Sangakkara Sets Up Sri Lanka Victory


Sri Lanka 219-8 (Sangakkara 90no) beat
West Indies 190-9 by 39 runs (D/L)
ODI Tri-Series, Trinidad

Sri Lanka eased to a 39-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method over West Indies after their tri-series One-Day International was completed on its reserve day in Trinidad.

Rain allowed just 19 overs on the first day and after the match was reduced to 41 overs, Sri Lanka posted 219 for eight before restricting West Indies to 190 for nine, well short of a revised target of 230.

Kumar Sangakkara played the leading role for the visitors, remaining unbeaten on 90 having started the day on 11, going on to hit six fours and a six to see Sri Lanka to a competitive score.

He received support from Lahiru Thirimanne (23), Angelo Mathews (30) and Nuwan Kulasekara (14) but Kemar Roach's four for 27 and Jason Holder's two for 50 kept the home side in the game.

Their chances were all but gone, however, after just 8.2 overs of their reply, by which time they had collapsed to 31 for four as Shaminda Eranga (3-46) and Mathews (4-29) removed Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Devon Smith and Marlon Samuels.

Both openers made 14 and neither Smith nor Samuels registered a run.

Darren Bravo then made 70 in 84 balls and Lendl Simmons 67 in 78 to launch a spirited recovery and their partnership was worth a priceless 123 but Mathews returned to dismiss Simmons.

Lasith Malinga then chipped in to remove all-rounders Kieron Pollard (0) and Darren Sammy (3) and when Bravo fell to Eranga, there was to be no way back for West Indies.

The victory puts Sri Lanka at the top of the table and they will contest the final of the competition unless India beat them by a huge margin in their final game.

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