Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights: Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 23 at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Monday in a World Cup clash. After a brilliant start by Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka started off with a bang. Thanks to the maiden century by the 21-year old Avishka Fernando and supporting knocks by Kusal Mendis Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka reached a total of 338/6 after 50 overs. Jason Holder took two wickets, while Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, and Fabian Allen took one wicket each.
After starting off slow and losing wickets in a hurry, West Indies were stabilised by Nicholas Pooran’s knock coming at number five. His maiden century of 118 from just 103 balls kept the Caribbeans in the fight right till the death overs. Fabian Allen scored a half-century too, which brought them close to a World Cup record run chase of 339. Sri Lanka bowled well towards the end dismissing both the men in form, and restricted West Indies to 315/9 after 50 overs. Lasith Malinga bagged 3 wickets while Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay and Angelo Matthews got one wicket each.
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 22 November 2019
Sri Lanka 338/6 (50.0)
West Indies 315/9 (50.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 39 ) Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 23 runs
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights:
Elation for Lankans
Sri Lanka win
THAT'S IT! Sri Lanka win by 23 runs against West Indies after a thrilling run-chase.
Lasith Malinga ends his spell brilliantly having taken a wicket and conceded just a run from his over, putting the Caribbeans in an impossible position. Malinga ends his spell with 3/55. West Indies need 27 runs in 6 balls now. WI are 312/9 after 49 overs.
LBW! Malinga gets his third of the evening. Oshane Thomas walks back. WI are 311/9 after 48.3 overs.
UNBELIEVABLE! Angelo Matthews dismisses Pooran on his first ball after 20 months of not bowling a single ball. Heartbreak for West Indies. Pooran gone for 118 from 103 balls, standing ovation for him at Chester-le-Street. WI are 308/8 after 47.1 overs.
West Indies very close
Sheldon Cottrell is just rotating strike now. Nicholas Pooran is still hitting boundaries. He is on 118* from 102 balls. West Indies still need 31 runs in 18 balls. Everything depends on Udana and Malinga now.
Sheldon Cottrell faces his first ball and decides not to take a single to keep Pooran on strike. West Indies need 47 runs in 30 balls. WI are 292/7 after 45 overs.
HUNDRED! Nicholas Pooran has kept West Indies alive for quite some time now, and now he has got his reward, reaching 101* in just 92 balls. They still need 55 runs from 34 balls. Can he go the extra mile now? WI are 284/7 after 44.2 overs.
ANOTHER RUNOUT! Fabian Allen is gone for 51. West Indies in trouble now. Rajitha dismisses him with his throw. WI are 282/7 after 44.1 overs.
HALF-CENTURY! What a brilliant innings by Fabian Allen who reaches 50* in just 30 balls. WI are 280/6 after 43.4 overs.
Second powerplay ends
West Indies are playing quite impressively now. They have scored 34 runs in the last four overs, while Pooran is still going strong in his eighties. West Indies still need 95 runs to win in 60 balls. Can they do it? WI are 244/6 after 40 overs.
Two hundred comes up
Even after losing yet another wicket, West Indies are not willing to lie down. Scoring 6 runs from the over, they now need 139 runs in 90 balls. WI are 200/6 after 35 overs.
Another one bites the dust! Carlos Brathwaite walks back to the pavilion due to bowler, Isuru Udana's reflexes. WI are 199/6 after 34.3 overs.
Blitz mode on
Scoring just 11 runs from the last two overs, Nicholas Pooran gets his groove on against Rajitha and absolutely smacks him left and right. A four and a six. 15 runs from the over. Pooran's 66 is his highest score in ODIs. WI are 194/5 after 34 overs.
Fifty for Pooran
HALF-CENTURY! Nicholas Pooran soldiered on and brings on his second ODI half-century with a magnificent six. He's on 52 from 57 balls. WI are 178/5 after 32.1 overs.
Getting tougher for WI
West Indies keep losing wickets, but they keep on scoring runs. They are showing some intent, with Pooran and Brathwaite on the crease. West Indies still need 180 runs. WI are 159/5 after 30 overs.
West Indies are five down
Jeffrey Vandersay breaks the 61-run stand between Holder and Pooran. West Indies are five down as Holder returns to the pavilion on 26.
Holder standing strong
After a nightmarish over by Jeffrey Vandersay conceding 11 runs, West Indies regained confidence in the next over. Holder punished Dhananjaya with a boundary. With Vandersay coming back in, Holder again hits a four. WI are 116/4 after 23 overs.
Trouble in Babylon?
West Indies are slowly trying to get back on track, by scoring 12 runs from the last three overs. Still, they need to pick their pace up with all responsibility lying on the shoulders of Nicholas Pooran and captain Jason Holder. WI are 94/4 after 20 overs.
RUNOUT! Shimron Hetmyer completely messes it up, and is dismissed by a perfect throw by Dhananjaya de Silva. WI are 84/4 after 17.5 overs.
Celebrity spotted at Durham
CAUGHT AND DISMISSED!
STORM AVERTED! Chris Gayle, after hitting a six, went for the big one again, and is caught out by Kasun Rajitha. He needed just 18 more runs to surpass Brian Lara as West Indies' all-time highest ODI run-getter. WI are 71/3 are 15.2 overs.
First six of the innings
Gayle certainly seems to be in the mood. He hits a massive one over mid-wicket, the first six of the innings for West Indies. Rajitha scratching his head, but bowls well in the next four balls. 8 runs from the over. WI are 62/2 after 14 overs.
Gayle in his mood?
After Hetmyer smacked Udana in the previous over, Gayle decides to bring on the storm with a finely hit boundary over wide mid-off. His first of the innings. Kasun Rajitha concedes 6 runs from the over. WI are 50/2 after 12 overs.
First powerplay over
The runs have dried up for the Carribeans. With just 3 runs in the last two overs, West Indies are uneasy against the Sri Lanka bowling attack. Just 4 runs from Dhanajaya's over. WI are 37/2 after 10 overs.
Legends of the game
Malinga is frustrated, and why shouldn't he be? A glorious chance to get his third wicket was passed on, after Kusal Mendis dropped a catch to dismiss Shimron Hetmyer. Sri Lanka still in control. WI are 30/2 after 7 overs.
Gayle loses Hope
WICKET! Lasith Malinga forces Shai Hope to drag the ball onto his stumps. WI are 22/2 after 5 overs.
Gayle has Hope
Dhananjaya de Silva is brought on early to introduce some spin in the game. West Indies careful from the start as they are just biding the time, trying to settle in. Chris Gayle escapes a runout attempt too, but he was way inside the line. Just 3 runs from the over. WI are 20/1 after 4 overs.
CAUGHT BEHIND! Lasith Malinga strikes early as he dismisses Sunil Ambris on 5. WI are 12/1 after 2.2 overs.
Second innings begins
Sunil Ambris and Chris Gayle open for West Indies. Lasith Malinga opens the bowling for Sri Lanka, and he is punished by Ambris in the first over itself with a boundary to sweeper cover. WI are 6/0 after the first over.
Record run chase for WI?
Praises for Fernando
WI need 339 to win
Sri Lanka finishes the innings for 338/6 after 50 overs. West Indies now need a World Cup record 339 runs to win.
GONE! Oshane Thomas claims the wicket of Isuru Idana after he is caught at long-off by Holder. SL are 327/6 after 49 overs.
CAUGHT! Avishka Fernando is made to walk away on 104 by Cottrell. Standing ovation for him at Chester-le-Street. SL are 314/5 after 46.4 overs.
HUNDRED FOR FERNANDO!
That's a maiden century for Avishka Fernando. 100 from 100. 21 years old. Only his 9th ODI. He becomes the third youngest ODI centurion for Sri Lanka. What a talent!
The wheels keep turning, the runs keep on coming. Avishka Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne take Sri Lanka over the three hundred mark. Fernando's on 96. SL are 300/4 after 45.3 overs.
West Indies trying to put pressure
Oshane Thomas almost has his hands in the air as Thirimanne is caught, but the umpire rules it out for a no-ball. An a humongous one at that. Fortunately, Thirimanne could only get a single off the free-hit. Still, a good over for West Indies, just the 6 runs from it. SL are 281/4 after 44 overs.
Sri Lanka being a juggernaut
Sri Lanka's batting today has been their best of the tournament so far. The numbers for their middle-over batting varies from 85/7 vs New Zealand, 149/8 vs Australia and 96/5 vs South Africa to 204/4 vs West Indies this afternoon at Chester-le-Street. And with another six against Cottrell, Fernando is surely making himself quite the antagonising figure in the Carribean islands. The 21-year-old is on 86 runs from 88 balls. SL are 275/4 after 43 overs.