Lewis strikes ton but WI lose to Sri Lanka

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BULAWAYO, Zim­babwe, (CMC): VIN LEWIS struck his first ODI cen­tury, but his knock was in vain as West In­dies pan­icked in the death overs to hand Sri Lanka a nail-bit­ing onerun win in the fifth game of the Tri-Na­tion Se­ries at Queen’s Club here yes­ter­day.

Lewis scored an en­ter­pris­ing 148 to keep West In­dies on course for vic­tory, while cameos from cap­tain Ja­son Holder and Car­los Brath­waite brought the Caribbean side within strik­ing dis­tance.

But with ten runs needed in the fi­nal over to suc­cess­fully chase a 300 plus tar­get for the first time in ODIs, the Windies were bogged down by de­liv­er­ies at the death from Nuwan Pradeep in a thrilling fin­ish.

Sri Lanka’s win se­cures a spot in Sun­day’s fi­nal, while West In­dies and Zim­babwe meet on Fri­day to de­cide which team ad­vances.

Lewis’s maiden ODI cen­tury con­tained 15 fours and four sixes as he kept West In­dies in line with the ask­ing rate for most of the chase.

The Trinidad and Tobago bats­man shared

Ein two half cen­tury part­ner­ships that pow­ered his side’s in­nings to 329 for nine af­ter the home side amassed 330 for seven af­ter they were sent in. He fea­tured in an open­ing stand of 63 with Johnson Charles, who scored 26 and 70 for the sec­ond wicket with Kraigg Brath­waite, who got 16 and rode his luck sev­eral times dur­ing his back­bone in­nings.

CLOSE CALLS

Lewis was dropped on 26 and 41, sur­vived an lbw de­ci­sion on 53 as well as a run out chance on 114 be­fore he was stranded mid­pitch as a result of a mix-up with Holder.

He was one of three bats­men, who went by way of the run out route, the oth­ers be­ing Shai Hope for 25 and Jonathan Carter.

Lewis’s de­par­ture saw West In­dies slip­ping to 262 for six with 69 needed from 57 balls un­til Holder and Brath­waite, who con­trib­uted 19, put to­gether 45 runs for the sev­enth wicket to drag Windies within 24 runs shy of Sri Lanka’s score.

Brath­waite was one of two vic­tims of Nuwan Ku­lasekara, who was Sri Lanka’s top bowler with two for 72.

West In­dies, who were cruis­ing to the tar­get for most of the game, found them­selves need­ing 19 from ten balls, be­fore ten runs were re­quired from the fi­nal over.

Sulie­man Benn sparked ex­cite­ment in the Windies camp when he hit the sec­ond de­liv­ery of Pradeep’s over, over deep mid wicket and then holed out to sweeper cover with three needed from the fi­nal three de­liv­er­ies.

Holder, who then needed three from the fi­nal ball, man­aged a shot to cover for a sin­gle as Sri Lanka pre­vailed.

Holder, who was not out on 45, also fin­ished as the lead­ing wicket taker for his side with three wick­ets for 57 runs.

Ear­lier, two Sri Lankan bats­men missed out on cen­turies by ex­actly six runs af­ter the home side re­cov­ered from the loss of Kusal Per­era in the third over with the score on 18.

Niroshan Dick­wella 94, Kusal Mendis 94 and Dhanan­jaya de Silva 58 were the top scor­ers for Sri Lanka who lost to West In­dies at the start of the se­ries.

LEWIS

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