Watch ICC World T20 2014: Sri Lanka vs West Indies Live Streaming Information
By Deepak Vikraman | April 3, 2014 10:42 PM EST
Sri Lanka and the West Indies have already come through a must-win game each, a virtual quarterfinal, where it was win and stay in the World T20 or lose and go home.
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The game is scheduled for a 7 pm local time (6.30 pm IST, 2 pm BST, 9 am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD1 in India. The match can be watched via live streaming online in India HERE. The match can be live streamed in Pakistan HERE or HERE. The action in the US will be shown by ESPN with live streaming option HERE. Sky Sports 2 is the channel to watch live in the UK, while you can also live stream the game HERE.
The match can be live streamed in Europe HERE, with the option for viewers in Canada HERE. New Zealand viewers can live stream the action HERE, while Sri Lanka viewers can do the same HERE. To watch the match in Middle East click HERE, South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can go HERE, while Latin America viewers can do the same HERE. Viewers in Australia can catch all the action live online HERE.
Now, another one awaits, with Sri Lanka looking to avenge their 2012 final loss to the West Indies when the two explosive sides meet in the semifinals of the ICC World T20 2014 in Dhaka.
West Indies, as they so often are, have been the entertainers in this tournament, smashing the ball out of the park at will, taking ridiculous runs in the final overs, showing just how T20 bowling should be executed, showing tremendous athletic ability on the field, and of course the dance moves, never forget the dance moves.
Darren Sammy and co. will look to keep that bridesmaid tag firmly in Sri Lanka's place come Thursday evening, with the skipper believing the Lankans will be hampered by that big loss in the final of the last edition of the World T20, as well as the warm-up match prior to the beginning of this year's T20 World Cup.
"Cricket is not about what happens before," Sammy said. "It's what happens on a cricket field on that present day. We defeated them in the [final of the] World Cup and in the practice game here but they have played some good cricket and we have a lot of respect for them.
"Last final will be at the back of their mind, the practice game will be at the back of their mind. Once West Indies turn up, West Indies are dangerous."
The West Indies beat Bangladesh, Australia and finally Pakistan, in a must-win game, to get to the semis, and, having played the entire tournament in Dhaka, unlike Sri Lanka, who were involved in Chittagong in their Group 1 games, the team from the Caribbean will probably have a slight edge over their opponents on Thursday.
Sammy, though, refused to admit to the favourites tag, despite being the reigning champs as well. "I wouldn't say we have an edge," he added. "After our first game, a lot of people said that West Indies are not going to progress to the next round and like I said, cricket is played on the pitch and the team who turn up and execute the plans properly and hold their nerve in pressure situations, they normally come out victorious.
"And, so far, barring that game against India, we have done that. It's about continuing that process. We only have two more steps to take and we are going to focus on that main step, which is the semifinal and we know once we are in the final, anything is possible."
Sri Lanka have also stepped up when needed in the World T20 2014, thumping New Zealand in their final do-or-die group game with a supreme bowling effort, when they looked destined to crash out after a below-par performance with the bat.
They arguably have the best bowling attack in the tournament, and if their batting clicks, then the West Indies will be in for a fight of their lives.
Team news: Sri Lanka: The major decision to be made will be whether to bring back skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who has flattered to deceive with the bat for a while now. Lasith Malinga made a winning start as captain against New Zealand, and even if the fast bowler did not do much of the actual captaining on the field, with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene pulling the strings, while Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan can also chip-in, it will be interesting to see what decision the team management makes.
West Indies: Sammy and co. have no reason to make any changes to the side, and, barring any last-minute injuries, WI will almost certainly go with the same XI from the win over Pakistan.
Key men: Sri Lanka: This is Jayawardene and Sangakkara's final T20 tournament, and the legendary duo will not want to see it end in the semifinals. Rangana Herath will look to recreate that magical spell against the Kiwis on Thursday as well.
West Indies: Sammy and Dwayne Bravo showed their finishing prowess in some style against Pakistan, but the West Indies top order, led by Chris Gayle, will need to resist the Sri Lanka spinners early on and in the middle overs to ensure the six-hitters have enough of a platform to go crazy in the final overs.
Expected lineups: Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Sachitra Senanayake, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga (capt).
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie.
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