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West Indies and Sri Lanka play semi1

Defending champions West Indies and Sri Lanka will fight out the first of the ICC World T20 2014 at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka today on April 03, 2014 in the evening. The match brings them both from resounding victories over their opponents in the previous matches. They are two world renowned cricketing teams who are very evenly poised to make for scintillating cricket in the first semifinal match of the tournament in Bangladesh. Both teams have some world names in spinning and it might well be the factor that will decided upon the result of the match.

However looking at the aggressively dominating form of Sammy and Bravo of the West Indies it might be impossible to stop them. However the West Indies top order must also contribute if they are to win in the ensuing big match against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka on the other hand will set out to break there jinx-ridden sojourn of losing in semis and finals. Sri Lanka had lost out to the West Indies two years ago in the last ICC WT20 final and will surely lookout to avenge their defeat this time around. In their last match against New Zealand the Lankans were sans their full-time T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal having being suspended for an over-rate offence but Lasith Malinga seemed to manage well.

Mahela a reputed Sri Lankan batsman set to retire from Twenty20 cricket after this tournament said that he has had a fascinating journey. Revered to be among Sri Lanka’s finest captains his record at the helm of the T20 side is 12 wins from 19 matches with six losses and one tie. It was under him that the team lost the 2012 World T20 final against West Indies. Jayawardene has also taken the most catches in international cricket and is one of six batsmen in the world to have hit a hundred in all three formats of the game. Sangakkara also set to retire from T20s after this tournament and Jayawardene have made 166 against West Indies in 2010 which is a record.

The like of the 1996 World Cup victory being a history moment in Sri Lankan cricket needs to be revived in this tournament today. As of yet the Sri Lankans are simply tagged as favorites in every big tournament only to fizzle out in the last stage. The win in the Asia Cup less than a month ago at Dhaka will add to boost up the Sri Lnakan cricketers against the West Indies. While West Indies have an advantage as they have played all their matches at Mirpur, Sri Lanka will feel better that they do not have to face the dew that was a major concern at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

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