SL EDGE WINDIES TO REACH FINAL

Published : 11:14 am  November 24, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (345) reads | 

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West Indian batsman Evin Lewis struck his maiden oneday international hundred but a series of run-outs helped Sri Lanka to secure a one-run victory at the Queens Sports Club yesterday and advance to the Triangular Series final. Playing just his fourth ODI, Lewis struck a superb 148 from just 122 balls as the West Indies went in pursuit of Sri Lanka’s 330 for seven, but lost two partners to direct hits and was then run out in a mix-up with his Captain Jason Holder. Although Holder kept the chase on track with his unbeaten 45, he could only manage a single off the final ball of the game and saw his side fall agonisingly short, as they finished on 329 for nine. The victory ensured Sri Lanka’s passage to Sunday’s final, while the West Indians must avoid defeat in their final game against the hosts Zimbabwe on Friday (25) if they are to progress. Sri Lanka’s total was set up by Niroshan Dickwella and Man-ofthe- Match Kusal Mendis, who both scored 94 after the West Indies had won the toss and opted to bowl first. While the first four Tri-Series games had seen cautious batting early on, Sri Lanka broke the trend as Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva overcame the early loss of Kusal Perera to score at better than a run a ball in the opening powerplay. The duo put on 105 for the second wicket before de Silva was caught and bowled by Kraigg Brathwaite for 58, and Mendis went on to add 107 for the third wicket with Dickwella.