating the defending champions West Indies by 20 runs in their final Super 12 match in Abu Dhabi.

The 2014 winners defeated Shimron Hetmyer’s brave 81 not out and Nicholas Pooran‘s 46 to defend 190 at the Zyed International Stadium, finishing fourth in Group 1 with 4 points behind England, Australia, and South Africa.

Dwayne Bravo, the former Windies captain, scored just two runs with the bat but got a wicket to finish with 78 runs in his 15-year career, which included two T20 World Cup victories in 2012 and 2016.

WI vs SL, T20 World Cup: Highlights

Charith Asalanka: Shimron Hetmyer put up a valiant fight near the end of the innings, but the target was simply too high for the Windies to achieve on the night.

The victory was Sri Lanka’s second in the main draw in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the young team led by all-rounder. Dasun Shanaka, who also saw the Windies miss the T20 World Cup semi-finals for the first time in ten years.

Earlier in the T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka hitters batted with abandon and flair to set a challenging. 190-run mark for the West Indies.

The pitches in Abu Dhabi have proven to be the best of the three locations, and in-form. Pathum Nissanka (51 off 41) and. Charith Asalanka (68 off 41) took Sri Lanka to 189 for three with a 91-run stand.

On his way to his third half-century of the competition, Nissanka hit several wild shots.

As if the switch hit wasn’t enough, the opener stepped all the way over the off stump to send. Ravi Rampaul to backward square leg for a boundary. Asalanka, too, hit a magnificent half-century, with a straight slog sweep off. Dwayne Bravo for a six being one of the highlights of his innings.

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