Bowlers deliver bonus-point win for West Indies

West Indies captain Jason Holder is in action during the second match of tri-nation one-day international series Sri Lanka vs West Indies at Harare Sports Club on November 16 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka goes down by 62 runs, with Holder, Gabriel and Nurse combining to bowl the team out for 165

Bowlers deliver bonus-point win for West Indies – Cricket News The West Indies bowlers bowled Sri Lanka out for 165.
Shannon Gabriel’s 3 for 31, Ashley Nurse’s 3 for 46 on debut and Jason Holder’s 2 for 16 helped West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs and secure a bonus point in the second game of the triangular One-Day International series, also involving Zimbabwe, at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday (November 16).

Chasing 228, after West Indies had been dismissed for 227 in 49.2 overs, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start to be reduced to 16 for 3 in six overs. It never recovered from the early jolt before being eventually bowled out for 165 in 43.1 overs.

Sri Lanka, who had beaten Zimbabwe by eight wickets for a bonus point in the inaugural game of the tournament, slipped to the second spot on the points table.

West Indies, who lost the toss, rode on Jonathan Carter’s 57 and handy contributions from Shai Hope (47) and Rovman Powell (44) to put up what proved to be a match-winning total on a pitch where batting was not easy.

Sri Lanka lost its first wicket in the fourth over when Dhananjaya de Silva edged a short ball from Holder to the wicketkeeper. Not long after that, Kusal Perera was run out for 4. Holder picked up the big wicket of Kusal Mendis off the last ball of the sixth over when the Sri Lankan was deceived by the change in line and length to be caught by Nurse at second slip.

Niroshan Dickwella, who came at No.3, and Upul Tharanga, the captain, tried to consolidate the innings with a 35-run stand, but their effort only lasted till the 16th over of the innings. Dickwella became Gabriel’s first wicket of the match, caught at third-man while playing a ramp shot off a short ball. He made 28 in 45 balls.

It triggered another collapse as Sri Lanka went from 51 for 3 to 79 for 6. Nurse, an offspinner, had Tharanga caught and bowled for 12, and then trapped Asela Gunaratne in front for 18. Gunaratne opted for a review, but replays suggested that the ball would have hit the middle stump.

The writing was on the wall by the 26th over, but Sri Lanka offered fight through the seventh-wicket partnership of 60 runs between Shehan Jayasuriya and Sachith Pathirana. Runs came at a fair pace of 4.80, but it was a matter of time before Sri Lanka ran out of fuel.

West Indies got the breakthrough in the 38th over when Pathirana, trying to up the pace of the game, was caught at long-off to give Nurse his third wicket. He made 45, which included five fours and two sixes.

Jayasuriya fell to Carlos Brathwaite for 31, and Gabriel picked up the last two wickets to bring a rapid end to the game.

Earlier in the day, West Indies lost Johnson Charles in the fourth over of the innings when his attempted slog-sweep off Suranga Lakmal went straight into the hands of a waiting Perera at third man.

Kraigg Brathwaite, who made his ODI debut in the previous series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, did not last long. Nuwan Kulasekara ran him out for 14 in the tenth over as the score became 27 for 2.

It fell upon Evin Lewis and Hope to resurrect the innings with a third-wicket association of 49 runs. Lewis was caught behind off Pathirana for 27, but Hope had another significant partnership of 53 runs with Carter.

After Gunaratne uprooted Hope’s stumps, Carter shepherded the innings with a partnership of 43 runs with Powell. Apart from Nurse, Hope and Powell were the other two debutants fielded by West Indies, and each of them chipped with vital contributions to showcase their worth.

Sri Lanka’s seam-trio of Kulasekara, Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep delivered for the second game in a row, picking up two wickets each. They were well supported by the rest of the bowlers as West Indies lost their last five wickets for 18 runs.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen though could not keep their side of the bargain on this occasion. Holder, who was declared as Man of the Match for marshalling his resources well and finishing with impressive figures of 2 for 16 in eight overs, ended a good day with a satisfying win.

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