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
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.
eased into the covers
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
flat and quick on leg stump, heaved away to deep midwicket
shimmies down and hammers it back at the bowler
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
short and wide, slapped to deep point
full and outside off, Narine plants his back leg across outside off and heaves it away wide of long-on. Shehan dives, but it had too much on it
full and wide outside off, Narine reaches for it and does not connect
moves away from the short ball and provides a ramp for it to travel to third man
hits the yorker on off stump, squeezed out to cover
full and wide outside off, Bishoo goes for a flat-footed cover drive. No connection
skier, swirler, difficult one, but not to Chandimal at deep square leg. Had his eyes all the way on it. Was nicely balanced under it, and let it come down into his hands. Lovely technique. This was a length ball that Taylor wanted to send into orbit. But hadn't accounted for the change of pace
back of a length and outside off, guided to point
short and outside off, back foot pull now but it manifests as an inside edge to deep square leg
that time he makes the pace against the short, offcutter. Jumps down the track and belts it to deep midwicket
through him - Taylor goes for a heave too early - Malinga's offcutter sneaks between leg stump and the batsman
the offcutter at a shortish length again, Narine slices it off the open face to deep cover
another full toss that Taylor takes off his hips and to deep midwicket. Seventeen off the over, but West Indies are long gone in this contest
had his back leg way outside off, Kula follows it with his low full toss, Narine slogs it to long-on