WI suffer another Sri Lankan whitewash
KANDY, Sri Lanka, (CMC):
All-rounder Fabian Allen’s late cameo almost did the trick but luckless West Indies failed in their bid to avoid a second successive whitewash on Sri Lankan soil when they suffered a narrow six-run defeat in a nerve-wracking final One-Day International here Sunday.
Chasing a difficult 308 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, West Indies produced a spirited run chase but lost key wickets inside the last three overs to watch their challenge peter out tamely to end on 301 for nine – the highest-ever losing total at the venue.
They required 13 from the final over and number seven Allen lifted the first delivery from medium pacer Angelo Mathews to the cover boundary, to turn the game in the Caribbean side’s favour.
Off the very next ball, however, Allen holed out on the ropes at mid-wicket to bring an end to an extraordinary 15-ball 37, and Mathews conceded a single run from the remaining deliveries to hand Sri Lanka an emphatic 3-0 cleansweep.
Five years ago, Jason Holder’s side suffered a similar 3-0 thrashing and yesterday’s result extended the Windies’ unenviable record of having won only a single ODI in Sri Lanka in 12 appearances.
Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 72 off 88 deliveries while opening partner Sunil Ambris blasted a run-a-ball 60 as West Indies made a gallant start to their chase.
Left-hander Nicholas Pooran gathered a measured 50 alongside captain Kieron Pollard who made 49 from 50 deliveries but the disastrous run out of Darren Bravo for eight in the 44th over, saw West Indies lose six wickets for 59 runs.
Mathews, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, snatched four for 59 including the key wickets for Pollard and Pooran.
Sri Lanka’s total of 307 all out off their 50 overs was premised on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (55) and Dhananjaya de Silva (51) while Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera both struck 44 and Thisara Perera, 38.
Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who grabbed two important wickets inside the last four overs, spearheaded the Windies attack with four for 65.
A Fernando c Hope b Joseph 29
*D Karunaratne c & b Chase 44
+K Perera c wkp Hope b Pollard 44
K Mendis c Pollard b Joseph 55
A Mathews b Cottrell 12
D de Silva c Pollard b Joseph 51
T Perera c sub (R Powell) b Joseph 38
W Hasaranga b Holder 16
I Udana c Pollard b Holder 2
L Sandakan run out 0
N Pradeep not out 0
Extras (w 7, lb 9) 16
TOTAL (all out, 50 overs) 307
Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Fernando), 2-88 (Karunaratne), 3-177 (K Perera), 4-185 (Mendis), 5-214 (Mathews), 6-278 (D de Silva), 7-293 (T Perera), 8-306 (Hasaranga), 9-306 (Sandakan), 10-307 (Udana).
Bowling: Cottrell 10-1-58-1, Holder 10-0-68-2, Joseph 10-0-65-4, Chase 10-0-51-1, Walsh 3-0-20-0, Pollard 7-0-36-1.
+S Hope c Mendis b Udana 72
S Ambris b Wanindu Hasaranga 60
N Pooran c sub (D Shanaka) b Mathews 50
*K Pollard c Udana b Mathews 49
D Bravo run out 8
J Holder c Mendis b Mathews 8
F Allen c Mendis b Mathews 37
H Walsh run out 2
R Chase run out 0
A Joseph not out 0
S Cottrell not out 1
Extras (b3, lb2, w9) 14
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 301
Fall of wickets: 1-111 (Ambris), 2-171 (Hope), 3-218 (Pooran), 4-240 (Bravo), 5-253 (Pollard), 6-275 (Holder), 7-287 (Walsh), 8-294 (Chase), 9-299 (Allen)
Bowling: Pradeep 4.3-1-22-0, T Perera 7.3-0-54-0, Udana 10-0-76-1, Mathews 10-0-59-4, Sandakan 3-0-31-0, Hasaranga 10-0-41-1, D de Silva 5-0-13-0
Result: Sri Lanka won by six runs.
Series: Sri Lanka win three-match series 3-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Angelo Mathews.
Man-of-the-Series: Wanindu Hasaranga.
Toss: Sri Lanka.
Umpires: Paul Wilson, Raveendra Wimalasiri; TV – Marais Erasmus