-Sri Lanka won by 23 runs against West Indies
-Sri Lanka 338 for 6; West Indies 315 for 9
-Sri Lanka moves up to the 6th position of the table while Indies remain at 9th
Sri Lanka came up with an all-round performance to tame Windies by 23 runs in the match number 39 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Monday.
Although the match was a dead rubber, it has provided Lanka with an opportunity to finish the tournament on a high.
How did the match pan out?
Winning the toss, Windies skipper Jason Holder elected to bowl first.
However, the decision backfired as Sri Lanka’s top-order decimated their bowling attack, while Avishka Fernando’s 104 propelled them to a challenging total of 338/6.
In reply, West Indian Nicholas Pooran did score a century, but in vain as Lanka pressed hard with their bowling attack to walk away with a win.
Avishka becomes youngest Lankan centurion in World Cup
By playing a splendid inning[ of 104, not just Avishka helped Lanka slam a huge total but also scripted a record. He is now the youngest centurion from Lanka in the World Cup, at the age of 21 years and 87 days.
He is followed by Lahiru Thirimanne (25 years, 204 days) and Upul Tharanga (26 years, 36 days).
Lasith Malinga crushed Windies top order
West Indies chase began on a wrong note as Lasith Malinga dismissed Sunil Ambris in the third over. Ambris made just 5 as West Indies were 12/1. Malinga then sent back Shai Hope in the fifth over as West Indies were reduced to 22/2.
Nicholas Pooran gave his all
Nicholas Pooran proved to be the biggest hurdle to Sri Lanka’s victory as he brought down the run-chase insight with his century but Sri Lanka found their unlikely hero in Angelo Mathews, who bowled his first ball since December 2017, to produce a moment of magic and dismiss a dangerous looking Nicholas Pooran for 118.
That was the end of West Indies fight for the day against Sri Lanka.