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16-Nov-2016 14:26:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd match, Harare

West Indies seal low-scoring game with bonus point

Harare: Chasing a modest 226-run target, Sri Lanka failed to click with the bat and were bundled out for a paltry 165 in the tri-series contest in Harare on Wednesday.

While West Indies were guilty of throwing away starts, and not converting them into big ones, Sri Lanka never got going.

There was some resistance from the pair of Pathirana and Jayasuriya, but it came way too late in the match, and asking rate by then was already climbing.

For West Indies, Gabriel was pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/31 and he was ably assisted by Nurse who returned with impressive figures of 3/46. Overall a good day for the bowlers in Harare.

Earlier, Nuwan Kulasekara struck with the ball and in the field as Sri Lanka limited the West Indies to 227 all out.

Kulasekara recorded figures of 2 for 37 in his 10 overs but also effected two run-outs, ensuring that the West Indies were unable to gather any serious momentum in their innings and were bowled out in 49.2 overs.

Returning to the Sri Lankan side for the first time in 10 months, Kulasekara had taken two key wickets as the tourists beat hosts Zimbabwe by eight wickets in Monday's series opener, and on Wednesday he played another key role.

The 34-year-old seamer started by running out opener Kraigg Brathwaite with a direct hit, then had top scorer Jonathan Carter caught at deep square-leg for 54.

Kulasekara went on to run out West India captain Jason Holder with another direct hit towards the end of the innings, before trapping Sulieman Benn lbw.

Shorn of their biggest stars, including batsman Darren Bravo after he was sent home for comments made on twitter about West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron, the West Indians lacked impetus in their innings after they lost the toss and were asked to bat.

Although conditions were challenging early on, with Sri Lanka's seamers exploiting lateral movement to good effect, the West Indies failed to show the required urgency during the middle overs.

While Carter put on 53 for the fourth wicket with Shai Hope, who made 47, and debutant Rovman Powell played an exciting cameo of 44 from 29 balls, none of the batsmen mounted a sustained attack that could give the West Indies a serious total.

Brief scores
West Indies -
227 (Carter 54, Hope 47, Powell 44, Kulasekara 2-37)
Sri Lanka - 165 (Pathirana 45, Gabriel 3-31, Nurse 3-46, Holder 2-16)
Result - West Indies won by 62 runs
Points - West Indies 5, Sri Lanka 0

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