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The West Indies men blasted their way into the semifinal of the World 20/20 Cup

The West Indies men blasted their way into the semifinal of the World 20/20 cup in Sri Lanka earlier today. They followed their female counterparts, who also yesterday, made it  into the last four of their half of the tournament. Darren Sammy’s men had to anxiously await the outcome of the England/Sri Lanka match, which Sri Lanka eventually won and knocked England out. An England win would have put pressure on the WI chances and net run-rate would then have decided who goes through.

West Indies batted first and were bowled out for a modest 139, failing to bat out the full 20 overs. They defended that total well after New Zealand seemed  to be cruising to the total to tie the match and force a super over which is used to determine who goes through in a tie .

The WI chose Marlon Samuels to bowl that over and NZ made 17 runs. It was drama at the WI turn to bat their over when NZ  bowler Tim Southee‘s first delivery was a no ball and was dispatched over the boundary by Chris Gayle for a six giving, the WI 7 runs and an extra delivery. Marlon Samuels fittingly ended the contest with a six, with a delivery to spare sparking wild celebrations from the WI camp. Man of the Match was Sunil Narine for his 3/20.

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