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West Indies’ Bowl Well to Pulverize Sri Lanka by 62 Runs

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West Indies’ Bowl Well to Pulverize Sri Lanka by 62 Runs

November 17
14:57 2016

wiNew Delhi, Thursday, November 17 – The second game of tri-series in Zimbabwe among the host, Sri Lanka and West Indies was played a day ago. After Sri Lanka thrashed Zimbabwe in the opening contest by eight wickets, it was expected that the same good show will be continued further. But that did not happen despite Sri Lanka winning the toss and deciding to bowl first.

West Indies innings ended at a score of 227 runs in 49.2 overs while batting first at Harare Sports Club in Harare. The invitation to use batting skills wasn’t well utilized as far as strengths of the team are kept in mind. Sri Lankan squad included Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep. At the same time, Dasun Shanaka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Kumara and Lakshan Sandakan were in extras.

The Playing XI of West Indies consisted of Kraigg Brathwaite, Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Jonathan Carter, Rovman Powell, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel and Carlos Brathwaite. Those to sit on seats and enjoy the match were Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Shane Dowrich and Miguel Cummins. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka made best use of the track by restricting rivals at a score that was attainable with no trouble having players that are able to bat.

The start was slow and not in the way West Indies expected. The opener failed to take advantage of the opportunity that could have made them put forward a strong show. Johnson Charles lost his wicket to Lakmal at a score of 2 post facing eight balls. Kraigg Brathwaite was run out by Kulasekara at 14 runs (4 x 1). Evin Lewis succumbed to Sachith Pathirana on 27 runs, which comprised one boundary. Shai Hope was dismissed by Asela Gunaratne when he was three runs away from getting a fifty. Four 4s and a six were highlights of his play. Jonathan Carter was the highest scorer from his squad.

A couple of sixes and same number of boundaries from him shrugged the pressure off. He attained 54 runs in 62 deliveries. Kulasekara was the man to take his wicket. Rovman Powell was doing well but failed to play a good delivery by Pradeep when batting at 44 runs that were attained in just 29 balls. He struck two fours and three sixes. Carlos Brathwaite was dismissed by Pradeep on 14 runs (4 x 1). Jason Holder was run out by Kulasekara at 2 runs. Sulieman Benn was lbw by Kulasekara at 7 runs (4 x 1), while Shannon Gabriel was out in the same manner by Lakmal on a naught.

Ashley Nurse was not out at 5 runs. Players were certainly under pressure being aware with the calibre of Sri Lankan cricket team. But at the same time, chances were still there but everything depended on the way they were to bowl. The first battle between two teams turned exciting as soon as Dhananjaya de Silva succumbed to Holder at a score of 3. Kusal Perera was sent back to the dressing room after turning a run out victim thanks to wonderful efforts of Charles. He was out at 4 runs (4 x 1). Niroshan Dickwella lost his wicket to Shannon Gabriel on 28 runs, which consisted of three boundaries. Kusal Mendis was dismissed at a score of 4, which was thanks to a boundary. Upul Tharanga was caught & bowled by Nurse on 12 runs. Asela Gunaratne got his leg before wicket in Nurse’s over on 18 runs.

Shehan Jayasuriya tried to stay on the crease for some time and scored 31 runs in 59 balls, together with two 4s before being dismissed by Brathwaite. Sachith Pathirana lost his wicket to Nurse on 45 runs. His knock was studded with five boundaries and two sixes. But lack of partnerships hit the final nail in the coffin. Suranga Lakmal was dismissed by Shannon Gabriel on zero. Nuwan Kulasekara was too dismissed by the same man on 16 runs (4 x 3). This was the wicket that made West Indies defend an unimpressive total.

Nuwan Pradeep was the man who was not out. He faced four deliveries but could not open his account. Sri Lanka scored 32 runs, which were five more than West Indies in mandatory powerplay. Nurse and Gabriel had their share in the team’s victory, which seemed nowhere in their reach when the match started. Excellent bowling efforts of the West Indies bowlers made things worse for Sri Lanka, who were all out at 165 runs. Poor batting made them go on the back foot when it wasn’t likely. Holder was awarded Player of the Match.

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