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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World Twenty20: Gayle storm to hit Sri Lanka today
Defending champions Sri Lanka will face the up-beat West Indies in a Group 1 match of the ICC World Twenty20 Super 10 stage at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday.

The Jamaican southpaw, Chris Gayle has looked in perfect form in the tournament so far, as he improved his own record for the fastest World T20 hundred, by achieving his ton in just 47 balls against England a few days back. He singlehandedly destroyed the English attack by scoring eleven sixes and five fours in Mumbai.

Sri Lanka will have to do something extraordinary to stop the Gayle storm, for if he continues to bat the way he has been so far, the Lankans are in deep trouble.

Even Marlon Samuels looked in great touch against England, scoring 37 with eight fours. Although both West Indies and Sri Lanka have had decent starts to the tournament so far by winning their opening encounters by identical six wicket margins, Sri Lanka had it easy with Afghanistan, while on the other hand the West Indies overcame much tougher opponents in England.

West Indies would look to win today's encounter and book a semi-final berth for themselves. But for Sri Lanka it will not be cakewalk. Although thankfully for Sri Lanka the mystery spinner Sunil Narine is not playing for the Caribbean team, but still they would have to deal with the spin trio of Sulieman Benn, Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree.

The defending champions Sri Lanka have struggled after the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The situation for Sri Lanka worsened with the skipper and key bowler Lasith Malinga being ruled out due to a knee injury.

The bright side for Sri Lanka is their star batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored an unbeaten 83 off 56 balls (three sixes and eight fours) against Afghanistan in the team's tournament opener. According to the format of the ICC World Twenty20, each team has to win three games out of four to secure a semi-final berth, so there is hardly any room for complacency.

Lankans have an excellent record against West Indies, as they have won six out of the eight T20 encounters played so far between the two sides. Sri Lanka have also won five out of the six games against the West Indies in World T20.

The West Indies on the other hand might not be a quality Test side, but in T20 format they are ranked at number 2, having won the World Twenty20 in 2012. Since this year India play the hosts, where tracks are turning, the team that is able to negotiate spin well is expected to emerge victorious. 

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