West Indies begin tri-series campaign with resounding win over Sri Lanka

Jason Holder led from the front with the ball for West Indies against Sri Lanka in Harare
Jason Holder led from the front with the ball for West Indies against Sri Lanka in Harare
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West Indies 227 (Carter 54) beat
Sri Lanka 165 (Gabriel 3-31) by 62 runs
Second One-Day International, Tri-Series, Harare

Shannon Gabriel and Ashley Nurse picked three-wickets apiece as West Indies bowled out Sri Lanka for 165 in a chase of 228 to register a 62-run victory in the second One-Day International of the tri-series in Harare.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first. Johnson Charles (2) was caught early at third man off Suranga Lakmal (2-45) while Kraigg Brathwaite (14) was run out in the 10th over as West Indies were restricted to 27 for two in the first powerplay.

Evin Lewis (27) was dropped by Niroshan Dickwella in the 12th over and he added an important 47-run stand with Shai Hope (47) before he was eventually taken by the wicket-keeper off Sachith Pathirana (1-25).

Jonathan Carter (54) decided to inject some momentum into the innings with a four followed by a six as West Indies reached 102 for three in 30 overs.

Hope brought the 50-run stand with Carter with a four and a six but soon was castled by Asela Gunaratne (1-40) in the 35th over, missing out on a well deserved half-century.

However, Carter continued to carry on and notched the first fifty of the game, needing 58 deliveries for it. Just when he started to look dangerous, he holed out to deep square leg in the 42nd over bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara (2-37).

A 29-ball cameo from Rovman Powell (44) which included two boundaries and three sixes provided the late flourish for West Indies as they ended their innings at 227.

Chasing a target of just over four an over, Sri Lanka lost both their openers inside five overs. Dhananjaya de Silva (3) was caught behind off Jason Holder (2-16) while Kusal Perera (4) was run out by Charles.

Things went from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as Kusal Mendis (4) edged one to the second slip to give Holder his second wicket. Sri Lanka were 16 for three at that stage.

Skipper Upul Tharanga (12) and Dickwella (28) provided some respite for Sri Lanka with a 35-run stand but Gabriel (3-31) dismissed the latter while a double strike from Nurse (3-46) pegged them to 79 for six.

Even though Shehan Jayasuriya (31) and Pathirana (45) gave some hope for Sri Lanka with a 60-run stand, Nurse and Gabriel ensured a bonus point victory for West Indies by dismissing Sri Lanka for 165.

Holder was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant opening spell and he had match figures of 16 for two from eight overs.

© Cricket World 2016


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