Current Match Report – Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd ODI 2020/21
Gunathilaka’s 96 in useless as Sri Lanka combat again in defence of 273-run goal
The win means West Indies take the three-match collection 2-0 with a recreation to go, and register two consecutive ODI wins for the primary time since 2014. For Sri Lanka, it leaves them with loads to ponder, as their bowlers – extra worryingly their spinners – had been as soon as once more toothless for a lot of the proceedings.
A lot of the credit score for this win although should go to Hope and Lewis, whose budding partnership on the high of the order is proving to be an actual supply of optimism for the long run. Set a not-inconsiderable goal of 274, the pair went concerning the chase within the method of two struggle veterans going a few recreation of paintball. A lot as within the first ODI, risk-taking was stored to a minimal – although boundaries had been accrued when wanted – and working between the wickets was frequent and environment friendly.
Except for a tricky return catch to Lakshan Sandakan, and a few pretty shut run-out alternatives, neither batsmen actually ever seemed that the visiting bowlers had been able to troubling them. For Hope, this was simply carrying on from his latest type in opposition to the Lankans, who he has now scored 5 consecutive ODI fifties in opposition to – additionally his fifth consecutive half century in ODIs general. Lewis in the meantime continued his pattern from the primary recreation, of reining in his extra attacking instincts, to grind down the Lankan assault – although his eight fours and 4 sixes, meant that greater than half of the runs in his 123-ball 103 nonetheless got here in boundaries.
It wasn’t till Lewis fell, stumped as he got here down the observe to Sandakan and tried a wild swing throughout line – one of many few low-percentage photographs he tried – that the West Indian chase started to stutter. His wicket introduced an finish to the best stand by a West Indian opening pair in opposition to Sri Lanka in ODIs, and the fourth-highest ODI partnership by a West Indian pair ever.
At that time the house aspect had been on 192 for 1 within the thirty eighth over, requiring 82 runs from 76 deliveries. Nevertheless when Hope additionally fell an over later, holing out within the deep, it left two new batsmen on the crease.
The guests, sensing a possibility started to tighten issues up, with the likes of Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Fabian Allen, all shedding their wickets in makes an attempt to up the scoring price. Nevertheless, with Nuwan Pradeep lacking his lengths on the demise, Pooran’s cameo made positive the hosts would nearly make it throughout the end line.
Pooran’s knock by the way was nearly mirrored earlier within the day by Wanindu Hasaranga, who had nearly single-handedly dragged Sri Lanka to a aggressive whole. His 31-ball 47 had sparked an innings that had for giant components been limping alongside – due to some distinctive West Indian bowling – to assist his crew climb to 273 for 8.
Having are available on the finish of the forty second over, Hasaranga’s essential cameo got here with Sri Lanka waning at 204 for six. After a circumspect begin Hasaranga minimize unfastened within the forty seventh over, taking Alzarri Joseph for a candy hit over long-on. The following over he took Jason Holder for an additional two maximums, earlier than then taking Romario Shepherd for an additional two boundaries and 6, as Sri Lanka stole 51 runs off the ultimate 5 overs of the innings.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne fell early, chopping the ball on to his stumps off the superb Joseph. Joseph can be within the thick of it as soon as extra a short time later, getting one to seam again in previous Pathum Nissanka’s inside edge to clip the highest of off stump.
Then Oshada Fernando, failing to drive an Akeel Hosein supply that gripped and spun, solely managed to get a thick edge to first slip.
And so Gunathilaka and Chandimal started the rebuild, placing on a 100-run partnership off 128 deliveries. Gunathilaka, who was by far essentially the most fluent of Sri Lanka’s batsmen except for Hasaranga, was nonetheless shackled by the necessity to consolidate within the center overs. In an innings that included 10 fours and three sixes, solely three of these would come past the fifteenth over; and simply as he would have been seeking to speed up, he was castled by a flatter supply by Mohammed that sped via.
Following Gunathilaka’s dismissal within the thirtieth over, Sri Lanka would rating simply 54 runs till Hasaranga’s arrival 12 overs later. In that interval Mohammed would show significantly tough to get away additionally accounting for the wickets of Chandimal and Ashen Bandara, and on one other day it could have been sufficient to restrict Sri Lanka’s whole additional if not for Hasaranga’s late cost.