RESULT
1st T20I (N), Coolidge, March 03, 2021, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies
(13.1/20 ov, T:132) 134/6

West Indies won by 4 wickets (with 41 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
38 (11)
kieron-pollard
Match centre 
Scores: Venkat Raghav
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Comms: Hemant Brar (@Cricquest)
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 131/9(20 overs)
West Indies 134/6(13.1 overs)

That's it from us folks, at the end of a bizarre but compelling first match between these two teams. Madushka Balasuriya's report should be in soon. We'll be back with you for the second T20, in a little less than 48 hours' time. Take it easy.

Pollard again: "Kudos to the bowling line up for restricting them to 132. We started off pretty well and faltered in the middle with the hat-trick coming there. But we backed ourselves. If hitting sixes is our strength, we want to capitalise on our strengths. The series is going to be their spinners against our batters. We're not going to hide from that reality. It's about time that we start winning cricket games. We've tried to give guys opportunities with an eye on the World Cup. But we need to win cricket games, so we have to balance it."

Mathews: "At the start if was really good batting by Nissanka and Dickwella. We didn't assess the conditions after the first few overs. 160 would have been a good score on this. I knew we needed wickets to win this game. Had that catch been taken it would have been an interesting match. But mistakes do happen.

I though Akila and Wanindu Hasaranga bowled brilliantly - they had the batsmen guessing. That's a plus point.

Pollard as we know is very destructive. What I told Akila was to go for his wicket even if he gets hit for six sixes. If he miscued one we could have got him out. Unfortunately it didn't happen."

Abhinav : "Who knew an innings of 4 of 17 balls is just what a team would need in a T20 match while chasing "

Pollard, who is player of the match: "I felt I could hit six sixes after the third one. I did it in the Super 50 as well. I just backed myself. Once I had five sixes I knew I had the bowler on the back foot. He was going around the wicket and it was difficult for him. I just told myself: go for it"

What an incredible chase - one in which West Indies flexed their batting power, and suggested that phenomena such as momentum don't really apply to a team with such extraordinary gifts. When Akila Dananjaya took that hat-trick, you could sense that Sri Lanka had a chance of defending their poor total. But within the space of a few balls, Kieron Pollard had pounded them out of the game, taking the same bowler for six sixes.

Wanindu Hasaranga gave Sri Lanka another sniff, but a dropped catch off Holder (again off the bowling of Dananjaya) prevented the match from having a final twist.

13.1
6
Pradeep to Holder, SIX runs

that's the game folks. Only way this game could have ended really. This is in the slot for Holder, pitching too full outside off stump. He clears the leg and thwacks it hiiigh over wide long on for six. West Indies have taken this crazy first game

Nuwan Pradeep comes into the attack for the first time.

end of over 132 runs
WI: 128/6CRR: 9.84 RRR: 0.57
Dwayne Bravo4 (17)
Jason Holder23 (23)
Ashen Bandara 1-0-2-0
Dushmantha Chameera 3-0-29-0
12.6
Bandara to Bravo, no run

another good legbreak, pitching on off stump. Bravo manages to play it back down the pitch

12.5
Bandara to Bravo, no run

slower through the air, and it rips off the surface, having pitched outside off. Bravo lets it go

12.4
1
Bandara to Holder, 1 run

flatter through the air, pitches on the stumps and straightens. Holder gets back and hits it down to long on

12.3
Bandara to Holder, no run

even loopier through the air, but a little fuller. Holder drives but hits straight to cover

12.2
Bandara to Holder, no run

tossed up, pitching on off stump. Holder blocks it.

12.1
1
Bandara to Bravo, 1 run

floats this onto leg stump.Bravo gets down and sweeps it down to fine leg

Numan mahmud: "This wi team seriously needs a guy call Shai Hope who can rotate the strike"

Ashen Bandara to bowl his leggies.

end of over 127 runs
WI: 126/6CRR: 10.50 RRR: 0.75
Jason Holder22 (20)
Dwayne Bravo3 (14)
Dushmantha Chameera 3-0-29-0
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-12-3
11.6
Chameera to Holder, no run

good bouncer to finish. Passes by Holder's head at 141kph, and Dickwella has to climb to his fullest height to pull that one down

11.5
4
Chameera to Holder, FOUR runs

a bit of width outside off as Chameera tries another slower ball, and Holder doesn't hold back this time, flaying it through the covers to beat the diving efforts of the sweeper. Rocked back quickly to latch on to that one.

11.4
Chameera to Holder, no run

145kph back of a length ball, hard into the pitch. Holder just stands tall and defends, to let the ball drop by his feet

11.4
1w
Chameera to Holder, 1 wide

slower ball gone wrong. That was out of the back of the hand, I think, at 118. Pitches way too short and squirts away too wide of off stump, almost off the pitch

11.3
1
Chameera to Bravo, 1 run

length on the stumps. Bravo shuffles across and turns it to the legside, picking up a single to deep midwicket

11.2
1
Chameera to Holder, 1 run

fullish outside off stump. Holder's not taking risks. Drives this along the ground to the cover sweeper for a single

11.1
Chameera to Holder, no run

length outside off, just defended back to the bowler by Chameera

end of over 113 runs
WI: 119/6CRR: 10.81 RRR: 1.44
Jason Holder17 (15)
Dwayne Bravo2 (13)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-12-3
Dushmantha Chameera 2-0-22-0

Here's Fidel to take you through

10.6
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, 1 run

length outside off, a big legbreak, pushes it towards covers

10.5
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Bravo, 1 run

flatter around off, on a length. Punched towards long-off for one

10.4
Hasaranga de Silva to Bravo, no run

length ball around off, defended

10.3
Hasaranga de Silva to Bravo, no run

uses his feet to take it on the full, hits it towards short midwicket

10.2
Hasaranga de Silva to Bravo, no run

a legbreak. Pushes it towards backward point

10.1
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, 1 run

fuller around off, a googly. Comes forward and looks to defend. The ball hits the inner half and rolls towards short fine leg

Best performances - batters
P Nissanka
P Nissanka SL
39 runs (34)
4 fours1 six
Control
57%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
1 four0 six
026636115
KA Pollard
KA Pollard WI
38 runs (11)
0 four6 sixes
Control
82%
Productive shot
slog sweep
12 runs
0 four2 sixes
0000061814
Best performances - bowlers
PWH de Silva
PWH de Silva SL
O
4
M
0
R
12
W
3
ECO
3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
A Dananjaya
A Dananjaya SL
O
4
M
0
R
62
W
3
ECO
15.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
1W
Match details
Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
Series
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
West Indies
Kieron Pollard
Series resultWest Indies led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 1126
Match days03 March 2021 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Ashen Bandara
Ashen Bandara
Kevin Sinclair
Kevin Sinclair
Pathum Nissanka
Pathum Nissanka
Umpires
West Indies
Gregory Brathwaite
West Indies
Nigel Duguid
TV Umpire
West Indies
Leslie Reifer
Reserve Umpire
West Indies
Patrick Gustard
Match Referee
West Indies
Richie Richardson