Sri Lanka snatch thrilling win against WI BULAWAYO: Sri Lanka took three wickets in the last three overs to snatch a thrilling one-run victory over the West Indies in the triangular ODI series match here on Wednesday.
Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis both scored 94 runs as Sri Lanka posted 330 for seven from their 50 overs but for the second game running, West Indies worked themselves into a winning position before falling agonisingly short of their target as they finished on 329 for nine.
Needing 10 runs off the final over bowled by Nuwan Pradeep, Sulieman Benn belted the third delivery for six to leave the West Indies requiring three runs from the final three balls.
But amid a frantic finish they could only manage one more run and must now battle hosts Zimbabwe on Friday to determine who will play Sri Lanka in Sunday’s tri-series final.
A sparkling maiden ODI century from West Indies opener Evin Lewis (148 off 122 balls) was in vain as captain Jason Holder (45 not out) was the only other batsman to get past 30 in the innings.
As they had done in their last match against Zimbabwe, when they could only manage three from the final over to tie, West Indies failed to close out the match.
Lewis was one of three run-outs in the innings that came at crucial times and kept Sri Lanka in the game.
Dickwella and Mendis shared a 107-run partnership for the third wicket as Sri Lanka posted a formidable 330 in their innings.
Dickwella fell six runs short of a century as he was trapped lbw by Holder and Mendis then also missed out as he edged a delivery from Ashley Nurse.
D.M. de Silva c and b K. Brathwaite 58
M.D.K.J. Perera b Gabriel 7
N. Dickwella lbw b Holder 94
B.K.G. Mendis c Hope b Nurse 94
D.S.N.F.G. Jayasuriya b C. Brathwaite 9
W.U. Tharanga c Nurse b Holder 26
D.A.S. Gunaratne c Powell b Holder 6
S.S. Pathirana not out 24
EXTRAS (LB-7, W-5) 12
TOTAL (for seven wkts, 50 overs) 330
FALL OF WKTS: 1-18, 2-123, 3-230, 4-258, 5-277, 6-291, 7-330.
DID NOT BAT: K.M.D.N. Kulasekara, N. Pradeep, R.A.S. Lakmal.
BOWLING: Gabriel 5-0-29-1 (1w); Holder 10-0-57-3; C.R. Brathwaite 7-0-64-1 (2w); Nurse 8-0-58-1; K.C. Brathwaite 10-0-56-1 (1w); Benn 10-0-59-0 (1w).
J. Charles c Tharanga b Lakmal 26
E. Lewis run out 148
K.C. Brathwaite b Gunaratne 16
S.D. Hope run out 25
J.L. Carter run out 6
R. Powell lbw b Kulasekara 10
J.O. Holder not out 45
C.R. Brathwaite b Kulasekara 19
A.R. Nurse c Dickwella b Lakmal 2
S.J. Benn c de Silva b Pradeep 11
S.T. Gabriel not out 0
EXTRAS (LB-6, W-15) 21
TOTAL (for nine wkts, 50 overs) 329
FALL OF WKTS: 1-63, 2-133, 3-175, 4-198, 5-224, 6-262, 7-307, 8-312, 9-328.
BOWLING: Kulasekara 10-0-73-2 (3w); Lakmal 10-0-67-2 (3w); Jayasuriya 4-0-20-0 (1w); Pradeep 10-0-65-1 (3w); Pathirana 7-0-51-0; Gunaratne 9-0-47-1 (1w).
RESULT: Sri Lanka won by one run.
UMPIRES: T.J. Matibiri (Zimbabwe) and R.K. Illingworth (England).
TV UMPIRE: M.A. Gough (England).
MATCH REFEREE: J. Srinath (India).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Kusal Mendis.
NEXT MATCH: Zimbabwe vs West Indies (Bulawayo), Friday.