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Sri Lanka Vs West Indies

Sri Lanka Vs West Indies

The stellar performance of star Sri Lankan batsman Avishka Fernando drove his side to a much-needed 23-run victory against strong players Windies. After witnessing fall of wickets in a row, West Indies nearly lost the hopes against Sri Lanka but this was not the end for Barbados players as the star of the show Nicholas Pooran came on the ground to defend his team with a remarkable century.

Fernando added 85 for third wicket with Kusal Mendis (39), 58 for the fourth with Angelo Mathews (26) and 67 for the fifth with Lahiru Thirimanne (45 not out off 33 balls). It was a payback of sorts from the tournament hosts, after Sri Lanka's upset win over England at Leeds had opened up the competition. Despite Nicholas Pooran's valiant ton - who was by the way, dismissed on the first ball that Angelo Mathews bowled in global cricket in 18 months - the total proved too much for the Men Maroon at the end as they fell short by 23 runs. Holder claimed two wickets for 59 runs.

Allen joined Pooran at 199-6 and scored his first one-day worldwide 50 from 30 balls, including a six and seven boundaries, before he became the third West Indian run out in the innings.

However, Fernando then took the game away from the Windies in an innings containing nine fours and two sixes, while anchoring three successive half-century partnerships to put Sri Lanka back on top.

Chasing a commanding 339 for victory, West Indies were reduced to 84/4 in 18 overs with Chris Gayle (35), Sunil Ambris (5), Shai Hope (5) and Shimron Hetmyer (29) all back in the hut. So I think in this World Cup, the major (problem) is the batting line-up.

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Fernando made promising starts in his two previous World Cup innings, scoring 49 and 30, and he went on with it this time. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Points Table.

Both Sri Lanka and West Indies are already out of the race for semi-final spots and now occupy seventh and ninth spots in the league table respectively. Their bowlers were too full on leg stump and were unable to find the right length on a pitch that was not all pace.

In what was Gabriel's fourth over, he ended up bowling just one more over. And if we don't put things in place to make sure they are developing, we come in four years time and probably see similar results.

Mathews came up with an enterprising 20-ball 26 before a flawless yorker by Holder sent him back in the 40th over.


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