Pallekele, Sri Lanka (Fri, Sept. 28) - Super Eight round of ICC World Twenty20 started yesterday with a bang and the very first match of the this round reached to Super Over.
Sri Lanka held their nerve to claim a nail-biting 5-run victory in the super over against New Zealand. With New Zealand needing 14 from their super over to win, Sri Lankan pace bowler
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and set a huge target of 175 batting first on a batting-friendly pitch. In the end both teams tied on 174 after 20 overs. The hosts needed one from the final ball, but Lahiru Thirimanne was run out to force the super over decider.
In the second match of the day played on the same ground and pitch West Indies won their first match of this tournament beating England by 15 runs.
Gayle and Johnson Charles provided a flying start to the West Indies, as Darren Sammy earlier opted to bat first after winning the toss, but bulk of the runs scored by the big man.
Gayle scored 58 runs before being dismissed by spinner
Johnson Charles, however, continued to punish the English bowlers as he scored a well-accumulated half-century in the 13th over. He was dismissed by Jade Dernbach in the 18th over for 84 runs.
England fell short of 15 runs despite the heroics of(71 off 46) and AD Hales (68 off 80) courtesy to some superb bowling and fielding by West Indians.