Player of the day, Sri Lanka vs. West Indies: Avishka Fernando
NEW DELHI: Avishka fernando The first international century of a day took Sri Lanka to an exciting 23-race victory over the West Indies in a minor World Cup match on Monday.
Avishka fernando 's knock of 104 runs enabled Sri Lanka to post a challenging total of 338 runs on board for the loss of six wickets in the allotted fifty overs after being put into bat. Fernando also became the youngest Sri Lankan batsman to register a century in the World Cup.
|Avishka fernando 's performance||104 of 103 balls; 9x4s, 2x6s|
The 21-year-old reached three figures of exactly 100 balls with eight legs and two sixes, but was caught by Fabian Allen in the bowling alley of Sheldon Cottrell by 104.
Both teams came to the game aware that they could not reach the semifinals, but the Caribbean team was close to achieving the most successful pursuit in the history of the World Cup at the end of 315/9.
Sri Lanka rekindled their hopes of reaching the semifinals of the World Cup by beating England, but a strong defeat against South Africa and the results in other places ended their possibilities.