Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.4 Mathews has struck. And it's that short third man that has taken the wicket. Short of a length, just outside off, he punches at it, gets s thick outside edge, and lobs it to the right of that short third man. Taken easily 25/1
    5.2 lovely return catch. Charles wants to pull one from just outside off, but he is a little late into the shot, and ends up almost toe-ending it back. The ball is falling at Eranga's toe. If he had been at Wimbledon, this had got too low to be an easy volley, but he takes it off his toes with both hands. Not short enough to be pulled 29/2
    8.2 given lbw. Not sure if this is a good decision. The ball seamed back in, so that is one criterion fulfilled, but it seemed to be a little too high and a little too straight. Waiting for the replays to prove me wrong. And yes, the replays have proven me wrong. Short of a length, pitches leg, seams back to hold its line, hits him high on the pad, but would have hit the top of the stumps 31/4
    5.6 Sri Lanka on fire. Lovely catch again. It's Jayawardene this time. Not a great shot. Short of a length, just outside off, with that extra bounce. Samuels plays a lazy back-foot drive. Had he gone hard, perhaps the edge would have cleared slip, but this one settles with Jayawardene high and to his left at first slip 29/3
    37.2 and this is done now. Bravo is frustrated and is teeing up for big hits every ball. Loses his shape as he slogs at this, and ends up slicing this shortish delivery to long-off. SL still in with a shout for a bonus point 176/8
    31.6 the crowd has been stunned into silence. Simmons goes for that six but finds deep cover. Gets a half-volley, on off, drives inside-out, wants to clear the cover field but doesn't get enough bat on it. What a crucial strike for SL. The par score now becomes 166 154/5
    32.4 gone. What a beauty from Malinga. This is a special delivery. Short of a length, outside off, Pollard pushes at it away from the body, which moves and kicks away and takes the shoulder of the bat through to Sanga. Forget par scores now 154/6
    36.3 short of a length, Sammy still goes for the bog drive, the ball bounces and hits the sticker on the bat, and Malinga ends up skying it. Malinga runs towards midwicke to claim the catch 172/7
    not out
    37.4 slower ball, on target, and hits top of off. Offcutter from outside off, Holder tries to drive, plays down the wrong line, and is castled. Mathews is chuffed, and why wouldn't he be? 177/9
    not out
    9 (w 9)
    190/9 (41 Overs, RR: 4.63)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (CH Gayle, 4.4 ov), 2-29 (J Charles, 5.2 ov), 3-29 (MN Samuels, 5.6 ov), 4-31 (DS Smith, 8.2 ov), 5-154 (LMP Simmons, 31.6 ov), 6-154 (KA Pollard, 32.4 ov), 7-172 (DJG Sammy, 36.3 ov), 8-176 (DM Bravo, 37.2 ov), 9-177 (JO Holder, 37.4 ov)
    KMDN Kulasekara1.50804.3661000
    RMS Eranga8.004635.75307110
    HDRL Thirimanne4.101603.84121000
    AD Mathews8.012943.62341120
    SMSM Senanayake9.004104.55291200
    SL Malinga8.024225.25275020
    BMAJ Mendis2.00804.0090100

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West Indies Tri-Nation Series