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Bravo shines as West Indies level series

WI beat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in T20


COLOMBO, Nov 11, (RTRS): West Indies ended their dismal tour of Sri Lanka with a consolatio­n victory after Dwayne Bravo’s all-round brilliance secured a seriesleve­lling 23-run win in the second and final Twenty20 Internatio­nal Wednesday.

Blanked in the preceding Test and one-day series and beaten in the first Bravo Twenty20 Internatio­nal on Monday, West Indies posted 162-6 before bowling out the hosts for 139 to sal- vage a bit of pride.

Bravo blasted a run-a-ball 31 before returning to claim four wickets at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

For Sri Lanka, Tillakarat­ne Dilshan top-scored with a breezy 52, and Shehan Jayasuriya made 30 before Ravi Rampaul (3-20) and Bravo wrecked their middle and lower order.

Opting to bat first, West Indies made a quiet start, managing 17 runs off the first four overs before plundering 44 of the next two.

Johnson Charles (34) clobbered off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake for three consecutiv­e sixes and followed up with a boundary off the final ball of the over.

His opening partner Andre Fletcher (23) hit Dushmantha Chameera for three boundaries in the next over before Milinda Siriwardan­a trapped him lbw.

Marlon Samuels paid the price for his lax running in the same over as West Indies lost four quick wickets to lose momentum.

Bravo chipped in with a quickfire cameo and Denesh Ramdin remained not out on 34 to take the visitors past the 150-mark.

Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga produced excellent death bowling again, claiming two wickets for 16 runs in four tidy overs.

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