West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy was disappointed to be knocked out of the World Twenty20 at the semi-final stage, but defended his side's slow batting tactics against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy was disappointed to be knocked out of the World Twenty20 at the semi-final stage, but defended his side's slow batting tactics against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Sri Lanka batted first and made 160 for six in their 20 overs, but rain threatened. Still, the Windies did not push the pace and were only on 80 for four when the rain arrived in the 14th over. As such, they lost by 27 runs via Duckworth Lewis.

Sammy was unrepentant though, saying they liked to have a few sighters, and that Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels were boundary hitters. But it didn't come off, again, as Sammy rued his batsmen's dips in form.

Sammy said: "When you lose a cricket game, people tend to point out all different areas where that should have happened, this should have happened. But I am sure if you look at all the games we have played, there are more than 27 dots [25, between Gayle and Samuels].

"Probably 50-something dots. It's not ideal for Twenty20 but we've developed a formula in which that works for us. We know we are a boundary-hitting team.

"We know we have got to improve in rotating the strike but if you look at the way Gayle plays, he normally gives himself some time to get used to the wicket and catch up in the end. But the thing is, in this tournament he has not carried.

"Marlon has not been batting well for us. It is one area - we always tell him, whatever rate you walk into, you try to keep it at that or increase it.

"Yes, we could say Marlon has not had the best of tournaments but he is one of our better batsmen and in the last World Cup (in 2012), he was the star for us. People have a few dips in form."

He continued: "Gayle and [Dwayne] Smith have a very clear idea of how they want to go and play. The first over, we were off to a flyer but they brought on the offspinner (Sachithra Senanayake) and (Lasith) Malinga who bowled really well at Gayle and Smith.

"We were again behind the eight-ball and just when Bravo looked like picking it up like he did in the last game, he got out but we still had the belief that we could get 12 runs an over in the last six.

"I guess we have been doing that in this tournament. It is just disappointing but there is nothing we could do about it."

In the end, Sammy was happy to accept the outcome, saying a higher power obviously wanted Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to have one more shot at the title before retiring from the format.

He said: "I took it like 'you know what, we have won a World Cup'. We are a praying team, we know God normally answers our prayers but today, I guess two gentlemen who have played for Sri Lanka, given a lot not only to Sri Lanka cricket but cricket on the whole, I guess the Almighty wants them to leave on a high, so I guess they have one more game to try and win a World Cup and leave on a high.

"Probably that's the reason why God put a hand in this match. I am sure I will have another shot at playing the T20 World Cup and we are looking forward to winning it again in the near future."