All-round performance from Bravo helps West Indies end on a high
West Indies 162-6 (Ramdin 34) beat
Sri Lanka 139 (Dilshan 52) by 23 runs
Second Twenty20 International in Colombo
West Indies won the toss and they opted to bat first. The visitors opted to include Denesh Ramdin and Ravi Rampaul in the place of Devendra Bishoo and Jason Holder.
Just after the toss, the rain came down but it stopped very shortly and the game got underway with a 10-minute delay.
Johnson Charles (34) and Andre Fletcher (23) were rather cautious for the first four overs. In the fifth over, Charles struck Sachithra Senanayake (0-38) for three sixes and a four.
Fletcher followed it up with two more boundaries in the next over. He lobbed a delivery over backward point but Shehan Jayasuriya (0-27) was unable to hold onto the catch.
West Indies managed to score 61 for naught in the powerplay.
Milinda Siriwardana (2-17) found the breakthrough by dismissing Fletcher lbw. Marlon Samuels (1) was run out trying to attempt a third run in the same over.
Siriwardana also trapped Charles plumb in front in his next over. At the half-way mark, West Indies were positioned at 81 for three.
Dushmantha Chameera (1-36) got the wicket of Andre Russell (9), who top edged a delivery to fine leg.
Ramdin (34 not out) struck two sixes off Jayasuriya in the 14th over to provide the much needed impetus.
Bravo (31) and Ramdin added 41 runs for fifth wicket. Bravo was dismissed by Lasith Malinga (2-16) when he picked covers trying to go big on the leg side.
Malinga struck with the wicket of the dangerous Kieron Pollard (5), castling him with a perfect yorker.
West Indies scored just 34 runs from the final five overs to push the total to 162 for six. Malinga and Siriwardana picked a couple of wickets while Chameera managed one scalp.
Sri Lanka started the chase well by scoring 15 runs in the first two overs.
Kusal Perera (12) hit a couple of boundaries in the third. However, he attempted another big hit and was caught at mid-on off Jerome Taylor (1-22).
Tillakaratne Dilshan (52) and Jayasuriya (30) took 14 runs from the fifth over and Sri Lanka reached 42 for one in the powerplay. The pair shared a crucial stand of 70 runs for the second wicket.
With the required rate hovering over nine, Jayasuriya attempted to up the ante but was caught at long-off, thanks to a wonderful low catch from Russell.
Dinesh Chandimal (1) flicked a low full toss straight down the throat of backward square leg off Ravi Rampaul (3-20).
Dilshan completed his fifty, smashing a full toss down the ground for four runs. He was out in the last ball of the same over, caught at deep extra cover, attempting a switch hit.
Sri Lanka were reduced to 102 for four by the end of the 14th over.
Angelo Mathews (5) also found deep square leg while play a flick off Bravo (4-28).
In the next over, Chamara Kapugadera (2) chipped a catch to covers off Pollard as Sri Lanka were left struggling at 126 for six.
With still 35 runs required from 18 balls, Sri Lanka needed Siriwardana (15) to fire, but the left-hander was out stumped while venturing out of the crease against Sunil Narine (1-24).
Bravo struck twice in the 19th over to dismiss Senanayake (3) and Nuwan Kulasekara (4) while Rampaul rattled Malinga’s (2) stumps off the last ball of the innings to dismiss Sri Lanka for 139.
West Indies sealed a 23-run victory and levelled the T20I series.
Bravo had four wickets to his name and Rampaul picked three. Narine, Taylor and Pollard all picked a wicket each.
Bravo was the man of the match for his all-round effort. Dilshan was adjudged the man of the series for his back to back fifties.
The tour ended with Sri Lanka winning the Test and One-Day International series while West Indies managing to level the T20I series.
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