Triangular Series: Sri Lanka Edge Out West Indies in Thriller

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West Indies batsman Evin Lewis struck his lass one-day general hundred though a array of run-outs helped Sri Lanka to secure a one-run feat during Queens Sports Club on Wednesday and allege to a triangular array final.

Playing usually his fourth ODI, Lewis struck a glorious 148 from usually 122 balls as a West Indies went in office of Sri Lanka’s 330 for seven, though mislaid dual partners to approach hits and was afterwards run out in a confusion with his captain Jason Holder.

Although Holder kept a follow on lane with his dominant 45, he could usually conduct a singular off a final round of a diversion and saw his side tumble agonisingly short, as they finished on 329 for nine.

“We played a unequivocally good diversion adult until a final over, and afterwards didn’t get over a line,” pronounced Holder.

“Going brazen we need to be a lot some-more accurate in a job to equivocate those sorts of run-outs.”

The feat ensured Sri Lanka’s thoroughfare to Sunday’s final, while a West Indians contingency equivocate improved in their final diversion opposite hosts Zimbabwe on Friday if they are to progress.

Sri Lanka’s sum was set adult by Niroshan Dickwella and man-of-the-match Kusal Mendis, who both scored 94 after a West Indies had won a toss and opted to play first.

While a initial 4 tri-series games had seen discreet batting early on, Sri Lanka pennyless a trend as Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva overcame a early detriment of Kusal Perera to measure during improved than a run a round in a opening powerplay.

The twin put on 105 for a second wicket before de Silva was held and bowled by Kraigg Brathwaite for 58, and Mendis went on to supplement 107 for a third wicket with Dickwella.

Holder was obliged for violation a second mount when he trapped Dickwella lbw, while Mendis also fell brief of 3 total when he edged a smoothness from Ashley Nurse by to a wicketkeeper.

Despite those setbacks, Sri Lanka finished strongly as they combined 45 runs in a final 5 overs to set their opponents a unbending target.

With Lewis holding small time to get stranded into a Sri Lankan seamers, a West Indies done a likewise sprightly start.

Lewis and Johnson Charles put on 63 for a initial wicket in 8 overs, and Kraigg Brathwaite combined 70 for a second wicket with Lewis to put a West Indies on lane for their initial follow of some-more than 300 runs.

But after Brathwaite was bowled by seamer Asela Gunaratne, both Shai Hope and Jonathan Carter were run out by approach hits.

A serve blow came when Lewis was run out going into a final stretch, and nonetheless Holder edged a West Indies closer, they went into a final over wanting 10 to win.

Sulieman Benn repelled everybody when he crushed Nuwan Pradeep’s third smoothness into a stands during midwicket, though when he holed out off a penultimate delivery, Holder was left with too most to do.

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