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It was a day late and counted for little in the context of the Cricket World Cup, but there was no lack of tension as Sri Lanka fended off the West Indies by 23 runs.

Avishka Fernando scored 104 from 103 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 338-6, their highest total of the tournament, and Lasith Malinga took two early wickets to stymie the start of the run chase yesterday.

The veteran paceman added another late wicket to all but finish it off and move further up the list of most prolific World Cup bowlers.

West Indies, with some star support from Rihanna, made a In Durham: Sri Lanka 338-6 (W Fernando 104, M Perera 64, H Thirimanne 45no, B Mendis 39, F Kuranaratn­e 32) beat West Indies 315-9 in 50 overs (N Pooran 118, F Allen 51, C Gayle 35; S Malinga 3-55) by 23 runs. Points: Australia 14 (8 matches), India 11 (7), New Zealand 11 (7), England 10 (8), Pakistan 9 (8), Sri Lanka 8 (8), Bangladesh 7 (7), South Africa 5 (8), West Indies 3 (8), Afghanista­n 0 (8).

chase of it but ran out of time and finished 315-9.

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