Sri Lanka’s spinners bamboozled world champions West Indies to claim a 43-run win in the second T20 International at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Friday.
Having lost by four wickets in the opening game on Wednesday, in a game where West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard launched six sixes in an over, the tourists successfully defended 160 on Friday to level the three-match series.
West Indies were all out for 117 in the 19th over as Sri Lanka ended an eight-game losing streak in T20I cricket. The final match is at the same venue on Sunday.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga finished with 3/17, off-break bowler Akila Dananjaya, who was the victim of Pollard’s midweek assault but also claimed a hat-rick, had 1/13.
Wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan took 3/10, including Pollard who made just 13.
Earlier, veteran all-rounder Bravo slammed the brakes on Sri Lanka with two wickets and a run-out. Sri Lanka got off to a flying start after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Openers Danusha Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka put on a blistering 94 off the first 10 overs. But then 37-year-old Bravo was called into action and he responded by running out Nissanka for 37.
Gunathilaka followed just four balls later in the 11th over, caught by Kevin Sinclair off Bravo at mid-off. The Sri Lankan opener went for a top score of 56 which featured four boundaries and two sixes.
Bravo also claimed the third wicket to fall when Simmons caught the experienced Dinesh Chandimal for just three. The runs then dried up for Sri Lanka.
Having hit eight fours and three sixes in the first 10 overs, they managed just three more fours and one six in the second half of the innings.
That included an eight-over stretch where the ball never crossed the boundary ropes.
Video courtesy Cricket West Indies
Lukeworm Saturday, 06 March 2021 09:19 AM
At last .
Jude Saturday, 06 March 2021 10:47 AM
In case YOU'RE interested!! The ongoing India vs England test match, captain Kholi was totally out of line with his aggression in the field having nasty exchange of words with Stokes ! Indication of how bad it was, the umpire has to seperate the two!!! Ironically, Match Referee Javagal Srinath DIDN'T do Nothing about the incident!! Absolutely nothing, no warning no reprimand!! Very bias!! Also INDIAN umpiring in the whole series is terrible!!
Chris Sunday, 07 March 2021 07:15 AM
Sour Grapes Jude, when Aussies sledge part of the game, but when Indians do it's aggressive behavior. Raise the bar and measure with the same yardstick
Ranjan Saturday, 06 March 2021 04:50 PM
I live in NZ, watched the whole game. Brilliant display by the Sri Lankan team. Excellent captaincy Angelo, congrats
K.P. Ratnam Sunday, 07 March 2021 07:38 AM
Our Team has the capabilities to beat any team in the world when they play T20, as we have the best spin bowling legends.
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