S Lanka snatch thrilling vic­tory over Windies

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Sri Lanka took three wick­ets in the last three overs to snatch a thrilling one-run vic­tory over West Indies in the tri­an­gu­lar one-day se­ries yes­ter­day.

Niroshan Dick­wella and Kusal Mendis both scored 94 runs as Sri Lanka posted 330 for seven from their 50 overs but for the sec­ond game run­ning, West Indies worked them­selves into a win­ning po­si­tion be­fore fall­ing ag­o­nis­ingly short of their tar­get as they fin­ished on 329 for nine.

Need­ing 10 runs off the fi­nal over bowled by Nuwan Pradeep, Sulie­man Benn belted the third de­liv­ery for six to leave the West Indies re­quir­ing three runs from the fi­nal three balls.

But amid a fran­tic fin­ish they could only man­age one more run and must now bat­tle hosts Zim­babwe on Friday to de­ter­mine who will play Sri Lanka in Sun­day’s Tri-Se­ries fi­nal.

A sparkling maiden ODI cen­tury from West Indies opener Evin Lewis (148 from 122 balls) was in vain as cap­tain Jason Holder (45 not out) was the only other bats­man to get past 30 in the in­nings. As they had done in their last match against Zim­babwe, when they could only man­age three from the fi­nal over to tie, West Indies failed to close out the match.

Lewis was one of three run outs in the in­nings that came at cru­cial times and kept Sri Lanka in the game.

Dick­wella and Mendis shared a 107-run part­ner­ship

J. Charles c Tha­ranga b Lak­mal

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