Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sri Lanka holds off West Indies for third win

Sri Lanka holds off West Indies for third win

West Indies, with some star power support from Rihanna on a blustery, slightly overcast day - no need for shade, or shelter from the rain - made a chase of it but ran out of time and finished 315-9.

Earlier, Fernando smashed his first one-day global century as Sri Lanka scored an imposing 338-6 in the first innings.

Meanwhile, Avishka Fernando's maiden ODI century helped Sri Lanka post 338/6 against the West Indies at the World Cup on Monday.

Shimron Hetmyer was run out for 29 soon after and when Carlos Brathwaite (8) was unluckily run out when bowler Isuru Udana got a fingertip to Nicholas Pooran's drive and the ball deflected onto the stumps, it seemed West Indies' chase was over.

But the left-hander, who put on 83 with the dynamic Fabian Allen (51 off 32) for the seventh wicket, slashed Angelo Mathews behind at the start of the 48th over with West Indies requiring 31 from 18 balls - Mathews delivering a fatal blow with his first ball in ODI cricket since December 2017.

"That's been the World Cup for us", West Indies captain Jason Holder said. He glanced to leg, decided against a run but then went when Pooran - on 99 - was midway down the pitch.

In bowling department for Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga picked three wickets while Angelo Mathews, who bowled after a long time, chipped in with a prized wicket of centurion Pooran.

India's Shankar out of #CricketWorldCup with fractured toe
It was deemed to be an external injury and he eventually returned to open the batting and was dismissed for a nine-ball duck. Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal is likely to be roped in as a replacement in the 15-man Indian squad, said ANI.

WEST INDIES have been this way before - too often.

Kusal Mendis was steady with the bat however, took a miscalculated shot as he was bowled and caught by Fabian Allen. "I will try to bowl the two overs'".

Sri Lanka revived their fading hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals by beating England but a heavy defeat to South Africa and results elsewhere ended their chances.

With both teams already out of contention for a semifinal spot, Sri Lanka played with freedom as openers Karunaratne and Kusal Perera amassed 91 runs for no loss in 15 overs.

West Indies' Chris Gayle leaves the field after being dismissed by India's Mohammed Shami during the Cricket World Cup match between India and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manch ester, England, Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Sri Lankan team that now ranks seventh in the points table created a major upset in the World Cup by defeating the hosts by 20 runs.

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