West Indies took a big step towards the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka, in their Group 1 game of the Twenty20 World Cup yesterday.

Darren Sammy’s men produced a superb performance with the ball to restrict Sri Lanka to 122-9, with Samuel Badree taking 3-12 and Dwayne Bravo 2-20.

Only Thisara Perera, who hit 40 off 29 balls, offered any resistance.

Andre Fletcher – opening the batting in the absence of the injured Chris Gayle – hit an unbeaten 84 off 64 balls in a largely straightforward chase.

It is a second victory for West Indies, who beat England by six wickets on Wednesday, meaning they will qualify for the last four if they beat South Africa on Friday.

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