W Indies bowlers shine in bonus point win

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HARARE: Su­perb bowl­ing al­lowed the West Indies to over­come the ab­sence of sev­eral key play­ers as they beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional in Harare yes­ter­day.

After man­ag­ing just 227 all out with the bat, Ash­ley Nurse and Shan­non Gabriel grabbed three wick­ets apiece and cap­tain Ja­son Holder picked up two as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 165 in­side 44 overs.

As a re­sult the West Indies also picked up a bonus point, putting them level on five points with Sri Lanka, who beat Zim­babwe in Mon­day’s se­ries opener in the tri­an­gu­lar se­ries.

“It’s good to start off with a win in a short tour­na­ment,” said Holder at Harare sports club. “We fell short of our bat­ting tar­get but made up for it in the field, where I thought we were out­stand­ing.

“It’s good to start turn­ing things around, and hope­fully we can get some con­sis­tency go­ing and start ma­tur­ing.” Shorn of their big­gest stars, in­clud­ing bats­man Dar­ren Bravo after he was sent home for com­ments made on Twit­ter about West Indies Cricket Board pres­i­dent Dave Cameron, the West In­di­ans lost the toss and were asked to bat first in seam-friendly con­di­tions.

They soon found them­selves on the back foot, with John­son Charles find­ing third man and fel­low opener Kraigg Brath­waite run out by a di­rect hit from Nuwan Ku­lasekara.

Al­though their next three part­ner­ships all reached more than 40, none were able to set up a sig­nif­i­cant to­tal as Evin Lewis was caught be­hind off Sa­chith Pathi­rana’s off­spin for 27, and debu­tant Shai Hope was bowled for 47 by Asela Gu­naratne.

Ku­lasekara then had top scorer Jonathan Carter caught for 57 at deep square-leg, and once Rov­man Pow­ell’s en­ter­tain­ing cameo had been halted on 44 by Nuwan Pradeep, Ku­lasekara ef­fected an­other run-out and grabbed a sec­ond wicket with the ball.

De­spite the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, the West In­dian to­tal looked short un­til a bril­liant first spell from Holder yielded the wick­ets of Dhanan­jaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis, with a Charles di­rect hit help­ing to re­duce the Sri Lankans to 16 for three.

“The bowlers did a great job to keep them to 227, but the bats­men didn’t turn up to­day,” said Sri Lanka cap­tain Upul Tha­ranga.

“We lost three early wick­ets and never re­cov­ered - we just couldn’t form a part­ner­ship.”

It was Nurse who pre­vented any mean­ing­ful re­cov­ery in the mid­dle of the in­nings, dis­miss­ing Tha­ranga and Gu­naratne just as they were find­ing their feet at the crease, be­fore hav­ing top scorer Pathi­rana caught in the deep as he threat­ened to bring Sri Lanka back into the game.

With Gabriel clean­ing up the tail, the West Indies se­cured their first win out­side of the Caribbean since March 2015. The se­ries will now move to Bu­l­awayo, where Zim­babwe will take on the West Indies on Satur­day.

HARARE: Sri Lanka bats­man Asela Gu­naratne and Sa­chiti Pathi­rana make a run dur­ing the One Day cricket match against West Indies at Harare Sports Club in Harare, yes­ter­day. The two teams are play­ing in a tri­an­gu­lar se­ries fea­tur­ing Zim­babwe.

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