Angelo Mathews stars in when Sri Lanka beat the West Indies for six runs to sweep the 3-0 ODI series

PALLEKELE (Sri Lanka): Angelo Mathews he kept the nerve with the ball to help Sri Lanka ensure a tense six-run victory over West Indies in the third international one day and sweep the series 3-0 on Sunday.



Mathews claimed four wickets and denied West Indies 13 runs in the last over, restricting the tourists to 301 for nine in their chase of 308 in Pallekele.

Fabian allen smashed 37 off 15 balls to close in on the West Indies target but fell to Mathews while going for a six in the second ball of the 50th over.

Kusal Mendis top-scored with 55 in Sri Lanka 's 307 all out after electing to bat first and then took a crucial catch at deep mid-wicket to send back Allen.

Valiant knocks from Shai Hope (72), Sunil Ambris (60), Nicholas Pooran (50) and skipper Kieron Pollard (49) also kept West Indies in the hunt till the last over.

Mathews returned 4-59 figures in his 10 medium-rate bowling envelopes.

Earlier West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph claimed four wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out in 50 overs.

Avishka Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne gave the hosts a brisk start with a 60-run opening stand before the West Indies struck.

Joseph caught Fernando 29, and spinner Roston Chase caught and knocked Karunaratne down 44.

Kusal Perera, who made 44, and Mendis then rebuilt the entrances during their 89-run position to bring the attack to the opposition.

The in-form Mendis, who hit a century in his team's 161-run thrashing of West Indies on Wednesday, completed his 17th ODI fifty before falling to Joseph.

Rapid pitcher Sheldon Cottrell knocked Mathews down by 12, but the rest of the batters continued charging.

Dhananjaya De Silva, who completed his fifty in just 45 balls with a Jason Holder limit, and Thisara Perera made 64 runs for the sixth wicket.

Joseph broke the stage with De Silva's gate and sent Perera back to the pavilion for 38, but the damage was already done.

The two teams will now play against two Twenty20 internationals on Wednesday and Friday at Pallekele.

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