Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by 23 runs in a World Cup League match with the bowlers’ excellent performance after the first century of young batsman Avishka Fernando’s career.
Chasing Sri Lanka’s 339 runs target, West Indies’s Nicholas Pooran made the first century (118) and despite sharing 83 runs partnership with Fabian Allen (51), for the seventh wicket, the team could have scored 315 runs for nine wickets.
This is the third win in eight matches of 1996 World Cup champion Sri Lanka in the World Cup 2019 and it now has eight points. Another side, Two-time world champion West Indies had to face the sixth defeat in eight matches. Although both teams have already gone out of the semifinals competition.
Nicholas’s Century Gone Waste
Pooran playing ninth ODI match of his career, hit 11 fours and four sixes in his 103-ball innings. He made share 61 runs partnership for the fifth wicket with captain Jason Holder (26) and a 54-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Carlos Brathwaite (08) but could not win the team. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga took three wickets by giving only 55 runs.
Avishka Fernando Hit A Century
In Sri Lanka team, playing the third match in the World Cup and ninth ODI of his career, Avishka Fernando scored 103 balls with nine fours and two sixes in 104 balls.
Fernando played the role of an anchor in Sri Lanka’s inning, 85 runs partnership with Kusal Mendis (39) for third, 58 runs partnership with Angelo Mathews (26) for the fourth wicket and 67 runs partnership with Lahiru Thirimane (44 not out from 33 balls), for the fifth wicket. Openers Kusal Perera(64) also hit a half-century.
Holder And Pooran Took Over
Holder and Puran took charge at critical moments. Both reached the score of 100 in the 21st over. Holder and Puran shared a 61-run partnership for the fifth wicket and when it seemed that both the West Indies would be able to recover from the difficulties, then Captain was caught out on mid-on.
Sri Lanka Completed 50 Runs In 11 Overs
Sri Lanka’s 50 runs were completed in 11th over. In the same over, Perera hit three consecutive fours on Shannon Gabriel. Perera completed a half-century in just 38 balls with a run on the ball of the Holder. Holder took the first wicket for West Indies by catching Sri Lankan Dimuth Karunaratne at the hands of wicketkeeper Hope.