Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tharanga steers Sri Lanka to victory over West Indies

Tharanga steers Sri Lanka to victory over West Indies
Upul Tharanga hit an unbeaten century to steer Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket win over West Indies in the second one-day international in Colombo.

The opener scored 101 as the hosts chased down a rain-affected target of 197 in 47 overs, to finish on 199-2.

West Indies had posted 203 all out in their 50 overs, Darren Bravo (39) and Dwayne Bravo (39) the top scorers.

Lasith Malinga took 3-30 as Sri Lanka went 1-0 up in the three-match series, the first game having been rained off.

Having been put into bat, West Indies struggled to build any significant partnerships as wickets fell regularly despite several batsmen enjoying good starts, including former captain Chris Gayle (28) and Carlton Baugh (28).

Muttiah Muralitharan and Nuwan Kulasekara both finished with two wickets apiece in support of Malinga.

West Indies had an early boost in the field, Ravi Rampaul removing Tillakaratne Dilshan for only 11 runs before rain stopped play with the score at 45-1 after 14.4 overs.

Tharanga came to the fore after the delay, adding 70 runs with Kumar Sangakkara (20) and then partnering Mahela Jayawardene (48 not out) as Sri Lanka eased past the target.

The teams meet in the third and final match of the series on Sunday.


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