About the Match
With a second consecutive victory against West Indies, Sri Lanka registered an emphatic ODI series win and the 3rd ODI on 7th November at Pallekele, although a dead rubber, will be an opportunity for the hosts to make a clean 3-0 sweep. The visitors posted 214 runs in 38 overs, which Sri Lanka chased easily with 9 balls to spare; rains yet again caused reduction of the match to 38 overs each side but the hosts played better in all departments of the game, maintaining pressure on the opposition at all time. We expect the upcoming contest to be an entertaining one as the island nation gears up to celebrate the victory of this young team on Saturday.
Chasing 225 runs in the allotted 38 overs, the young guns Kusal Perera and Thirimanne powered Sri Lanka to a series win after putting up a 156-run partnership for the 2nd wicket. While Kusal scored a well-made 99 runs, missing out on his century, the vice-captain did well to post 81 off 95 to take the team safely home with 9 balls to spare in the rain-affected ODI on Wednesday.
The bowling squad consisting of stalwarts like Lasith Malinga, who took 2 wickets giving away just 43 runs, and the in-form youngster Siriwardana, who yet again proved his skills with 2 scalps at an economy rate of 3.85, exuded confidence as they combined to restrict the visitors to a low total.
Senanayake’s right-arm offbreak and Lakmal’s pace yielded two wickets to stifle the opposition while their fielding was sharp, resulting in 4 run-outs.
Overall, the hosts have performed well till now and will definitely come out all guns blazing on Saturday to keep their winning momentum going; with their lethal spin and pace attack and the in-form batsmen, Sri Lanka is well placed to come out trumps yet again.
Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels swung back into action with the bat as they steered the Windies innings to a respectable 214 off 38 overs; Charles posted 83 off just 70 balls while Samuels pitched in with 63 runs off 61 deliveries before getting run-out. The others down the batting line-up failed to impress with players like Fletcher, Blackwood and Carter getting out for single digits.
The top order must pull up its socks and get the big runs on board if they want to outsmart the Lankan bowlers. On the bowling front, although Narine was effective with his in-swinger as usual and earned a vital wicket, their combined efforts couldn’t stop the Lankans from reaching the target. The young Mohammed was exceptional with his off-breaks and gave away just 25 runs from 6 overs but others like Taylor and Brathwaite proved to be costly.
They have talented batsmen and bowlers who must bring their A game to the table if they want to score a face-saving win here before the start of the T20s that will test the mettle of the youngsters in the squad.
Sri Lanka has already won the series and nothing seems to stop them from making it a 3-0 whitewash; West Indies will try its best to play for its pride but we feel that the hosts are better placed to emerge victorious yet again on Saturday