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- Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 39
338/6 (50.0 ov)
315/9 (50.0 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 23 runs
Player of the match:
That's it from us at Sportskeeda today! Do join us for the clash between Bangladesh and India tomorrow as the former looks to keep its semi-final ambitions intact!
Till then, this is Shashwat Kumar signing off! Goodbye!
"We are happy. It gives us a lot of confidence. A lot of players contributed to the win. We put additional pressure on ourselves against South Africa. Today, Avishka batted freely and those are the things we need to work on. We wanted to keep the pressure on West Indies and make the run rate higher and higher. Pooran and Allen batted really well but the two run outs changed the game. Angelo put his hand up and said that he'll bowl the two overs. I don't think he will bowl anymore at this tournament but if a crucial time comes up, he might."
"We were a little slow off the blocks. We were sloppy and gave away a few runs in the field. Though this tournament, we have let a few key moments slip. We thought the total by Sri Lanka as a par score. The wicket was a little slow but was good for batting. Fernando showed what you can do after you get set. Our fielding really let us down today. We were always backing ourselves to get over the line. We have been getting in really good positions but we have thrown them away. It is promising to see Allen and Pooran play so well. It is a matter for them to gain some confidence. We need to play a perfect game and win the last match."
Avishka Fernando is the Player of the Match!
"When I went in, I did what was required by the team. I am very happy that my hundred was in a winning cause. I feel very happy that I got the opportunity and I want to take this forward. I want to work hard and do as best as I can for my country."
Sri Lanka win by 23 runs!
The Sri Lankans controlled the game from the outset and were worthy winners of today's encounter. Perera and Karunaratne got them off to a brilliant start before Fernando weaved his magic with a breathtaking ton. Their middle order too popped up with vital contributions to ensure they set the West Indies a 339 run mountain.
The West Indians got off to a sluggish start and were never really in the game until Pooran and Allen began carting the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. However, a moment of madness, which culminated with the latter being run-out, proved to be the final nail in their coffin. Though Pooran tried admirably thereafter, the inspired decision to bring Mathews on led to his downfall.
There were times during the game where the West Indians looked capable of taking home the two points. Yet, akin to many a situation before at this World Cup, they failed to seize their chances and folded rather spectacularly.
As for Sri Lanka, they would be kicking themselves that such a display wasn't conjured a few days ago against South Africa. A victory then would have kept them in the semi-final hunt. However, it was not to be. Yet, having said that, the Islanders would be happy that they've gotten their third win on the board, especially considering many wrote them off before the tournament started.
WI: 315/9(RR 6.30)
. . 1 1 1 .
49.6 Angelo Mathews to Sheldon Cottrell. Off cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Vandersay.
49.5 Angelo Mathews to Shannon Gabriel. Off cutter length ball, off stump backing away Slog, mis-timed to mid on for 1 run, shy attempt by Karunaratne.
49.4 Angelo Mathews to Sheldon Cottrell. Off cutter length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, in the air under control to long on for 1 run.
The game is now mathematically out of the West Indians' reach.
49.3 Angelo Mathews to Shannon Gabriel. Off cutter back of a length, outside off stump down the track pulling, bottom edge to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Rajitha.
49.2 Angelo Mathews to Shannon Gabriel. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
49.1 Angelo Mathews to Shannon Gabriel. Length ball, to leg backing away Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
Sri Lanka have only conceded 4 runs off the last two overs and in the process, they have shut the door firmly on the West Indies. Brilliant display of nerves by the Islanders.
WI: 312/9(RR 6.37)
. . W . . 1
48.6 Lasith Malinga to Shannon Gabriel. Reverse Swing-In half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Tillakaratna.
48.5 Lasith Malinga to Shannon Gabriel. Reverse Swing-In half volley, down leg side on the front foot Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
48.4 Lasith Malinga to Shannon Gabriel. Reverse Swing-In length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, inside edge to gully for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
Gabriel walks out!
Review for LBW! And Thomas is gone!
Malinga gets one to shape back in slightly to the left-hander and Thomas seems to play all across it. The ball raps the batsman on the pads and Sri Lanka go up in unison. However, the umpire is unmoved and he gives it not out. Sri Lanka go for the DRS. Replays show three reds and Thomas is sent packing. West Indies are nine down.
48.3 OUT! L.B.W. Lasith Malinga to Oshane Thomas. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot flick, hit pad to fourth slip, fielded by Vandersay.
48.2 Lasith Malinga to Oshane Thomas. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
48.1 Lasith Malinga to Oshane Thomas. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Karunaratne.
Udana drops Cottrell!
Cottrell tries to clear the leg-side boundary but he doesn't get enough wood on it. The ball spirals towards Udana at long on but he drops the chance. This surely won't come back to bite Sri Lanka, would it?
WI: 311/8(RR 6.48)
W . . 1 2 .
47.6 Angelo Mathews to Sheldon Cottrell. Off cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, mis-timed to silly mid off for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
47.5 Angelo Mathews to Sheldon Cottrell. Off cutter length ball, off stump on the front foot Slog, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on for 2 runs, dropped catch by Tillakaratna.
47.4 Angelo Mathews to Oshane Thomas. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for 1 run, shy attempt by Karunaratne.
47.3 Angelo Mathews to Oshane Thomas. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.
47.2 Angelo Mathews to Oshane Thomas. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Perera.