Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd T20I, Colombo November 11, 2015

First win on tour helps West Indies level T20 series


West Indies 162 for 6 (Ramdin 34*, Charles 34, Bravo 31, Malinga 2-16) beat Sri Lanka 139 (Dilshan 52, Bravo 4-28) by 23 runs
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West Indies' bowlers delivered tight lines and intelligent variations of pace on a slow Khettarama surface to force a Sri Lanka collapse and prise a 23-run victory to end an otherwise barren tour. Dwayne Bravo collected four wickets, and Ravi Rampaul three, in the visitors' defence of 162 for 6 which, like their bowling, had also been a collective effort.

The victory gives West Indies a share of the series, though Sri Lanka keep the top T20 rank. Bravo, who hit a run-a-ball 31 in addition to his 4 for 28 with the ball, was named Man of the Match.

Tillakaratne Dilshan struck his second fifty of the series but - although his own strike-rate was nearly 137 - his 70-run stand with Shehan Jayasuriya drew some of the momentum from Sri Lanka's innings. Jayasuriya was out for 30 off 32 balls. His wicket set in motion a capitulation that cost nine wickets for 46 runs. Incoming batsmen attempted to hit out immediately, mindful of a climbing required rate, but managed only to find secure pairs of hands in the outfield.

Jayasuriya was scoreless off his first seven balls and, although he struck successive fours off Jerome Taylor, he slipped into a pattern of finding fielders with his big shots. Dilshan also misread the pace of the ball off the pitch on occasion, and West Indies continued to squeeze in cheap overs through the first half of the chase. When Jayasuriya was dismissed - thanks to an outstanding running catch from Andre Russell at the long-on boundary - Sri Lanka's required rate was nearing 10.

Dinesh Chandimal was almost caught at the leg-side boundary first ball, but was securely held immediately after. Dilshan was out switch-hitting Rampaul in the same over, and Angelo Mathews was caught trying to clear the backward square leg boundary not long after that. From then on, Sri Lanka lost at least one wicket per over. Chamara Kapugedara was caught at cover. Milinda Siriwardana was stumped running at Sunil Narine. The hosts had unraveled definitively by the middle of the 18th over.

This was after their own bowlers had withstood brief charges from Johnson Charles and Denesh Ramdin, who both hit 34 at either end of West Indies' batting effort. The visitors had warmed up slowly, hitting only 17 from the first 26 balls, until Charles ignited the innings with a four-ball sequence that brought 22 runs. Charles ran at Sachithra Senanayake twice to lift him into the leg-side stands, and swept him twice as well, collecting a six and a four. The next over from Dushmantha Chameera was equally expensive. Andre Fletcher struck three fours as Chameera erred down the legside - though he also had Fletcher dropped off a slower ball, on 16.

With 44 runs having come off the last two Powerplay overs, West Indies appeared to be surging. Siriwardana's left-arm spin quickly brought the hosts some control. He trapped Fletcher in front with a slider, saw Marlon Samuels run-out later in that over, then struck again with his arm ball to have the visitors 75 for 3 after nine overs.

West Indies attacked intermittently after that, but had their salvos briskly shut down. Andre Russell was dismissed in the 12th over after two sixes had come in the previous five balls. Ramdin cracked two sixes and a four in the 14th and 15th overs, but was soon forced to contend with a stream of good yorkers - particularly from Nuwan Kulasekara - which he could only dig out for singles or twos.

Sri Lanka's seamers were pinpoint at the finish. Although opposition hitters were at the crease, Malinga conceded only five runs in each of his last two overs, and Kulasekara no more than seven from his. Ramdin remained unbeaten at the end of the innings.

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

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  • Robin on November 16, 2015, 17:35 GMT

    Not so sure why some Windies fans are getting over-excited at the win, paired with the gloating "i told you so"... it's not rocket-science folks, the more experienced and established players are available to play, then the better the chances of winning a match and let's face it, the majority of those players play in T20-mode, regardless of what format is being played, so the law of averages would suggest that some of those guys would turn up and perform.

  • R on November 16, 2015, 7:40 GMT

    The four best T20 batsmen SL have are Kapugadar, Mathew, Siriwardana and Kusal. Unfortunately three of them bat after the 15 over. Kapugadara should bat at number 3 otherwise it will cost SL. Also we need another 2 good bowlers to support Malinga, so playing wicket taking bowlers Herath and Mendis is a must. All-rounders Siriwardana, Kulasakar & Mathiew can support our 3 bowlers. SL t20 should be 1) Kusal 2) Dilshan 3) Kapugadara 4) Chandimal 5) Mathiew 6) Siriwardana 7) Tissra Perera/Kithuruwan/ DSNFG Jayasuriya 8) Kulasakara/Dushmantha Chameera 9) Herath 10) Mendis/Vandersay 11) Malinga

  •   Rikaz Hasimdeen on November 16, 2015, 5:33 GMT

    Akila seems to be a good prospect for future Sri Lanka cricket. He may one day become a top class spinner if he aculate a good nagging length that could fox top quality batting. Our selectors will have to use him very carefully as some times he may be too raw to accept chalengers coming from world class batsmen specially in the T20 world cup matches. we thought even Ajantha Mendis could be a ideal partner for Murali, but it was not the case as specially Indian batsmen rellay made him up side down through big hitting. If akila could be properly guided by good coaching and advice him to bowl on the right areas that could fox good quality batting that would do world of good for sri lanka cricket bring back akila danajaya he is Officially a left-hand batsman and an off-break bowler, he is said to have seven variations, including the leg-break, googly, carrom ball, doosra and his stock off-spinner that had impressed national team x captain Mahela Jayawardene

  • Cricinfouser on November 14, 2015, 9:14 GMT

    No anver, the game you are referring to was played after the 2 tests

  • Juhry on November 14, 2015, 6:43 GMT

    give vithanage a chance atleast in NZ tour in all three format of the game, he will be a very usefull player in T20 WC 2016. it will be good experience for him to play for the T20. he played only 2 T20 matches where he scord good runs on his debut and failed to score runs in the second match. considering him current form in cricket he deserves as a chance an he must bat in the top either #3 or #4.

  • Chatty on November 13, 2015, 23:14 GMT

    SL lost because of two reasons. The pitch was slow and low and the ball did not come on. So, the power hitters benefit on that kind of wicket. Second, the inexperience of chasing under pressure showed. That will be rectified with some more experience. But SL need to know their strengths and weaknesses extremely well. All good teams do.

  • Dennis on November 13, 2015, 19:00 GMT

    This final T20 game did not means much except to prove two point, one is to show the WICB how much they victimize Bravo and the other senior players and the other should always have at least six senior players on any team. All the negative fans where is your comments.

  • Anver on November 13, 2015, 4:20 GMT

    If I'm not wrong, WI won the 1st game on this tour against SL board's XI, where Carlos scored an explosive ton. Therefore only the start & the end was good for WI team !! in between nothing ...

  • WIman on November 13, 2015, 2:37 GMT

    Sammy`s captaincy is excellent. WICB made a big mistake by replacing him from ODI and test captaincy. Carlos Brathwaite is a good option in place of Holder in T20, he a good bowler and excellent hitter. it is best if Samuels concentrate in test and ODI only. Things would have been differend had WICB included Dwayne Bravo and Pollard in ODI team. It is time Darren bravo take rest from ODI cricket Can`t understand the logic of playing just 2 t20s when WI players had to travel a lot to reach SL. there would have been at least 5 ODI and t20s each. and including bravo and pollard for just t20 is also a mismanagment they could have been part of ODI team.

  • chethana on November 12, 2015, 23:28 GMT

    Shehan Jayasuriya is a hit & miss player. If we had someone like Thirimanne for that no.3 position he knows how to build the inning to chase those types of targets. Thisara,Shehan all are hit & miss players. We need a proper batsmen who scores his runs sensibly. Thirmanne & Milinda are ideal players for that. Even Jeevan Mendis is a good shorter format player who scores runs sensibly.

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