Barath Century Sets Up The West Indies

Barath Century Sets Up The West Indies
Barath Century Sets Up The West Indies
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West Indies 245-5 (Barath 113, Sarwan 75) v Sri Lanka
First One-Day International, Colombo

Opening batsman Adrian Barath scored his maiden One-Day International century as the West Indies posted 245 for five in the opening match against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Barath made 113 and Ramnaresh Sarwan marked his recall with 75 to lead the tourists to a competitive score in a series rearranged from December.

The West Indies made a poor start, losing Chris Gayle for four when he was caught by Kumar Sangakkara off Nuwan Kulasekara and Darren Bravo to a run out when he had made just eight.

Barath, who faced 129 balls, and Sarwan, who faced 100, then put on 165 for the third wicket before falling in consecutive deliveries to Lasith Malinga - both men caught by Chamara Kapugedera.

Malinga struck again to remove Kieron Pollard for four to finish with figures of three for 51 before Shivnarine Chanderpaul (13 not out) and Darren Sammy (21 not out) gave the innings some late impetus.

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