World of cricket is always interesting and this time we are talking about the battle between Sri Lanka and world champions, West Indies. On Friday, West Indies and Sri Lanka played the second T20 International at Coolidge Cricket Ground and Sri Lanka beat the Indies champions by 43 runs. It was a total turn of tables because the first match did not prove to be very lucky for the Lankans. But in the second T20 international, Sri Lanka proved that it was back in the game. The guest team had lost the first match because of West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard who launched six sixes in one single over against the visiting team. But the tourists are back in the game now!
SRI LANKAN BOWLERS DID IT!
Sri Lanka was defending the score of 160 on Friday but West Indies couldn’t chase and caved in at 117 runs in the 19th over. The final match would also take place in the same cricket ground. It would be interesting to see whether Lankans would be able to repeat their win. But before we talk about the last match, let’s have look at the details of the one which made the guest team winners.
Sri Lanka had finished its batting with 160 runs and West Indies was up for a chase now but it did not start great for the Indies. Wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan played a huge role in cementing Sri Lanka’s position in this match. Sandakan took 3 wickets off 10 balls which also included the wicket of West Indies skipper, Pollard. Pollard could just make 13 runs and lost his wicket to Sandakan.
WICKETS KEPT FALLING
Wanindu Hasaranga also stands beside Sandakan as he also is responsible for the defeat of the hosts. Hasaranga took 3 wickets off 17 balls.
West Indies had already not started great as the team had lost one wicket for 45 runs and after that the kept going downhill. Once the team hit 45 runs, the wickets kept falling and soon the team had lost 5 wickets and could collect only 21 runs.
Chris Gayle who is one of the most dependable players of the team also could not save the match for the Indies. He could collect only 16 runs and gave his catch to Ashen Bandara off Hasaranga.
Lendl Simmons was next in line and could make 21 runs before he fell victim to Hasaranga googly. Simmons was followed by Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo who could not make any significant contribution to already low score. Opener Evin Lewis was back to pavilion after 6 runs. This important wicket was taken by Dananjay.
Hasaranga, the 23 year old bowler added Fabian Allan to his list while the host team was struggling at 89 and had lost 7 runs. West Indies’ required per over average score had reached to 22 and that’s when the team lost Pollard to Sandakan.
Obed McCoy was next in line and created the best score amongst his teammates. He collected 23 runs but fell victim to Sandakan.
SRI LANKA WAS ON FIRE
Sri Lanka on the other hand had started great on Friday after winning the toss. Sri Lankan openers, Danusha Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka started with a thundering game and collected 94 runs off first 10 overs. Bravo was called to the crease and he put an end to Nissanka’s batting for 37 runs. Gunathilaka quickly followed Nissanka four balls later. His catch was grabbed by Kevin Sinclair off Bravo at mid-off. The Sri Lankan opener became the top scorer with 56 runs.