Sri Lanka 160 (Gunathilaka 56, Nissanka 37, Bravo 2-25) beat West Indies 117 (McCoy 23, Sandakan 3-10, Hasaranga 3-17) by 43 runs
Sri Lanka’s spinners manufactured a convincing 43-run victory over the West Indies in Antigua to maintain the three-match collection alive and convey an finish to an eight-match dropping streak in T20Is.
On a sluggish floor, Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Lakshan Sandakan proved a handful – selecting up seven wickets between them, the latter two selecting up three wickets apiece – as Sri Lanka defended their whole of 160 with ease. Such was the management Sri Lanka’s spinners exerted, even part-time offspinner Danushka Gunathilaka acquired in on the act, selecting up the wicket of Jason Holder.
In truth, 68 of the 117 runs the hosts finally amassed got here off Sri Lanka’s two quick bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Thisara Perera; 41 of these have been taken from Perera’s two overs alone.
However whereas the ultimate margin of victory instructed whole dominance on the a part of the guests, on the half-way level they might have felt 15-20 runs brief contemplating the beginning they’d.
Gunathilaka, particularly, was in nice nick, persevering with the shape that had seen him high the run charts on the Lanka Premier League a number of months again. His 56 runs got here off 42 deliveries and included 4 fours and two sixes, but it surely was the management he exerted all through that was most spectacular, hardly ever needing to take dangers to build up his runs.
Alongside him Pathum Nissanka – one of many few vivid sparks for the guests from the primary T20I – stored the scoreboard ticking alongside because the pair placed on 56 contained in the powerplay and 94 within the first ten overs. However the center order as soon as extra failed to supply something of substance as the following ten overs produced solely 66 runs. Certainly it was solely a late 11-ball 19 not out from the Participant of the Match Hasaranga that noticed Sri Lanka even handle the rating they did – one which finally proved sufficient.
Dwayne Bravo continued to hassle the Sri Lanka batsmen for a second recreation working as his mixture of slower balls proved more and more tough to get away with. His 4 overs produced figures of two for 25, although it was his opening over which introduced his facet again into the sport simply because the Sri Lankans would have been to tee-off.
Coming into the assault within the eleventh over, with Gunathilaka and Nissanka trying properly set, Bravo got here up with a little bit of magic within the area to interrupt the partnership. Scuttling to his left in his follow-through, Bravo picked up the ball, swivelled and in a single transfer threw down the stumps on the non-striker’s finish. Nissanka, who had been working properly with Gunathilaka up till that time, was properly wanting his crease. Three balls later, Gunathilaka might solely scythe a Bravo slower ball to the person at large mid-off.
And identical to that Sri Lanka, who would have been eyeing a complete within the area of 180-200, had two new batsmen on the crease.
Sri Lanka’s middle-order woes
Whereas the Sri Lanka openers had labored inside a transparent plan to counteract the West Indies bowlers’ utilisation of slower deliveries, their middle-order batsmen had clearly not obtained the memo. Of explicit concern would be the failure of their stand-in captain Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal to attain off shortly.
The pair scored 16 runs between them off 22 deliveries, and at no level regarded like they might damage the West Indies bowlers. It was not till Ashen Bandara and Hasaranga have been on the crease that any form of impetus returned to the innings.
Whereas this mushy underbelly did not damage them on this recreation, it is a gradual level of concern that Mickey Arthur and Co might want to handle sooner slightly than later.
Spinners come to the fore
If there was one takeaway from the primary T20I, it was that almost all West Indies batsmen struggled towards spin. So it was no shock when Sri Lanka opted to go along with an additional spinner within the second recreation, bringing in Sandakan for Nuwan Pradeep.
The plan might hardly have labored higher, with Sri Lanka’s spinners selecting up eight wickets between them. Whereas Hasaranga was the choose of the lot, selecting up the wickets of Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons in his very first over, Dananjaya and Sandakan have been equally efficient.
Dananjaya was exemplary within the powerplay, his three overs deliver figures of 1 for 7; he would finish with figures of 1 for 13. A effective return on most days, however much more spectacular contemplating he was hit for six sixes in an over by Kieron Pollard simply a few days in the past.
Sandakan, in the meantime, took the prized scalp of Pollard earlier than cleansing up the tail with the wickets of Kevin Sinclair and Obed McCoy, the latter threatening briefly of an unlikely fightback with a seven-ball 23.
Sri Lanka execute their plans, West Indies fail theirs
There’s a purpose the West Indian technique of dealing primarily in boundaries is taken into account high-risk, high-reward. When it really works, you get outcomes like that on Wednesday night time, or any variety of heists they’ve pulled off of their T20I historical past. However when it does not, even chasing a reasonably gettable 161 turns into a trudge by the mud.
For Sri Lanka, they knew what the West Indies batsmen have been going to throw at them, and so gambled on bowling out their finest bowlers early; by the top of the sixteenth over, all three of Hasaranga, Dananjaya, and Chameera – who had 8 wickets between them – had accomplished their quotas. This meant that both Perera or the part-timer Gunathilaka must bowl two of the final 4 overs, however with the asking fee hovering past 20 by that time, the sport was nearly as good as carried out.