Sri Lanka in tri-se­ries fi­nal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda

Sri Lanka 330-7 50 overs (Dick­wella 94, Mendis 94, Holder 3/57) beat West Indies 329-9 50 overs (Lewis 148, Holder 45*, Lak­mal 2/67, Ku­lasekara

2/73) by one run SRI Lanka picked up their se­cond win in One Day In­ter­na­tional tri­an­gu­lar cricket se­ries when they de­feated West Indies by one run in what turned out to be a thriller de­cided in the last over at Queens Sports Club yes­ter­day.

The win saw Sri Lanka qual­ify for Sun­day’s fi­nal where they will play the win­ner of to­mor­row’s clash be­tween Zim­babwe and West Indies who meet in the last pre­lim­i­nary round match to­mor­row.

Half cen­turies by Niroshan Dick­wella as well as man of the match Kusal Mendis who both fell six runs short of the cen­tury mark pow­ered Sri Lanka to 330 for seven in 50 overs. Opener Evin Lewis made a fight­ing 148 runs but that proved not enough as West Indies made 329 for nine.

Sri Lanka did not en­joy a great start in their bat­ting as they were one down with 18 runs to their credit, Kusal Per­era gone for seven, bowled by fast bowler Shan­non Gabriel.

Dhanan­jaya de Silva and Niroshan Dick­wella re­paired the dam­age with some pow­er­ful hit­ting. Dur­ing the first Pow­er­play, Sri Lanka had pro­gressed to 71 for one, at an im­pres­sive 7.1 runs per over. West Indies slowed things down by bringing on the spin bowlers, Ash­ley Nurse and Kraigg Brath­wate. Dick­wella was the more ag­gres­sive of the two bats­men, reach­ing his half cen­tury from 50 balls, with five fours and one six. De Silva also got to his half ton in 52 de­liv­er­ies, with six fours. De Silva per­ished for 58 in 60 balls, caught and bowled by Kraigg Brath­waite, Sri Lanka were two down for 123.

Mendis did not take time to set­tle down when he joined Dick­wella in the mid­dle with the left han­der reach­ing his 50 in 47 de­liv­er­ies hav­ing put away seven fours.

Dick­wella was given out leg be­fore wicket for 94, trapped by Ja­son Holder of 106 balls, smack­ing seven fours and one six. That brought an end to a third wicket stand of 107 runs be­tween Dick­wella and Mendis.

Shehan Jaya­suriya per­ished on nine, bowled by Car­los Brath­waite with Sri Lanka four down for 258.

Mendis con­tin­ued to­wards his cen­tury, lin­ing up Nurse for two mas­sive con­sec­u­tive sixes but the bowler had the last say, the right han­der caught be­hind by Shai Hope. That ended Mendis in­nings which saw him face up to 73 de­liv­er­ies with seven fours and five sixes.

Holder picked his se­cond wicket, Asela Gu­naratne caught at deep mid wicket by Rov­man Pow­ell, Sri Lanka six down for 291. Upul Tha­ranga was put down on 16 by John­son Charles off Holder’s bowl­ing. Tha­ranga be­came Holder’s third vic­tim with the last ball of the Sri Lanka in­nings. Holder ended with three for 57 runs in 10 overs.

In their run chase, West Indies had Lewis dropped on 26 by De Silva off Su­ranga Lak­mal’s bowl­ing. West Indies lost Charles for 26 in the eighth over, re­moved by Lak­mal, caught by Tha­ranga.

Lewis got to his 50 in 41 balls, seven fours and one six. On 53, Lewis was given out leg be­fore wicket to Nuwan Pradeep by um­pire Richard Illing­worth but that was over­turned on re­view as it turned out that the de­liv­ery pitched out­side leg stump. Kraigg Brath­waite was the se­cond West Indies bats­man to fall when he was bowled by Gu­naratne for 16.

Hope, scorer of a cen­tury against Zim­babwe was run out for 25 by Nuwan Pradeep with the di­rect hit. Lewis got to his maiden 100 in 91 de­liv­er­ies, two of those balls gone for four. Carter per­ished for six, a di­rect aim at the stumps by Tha­ranga re­duc­ing West Indies t 198 for four. Lewis on 114 was almost run out but Dick­wella dis­lodged the bails be­fore the ball got to him. Pow­ell was trapped leg be­fore wicket by Nuwan Ku­lasekara for 10 to leave West Indies on 224 for five. Lewis smashed two huge sixes off left arm spin­ner Sa­chith Pati­rana’s sev­enth over as he kept West Indies in the hunt. Con­fu­sion be­tween the West Indies bats­men re­sulted in Lewis be­ing run out by Mendis for 148 in 122, with 15 fours and four sixes.

Holder was joined by Car­los Brath­waite with the two keeping West Indies on track for vic­tory.

Car­los Brath­waite went for 16, bowled by Ku­lasekara, West Indies seven down with 307, still re­quir­ing 24 to win.

With West Indies need­ing 19 runs to win, Lak­mal re­moved Nurse, caught be­hind by Dick­wella.

West Indies re­quired 10 runs from the last over bowled by Pradeep with Holder and Sulie­man Benn at the crease. Holder took sin­gle off the first ball, Benn failed to con­nect with the se­cond be­fore the left han­der slammed the third for a six. No run was taken from the fourth de­liv­ery of the over, Benn was taken in the deep by De Silva for 11. With the bats­men hav­ing crossed, it brought Holder on strike with three re­quired from the last ball of the match. The West Indies cap­tain only man­aged a sin­gle for Sri Lanka win. — @ Mdaw­ini_29

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