Sri Lanka vs West Indies, World Cup: Avishka Fernando triumphs over Nicholas Pooran in the victory of Sri Lanka over the West Indies
CHESTER-LE-STREET: Nicholas pooran The sensational century was in vain as Avishka fernando set Sri Lanka's thrilling 23-race victory over the West Indies with a maiden in a minor World Cup match on Monday.
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Sent to the bat, Sri Lanka's superior order shot up in unison with Fernando hitting a 103 ball of 103, the first century for the island nation in this world cup. His tickets were splashed with nine fours and two sixes.
Starter Kusal Perera also participated with a 51 64 ball, while Sri Lanka recorded an impressive 338 for six.
In response, Pooran threw a ball of 103 balls with 11 hits on the fence and four sixes to keep the West Indies in the hunt.
He starred in three crucial alliances, adding 61, 54 and 83 to Jason Holder (26), Carlos Brathwaite (8) and Fabian Allen (51) respectively to bring the West Indies closer to achieving an incredible pursuit.
But Angelo Mathews fired Pooran in the 48th position, because WI could only score 315 by nine in his stipulated 50 shots.
After this victory, Sri Lanka now ranks sixth in the points table with eight points in eight games. The 1996 champions will now face India in their final match of the World Cup on July 6.
The West Indies, who are also not in the race for the semifinals, are in ninth place and will complete their World Cup commitments after a clash with Afghanistan on July 4.
Defending the total, Lasith Malinga Hit twice before to leave the West Indies at 22 for two in five.
Starter Chris Gayle (35) and Shimron Hetmyer (29) shared a 49-ball position but missed their openings.
Captain Jason Holder then added 61 runs to Pooran, but he was also stuck in the middle when WI lost half of his side by 145 in the 29th.
Pooran played some great hits, but an unfortunate exit at the other end caused Carlos Brathwaite to return to the pavilion.
Pooran and Allen (51) then produced some strong punches to reduce the equation to 57 runs of 36 balls.
However, another race finished with the post of 83 races.
Previously, Fernando played the role of leaf anchor, sewing 85 runs with Kushal Mendis (39) and then sharing 58 and 67 with Angelo Mathews (26) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45 of 33), respectively, as Sri Lanka went beyond of 250 for the first time in the tournament.
With both teams already out of contention for a place in the semifinals, Sri Lanka played with freedom as starters Karunaratne and Perera accumulated 91 runs without losses in 15 shots.
After Captain Holder eliminated his counterpart from the West Indies, Karunaratne (32), Perera also returned after he ran out.
Mendis and Fernando then took Sri Lanka close to 200 before an extraordinary effort caught by left-arm spinner Fabian Allen, in 32nd place, ended the former's stay.
Mathews came up with an entrepreneurial 20-ball 26 before a perfect Holder yorker sent him back into the 40th.
Fernando and Thirimanne came together to help Sri Lanka cross the 300 mark.
Fernando completed his hundredth in the number 48, but soon went to Allen in front of the Cottrell bowling.