Wednesday 19 March 2014 

West Indies Beat Sri Lanka By 33 Runs

Dwayne Smith
Dwayne Smith hit 60 as the West Indies continued their ICC WT20 preparations with a win over Sri Lanka
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West Indies 172-5 (Smith 60) beat
Sri Lanka 139 (Narine 4-24) by 33 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 warm-up, Mirpur

West Indies warmed up nicely for their ICC World T20 title defence, recording a second victory on the bounce, as they beat Sri Lanka by 33 runs in Mirpur.

Sunil Narine bowled an incisive spell of four for 24 and Dwayne Bravo took three for 29 as the losing finalists from two years ago were once again humbled by the 2012 champions, bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs, albeit in a practice match. This was after Dwayne Smith’s 60 runs had guided the Windies to 172 for five in their allotted 20 overs.

Chasing 173, Lanka were reduced to 18 for two in the fourth over with Kusal Perera (4) dismissed cheaply by Samuel Badree (1-30) and Mahela Jayawardene sent back for a first-ball duck by Ravi Rampaul (1-11).

Tillakratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara then added 54 runs for the third wicket and brought some stability to the scoring. It did help that the West Indies fielders weren’t really sharp enough and dropped three catches during the innings, two of them giving lives to Dilshan and Sangakkara.

The former scored 43 off 36 balls, with six fours, and the latter added 24 runs off 19 balls, with three fours, as the match hung in the balance. But then Narine and Bravo came in to wreak havoc as the Lankans collapsed.

Bravo provided a double breakthrough in the 11th over, removing both the set batsmen. Then Narine sent back Dinesh Chandimal (14) and Angelo Mathews (18) off successive balls, but couldn’t complete his hat-trick because of a no-ball.

Then, off the last ball of that 16th over, he trapped Thisara Perera (0) LBW. The innings was then shortly wrapped up, in the final over of the innings, with Andre Russell taking one for 25.  

Earlier, Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to field first. As is the norm for warm-ups, 11 batsmen are allowed to take strike and 15 players are allowed to take the field.

For the West Indies, Smith and Chris Gayle opened the innings and got off to a quick start with 47 runs coming off 5.4 overs. Gayle (12) was the first to go in the sixth over, caught by Thisara Perera off Rangana Herath (2-20).

The spinner then also accounted for Andre Fletcher (8) as the Windies were reduced to 55 for two.

It was followed up by a 54-run partnership for the third wicket between Smith and Dwayne Bravo, the latter scoring 43 runs off just 31 balls, inclusive of six fours. The former meanwhile crossed the 50-run mark and was third man out in the 13t over with the score on 104.

He scored 60 runs off 45 balls, with eight fours and two sixes. The Windies seemed to be losing steam thereafter as Lendl Simmons (10) fell soon afterwards.

Skipper Darren Sammy came to the crease and without much fuss blasted 30 runs off 14 balls, including one four and two sixes, taking the score to 172 for five.

Ajantha Mendis proved expensive with one for 43 from three overs. Seekkuge Prasanna (1-14) and Suranga Lakmal (1-16) were the other wicket-takers.

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