Windies lose despite Bravo century
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):
A fluent Darren Bravo hundred was not enough to prevent the Windies from defeat as they went down by two wickets to a Sri Lanka Cricket XI in the first of two tour matches yesterday.
Opting to bat first, the Windies were dismissed for 282 with two balls remaining, with Bravo top-scoring with exactly 100 off 88 deliveries before calling time on his innings.
Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran both struck 41, while Fabien chipped in with 28 but the Caribbean side lost six wickets and managed only 59 runs inside the last 10 overs of the innings.
Teenage left-arm seamer Dilshan Madushanka finished with three for 47, while new-ball partner, 22-year-old pacer Asitha Fernando, picked up two for 17.
In reply, the hosts lost two wickets in the opening over from Sheldon Cottrell (2-22) with just one run on the board but recovered through captain Upul Tharanga's high-class 120 to reach their target with 15 deliveries to spare.
Rebuilt the innings
Tharanga rebuilt the innings in concert with Asela Gunaratne (64), the pair putting on 198 for the third wicket to take the game away from the Windies.
When both perished 14 deliveries apart, the home side still required 72 runs from 91 balls and Thikshila DeSilva, with an unbeaten 25, and Lahiru Igalagamage, 22, produced cameos to see their side over the line.
Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr (2-52) and left-arm spinner Fabien Allen (2-62) also claimed two wickets each but proved expensive.
Windies will play their second tour match on Thursday against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Negombo before facing Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international of the three-match series at the Sinhalese Sports Club last Saturday.
+S Hope lbw b Fernando 0
B King lbw b Madushanka 0
D Bravo ret. out 100
S Ambris lbw b Nadeeshan 41
N Pooran ret. hurt 41
R Chase b Tharanga 11
R Powell c Gunaratne b de Silva 19
J Holder c de Silva b Madushanka 22
F Allen b Fernando 28
*K Pollard c Nadeeshan b Madushanka 2
K Paul not out 3
Extras (lb7, w8) 15
TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 282
Did not bat: S Cottrell, A Joseph, R Shepherd, H Walsh.
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-3, 3-116, 4-195, 5-195, 6-224, 7-232, 8-260, 9-274, 10-282.
Bowling: Fernando 6.3-2-17-2, Madushanka 7-1-47-3, de Silva 5-0-30-1, Colombage 7-0-46-0, Gunaratne 5-0-18-0, Nadeeshan 6-1-48-1, Tharanga 8-0-42-1, Kaushal 5-0-27-0.
SL CRICKET XI
S Weerakkody lbw b Cottrell 0
*U Tharanga b Allen 120
P Nissanka c wkp Hope b Cottrell 0
A Gunaratne run out 64
A Perera c & b Allen 12
+S Samarawickrama c wkp Hope b Paul 0
L Igalagamage c Cottrell b Walsh 22
A Bandara b Walsh 4
T de Silva not out 25
P Tharanga not out 11
Extras (b4, lb5, w13, nb3) 25
TOTAL (8 wkts, 47.3 overs) 283
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-199, 4-211, 5-218, 6-222, 7-236, 8-253.
Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-22-2, Holder 4-0-11-0, Paul 7-0-56-1, Shepherd 3-0-21-0, Joseph 4-0-13-0, Chase 7.3-0-37-0, Walsh 8-0-52-2, Allen 10-0-62-2.
Result: SL Cricket XI won by two wickets.
Umpires: Hemantha Boteju, Rohitha Kottahachchi.