324dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Dilshan and Mathews seal thumping win

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.

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

ADS Fletcher
57(25) 3x4 - 6x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 21 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 0 8 0 8 0 21 20
TM Dilshan
TM Dilshan
56(37) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 23 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
2 8 9 2 3 4 4 24

Best performances - Bowlers

SMSM Senanayake
SMSM Senanayake
O4
M0
R46
W4
Eco11.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SL Malinga
SL Malinga
O4
M0
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

West Indies , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Sri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.45

Match days

9 November 2015 - night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

That's all we have for you tonight. Thanks for joining us and we hope you come back for the remaining T20 in Colombo on November 11. Till then, Goodbye

"Thanks to all the batsmen," says Lasith Malinga the SL captain. "They realised these conditions are hard to bowl in and they put up a good total for us. After that we knew they had good big hitters and everyone was planning to how to handle them. It was hard to bowl with a wet ball, but still at the end of the day I am in the winning side. Thank you for the bowlers and the batsmen. I realised even when the Test matches were going on Siriwardana took crucial wickets. Good all-round cricketer for Sri Lanka in the future. I am getting fit, need to do more for the national team and need to put in big performances before the world cup"

"We were right there, but with better planning with the batting order we could have gotten closer," says Darren Sammy. "But well played to Sri Lanka. They posted a very big total, they put up more than 200. We always backed ourselves to chase down any total. Andre Fletcher player really well, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo had a good partnership. But we lost wickets in clumps. Looking at the players in the T20 squad, there is a lot of experience and the players have played a lot of cricket in the format. Now we move to Colombo. Good luck to Sri Lanka today"

"I am so happy to take the most wickets, it was so tough, it was raining sixes. It was the pressure of the situation. With the wet ball, it was hard to grip as well. I think I did well enough," says Sachi, the Man of the Match. "The sixes are too easy for them, so I wanted to vary the pace and just keep them to single. I knew if I bowled short of a length or fuller, they will hit me so I just wanted to change the pace"

11.44 pm This game was supposed to be done a lot longer. But rain had the first say, and then Sri Lanka's batsmen took over. First Dilshan, then Chandimal and finally Mathews to post their teams best total against West Indies and the second-highest aggregate in the last five-overs in all T20Is (84 runs, England have the record)

Then scoreboard pressure combined with occasionally brilliant, and largely decent bowling. Even with their litter of big-hitters, West Indies were well short. The only positive perhaps was Andre Fletcher showing he has the stripes for T20 circket with West Indies' fourth-fastest fifty in the format. They got 185 on the board still, but it was well short of what they needed. Five matches on this tour, all five lost. Not happy times.

Shaheer: "NO wonder KS & MJ walked away having seen these Young blood in the system already. Just a matter of months and the team is Heading to new heights."

WI Supporter: "All teams are using WI to move up the rankings. WI moving in the opposite direction."

Andy: "Did Kapugedara even touch a ball today. Didn't spot him in any of the significant events." --- Check up on 11.3.

19.5
W
Jayasuriya to Narine, OUT, and bingo was his name-o! Sri Lanka will retain their No. 1 ranking in T20s. Quick and on target, it was seam up as well instead of the offie. Narine misses, Shehan hits

SP Narine b Jayasuriya 23 (18m 15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 153.33

19.4
1
Jayasuriya to Bishoo, 1 run, eased into the covers
19.3
4
Jayasuriya to Bishoo, FOUR runs, reverse sweep, one bounce for. All the more better for the shot that it was a flat and quick delivery. The only thing the bowler gave was the width to swing those arms
19.2
1
Jayasuriya to Narine, 1 run, flat and quick on leg stump, heaved away to deep midwicket
19.1
0
Jayasuriya to Narine, no run, shimmies down and hammers it back at the bowler
19.1
5w
Jayasuriya to Narine, 5 wides, slid down the leg side, too far for the batsman to connect and too much for the wicketkeeper. By the way, Shehan is bowling with only 42 required
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  • Dilshan and Mathews seal thumping win

    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.

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0ADS FletcherJ Charles
29MN SamuelsADS Fletcher
48ADS FletcherAD Russell
9DJ BravoADS Fletcher
51DJ BravoKA Pollard
2DJG SammyKA Pollard
4DJG SammyJO Holder
0JE TaylorJO Holder
25JE TaylorSP Narine
17SP NarineD Bishoo