West Indies to face Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup semi-final

LONDON, England -- West Indies will come up against Sri Lanka in their semi-final of the ICC’s Twenty20 World Championship on Friday at The Oval. First ball is 530 pm (1230 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/1130 pm Jamaica Time). The other semi-final will see South Africa taking on Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Thursday at 530 pm.

South Africa’s victory over India on Tuesday saw them topping Group E of the Super Eights on six points. The West Indies finished second in the group with four points from two wins followed by England (two points) and India (zero).

The West Indies have developed momentum defeating Australia, India and England in earlier matches and looking ahead to the semis, Head Coach John Dyson said the team was in the right frame of mind and eagerly looking forward to the showdown with Sri Lanka.

“We are really looking ahead to the semi-finals. Everyone in the camp is excited about this and we are quite confident. As I have said all along, any team can turn up on their day and win in this format of the game. If one big player has a great day or any player for that matter, he can change the match. It is that kind of a game,” Dyson said on Tuesday.

“We know there is a lot to play. There is everything to play for. We are planning well as we look forward to the upcoming matches and the entire team is keen to put in another major effort.”

Captain Chris Gayle said he was thrilled with the victory over England on Monday night which saw the West Indies advance to the semi-finals and was also pumped up for the Final Four. He promised the team’s approach will be the same as the exciting brand of play which has brought them to this stage of the competition.

“We’re just trying to finish off on a high,” the 29-year-old said. “It was an overall team effort. Everyone deserves credit. I’m really proud of the guys and the way they’ve gone about it right through the tournament. It’s been a long, hard summer for us and to be in the semi-finals is brilliant.”

Gayle added: “We know what we have done to reach this stage and we plan to do the same things. We believe we can reach the final and we believe we can win this tournament. That would be great!”