Sunday 1 April 2007 

Sri Lanka Condemn West Indies To Third Defeat

World Cup hosts West Indies fell to their third successive defeat as a superb century from Sanath Jayasuriya led Sri Lanka to a 113-run victory in their Super Eights game on Sunday.

West Indies, beaten by Australia and New Zealand in their opening two matches, no longer have their destiny in their own hands and are relying on other results going their way if they are to have hope of reaching the semi-finals.

Jayasuriya, who hit 10 fours and four sixes as he struck 115 in 101 balls, was ably supported by captain Mahela Jayawardene who made 82 as the pair put on 183 for the third wicket.

The West Indies never recovered from the early losses of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and captain Brian Lara as they fell to 42 for three.

Guyanese pairing Shivnarine Chanderpaul (76) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (44) put on a 92 partnership but their run-rate was too slow to leave the lower order with any real chance of making the target and the last seven wickets went for 56 runs -- Jayasuriya completing a fine day with three wickets.

© Reuters 2007