West Indies vs. Sri Lanka, World T20: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorApril 3, 2014

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - APRIL 03:  Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka celebrates with Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka after dismissing Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 semi final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on April 3, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Sri Lanka reached the final of the 2014 World Twenty20 tournament with a 27-run victory over West Indies in Dhaka.

Sri Lanka, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 160-6 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

In their reply, the defending champions were 80-4 after 13.5 overs when a huge storm brought a premature end to proceedings. They were declared the winners via the Duckworth Lewis method.

Sri Lankan stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara failed to fire, but they still reached a competitive score.

Opener Kusal Perera thrashed 26 from 12 balls before being bowled by Krishmar Santokie, but Sri Lanka slumped to 49-3 after the loss of the veteran pair.

Jayawardene was run out without facing after being called for a quick single by Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Sangakkara was caught and bowled by Samuel Badree for one.

Dilshan departed for a run-a-ball 39 after another run out in the 14th over, but Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews boosted the Sri Lanka cause.

Thirimanne made a career-best 44 from 35 balls, with Mathews chipping in with 40 off 23 balls before being caught off the final ball of the innings.

Sri Lanka: 160 for 6 (20.0 overs)
K Perera b Santokie 26 16 12
Dilshan run out (Simmons) 39 54 39
M Jayawardene run out (Sammy) 0 2 0
Sangakkara c and b Badree 1 7 6
Thirimanne c Simmons b Santokie 44 42 35
Mathews c Dwayne Bravo b Russell 40 30 23
Prasanna not out 6 14 5
Extras 0nb 2w 0b 2lb 4
Badree4 0 23 1
Santokie4 0 46 2
Narine4 0 20 0
Samuels4 0 23 0
Russell3 0 37 1
Gayle1 0 9 0

The WI reply started explosively as Nuwan Kulasekara's opening over went for 17.

Yet Sri Lanka's stand-in skipper, Lasith Malinga, removed both openers in the fifth over, Chris Gayle played on for three and Dwayne Smith was deceived by a slower ball after making 17.

Leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna dismissed Lendl Simmons with his first ball of the tournament as West Indies stuttered to 36-3 and they were left needing 100 from the last nine overs.

Their hopes were further hit when Dwayne Bravo was caught at deep mid-wicket off Kulasekara for 30 with Marlon Samuels labouring to 16 off 27 balls, an innings which left his side behind the required run rate when the inclement weather arrived.

West Indies: 80 for 4 (13.5 overs)
Dwayne Smith b Malinga 17 22 14
Gayle b Malinga 3 18 13
Simmons lbw b Prasanna 4 13 8
Samuels not out 18 38 29
Dwayne Bravo c M Jayawardene b N Kulasekara 30 23 19
Sammy not out 0 0
Extras 0nb 7w 0b 1lb 8
N Kulasekara 2.5 0 22 1
Senanayake2 0 6 0
Malinga2 0 5 2
Herath4 0 27 0
Prasanna2 0 15 1
Mathews1 0 4 0

Sri Lanka will face India or South Africa in Sunday's final.