Run outs cost us the game - Johnson Charles
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Johnson Charles scored a 70-ball 83 leaving West Indies at 143 for four in 26 overs when rain intervened.
After the game was reduced to 38 overs per side, Marlon Samuels shifted gears and West Indies were on track for a score of over 230 after a 16-run 36th over.
But what followed after that was self-destruction for West Indies as they managed only four runs in the remaining two overs while losing four wickets, all of them being run outs thereby ending with a score of 213.
In the chase, Sri Lanka looked in no discomfort as a 156-run stand between Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne for the second wicket ensured the home team overhauled the revised target of 225 in 38 overs comfortably with eight wickets in hand.
Charles reckons the run outs had made the difference of at least 15 runs to the West Indian total which could have added a bit of pressure on the Sri Lankans while chasing.
"[Without the run outs] we could have got an extra 15 to 30 runs and that could have made a major difference.
“ I just think it hurt us a bit, had we not lost these four wickets at a crucial time I think we could have actually pulled it off."
Despite losing his opening partner, Andre Fletcher early, Charles continued to play the aggressive brand of cricket.
He went on to plunder Malinga for two boundaries in the third over which set the tone for the rest of the innings.
While stressing on the need to be positive, Charles opined that spending time in the middle can boost the confidence of the batsmen as the innings progresses.
“My approach is to be as positive as possible. From the day I knew myself, that's the way I bat.
“I knew Malinga has a very good slow ball. He swings the ball away from me.
“It is always difficult task to start an innings but you need to stick in there to get the runs.”
In his 34-match ODI career, the 26-year-old has scored four fifties and two centuries. Charles also has the highest score of 151 in first-class cricket and 177 in List-A.
Charles revealed that he has disappointed to get out on 83 - something that the West Indian opener is looking to address in the coming games.
“It was a controlled innings but at the end I could not carry on which was disappointing.
“I think coming back [into the side] it's a good start.
“I'm looking to build on it and get some bigger scores, hopefully 100 or 150 in the next match."
Having lost the second ODI, West Indies have conceded the series to Sri Lanka with one more game left, which will be played in Pallekele on 7th November.
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