Despite some rifts and conflicts off the field, West Indies cruised into the semi-final stage of the ICC World T20. They managed to wrap up consecutive wins in first three matches of the Super 10 stage but faced an upset against Afghanistan in the final group game in Nagpur.
West Indies vs England (won by 6 wickets)
West Indies locked horns with England in their first match in Mumbai and the Calypso team and more importantly Chris Gayle didn’t let go of any opportunity to announce their arrival in World T20. After getting a target of 183 runs, a close encounter was surely on the cards. But Chris Gayle came up with a riveting display of stroke making and scored a brilliant hundred. West Indies achieved the target in 18.1 overs with 6 wickets in hand.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka (won by 7 wickets)
West Indies then had a clash with defending champions Sri Lanka in Bengaluru and this time it was the West Indian bowlers to turn on the charm. Batting first Sri Lanka managed 122/9 as West Indies chased down the target with ease.
West Indies vs South Africa (won by 3 wickets)
A close encounter between the two cricketing giants was witnessed in Nagpur. South Africa extracted their 20 overs to score 122/8. In reply, West Indies rode on Marlon Samuels’ 43 to clinch a last-over win by 3 wickets.
West Indies vs Afghanistan (lost by 6 runs)
After making it three out of three, West Indies were already into the semi-finals and this one against the minnows of world cricket looked a mere formality. But what transpired in Nagpur was simply magnificent from Afghanistan’s point of view. After batting first, Afghanistan set up a target of 124 runs for West Indies. They restricted West Indies to 117/8 to clinch the first World T20 win in Super 10 stage.