Boosted by a good all-round effort by Marlon Samuels and superb bowling by Sunil Narine West Indies beat hosts, Sri Lanka by 36 runs to win the 2012 T20 World Cup.
Srilanka, Led by a masterclass 42 off 36 deliveries by captain Jayawardene and a brilliant spell of skilful and crafty spin bowling by Rangana Herath in which he picked up 3 crucial wickets, the hosts toppled Pakistan by 16 runs to enter the final of the World T20 at the Premadasa in Colombo.
India ended their World Cup campaign on a winning note as they won a thriller against South Africa by one run but did not do enough to get ahead of Pakistan in terms of net run rate and made an early exit from the tournament. Batting first, India suffered a top-order failure and ended with a rather disappointing 151 on the board thanks to good knocks by Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, while with the ball Zaheer Khan and L Balaji starred with 3 wickets each to help India win by 1 run. Faf du Plessis hit a counter-attacking knock to keep SA in the game but fell in the end as SA fell agonizingly short.
Pakistan thrashed Australia by 32 runs at the Premadasa in Colombo courtesy some fantastic bowling by the spin trio of Hasan, Ajmal and Hafeez. Chasing a competitive 149 for 6 set by Pakistan, Australia could only muster a paltry 117 for 7 off their 20 overs.
India broke the three year old jinx of not being able to win a single game in the Super 8 stages of the T20 World Cup when they managed to beat Pakistan by a comfortable fashion to stay alive in 2012 edition of the tournament. Having bowled out Pakistan for 128, India managed to reach the target in 17 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Virat Kohli was the star with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 78 off 61 balls while Yuvraj Singh (2/16), R Ashwin (2/16) and L Balaji (3/22) did most of the damage with the ball.
Australia took a big stride towards qualifying for the semi-finals after registering a convincing eight wicket win over traditional rivals, South Africa. Chasing a victory target of 147, Australia coasted home thanks to a belligerent knock of 70 by Shane Watson. The burly right hander continued his impressive showing in the tournament with yet another Man of the Match performance. Australia now top the table with 4 points with South Africa consigned to the exit queue having lost both their matches so far.
Sri Lanka all but booked a place for themselves in the semi-final when they defeated West Indies with ease to register their second win of the Super 8s. Having restricted West Indies to 129/5, Sri Lanka, powered by an unbeaten 65 off 49 by Mahela Jayawardene and 39 not-out off 34 by Kumar Sangakkara, cruised to victory by 9 wickets with 4.4 overs to spare.
Luke Wright starred again with the bat, scoring 76 off just 43 balls to power England to a 6 wicket win against New Zealand. Batting first, New Zealand suffered a top order collapse but managed to post 148/6 thanks to James Franklin’s 50 off 33. Steven Finn bowled well for England, finishing with 3/16. Apart from Wright, who steered the chase, England received good contributions from Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales as they managed to win by 6 wickets with 7 deliveries to spare.
India had a decent start but lost 4 quick wickets in the middle slowing them down, eventually reaching 140 for the loss of 7 wickets. Shane Watson and David Warner scored quickly to scored off the runs in 14.5 overs.
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat, but the pakistan spinners restricted them to 133. Pak started briskly scoring 24 in no time, before the spinners came in and reduced them to 76/7. Umar Gul slammed a brilliant 32 off just 17 balls while Umar Akmal played a vital knock of 40 to help Pakistan comeback from 76/7 to clinch a morale-boosting win by 2 wickets.