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Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights: Windies kick-off T20I series with impressive win

Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights: West Indies kicked-off the T20I series with an impressive 25-run win at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: March 4, 2020 10:51:12 pm
Oshane Thomas pushed the hosts on the backfoot by doing the early damage in the powerplay overs. (Source: Twitter/windiescricket)

Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights: After losing in the 50-over format, West Indies kicked-off the T20I series with an impressive 25-run win at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing a stiff target of 197 runs, Oshane Thomas pushed the hosts on the backfoot by doing the early damage in the powerplay overs. He also went on to complete a five-wicket haul in the three overs he bowled in the contest.

Sri Lanka, after being pushed on the backfoot, went on to produce a great fightback, leaving the contest wide open in the middle overs. Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga were the architect behind this fightback as the pair added 87 runs for the sixth wicket.

Earlier in the day, opener Lendl Simmons’ unbeaten knock of 67 off 51 balls helped the hosts post 196 on the board.

West Indies in Sri Lanka, 2 T20I Series, 2020Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy 25 October 2020

Sri Lanka 171 (19.1)


West Indies 196/4 (20.0)

Match Ended ( Day - 1st T20I ) West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 25 runs

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Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights:

22:33 (IST)04 Mar 2020
West Indies kick-off T20I series with an impressive win!

It's all over at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium as West Indies kick-off the two-match T20I series with an impressive 25-run win.  Sheldon Cottrell cleans up Malinga as the hosts are bundled up on 171.     

22:27 (IST)04 Mar 2020
What a catch!

Kieron Pollard completes a stunning catch at long-on to send Isuru Udana packing on three. Windies are just one wicket away from winning the contest. SL: 168/9 

22:25 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Rovman Powell strikes!

Rovman Powell gets his second wicket of the match as Thisara Perera departs after adding 11 in 7 balls. There was nothing that he could have done apart from going for the big hits. SL: 168/8 (18 overs) 

22:15 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Hasaranga departs!

West Indies finally break the 87-run stand between Wanindu Hasaranga and Kusal Perera as the former is trapped LBW on 44 off 34 balls. Unfortunate for Hasaranga as he fails to direct a juicy full-toss by Rovman Powell towards the onside and ends up throwing his wicket. SL: 146/6 (16 overs)  

22:11 (IST)04 Mar 2020
It's getting interesting!

Kusal Perera hammers Dwayne Bravo for a six in the final ball of the 15th over as 15 runs come off it. The equation has suddenly turned more in favour of the hosts. SL: 141/5 | need 56 to win in 30 balls 

22:03 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Kusal-Wanindu bring hosts back in the contest!

The partnership between Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga has started to haunt the visitors. Both the batsmen are playing, exceptionally well and have added 70 in 48 balls. Sri Lanka now need 71 runs in the final six overs.  

22:00 (IST)04 Mar 2020
50 for Kusal Perera

Fifty for the left-hander but his job is not done yet!


21:43 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Still a long way for Lanka!

Kusal Perera is looking solid in the middle. The opener along with Wanindu Hasaranga are trying to knit a crucial partnership for the hosts as they go on to add 39 in 24 balls. SL: 95/5 (10 overs) | 102 runs in 60 balls 

21:26 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Five-wicket haul for Oshane Thomas!

Oshane Thomas strikes in the final delivery of the sixth over as Dasun Shanaka departs after scoring 2 from 8 balls. The ball was pitched on the leg stump and the batsman moved across the crease, trying to flick it towards the fine-leg area. However, he fails to make any contact as the ball knocks the stump. The only good thing for Sri Lanka has been their run rate. Despite losing five wickets, Sri Lanka add 56 after the powerplay overs. Opener Kusal Perera will be the key man for the hosts as he is playing on 28 from 12 balls. 

21:15 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Oshane Thomas picks his fourth wicket of the night!

Oshane Thomas picks his fourth wicket of the night. This time instead of going for the short ball, Thomas pitches it up and takes the pace off the ball. Angelo Mathews tries to go big but fails to middle the ball and it some work for Andre Russell, but he completes a terrific diving catch. SL: 41/4 (4 overs)  

21:04 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Oshane Thomas scalps three in same over!

Despite missing out on a hattrick, Oshane Thomas picks three wickets in the same over. He is making great use of his pace and short delivery. Kusal Mendis is the second Lankan batsman to depart on 0. SL: 17/3 (2 overs)

20:59 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Oshane Thomas is on fire!

Oshane Thomas inflicts the first blow as Avishka Fernando is caught behind on 7 from 5 balls. A short delivery, with a bit of pace and Fernando, tries to hook it away. However, the ball takes a thick edge and Pooran manages to get hold of the ball in the second attempt. More trouble looms for the hosts as Thomas strikes in consecutive deliveries. A wide delivery this time and Shehan Jayasuriya tries to whack it on the offside. His shot travels straight to Sheldon Cottrell at third man. SL: 16/2 (1.4 overs)

20:51 (IST)04 Mar 2020
The chase begins!

The opening pair of Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando walk out in the middle to start the Lankan chase. Sheldon Cottrell leads the Windies attack. 

20:39 (IST)04 Mar 2020
West Indies post 196/4

1wd,6,wkt,1,2,2b,1 | Isuru Udana concedes 14 in the final over and picks up the wicket of Kieron Pollard as West Indies post a stiff 196/4 on the board. The hosts need 197 to win.

20:31 (IST)04 Mar 2020
One over to go!

The pair of Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons add quick 36 in 21 balls as West Indies edge past the 180-run mark with one over still to go. Can the visitors go past 200? 

20:20 (IST)04 Mar 2020
150 up!

Kieron Pollard comes in at the crease after Andre Russell's carnage-filled cameo. This is still a good score from the visitors. They would look to get past the 200-run mark from here. Now, the set batsman Lendl Simmons will look to attack as Pollard sets up for a cameo. WI - 150/3 after 16 overs

20:16 (IST)04 Mar 2020

Lasith Malinga hits the bullseye with perfection. How many times he has done it for Sri Lanka. Andre Russell could do nothing to tackle that one. Russell has to go back to the dugout after scoring a 14-ball 35. What an innings from him! Moreover, what a delivery from Malinga. WI - 145/3 after 15.2 overs

20:13 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Russell unleashes hell on Sri Lankan bowlers

This is the hitting of the highest order. Andre Russell is just smoking the ball all-around the park. No matter where the fielders are, Russell is just making them a mute spectator. Redonkulous hitting from the Big Man. Another big over as Russell hits two sixes and one four from it. Wanindu Hasaranga has been hit out of the attack. WI - 144/2 after 15 overs 

20:09 (IST)04 Mar 2020
Russell hammers Sandakan

The Andre Russell we all know is back. Promoted up the order, Russell targets Sandakan and ruins his bowling figures in his last over. Two sixes and one four, brute force from DreRus! 19 runs from the Chinaman's over. WI - 126/2 after 14 overs

20:01 (IST)04 Mar 2020

Nicholas Pooran throws his wicket away trying to hit Wanindu Hasaranga for a big shot. An excellent catch from Avishka Fernando in the deep. Pooran departs for 14, Andre Russell is the next man in. Just two runs and a wicket from Hasaranga's over. WI - 107/2 after 13 overs


West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara