2nd T20I (N), Kandy, Mar 6 2020, West Indies tour of Sri Lanka
(20/20 ov)155/6
(17/20 ov, target 156)158/3
West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
player of the series
Andre Russell
West Indies
end of over 179 runs
WI: 158/3CRR: 9.29 
Andre Russell40 (14)
Shimron Hetmyer43 (42)
Angelo Mathews4-0-26-1
Lasith Malinga3-0-46-0

Right, that's all from us, folks. Thanks for giving us company through this West indies tour of Sri Lanka. This is Ankur Dhawan, signing off on behalf of Andrew Fidel Fernando. To relive all the action, hop over to Andrew's Report which will be in shortly.

Kieron Pollard: Pretty satisfied to leave Sri Lankan shores with a victory, we hadn't won a T20I series in a while. The guys executed nicely, the foundation was laid by Brandon King, the young man is finding his feet in international cricket, Russell finished it off and the bowlers were brilliant. We were trying to make them hit to one side of the park only. (Kusal Perera) He is always looking for the length ball, every time we bowl fuller he tends to miss, our analyst has done a brilliant job, and as I said, it was a total team effort.

Lasith Malinga: I think this surface we needed more runs. 150 is enough to fight with on a slow pitch, but Wanindu's (Hasarnga's) injury hurt us. We needed early wickets defending 155, we didn't get those. I feel bowling is not on top because we are not picking up many wickets. In the next 12 games we need to find consistency and confidence. Definitely (fielding has improved), players and support staff putting in a lot of effort and that's why there is improvement.

Andre Russell is the player of the match and the series: I was just trying to get the runs, it was a good team display. We still have some areas to work on but we are peaking at the right time, everyone is in tune. (On ODI series loss) I think when you start off on the wrong foot, you end up playing catch, we have a good ODI side though.

Brandon King: It was pleasing, my role as opener is to try and get the team into a good position in the Powerplay. We haven't done well in the last couple of series so this was very important. The way he (Andre Russell) hits the ball, nobody else in the world can do it.

10.25pmWest Indies take the series two-nil, and they've done this at a canter. Sri Lanka needed something special from Lasith Malinga defending what was a modest total against a powerful batting line up, but he was taken for 31 in his first two with Brandon King smacking him for consecutive sixes. He went for 46 in his three, suffering at the hands of Andre Russell towards the end. King made 43 before Lahiru Kumara's pace accounted for him, and he did rattle the West Indies briefly, greeting Rovman Powell with a blow to the helmet. However, Shimron Hetmyer, who didn't get to bat in the last match, anchored the chase nicely, and Andre Russell finished things off with some of the most brutal hitting you would ever see. Sri Lanka missed Hasaranga with the ball due to injury but truth be told, they were well short with the bat despite a good recovery.

Angelo Mathews to Russell, SIX runs

finishes it off in style to seal the match and the series, another monstrous blow, it was slightly short and Russell was eyeing that pull shot, nailed it this time, power and distance and he finishes with an unbeaten 40 in no time

Angelo Mathews to Russell, no run
Angelo Mathews to Hetmyer, 1 run

length on middle again, it isn't short enough for the pull but he managed to get away to long-on for one

Angelo Mathews to Hetmyer, no run

slower one, a bit short, pulled straight to midwicket

Angelo Mathews to Russell, 1 run

short one, Russell hammers it flat and hard but on the bounce and straight to deep midwicket

Angelo Mathews to Hetmyer, 1 run

length outside off, cut away to the sweeper on the off side to bring Russell back on strike with six to get

end of over 1615 runs
WI: 149/3CRR: 9.31 • RRR: 1.75 • Need 7 runs from 24b
Andre Russell33 (11)
Shimron Hetmyer41 (39)
Lasith Malinga3-0-46-0
Thisara Perera3-0-20-0
Malinga to Russell, SIX runs

that's length on middle and asking to be hit, Russell obliges, clears his front leg and clubs it over deep midwicket for another six. Takes a lot of effort to nail that yorker, Malinga did so twice but missed it this time and paid a heavy price

Malinga to Hetmyer, 1 run

full on the pads, Hetmyer calmly clips it to dep square leg for one

Malinga to Russell, 1 run

another yorker, perfect again, tailing in, Russell makes a little room and squeezes it out again

Malinga to Russell, no run

brilliant response, Malinga nails the yorker, not at his full pace but there's nothing even Russell can do about it except squeeze it out with great difficulty

Malinga to Russell, SIX runs

it's a lovely slower ball outside off but it's not good enough for Andre Russell, who gets down on one knee, gets under it and muscles it over long-on, where do you bowl to this guy? It has to be a fast, inch-perfect yorker like last match

Malinga to Hetmyer, 1 run

slower ball floated up outside off, drilled to deep cove's left but only one with Russell not keen on the second even though it was on

end of over 159 runs
WI: 134/3CRR: 8.93 • RRR: 4.40 • Need 22 runs from 30b
Andre Russell20 (7)
Shimron Hetmyer39 (37)
Thisara Perera3-0-20-0
Lahiru Kumara3-0-28-1
Perera to Russell, SIX runs

that's miles into the night sky and deep into the stands, eyes of the fielders following the ball all the way whether in awe or despair, it was in the slot, length around middle and Russell sends it sailing over long-on

Perera to Hetmyer, 1 run

slower one, full on the pads, clipped to deep square leg for one

Perera to Russell, 1 run

full outside off, Russell drags this across the line towards deep midwicket for one

Perera to Russell, no run

length outside off, a round-armish delivery, Russell swings across the line again but misses again

Perera to Russell, no run

slower one, outside off, Russell has an almighty swing but misses

Perera to Hetmyer, 1 run