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3rd T20I (N), Coolidge, Mar 7 2021, Sri Lanka tour of West Indies
(19/20 ov, target 132)134/7
West Indies won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
21 (6) & 1/13
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• Madushka Balasuriya

All-round Fabian Allen helps West Indies clinch series

After picking up 1 for 13, he smashed 21 not out off six balls to seal the game

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka131/4(20 overs)
West Indies134/7(19 overs)
end of over 1922 runs
WI: 134/7CRR: 7.05 
Fabian Allen21 (6)
Jason Holder14 (23)
Akila Dananjaya 4-0-53-0
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-13-2

That's it from us folks. The T20 series is done. All three games were interesting, but WI's T20 nous and batting power triumphed over Sri Lanka's spin-bowling nous in the end. Join us again in a couple of days for the ODIs - the first one kicks off on Wednesday.

Fabian Allen is player of the match for his 1 for 13 with the ball, and 21 not out off 6 with the bat: "I prepare for everything, including bowling in the Powerplay. I just backed myself and executed. The pitch is very slow, so I just needed to execute my plans. When I look in the dressing room we have a lot of batting power. I told Jason Holder that I'm not comfortable batting against Hasaranga, so I told him to bat him out and I'll be finishing. I just backed myself in the end. It was a good performance overall."

A little heartbreak for Sri Lanka, who fought hard with the ball after a terrible first 10 overs with the bat. But what a batting line-up this West Indies side has. They can six-hit their way out of almost any situation. Fabian Allen - their No. 9 - was the guy who struck the decisive sixes today, but you look up and down that order, and feel a match-winning innings can come from anywhere.

It's been a slightly dramatic chase, but Sri Lanka lost this in the first 10 - they were 4 for 46 in the 10th over, and although Bandara and Chandimal put on 85 together, they needed another 15-20 to make things difficult for West Indies. Akila Dananjaya having an off night didn't help either.

18.6
6
Dananjaya to Allen, SIX runs

Allen finishes it off with another huge strike! This is tossed up on the stumps. Allen gets low and clobbers this high into the night, over cow corner to seal the match and the series. That's not as big as the others, but it's massive nonetheless.

18.5
1
Dananjaya to Holder, 1 run

tossed up on the stumps, almost a full toss, driven to long on. West Indies don't need to be ambitious now

18.4
1
Dananjaya to Allen, 1 run

shortish wide ball outside off. Allen reaches for this and slaps this to the cover sweeper

18.3
6
Dananjaya to Allen, SIX runs

Dananjaya is a bit rattled here, and he sends down a gift to Allen - a full toss at about shin-height on leg stump. Exactly the ball he would have wanted. He doesn't miss out. It's another huuuuuge six over deep midwicket. the roof is taking a battering

18.2
2
Dananjaya to Allen, 2 runs

googly I think, floated up on to the pads. Allen aims a big heave but it takes the outside edge and goes skimming off towards short third man

18.1
6
Dananjaya to Allen, SIX runs

That has gone miiiiiiiiiles. It's been an off-night for Dananjaya, and this is a terrible way to start this over. This is a shortish ball on the legs. Allen gets back and absolutely lays into it, sending it high over deep square leg for six. That's on the roof!

Akila Dananjaya to bowl the second-to last over.

end of over 187 runs
WI: 112/7CRR: 6.22 RRR: 10.00
Jason Holder13 (22)
Fabian Allen0 (1)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-13-2
Lakshan Sandakan 4-0-29-3

Another great spell from Hasaranga, but that no-ball and the six it allowed Holder to hit has meant that West Indies are still very much within striking distance

17.6
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, no run

googly I think, but Holder's back in the crease waiting for it. He blocks it out

17.5
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, no run

tossed up this time, a big-turning leggie, which pitches outside off and turns away from Holder's forward defence

17.4
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, no run

legbreak again, not turning a lot, defended back to the bowler

17.3
6
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, SIX runs

oh dear, Hasaranga has bowled so well, but this could be a big moment. This is a flattish legbreak wide of off stump. Holder clears the front leg and swings it high over long on for six

Free hit coming up.

17.3
1nb
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, (no ball)

legbreak, floated up outside off, and Holder gets forward to defend. But it's a no ball.

17.2
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, no run

leg break again, shortish again, hit to long on, and they are turning down the single again

17.1
Hasaranga de Silva to Holder, no run

bit of a loosener to start. Shortish ball pitched outside off and it's hit to long off. What's this? Holder isn't trusting Allen with the strike. He turns down the single.

Allen and Holder are very capable of doing this. But they have to get through Hasaranga, who's bowling his last now.

end of over 177 runs • 2 wickets
WI: 105/7CRR: 6.17 RRR: 9.00
Fabian Allen0 (1)
Jason Holder7 (15)
Lakshan Sandakan 4-0-29-3
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 3-0-6-2

Superb comeback from Sandakan that over, after being hit for six early on.

16.6
Sandakan to Allen, no run

oof, googly again. This is pitching on about leg stump, and is bowled very slowly. Turns away from Allen, who gets back and blocks it

Fabian Allen is in. Hat-trick ball.

16.5
W
Sandakan to Bravo, OUT

two in two for Sandakan! He tosses one up outside the leg stump to Bravo to start with, and it's the googly, so while it's pitched way outside leg, it's coming back into the stumps. Bravo gets down to paddle sweep it, but the googly has bounced a bit and it takes the top edge and floats out to short fine leg where a simple catch is taken.

Dwayne Bravo c Dananjaya b Sandakan 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Dwayne Bravo is in for West Indies.

16.4
W
Sandakan to Powell, OUT

gone now. Whenever West Indies get themselves some breathing room, Sri Lanka keep pulling themselves back into it. This is another slider, which Powell goes back to again and makes a mess of. It skids into the top of the off stump and Sandakan has responded strongly to that big shot.

Rovman Powell b Sandakan 7 (12m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 87.5
16.3
6
Sandakan to Powell, SIX runs

Powell's taken a risk and it's paid off. He rocks way back into his crease and turns a fullish delivery into a shortish one, and pounds it over long on. The fielder thought he was in the game but that's over his head. Didn't time it perfectly, but got it well enough

16.2
1
Sandakan to Holder, 1 run

tossed up, pitching outside off, driven hard down the ground, but Thisara Perera is there at long off to keep it to one

16.1
Sandakan to Holder, no run

slider to start, angled across the right-hander and keeps going with the arm. Holder prods at it and misses

After a long discussion, Sandakan is given the 17th over

end of over 163 runs
WI: 98/5CRR: 6.12 RRR: 8.50
Rovman Powell1 (6)
Jason Holder6 (13)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 3-0-6-2
Dushmantha Chameera 4-0-23-2
15.6
Hasaranga de Silva to Powell, no run

just about keeps it out. A flattish legbreak pitching on the stumps and heading towards off. Blocked back down the pitch

Best performances - batters
Dinesh Chandimal, player portrait
LD Chandimal SL
54 runs (46)
3 fours
0 six
Control67%
Productive shot
flick
22 runs
1 four
0 six
4110862716
Ashen Bandara
KNA Bandara SL
44 runs (35)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control54%
Productive shot
cover drive
7 runs
1 four
0 six
1036651310
Best performances - bowlers
Lakshan Sandakan portrait
PADLR Sandakan SL
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
3
ECO
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Wanindu Hasaranga
PWH de Silva SL
O
4
M
0
R
13
W
2
ECO
3.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of West Indies
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Fabian Allen
Fabian Allen
Series resultWest Indies won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 1130
Match days07 March 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Joel Wilson
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Patrick Gustard
TV Umpire
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Gregory Brathwaite
Reserve Umpire
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Nigel Duguid
Match Referee
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Richie Richardson