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8 March, 2021 05:45:56 PM
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West Indies overcome batting jitters to clinch series

Cricbuzz, Bangalore
West Indies overcome batting jitters to clinch series

Fabian Allen essayed crucial roles with the ball and bat - at the start and the finish respectively - as West Indies overcame jittery moments in the third T20I in Antigua to secure a three-wicket victory and with that the series. Allen, who bowled four of the first seven overs after Sri Lanka opted to bat, finished with impressive figures of 1 for 13 that was instrumental in restricting Sri Lanka to 131 for 4, despite good knocks from Dinesh Chandimal and Ashen Bandara in the latter half of the innings. Allen then came to West Indies' rescue with the bat after they had slipped to 105 for 7, finishing with an unbeaten 21 to help the hosts over the line.

How did West Indies fare at the start of the chase?

Quite well. Akila Dananjaya had another expensive outing, going for 31 off the three overs he bowled in the powerplay. He opened the attack and was smashed for a four and a six by Evin Lewis, who had no trouble in putting away a couple of short deliveries. Dushmantha Chameera conceded a couple of boundaries in his second over after Lewis had played a paddle sweep off Dananjaya for a four as the West Indies openers kept finding the ropes regularly. The man in form, Wanindu Hasaranga, ended Lewis's stay by trapping him in front, but Lendl Simmons ensured a fiery finish to the powerplay, slamming two fours and a six off Dananjaya, to help West Indies to 53 for 1 after six overs.

A Sri Lanka fightback that goes in vain

Hasaranga, Sandakan and Chameera bowled with a lot of heart as they tried to keep Sri Lanka in the game. Simmons was out stumped off Hasaranga while Sandakan deceived Chris Gayle in the flight to knock the stumps over. Nicholas Pooran struck two sixes off the chinaman bowler but his stay was ended by Chameera who got one in with a fair bit of pace to strike timber. The equation for West Indies was 37 off 30 balls, and a mis-hit six by Rovman Powell further eased the pressure. But Sandakan used his googlies to good effect to send Powell and Dwayne Bravo back off successive deliveries to leave West Indies at 105 for 7 after 17 overs. Despite Holder clearing the fence off Hasaranga, the game was still well-poised with West Indies needing 20 off the last two overs. But Allen ensured the game didn't head to the final over, finishing it off with three sixes off Dananjaya who ended up with figures of 0 for 53.

What went wrong for Sri Lanka?

Their batting in the powerplay. West Indies employed spin straightaway as Allen and Kevin Sinclair applied the stranglehold on Sri Lanka. The fact that they scored only one boundary in the first six overs tells the sorry tale of Sri Lanka, who in their attempt to get a move on also lost wickets. Danushka Gunathilaka was out to a stunning return catch by Allen, Niroshan Dickwella's attempted slog sweep off Sinclair resulted in a top edge while Pathum Nissanka chipped a catch to mid off to give Jason Holder a wicket as Sri Lanka were 27 for 3 at the end of the first six overs in what was a terrible start.

How did they finish with 131?

Thanks to Chandimal and Bandara. The pair only got together midway in the 10th over after Angelo Mathews fell cheaply. At the halfway stage of their innings, Sri Lanka had only managed 47 for the loss of four wickets, with only two fours and an overthrow that went to the ropes. A pull from Chandimal off Obed McCoy gave Sri Lanka their first four in more than four overs and the batsman also struck a four apiece off Holder and Bravo to help his team get a move on.

The first big over came in the 16th when Bandara slog-swept McCoy for a six and then got an edge for a four, with 13 coming off the over. Chandimal registered a hard-working 42-ball fifty before Sri Lanka managed another 13-run over - courtesy Bandara who struck a six and a four off Bravo in the final over to finish unbeaten on 44 off 35 - as the visitors had something to offer to their bowlers to fight for.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 131/4 in 20 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 54*, Ashen Bandara 44*; Fabian Allen 1-13) lost to West Indies 134/7 in 19 overs (Lendl Simmons 26, Nicholas Pooran 23; Lakshan Sandakan 3-29) by 3 wickets.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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