SL v WI, 1st T20I, Pallekele November 9, 2015

Dilshan and Mathews seal thumping win


Sri Lanka 215 for 3 (Dilshan 56) beat West Indies 185 (Fletcher 57, Senanayake 4-46) by 30 runs
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A rollicking 91-run opening partnership, brisk stands through the middle, and a violent Angelo Mathews finish sent Sri Lanka hurtling to 215 for 3 - the highest ever T20 international total on the island - and set the scene for a 30-run victory. Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with 56 off 37 balls, but it was Mathews' 13-ball 37 that grew Sri Lanka's total from imposing to enormous.

Andre Fletcher cracked 57 off 25 balls in response, but his teammates could not prosper long against Sri Lanka's spin. Sachithra Senanayake claimed four wickets, Milinda Siriwardana two, and Shehan Jayasuriya picked up the last scalp, to wipe out the visitors for 185 in the penultimate over. The start of the match had been delayed by over an hour due to rain, but it commenced at 8:10pm with no overs lost.

Mathews arrived at 155 for 3 in the 17th over, and began his innings ominously, launching his first ball high over cow corner, before whipping his wrists to send Dwayne Bravo's full toss over deep square leg, next ball. He smote a third leg-side six off Jerome Taylor next over, before Bravo came back for more punishment. Another Mathews six and two fours off the final over completed a six-over sequence that cost West Indies 78 runs. Mathews hit four sixes and two fours in his cameo.

Earlier, Kusal Perera ignited the innings with a four over mid off, before Dilshan began just as belligerently at the other end, crashing his first two balls to the boundary. They preyed on length balls to start with, but soon began flitting around on the crease to turn decent balls into boundary options. Kusal began to sweep and Dilshan soon unfurled his over-the-shoulder scoop. By the end of the fourth over, both batsmen had five fours to their name, and the score had hurtled to 46. When Holder's sixth over was tonked for 17 - mostly by Dilshan - Sri Lanka moved to 65.

Sunil Narine forced a brief decline in the scoring rate with a seventh over that conceded only three runs, but the openers continued to hit boundaries off the other bowlers. Dilshan, who had earlier become the first Sri Lanka batsman to 1500 T20 international runs, completed a 28-ball half-century in the tenth over.

Kieron Pollard dismissed the openers in quick succession, getting Kusal to bunt a slower ball to cover and bowling Dilshan with a slower delivery, but incoming Jayasuriya and Dinesh Chandimal began to quickly create their own momentum. Chandimal crashed three early boundaries through the covers, while Jayasuriya took a particular liking to Pollard. He scooped Pollard for four at the start of the 16th over, slog-swept the fourth ball over cow corner, then collected a top-edged six to seal a 23-run over.

He was out to Narine soon after, but Chandimal continued to gallop, cracking a reverse-sweep for four, then a slog sweep for six off Narine, before Mathews took over at the finish. Each of the five Sri Lanka batsmen to come to the crease hit at least 35 runs. The strike rates - all of which were higher than 130 - increased for each new batsman.

Johnson Charles was cleaned up by a Lasith Malinga yorker second ball, but West Indies regrouped through Fletcher, who began to bludgeon indiscriminately through the leg-side. The sixth over, delivered by debutant Dushmantha Chameera, disappeared for 19, then Senanayake was tonked for 16, but wickets soon began to stem the flow of runs.

Siriwardana dismissed Andre Russell with a round-arm yorker, then Chameera returned to the bowling crease to get rid of Fletcher with a slower ball. Bravo and Pollard raised West Indies' hopes with a 51-run fifth-wicket stand, which contained four fours and four sixes, but the middle order fell in a heap to spin. Bravo was caught behind, while Pollard, Darren Sammy and Jason Holder all holed out attempting sixes.

The tail arrived to hit a few boundaries for themselves, but didn't ever look like threatening Sri Lanka's target.

West Indies go 0-1 down in the two-match series, and are still awaiting their first win on tour.

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

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  • Johann on November 11, 2015, 5:16 GMT

    WI will comeback from ash...the inability of SL is hidden because of inexperienced opposition...SL cannot reach even T20 semis this time....

  • Ajith on November 11, 2015, 4:04 GMT

    Good to see Sri Lanka on a winning streak after a few series losses in the recent past.It is also encouraging that the team is gelling to be a competitive and aggressive outfit with both seniors and the juniors focussing on their responsibilities and commitment.Hopefully, we will see a brownwash today and then get ready for a gruelling series of matches in NZ in the near future.

  • senarath on November 10, 2015, 15:13 GMT

    give opportunity to Binura, Vandersay and if possible Danushka G instead of Kulasekara, Sachithra and Dilshan as we need to give these youngster's goid training and confidence before selecting the final squad for T20 WC!

  • Dilum on November 10, 2015, 14:25 GMT

    All and all a great t20 game with lot of power hitting. But as expected SL's bowling is not up to the mark. Malinga was effective but he is still not the threatening bowler that he used to be. Hopefully he will come to his rhythm before t20wc. Sachithra was expensive but I think spinner being expensive against WI is nothing to be concern. But we have to try Vandersy in the next game. Chameera has lot to learn and I think he will be a very good bowler. He handled the pressure well as the way he bowled in last two overs was very impressive. Not going ta say a word about Kule. Malinga should have let Shehan more overs.SL have to sort out the bowling department before the t20wc otherwise it will be very unfair to this solid batting lineup. Better to include Perera and Vandersy for Sachi and Kule for the next game. May be Mathews or Dilshan can make way for Kithruwan. my team for the next game : Dishan, Kusal, Kithruwan, Chandimal, Shehan, Kapu, Milinda, Thisara, Vandersy, Malinga, Chameera

  • Cricinfouser on November 10, 2015, 13:40 GMT

    Personally i think/hope that WI will win the second t20.At least they didnt seem outmatched in this format as opposed to the odi's and tests

  • Juhry on November 10, 2015, 12:00 GMT

    what superb performance by sri lankan players, especially from the batting dept. from the bowling only malinga was economical, chameera has to work on his length and also kule should work on his bowling, if kule also can bowl with good economy rate then there dont need to be any changes in the bowling dept, sachi or mendis for spinning, and its sad to see kithruwan is still out of the playing 11, i would expect him in the team instead of dilshan since we have already won 1 match and secured our no.1 slot. and he is also a good hitter and a good player, so it will not effect the team by taking him in the team instead of someone...

  • sam on November 10, 2015, 10:49 GMT

    Here's expecting a 1st round exit in t20 wc for the WI.A couple of associates in their group will be looking fwd to their scalp.

  •   Chamal Daulagala on November 10, 2015, 9:59 GMT

    it is been wonderful to see this battle between two most gentlemen nations in word cricket ..not like other teams they are the most gentlemen nations in word now ...we love you WI you are the second favorite brother team of us (SL)

  • o on November 10, 2015, 8:45 GMT

    @JoshFromJamRock That would be my World Cup squad/team only Simmons for Samuels and maybe Santokie for Bishoo in the final eleven.1.Gayle 2.Fletcher 3.Simmons 4.DJ 5.Polalrd 6.Russell (C) 7.Brathwaite 8.Holder 9.Narine 10.Badree 11.Santokie. I'd also pick Reifer in the squad a left armer who can bat as cover for an all-rounder or Santokie injury over Cotterell.

  • shaveennithesh on November 10, 2015, 8:43 GMT

    I think we need one or two good spinners who can turn the ball in both sides.because t20 world cup is playing in Indian we need some good spinners.