Host Sri Lanka beat West Indies by nine wickets to move closer to the semifinals of cricket’s World Twenty20 tournament, as England stayed in contention to defend its title.
Mahela Jayawardene was 65 not out as Sri Lanka reached its victory total of 130 with 28 balls to spare in the Group 1 Super Eight game in Pallekele. He shared an unbeaten 108-run stand for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara, who was 39 not out, after Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed for 13.
Ajantha Mendis took 2-12 in four overs as Sri Lanka limited West Indies to 129-5 in its 20 overs. Marlon Samuels scored 50 runs for West Indies, which won the toss and elected to bat, and Dwayne Bravo had 40.
Sri Lanka leads Group 1 with four points, two more than England and West Indies, with one game remaining. New Zealand has lost both of its Super Eight matches.
In the day’s opening game, England beat New Zealand by six wickets for its first win of the stage.
Luke Wright scored 76 runs as the defending champion reached its target of 149 with seven balls remaining. Steve Finn took 3-16 as England limited New Zealand to 148-6 in its 20 overs.
The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The Super Eight consists of two groups of four, with the top two teams in each advancing to the semifinals.
In tomorrow’s Group 2 games, Australia meets South Africa and Pakistan plays India. Australia and Pakistan top the group after winning their opening matches yesterday.
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