West Indies
Sri Lanka
7-134
4-131
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West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, 2021

07 Mar 2021, Coolidge Cricket Ground, West Indies v Sri Lanka T20Is – Men’s
West Indies win by 3 wickets

Sri Lanka finally ended their eight-match losing streak after defeating Windies and levelling the series 1-1.

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The visitors outclassed the hosts by 43 runs in the second of the three T20Is in the series thanks to their spin attack. Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Lakshan Sandakan shared eight wickets among themselves and defended the score of 160 runs successfully, by bowling out Windies at the score of 117 in 18.4 overs. It was the second time Hasaranga de Silva took three wickets, taking his tally to six in the series.

Earlier, 95 runs opening partnership between Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka had set a nice platform to help the team posting a defendable total of 160 on the board. It was a much better batting display compared to their first T20 performance where they had scored just 131.

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MATCH DETAILS

Current Batters
Jason Holder – 14(23)
Fabian Allen – 21(6)
Current BowlerWanindu Hasaranga – 4.0ov – 13/2
Current Run Rate7.05
TossSri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
Home TeamWest Indies
Score: 7-134 | Overs: 19.0
Away TeamSri Lanka
Score: 4-131 | Overs: 20.0
SeriesWest Indies v Sri Lanka T20Is – Men’s
UmpiresWilson, J S
Gustard, P A
Brathwaite, G O
Match RefereeRichardson, R B

Windies on the other hand failed to recreate their magic in the second T20I. None of their batsmen scored more than 25 runs. Gayle and Pollard didn’t perform as per the expectations. Obed McCoy showed some fight with his 7-balls 23, but it was too little too late after the complete failures of the batting unit.

After losing the first game, it was a great comeback by Lankans in the second T20I. The third T20I now becomes the decider as the series is nicely poised with both sides having equal opportunity. The stage is set for another exciting clash for the final T20I of the series. For Sri Lankans, spinners hold the key while for West Indies, a lot depends on their destructive batsmen and all-rounders.

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MATCH CENTRE

  • Scorecard
  • 1st Inn West Indies
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Lendl Simmons st: Dickwella b: De Silva 26 18 3 1 144.44
    Evin Lewis lbw: De Silva 21 18 3 1 116.67
    Chris Gayle b: Sandakan 13 20 1 0 65.00
    Kieron Pollard c: Dickwella b: Chameera 0 3 0 0 0.00
    Nicholas Pooran b: Chameera 23 18 0 2 127.78
    Jason Holder not out 14 23 0 1 60.87
    Rovman Powell b: Sandakan 7 8 0 1 87.50
    Dwayne Bravo c: Perera b: Sandakan 0 1 0 0 0.00
    Fabian Allen not out 21 6 0 3 350.00
    Total (19.0 Ov, RR: 7.05) 134/7
    Fall of wickets: 2-54 (Lendl Simmons, 6.5), 1-37 (Evin Lewis, 4.4), 4-75 (Chris Gayle, 11.3), 3-61 (Kieron Pollard, 7.6), 5-95 (Nicholas Pooran, 14.2), 6-105 (Rovman Powell, 16.4), 7-105 (Dwayne Bravo, 16.5)
    BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
    Akila Dananjaya 4.0 0 53 0 13.25 0 0
    Dushmantha Chameera 4.0 0 23 2 5.75 2 0
    Wanindu Hasaranga 4.0 0 13 2 3.25 0 1
    Danushka Gunathilaka 3.0 0 11 0 3.67 0 0
    Lakshan Sandakan 4.0 0 29 3 7.25 1 0
    1st Inn Sri Lanka
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Danushka Gunathilaka c&b: Allen 9 9 1 0 100.00
    Pathum Nissanka c: Sinclair b: Holder 5 13 0 0 38.46
    Niroshan Dickwella c: Holder b: Sinclair 4 6 0 0 66.67
    Dinesh Chandimal not out 54 46 3 0 117.39
    Angelo Mathews c: Pooran b: McCoy 11 11 1 0 100.00
    Ashen Bandara not out 44 35 3 2 125.71
    Total (20.0 Ov, RR: 6.55) 131/4
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 2.1), 3-27 (Pathum Nissanka, 5.6), 2-15 (Niroshan Dickwella, 3.4), 4-46 (Angelo Mathews, 9.3)
    BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
    Fabian Allen 4.0 0 13 1 3.25 0 0
    Kevin Sinclair 2.0 0 19 1 9.50 0 0
    Jason Holder 4.0 0 27 1 6.75 0 0
    Kieron Pollard 2.0 0 11 0 5.50 0 0
    Obed McCoy 4.0 0 29 1 7.25 2 0
    Dwayne Bravo 4.0 0 31 0 7.75 1 0
  • Match Details
  • Current Batters
    Jason Holder – 14(23)
    Fabian Allen – 21(6)
    Current BowlerWanindu Hasaranga – 4.0ov – 13/2
    Current Run Rate7.05
    TossSri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
    Home TeamWest Indies
    Score: 7-134 | Overs: 19.0
    Away TeamSri Lanka
    Score: 4-131 | Overs: 20.0
    SeriesWest Indies v Sri Lanka T20Is – Men’s
    UmpiresWilson, J S
    Gustard, P A
    Brathwaite, G O
    Match RefereeRichardson, R B

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WEST INDIES

In the second T20I, the hosts missed fireworks from the star player of the first T20I, Kieron Pollard. Even Chris Gayle (16 runs off 16 balls, 2 fours, 1 six) and Lendl Simmons (21 runs from 19 balls, 2 fours and 1 six) failed to take off after scoring initial runs. It was a complete batting debacle as none of their batsmen crossed 25, and most of their regular batsmen got out before the end of 11 overs. McCoy (23 runs from 7 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) at the end played a sparkling inning, only to reduce the defeat margin.

Earlier, while bowling, the hosts failed to contain Sri Lankan openers before Bravo broke the partnership by his magical run-out in the eleventh over. In his four overs, Bravo proved quite effective, by brilliantly varying his pace. He conceded just 25 runs and took two wickets. Fabian Allen bowled just two overs for his 11 runs, while the rest of the bowlers remained ineffective, giving away 8 or 9 runs per over.

After a good show in the first T20I, the hosts got a timely jolt in the second T20I. West Indies team management would like to quickly fix the gaps, be it facing the opponent’s spin attack or bowling tightly in the powerplay.

SRI LANKA

Angelo Mathews finally got some reprieve as his boys defeated Windies in the second T20I. Without Malinga, and Dasun Shanaka, it was a difficult time for him and his team, but they brilliantly overcame it. As expected, they included Lakshan Sandakan as the third spinner in place of Nuwan Pradeep. The plan paid off straight away, as he removed the dangerous batsmen Kieron Pollard who just took away the first T20I by hitting six-sixes. Sri Lankan spinners completely took charge on the sluggish surface. Overall, 8 out of 10 Windies wickets went to the spinners – Akila Dananjaya (1 for 13), Wanindu Hasaranga (3 for 17), Lakshan Sandakan (3 for 10) and Danushka Gunathilaka (1 for 8), and, together they conceded just 49 runs.

Earlier, while batting first, Danushka Gunathilaka (56 runs off  42 balls) and Pathum Nissanka (37 off 23) gave them a great start, with 95 runs of opening partnership. Still, middle-order batting is something the Sri Lankan team management would want to focus and fix. The visitors clearly made Windies batsmen struggle with the spin, and it could be one of the crucial factors for the third and final T20I of the series.

Predicted Starting XI

West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Ashen Bandara, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Oshada Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan

Key players for the West Indies vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I at Antigua

Lendl Simmons – The opener has scored 246 in the last 7 T20 internationals with an average of 49.20 and a strike of 161.84.

Kieron Pollard – The power-hitter, and all-rounder Kieron Pollard is a big match-winner. He has 10 wickets in the last 9 matches and scored 219 runs at an average of 43.80 and strike rate of 202.78.

PWH de Silva – The Sri Lankan all-rounder, and the player of the match of the second T20I, Hasaranga de Silva is one of the key players. In the last 9 games, he took 10 wickets and scored 114 runs.

Lakshan Sandakan – The Left-arm wrist-spinner, Lakshan Sandakan played a key role in Sri Lanka’s win over the Windies in the second T20I. In 18 T20I he played, he has taken 20 wickets, and his best bowling figure is 4 for 23.

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