T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As West Indies Are Knocked Out Of the Tournament By Sri Lanka
T20 World Cup 2021: Twitter Reacts As West Indies Are Knocked Out Of the Tournament By Sri Lanka

The defending champions West Indies became the third team to be officially knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup after they were handed a thrashing by an inspired Sri Lankan performance in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Opting to bowl first, the Windies couldn’t come up with the goods against a wonderful batting performance from the Lankans. Kusal Perera was the aggressor in the opening partnership until he was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo. Soon after, the match-winning partnership began to form.

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Charith Asalanka [Photo: Twitter]
Pathum Nissanka and the in-form Charith Asalanka took the attack to the Windies in the middle-overs. They stitched a 91-run association, with Asalanka reaching another fifty in the tournament. Skipper Dasun Shanaka applied the finishing touches as Sri Lanka put up 189/3 on the board.

Knowing a loss in the match would push them out of the tournament, the pressure was completely on the West Indian team. And it showed when they began the run-chase, losing both Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis inside the first two overs. A promotion for Nicholas Pooran seemed to have worked as he scored at a brisk pace.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka Player
Wanindu Hasaranga (Image Credit: Twitter)

His partnership with Shimron Hetmyer was the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing batting performance from the West Indies. It pretty much summed up their tournament which has been miserable, to say the least. Eventually, they were restricted to 169, losing the match by 20 runs.

The Lankans were already out and they were playing for pride. The result of the game will not make a difference in the points table, with England, Australia, and South Africa continuing to occupy the top three slots.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the defending champions West Indies being knocked out:

 

 

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