Kingstown, St Vincent – West Indies strolled to a comfortable five-wicket victory with more than eight overs to spare at an overcast Arnos Vale.
Having bowled out for the Sri Lankans for a meagre score of 81 in 18.5 overs, Lendl Simmons charged West Indies to victory with cameo knocks by Smith himself and Andre Russell along the way.
Though the victory left Smith please, he felt Sri Lanka didn’t play as well as they could have. He said after the game, “I really thought they would have given us a better fight but having said that our boys bowled well and we also fielded well so it was good.”
Sri Lanka A’s batting fell away at regular intervals with 11 runs being the highest score of the innings, scored by Madura Lakmal. Three other batsmen got to 10. The West Indies A bowlers kept very tight lines and lengths, restricting the Sri Lankans to just five 4s and two 6s during their innings. It might sound a lot, but Lendl Simmons alone for West Indies A hit three 4s and five 6s.
For the second time in two days, Smith had won the toss and elected to field. A day earlier, only three balls from Samuel Badree were delivered before rain forced an abandonment. It was the same overcast skies that had prompted Smith to field 24 hours earlier that also triggered his decision on Wednesday.
He explained, “Our plan was to bowl first because of the weather. We didn’t know what would have happened if it was rain or anything so at the end you would know what score you have to get and it should be easier to plan for. Some of their players played some careless shots so that helped us but we can’t bother with that. That’s cricket.”
Had the 1st Twenty20 been played on Tuesday, Smith could have seen a two-nil sweep of the series, but he was happy to have won the 2nd Twenty20 match and the series.
(Courtesy: West Indies Cricket Board)