Mo­hammed, McCarthy en­sure white­wash

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): CAP­TAIN JA­SON Mo­hammed and An­dre McCarthy stroked hun­dreds as West Indies A com­pleted an im­pres­sive 3-0 white­wash of Sri Lanka A in their un­of­fi­cial one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries here yes­ter­day.

Play­ing at the Khet­terama Sta­dium, the Caribbean side ex­tended their im­pres­sive bat­ting form by rat­tling up 305 for five off their al­lot­ted 47 overs, with Mo­hammed hit­ting an un­beaten 105 off 108 de­liv­er­ies and McCarthy get­ting 102 off a mere 75 balls.

Seam­ers Rons­ford Beaton (2-38) and Kes­rick Wil­liams (2-74) then picked up two wick­ets apiece as Sri Lanka A were lim­ited to 248 for seven off their al­lot­ted 38 overs, to go down by eight wick­ets un­der the Duck­worth/Lewis method.

Set a re­vised tar­get of 257, Danushka Gu­nathi­laka top-scored with 58, while Milinda Siri­war­dana (35), Pathi­rana (34) and Da­sun Shanaka (33 not out) all got starts, but Sri Lanka A failed to get that big in­nings re­quired.

The vic­tory capped off a re­mark­able se­ries per­for­mance by the Windies A, who won the open­ing game by 165 runs in Dam­bulla and the sec­ond by 109 runs in Ku­rune­gala.

Choos­ing to bat first, West Indies over­came a stop­page for rain early in their in­nings to top the 300-run mark for the sec­ond straight game.

Chad­wick Wal­ton ham­mered 36 off 41 de­liv­er­ies with three fours and a six as he dom­i­nated an open­ing stand of 43 with Kyle Hope, who failed for the first time in the se­ries with seven.

The vis­i­tors lost three wick­ets for 16 runs to stum­ble to 59 for three in the 15th over be­fore Mo­hammed and McCarthy changed the game in a bril­liant 163-run fourth-wicket stand.

MID­DLE OVERS

Mo­hammed struck eight fours and three sixes while McCarthy blasted 13 bound­aries and three sixes, as West Indies A pow­ered through the mid­dle overs.

Ja­maican McCarthy was es­pe­cially su­perb. He re­quired 48 balls for his first fifty but then turned on the style, blast­ing four bound­aries in one over from left-arm spin­ner Sa­chith Pathi­rana and a pair of sixes off off-spin­ner She­han Jaya­suriya’s fifth over, to reach triple fig­ures off an­other 24 de­liv­er­ies.

Mo­hammed was more mea­sured, how­ever. He brought up his half-cen­tury off 74 balls but then needed only 31 balls to raise his cen­tury.

Asked to score at over six and a half runs per over, Sri Lanka A got a de­cent start when Gu­nathi­laka spear­headed two de­cent part­ner­ships up front.

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