length ball outside off, and flat-batted to cover. Sri Lanka win by 23 runs!
7.20pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. See you tomorrow for a big clash - India v Bangladesh. Till then, on behalf of our scoring team and Danyal, this is Sreshth signing off
Jason Holder: "We have just got to be better. We've let some key moments slip in this World Cup. I thought their score was on par. Fernando batted well - showed us things get easier if you stay in. Pooran was excellent too. I thought we finished our bowling well. But our fielding let us down. That run-out was crucial, Hetmyer's run-out was crucial too. We just want to play the perfect game next time."
Dimuth Karunaratne: "Really good - got confidence. All the boys contributed. Those are the things I expect as captain. We put additional pressure on ourselves earlier. We all know Sri Lanka play freely, the way you saw Avishka. If you take our middle order, they were more positives. We want to play freely in our next games too. On Angelo Mathews bowling, Vandersay was leaking some runs, so offered Mathews couple of overs."
7.13pm For those asking, Sri Lanka are eliminated from the World Cup despite the win. Because they can only tie England on 10 points - and England have more wins than SL. Number of wins is the first tie-breaker in the World Cup. NRR comes into play only after that. Those two abandoned games coming back to hurt SL.
7.08pm Avishka Fernando is the Player of the Match. Kumar Sangakkara his translator.
"When I went in, I was happy doing what was required from me, says Fernando. "They bowled well. Very happy this hundred came in a winning cause. Very happy that I got this opportunity. Happy to have made use of this opportunity. And all I want to focus on is improving my game for the country."
Usman Hickmath: "Does not matter not making to semis. No one expected them to get into top 4. Many said they will finish behind Afghanistan. But there is a good chance that they will finish on par with England interms of points. Avishka and Dimuth's captaincy are great finds. Positives to take. Well played guys "
RiwajAdhikari: "I have no regrets watching this rivetting nailbiter also reading the commentary here while my exams are in less than 10 days from today and still some lab assignments left to do. Long live cricket! "
VJ: "Shahzeb.....everyone questions the intent of Dhoni but none is praising how good english bowlers yesterday...there is always two sides for the coin...don't forget it. "
Sunil GK: "Real winner is young Pooran, winning millions of hearts! Love from IND "
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Shahzeb: "though windies were in worst situation in last 10 overs then india but this is intent this is sportsmaship they are showing never die attitude this is how cricket wins shame on dhoni and other involved indian players"
Veer: "SL deserved to win this... middle order finally succeeded. Go down same path as SA, performing when there is no pressure."
7pm So Sri Lanka move to eight points - a deserved two points earned today. Sure, some may say West Indies deserved to win the match, but the comeback displayed by the SL bowlers deserves some rewards. Also, remember how solid Sri Lanka's batting was today. Karunaratne, the two Kusal's, Thirimanne and ofcourse, Avishka Fernando, batted beautifully to hand SL their highest score of WC 2019. As for West Indies, there were some sparks, especially when Pooran and Allen were batting, but eventually we were reminded once again how difficult it is to chase when there's a scoreboard pressure looming too.
full, on middle. Flat-batted to mid-on for one
slower ball, full on middle, and hammered over the non-striker to long on
length ball, just outside off, and through to the keeper again. Gabriel misses a cut
length ball, on leg stump, following the batsman. Gabriel tees away to the leg side, but can't get bat on ball
full, on off stump. Whacked to long on
Pranab Koirala: "Skill without intent is futile.. Despite the loss, Congratulations Pooran and Allen for entertaining cricket lovers around the world!!"
full, on leg stump, and Gabriel misses the leg-side swipe. Through to the keeper
Moka: "Hitting out against Srilanka got them around the same margin. Dhoni is King."
full, on middle, and he inside-edges a drive
appeal for lbw but not given. Full, on leg stump, and the ball did hit his pad. Malinga reviews. Was there inside edge? Or did it land outside leg stump. Only one of those two things can save Oshane. Replays show that it lands on leg stump, takes no edge of the bat, and hits him on leg stump. What does ball tracking say? Crashing into leg stump! Umpire Oxenford has to reverse his decision...
low full toss, just outside off stump. He swings but misses
full outside off stump, and driven away from his body. Stopped by cover
Shankar: "Cheers to spirit of Cricket...Inspite of both the team out of Worldcup, we get to witness one of the great match"
length, on off, and defended back to the bowler. What an over!
Zaheer : "@Waqar Durrani it was the beginning of the Sri Lankan rise. That match was the starting point. Lara made 169*, Sri Lanka lost the match, Pakistan disqualified for the final and Sri Lanka beat WI in the final to win the Singer Trophy in 1995"
Udana drops a catch at long on! Full, on middle, and hammered over the non-striker's head. Udana could've taken the catch, running in, but the ball falls out of his bottom palm while trying to complete the catch
full outside off, and driven to cover. Thomas wants the single, and he would've been run-out had the fielder got a direct hit
full outside off, and angling away. Thomas' attempted drive is nowhere near the delivery
Nazim Ali: "This is cricket..... bowling for the first time in 18 months and he takes the wicket.....y didn't he do some push-ups now!!!!"
full and fast outside off stump. Thomas looks to tee off but can't make any connection
RiwajAdhikari: "Love you Mathews. Risking your hammy for your country. Hope you are okay."
Waqar Durrani: "In 5th Match, Singer Champions Trophy at Sharjah, Oct 16 1995, WI scored 333 batting first vs SL. It was like 434 of that time, but SL did manage to get 329/9 with 4 balls to spare before the centurion Hashan Tilkaratne got caught at boundary. Best chase of my childhood. Still WI vs SL, yet again."
Mathews strikes first ball! And what a fistpump to celebrate, very nearly knocked his team-mate out with that fist. Full ball outside off stump, angling away, and Pooran's attempted slog past cover takes a thin edge of his bat. Rousing applause for Pooran though
Angelo Mathews will bowl an over! He last bowled in December 2017.
back of a length, on middle. He rides the bounce and gloves a shot to the leg side. Opportunity for a single, but they choose not to
length ball, on middle, but going down the leg side. Free runs
Irfan: "WI showing to Dhoni how to lose a match with respect! " -- haha!