West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Sri Lanka level things up at 1-1 with 43 run win
Sri Lanka levelled things up against the West Indies at 1-1 with a 43 run win in the 2nd T20I, at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Coolidge Antigua.
West Indies lost to Sri Lanka by 43 runs in the second CG Insurance T20 International on Friday night, to set up a series-decider. The visitors batted first and made 160-6 off their 20 overs. The home side lost wickets steadily and were bowled out for 117 off 18.4 overs at Coolidge Cricket Ground.
West Indies won the opening match on Wednesday night by four wickets – a memorable contest which included six sixes in an over from Kieron Pollard and a hat-trick by spinner Akila Dananjaya. The stage is now set for the third and final CG Insurance T20I on Sunday night and the winners will take the series.
For West Indies tailender Obed McCoy top-scored 23 from just seven balls. He hit two straight sixes and two fours. Opener Lendl Simmons made 21 off 19 balls, with two fours and a six and added 36 for the second wicket with Chris Gayle who hit a run-a-ball 16 with two fours and a six.
West Indies 117/10 (18.4 ov)
Sri Lanka 160/6 (20 ov)
Result - Sri Lanka won by 43 runs
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Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-10) and leg-spinner Wanindudu Hasaranga (3-17) were the leading bowlers, backed up by fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera took 2-26. Hasaranga was named CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match for his good bowling and his unbeaten 19 in Sri Lanka’s innings, which was given the ideal start by Danushka Gunathilaka top-scored with 56 off 42 balls. He shared an opening stand of 95 with Pathum Nissanka who made 37 from 23 balls.
Dwayne Bravo was the stand-out bowler with 2-25 from his four overs – a mixture of change of pace and accurate yorkers. He broke the opening stand, with a sharp piece of fielding and a direct hit which accounted for Nissanka. Three balls later he had Gunathilaka caught at extra-cover from a well disguised slower ball.
Match Day Highlights
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat and scored what turned out to be a competitive 160/6 in their 20 overs – with openers Danushka Gunathilaka (56) and Pathum Nissanka (37) top scoring and Dwayne Bravo 2-25 the min wicket taker for the West Indies.
Fall of wickets: 1-95 (Pathum Nissanka - 10.2 ov), 2-96 (Danushka Gunathilaka - 10.5 ov), 3-104 (Dinesh Chandimal - 12.5 ov), 4-119 (Angelo Mathews - 15.3 ov), 5-129 (Thisara Perera - 16.4 ov), 6-154 (Ashen Bandara - 19.2 ov)
In reply, the West Indies were undone by the Sri Lankan bowlers in the run chase and were bowled out for just 117 (18.4 overs), with Obed McCoy (23) top scoring. Wanindu Hasaranga (3-17) and Lakshan Sandakan (3-10) did the damage with the ball for Sri Lanka.
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Evin Lewis - 2.5 ov), 2-45 (Chris Gayle - 6.1 ov), 3-48 (Lendl Simmons - 6.5 ov), 4-60 (Jason Holder - 8.3 ov), 5-65 (Dwayne Bravo - 10.1 ov), 6-66 (Nicholas Pooran - 10.5 ov), 7-89 (Fabian Allen - 15.2 ov), 8-93 (Kieron Pollard - 16.5 ov), 9-116 (Obed McCoy - 18.1 ov), 10-117 (Kevin Sinclair - 18.4 ov)
West Indies - Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Sinclair, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
Sri Lanka - Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews(c), Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera
Start Time: 22:00
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Coolidge
Officials: Leslie Reifer, Nigel Duguid, Gregory Brathwaite, Patrick Gustard, Richard Richardson
Upcoming match: 3rd and final CG Insurance T20I on Sunday at CCG. First ball is 6pm (5pm Jamaica Time)
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