Defending champions West Indies have been knocked out of the Men’s T20 World Cup after an embarrassing 20-run defeat by already-eliminated Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lanka had set the champions 190 to win after reaching 189-3, with Charith Asalanka making 68 from 41 balls. He was supported by Pathum Nissanka, who added 51 to a respectable total for Sri Lanka.

West Indies never got going with the bat, and they made a torrid start as openers Evin Lewis (1) and Chris Gayle (8) scored just nine runs between them.

Nicholas Pooran’s 46 gave them some momentum before Shimron Hetmyer top-scored with 81 from 54 balls.

Sadly for the Windies, it was not enough, their title defence looked shaky from the start, and their senior players will do well to retain their places after a poor tournament.

Thursday’s result leaves England (6/4 T20 World Cup outright), Australia (9/2) and South Africa (16/1) fighting to progress in Group 1.

Earlier in the day, Australia boosted their hopes of qualifying when they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in Dubai.

Bangladesh, who had already been eliminated from the tournament, were bowled out for 73, and Australia got the job done in just 6.2 overs.

That result significantly improved their run rate for the competition, and they are now above South Africa and into second place in Group 1.

Aaron Finch’s 40 was the highlight of the day, while David Warner’s 18 puts him in a good position for the rest of the tournament.

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