Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Colombo November 4, 2015

The inswinger from Narine

Plays of the day from the second ODI between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Colombo

Tillakaratne Dilshan was bamboozled by an unexpected inswinger from a mystery spinner © AFP

The inswinger
Sri Lanka might have studied Sunil Narine's knuckle ball, arm ball and offbreak, but Tillakaratne Dilshan and Narine himself seemed unprepared for a fourth variation. Brought into the attack in the fifth over, Narine delivered a seam-up ball that was perhaps meant to just go on with the arm, but ended up taking substantial late swing. Dilshan was too late to make the adjustment, and having shaped to flay it on the off side, found the ball traveling between bat and pad to take his off stump.

The "too little too late"
No one likes to run out the captain, particularly if he is batting on more than 50. So when Carlos Brathwaite realised his mistake in the penultimate over of West Indies' innings, he seemed to want to reverse it. He called Samuels through for a second run, but the captain didn't venture far from the non-striker's end. Both batsmen ended up at the same end, and realising his plight, Brathwaite tried to run back past Samuels so he would be the man dismissed. It wasn't to be, however. Sri Lanka had already whipped the bails off.

The drop
Samuels has a history of hurting Sri Lanka when reprieved, on this ground. In the 2012 World T20, Samuels was dropped in the deep for 20 and went on to hit a match-winning 78. Samuels was spilled again in the deep on Wednesday, this time on 38. He showed glimpses of his destructive potential, lofting Malinga into the sightscreen soon after, but was not able to have such a dramatic impact on the match this time.

The superman
Lasith Malinga's bowling had been uncharacteristically modest for much of the year. His fielding, though, had been almost diabolical. Often Malinga has seemed incapable of making direct hits even if he was throwing from inside the stumps, but on Wednesday he made a high quality manoeuvre most athletic men would be proud of. Seeing Narine bunt the ball back down the pitch in the 38th over, Malinga took off in the direction of the stumps, picked up the ball while diving, and effortlessly threw down the stumps in one elegant move. The non-striker was run out by a distance.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  •   Piwithuru Sannasgala on November 5, 2015, 14:45 GMT

    Being roaring lions against a further depleted (sans Russel & Holder) Win-dies XI wouldn't make world-beating superheros overnight. That opportunity was an easiest & least challenging, any side would have expected in world cricket today, on a flat deck. Even then, Windies posed a real threat for SL, when Mohammed got out in 31st over. At that stage Windies were well placed at 169 for 6 with 4 wickets remaining including Samuels* to score another 60-70 runs in the remaining 7 overs (keeping some wickets intact) to put up a total of 230+ runs, would have easily boosted to a match winning 250+ target with the help of DL calculations (factoring the wickets remaining). But, ludicrously WI threw away their last 4 wickets for just 3 runs attempting singles (limiting their DL benefit to just 10 r).

    In reality, if this Windies side was smart enough, even with this mediocre XI, they could have easily beaten the current crop of stuffed "Lions" in both ODIs. PK, Ind proved it & NZ waiting....

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