Chasing 190, West Indies lost both the openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis early on, both falling to pacer Binura Fernando in the second over. Nicholas Pooran, though, counter-attacked Fernando, slamming him for two fours and a six.
Roston Chase would hit a couple of fours before getting dismissed by Chamika Karunaratne in the last over of the powerplay, which West Indies finished at 52/3. West Indies suffered a lull as Shimron Hetmyer struggled to middle the ball. As a result of that pressure, Pooran, who had been batting well, holed out in the deep off Dushmantha Chameera.
Hetmyer, who had been struggling for 15 balls, finally middled one against Chameera for a maximum. West Indies lost their way further as Karunaratne bounced out Russell and Wanindu Hasaranga castled Kieron Pollard before Shanaka got rid of Holder to put Sri Lanka in the driver’s seat.
Dwayne Bravo was Hasaranga second dismissal, missing the ball completely to his slog. Hetmyer battled at the other end, and did bring up his fifty, but it was all late by then for West Indies, and the game and in the tournament.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Sri Lanka were provided with a solid start from Kusal Perera who stroked two boundaries in the first couple of overs. Pathum Nissanka would hit his first four before Perera pulled Ravi Rampaul for the first six of the innings.
However, the left-hander’s dynamic innings was brought to an end by Andre Russell who took a brilliant return catch as Sri Lanka ended the powerplay at 48/1. Nissanka and Asalanka batted smartly to pick 13 off Akeal Hosein’s first over. The frequency of boundaries around the ground from both batters increased and so did the partnership.
Dwayne Bravo dismissed Nissanka for 51 off 41 balls in the 16th over breaking the 91-run stand. Skipper Dasun Shanaka promoted himself up in the order and whacked a six and a four off Holder straightaway. Bravo had a forgettable finish to his spell, conceding 17 runs in his fourth over.
Russell accounted for Asalanka’s wicket in the 19th over after the left-hander had smashed his way to 68 off 41 balls. Rampaul conceded 9 off the last over as Sri Lanka piled up 189.
Earlier in the day, Australia registered an emphatic 8-wicket win over Bangladesh, chasing down the target of 74 in just 6.2 overs and giving a major boost to their net run rate.
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