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Sri Lanka won by 20 runs.
Player of the match: Charith Asalanka
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That is all that was written for this contest then. Sri Lanka's campaign is done, West Indies have a game left with pride to play for, but a lot of action is in store in Group 2 tomorrow - New Zealand face Namibia at Sharjah before India take on Scotland at Dubai. Namibia and Scotland have shown a lot of spirit thus far - can they throw a spanner into the works of their opponents who are looking to make a move towards the knockouts? Do join us tomorrow to find out while keeping yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing news and action from across the globe right here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this game - one which we hope you enjoyed as much as we did bringing to you. On behalf of my good friend and fellow textpert Bala, this is Sooryanarayanan wishing you a happy and safe Diwali, while also humbly requesting you to stay safe, mask up and get yourselves vaccinated in case you haven't already. Good night and take care!
A clinical display across departments from Sri Lanka with the toss probably the only thing not going their way. It was a game that showed what this talented young crop can do in the years to come. Ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia next year, they've certainly got a lot of promise within their ranks and this experience will only augur well for them going forward. Barring the game against Australia, Sri Lanka weren't comprehensively humbled per se and a little here or there against South Africa and England could have even seen them in the semifinals. That said, the side has a lot to be proud of and work upon as a promising era lies ahead. A new era is what the West Indies will be looking at too after a sorry end to their campaign. Lots to work on for them but that said, there is still a game to be played and what better than cricket's biggest entertainers bowing out with an entertaining performance against Australia come Saturday! They could play party poopers too for all you know and a grand send off for Dwayne Bravo and potentially Chris Gayle would be a kind way to culminate a legacy that this team of giants has carved in this format.
Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka Captain): Overall it was a very good victory. The youngsters have been working really hard to get a win. I am really happy - the performances from Charith and Pathum was brilliant today. They were outstanding throughout the tournament. The bowlers did a really good job. I knew that they (Asalanka and Nissanka) were professional from a long time and they have worked really hard for a long time. They have a long career and a lot of good cricket to come. I think the team is going in the right direction and the fans were following us from a long time. They were supporting us very well whether we win or lose. We should thank every fan here and everywhere in the world. (On Hasaranga) He's a gem. He's a superstar in the making. He's at the start of his career. There's a lot of cricket to be played and we have to protect him. As a captain I backed him from the start and he has a long career ahead of him.
Kieron Pollard (West Indies Captain): I think we were below par. In a crucial match like this you don't want to see those things but we weren't good enough on the field. The bowlers did a decent job on a good batting track. I don't think SL out-batted us but they batted sensibly. They never gave us a chance. It pains although we had a couple of hits towards the back end there. Hetmyer batted well but we want to see some consistency from him and then Pooran coming in and batting in the middle was good. We knew they are good but we want them to do it consistently with the others backing them. I just think (lack of ) cricket smarts is something that has plagued us. We have spoken from a batting perspective as to what we need to do as individuals but we haven't done it. We can't hide facts and we have to accept that we have not done well. But you can see we have a couple of young guys doing well. (Is it the end of an era for a few superstars?) No secrets there - cricket has to move on. And it's an opportunity for the youngsters to show what they can do for West Indies cricket. All of us are hurting in the dressing room especially from a batting perspective. We did not see it coming but it has and we have to accept it.
Charith Asalanka (Player of the Match): Always glad to have a half-century. Match-winning knock for my country. Looking to do the same thing going ahead. I haven't played a lot at this level. I keep asking senior players questions, trying to get better and better every day. I was waiting for five years to get into the Sri Lankan team. I did hard work. I will work hard till my career ends. (Thanks Sri Lankan fans in Sinhalese).
190 was a massive target to chase. It wasn't going to be easy despite the wicket looking good for runs but if any team could have done it, it was the mighty West Indian batting lineup. Unfortunately though, it wasn't to be for Kieron Pollard & Co.

Chasing 190 to win and stay alive in the competition, West Indies could not have asked for a more wretched start to their innings. Binura Fernando had Chris Gayle caught at mid-off before getting Evin Lewis to chop one onto his stumps in the same over and the defending champions were staring down the abyss already. Nicholas Pooran took to the bowlers with a counter-attack, even as he had a couple of lives coming his way in the field.

The Powerplay ended with West Indies crossing the 50-run mark, although a stunning catch at mid-wicket saw Roston Chase back in the hut too. Thereafter, Maheesh Theekshana and Chamika Karunaratne applied the brakes with some quiet overs that saw the asking rate climb up. Shimron Hetmyer in particular found it tough to get a move on and the pressure of the required rate saw Pooran perish to another excellent catch at long off.

Hetmyer then broke free with some blistering hits but wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end. Andre Russell's poor run continued as he fell to a well-directed short delivery from Chamika Karunaratne. And when Kieron Pollard was bowled first ball by Wanindu Hasaranga, the writing was clearly on the wall for West Indies.

Hetmyer wasn't going down without a fight though - he continued to bludgeon the ball en route to a half-century and beyond, despite bearing witness to the wickets of Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo. It was just a case of delaying the inevitable though as the equation was way out of bounds, and the Sri Lankans completed a fantastic victory to bow out of the tournament on a winning note.

Binura Fernando broke the back of the West Indian batting lineup with two massive wickets in the Powerplay and Chamika Karunaratne chipped in with two crucial blows of his own. Maheesh Theekshana may have gone wicketless but it was his stifle through the middle-overs that made life difficult for the opposition before Wanindu Hasaranga came on and did what he does best with a couple of wickets of his own. The fielding effort from the Lankans too was absolutely magnificent with skipper Dasun Shanaka getting every call right, as he picked up a wicket of his own too, as did Dushmantha Chameera.
He fought hard after an initial struggle but alas, it wasn't to be for Hetmyer or West Indies. The defending champions have been knocked out of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup as Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 20 runs!
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168 /8 score
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cricket bat icon Shimron Hetmyer *
80 (54)
cricket bat icon Akeal Hosein
1 (1)
cricket ball icon Dushmantha Chameera
1 /40
19.6 Dushmantha Chameera to Shimron Hetmyer, low full toss outside the off-stump. Hetmyer smashes it straight to Hosein. It ricochets to long-on and they take a single
Final delivery coming up...
19.5 Dushmantha Chameera to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! Fortuitous! Full and straight in the blockhole. Hetmyer gets an inside edge that runs away past the keeper to the fineleg boundary
19.4 Dushmantha Chameera to Shimron Hetmyer, yorker right at the base of the middle-stump. Hetmyer digs it out past the bowler but doesn't take the single 
19.3 Dushmantha Chameera to Shimron Hetmyer, SIX! Chameera delivers a length ball outside off. Hetmyer feeds on it and slams it over extra cover. Just clears the fence
And that should be that for West Indies.
19.2 Dushmantha Chameera to Shimron Hetmyer, nails the yorker outside the off-stump. Hetmyer digs it out to point
This is Hetmyer's highest score in T20 internationals!
19.1 Dushmantha Chameera to Shimron Hetmyer, good length ball on the stumps. Hetmyer throws the kitchen sink at it but connects with the inside half of the bat to deep mid-wicket
Dushmantha Chameera to bowl the final over of the game. He will bowl over the wicket.
Hetmyer scampers through and retains strike with a bye. 34 off 6 deliveries is not mathematically impossible and it isn't beyond the power and might of Shimron Hetmyer. But if it were to come off, goodness me!

West Indies need 34 runs to win off the final over! 
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