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West Indies are eyeing their second straight final of the T20 World Cup. Reuters

Sri Lanka take on West Indies in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2014 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.

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Sri Lanka entered the semi-final finishing on top of Group 1 after defeating New Zealand by 59 runs in their last Super-10 fixture.

Trent Boult doused the Lankan's brisk start as the fast bowler took the wickets of openers Kusal Perera (16) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (8). Mahela Jayawardene was their highest scorer with 25 runs, as Sri Lanka were all out for just 119 runs.

However, Sri Lanka showed their determination to progress and sent the Black Caps' batsmen packing for just 60 runs. Only Kane Williamson could reach double figures scoring 42 runs while the other batsmen cumulatively managed only 16 runs.

Rangana Herath chipped in with a Man of the Match display with the ball as the left-arm spinner managed two maiden overs in the 3.3 overs bowled, taking five wickets and conceding just three runs.

West Indies, on the other hand, scraped through to the last four registering an 84-run victory over Pakistan. The defending champions started slowly losing openers Chris Gayle (5) and Dwayne Smith (8) in the first four overs. After losing four wickets, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy's 85-run partnership helped their team cross the 150-run mark.

Bravo scored 46 runs smashing four sixes and two fours while Sammy remained unbeaten adding 42 runs to the tally with two sixes and five fours. They finished the opening innings with 166 runs having lost six wickets.

The West Indian bowlers got straight into the attack with Krishmar Santokie dismissing Ahmed Shehzad in the first ball of the Pakistani innings. The bowlers maintained the pressure and restricted their opponents to just 82 runs.

Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree took three wickets each while Santokie and Andre Russell added two wickets each to their names.

With India already sealing the top spot in Group 2 with 100% record, West Indies had to settle for the second place with six points to set up a repeat of last T20 World Cup final.

West Indies will be hoping to progress into the next round in order to defend their title while the Lankans will be desperate for glory having missed out twice in the past.

Key Battles

Rangana Herath v Samuel Badree

Rangana Herath
Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath (Left - Right) Reuters

Herath made a huge impact playing in his first game of the tournament. The left-arm spinner nabbed five wickets and will be hoping to be a threat once again for Sri Lanka's opponents.

Badree has regularly featured in the West Indian lineup and has performed consistently with the ball having grabbed 10 wickets in four matches so far.

Both these bowlers are certain to play a major role and will be keen on adding more wickets to their tally.

Mahela Jayawardene v Lendl Simmons

Jayawardene has produced vital performances with the bat in the last two fixtures although his knock of 89 runs against England proved fruitless.

Meanwhile, Simmons' highest tally in the tournament stands at 31. Being the first batsmen in the firing line after the openers, he certainly cannot afford to perform the way he did against Bangladesh against whom he failed to score.

Angelo Mathews v Darren Sammy

Angelo Mathews performed well with the bat in the tie against South Africa, scoring 43 runs. However, his team will depend on him to step up against West Indies if the need arises.

Sammy has been steadily improving with the bat and scored 42 in 20 balls against Pakistan. The skipper will be looked up to as a source of inspiration if the top order fails to build a steady platform.

Team News

Sri Lanka

Probable Lineup: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga

West Indies

Probable Lineup: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie