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Sri Lanka level T20 series with West Indies as spinners combine to take eight wickets

Wanindudu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Danushka Gunathilaka mixed for eight wickets as Sri Lanka spun their manner to a series-levelling win by skittling the West Indies for 117; the vacationers posted 160-6 after opting to bat first

Last Updated: 06/03/21 8:36am

Danushka Gunathilaka removed Jason Holder after making a half-century with the bat as Sri Lanka levelled the series

Danushka Gunathilaka eliminated Jason Holder after making a half-century with the bat as Sri Lanka levelled the series

Sri Lanka’s spinners bowled the vacationers to a 43-run win over the West Indies within the second Twenty20 worldwide on Friday, levelling the three-match series at 1-1.

Defending a reasonable complete of 160-6, Wanindudu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Danushka Gunathilaka took eight wickets, bowling out the West Indies for 117 in 18.4 overs.

Sri Lanka stacked their line-up with 4 spinners for the must-win match at Coolidge and the tactic paid off on a gradual pitch which made massive hitting tough. The West Indies have been unable to keep any scoring momentum as wickets tumbled recurrently.

Dananjaya, who made historical past twice within the first match of a series taking a hat-trick and conceding six sixes in a single over set the tone of the West Indies innings when he bowled his 4 overs in succession within the energy play, taking 1-13.

Left-arm wrist spinner Sandakan, who missed the primary match of the series, took 3-14 from 3.4 overs, together with the important wicket of West Indies captain Kieron Pollard for 13. It was Pollard who gained a spot in historical past two days in the past by turning into solely the third cricketer to hit six sixes in an over in a world match, putting 38 from 11 balls.

He held himself again on Friday, coming in at No 7 but additionally discovered the pitch tough to come to grips with, managing solely 13 from 15 balls with one six. Sandakan eliminated him with a wider supply which Pollard regarded to hoist over cowl however which took a thick edge and flew to the duvet sweeper.

Lendl Simmons was the only op-order batsman to reach 20 for the West Indies

Lendl Simmons was the one op-order batsman to attain 20 for the West Indies

Hasaranga was named man of the match for his 3-17 from 4 overs and his unbeaten 19 in Sri Lanka’s innings. He bamboozled the West Indies batsman with the number of his wrist spin, his line and flight, dismissing Lendl Simmons (21), Chris Gayle (16) and Fabian Allen (12). His googly, tough to decide, accounted for Simmons and Allen, who fell lbw.

“The wicket was slow and I was trying to bowl without giving too many boundaries and keeping a good line and length,” Hasaranga mentioned. “Akila (Dananjaya) bowls with the new ball and I always bowl after the power play so I have to concentrate on line and length. I prefer to play that role.”

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a very good choice when he elected to bat on successful the toss. Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nassinka gave the vacationers a robust begin, placing on 95 for the primary wicket in the perfect partnership of the match.

Nissanka was run out for 37 within the eleventh over and Gunathilaka went on to his half-century from 35 balls earlier than falling in the identical over with the entire 96-2.

The the rest of the Sri Lanka batsmen struggled with the perfect subsequent efforts coming from Ashen Bandara who made 21 from 19 balls and Hasaranga whose 19 got here from 11 deliveries.

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Dananjaya stored the West Indies batsmen tied down early: the house group struggled to 25-1 after 5 overs. Hasaranga then eliminated Simmons and Gayle in the identical over the seventh accounting for 2 of the West Indies’ most harmful gamers.

The risk of Pollard hung over the match till late and Sri Lanka have been jubilant when he fell comparatively cheaply.

Obed McCoy hit 23 from solely seven balls batting at No 10, too late to change the end result of the match.

The deciding match of the T20 series is on Sunday. The groups will even play three one-day video games adopted by two Test matches.

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