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April 1, 2007
Sri Lanka 303 for 5 (Jayasuriya 115, Jayawardene 82) beat West Indies 190 (Chanderpaul 76, Jayasuriya 3-38) by 113 runs
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How they were out - Sri Lanka
How they were out - West Indies
After their heart-stopping defeat against South Africa, Sri Lanka's Super Eights campaign is back on track. From the moment Jayasuriya cut loose following a cautious start it was all one-way traffic. West Indies' fielding turned into shambles with dropped chances and fumbles as their World Cup dreams were left hanging by a thread. Even three straight wins - an unlikely prospect on current form and attitude - might not be enough unless other results go their way.
If they were going to make any impression on the target it would have needed a major contribution from Chris Gayle, Brian Lara or preferably both. Instead, they were among the three wickets to fall inside the first 11 overs. Gayle found it tough to pick up Lasith Malinga's action and, tied down for 21 balls, tried to launch him over mid-off but was well held by Dilhara Fernando who back-peddalled two-thirds of the way to the boundary.
The move to bring Dwayne Bravo up the order smacked more of panic and uncertainty than any real planning. Chaminda Vaas, reducing his pace and concentrating on cutters, squeezed one through his defence leaving Lara to enter into a familiar scene. Unlike against Australia where he at least managed some personal success amid the wreckage, here he lasted just four balls. Vaas's canny spell, with Kumar Sangakkara standing up to the stumps, brought his downfall, although the credit must go to some outstandingly sharp glovework from Sangakkara.
The innings was left in the hands of a Guyanese pair, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, but they couldn't find the boundary, 103 balls elapsing between fours. It was a depressing lack of intent until, with 20 overs remaining and 205 needed, it suddenly dawned on them that these matches can't be drawn. A brief dart at Muttiah Muralitharan and Jayasuriya followed, but it was far too late despite Chanderpaul's five sixes in the arc between long on and deep square-leg.
The demeanour of West Indies throughout the day spoke volumes of a team that is anything but a unit. Even Lara didn't appear to have it in him to motivate his players, the behind-the-scenes issues no doubt still on his mind. In comparison Sri Lanka showed their confidence is still high, despite having to bat when conditions were at their toughest following a 45-minute delayed start.
In 16 balls, Jayasuriya added 36 to reach his half-century and even the normally reliable offspin of Gayle couldn't stem the flow. Jerome Taylor, after a tight start to his second spell, came in for some harsh treatment with Jayasuriya swinging a huge six over long on, launching the second half of his innings. Ian Bradshaw was taken for two more maximums and his 25th ODI century came off 86 balls.
The efforts took their toll on Jayasuriya who felt the effects of high humidity and increasingly struggled to find the middle of his bat. It was little surprise when he dragged Daren Powell onto his stumps to end a stand of 183 in 30 overs with Jayawardene. The wicket should have been the lift West Indies needed, but the pale celebrations were signs of a team already broken.
Jayawardene's innings was just as vital for Sri Lanka, and for the captain himself. In 17 World Cup matches before today he'd averaged just 18 and his form in the Caribbean had been patchy after his 85 against Bermuda. The first boundary took 69 balls, but when he was dropped at deep midwicket by Smith, on 79, a first World Cup century was his for the taking until beaten by one of Bravo's slower-ball specials. But it was about the only thing that didn't go the Sri Lankan captain's way; what Lara would give for a team playing with such verve and confidence.
Andrew McGlashan is editorial assistant of CricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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