W Indies vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka win by 57 runs
A fantastic performance by Kumar Sangakkara's men who have romped home in the second of two utterly one-sided matches here in Barbados. Jayawardene contined his fabulous start to the tournament with an unbeaten 98, and when Gayle and Chanderpaul fell early, West Indies were never in the chase. Thanks for your company, keep it here for reports and reaction.
Over 20 Kulasekara 1-4-0-1-4-2
138-8 - Final over! Taylor clubs a single before big Benn gives the crowd something to cheer with a classy cut through point for four. Taylor, who has a Test hundred to his name, then produces one of the shots of the day as he steers the ball past short third-man for four. Drop! And the match finishes with a drop as Mathews drops a skier in the deep - matter it does not though!
Over 19 Malinga 1-W-1-2-0-1
126-8 Wicket!Exhibition stuff here from Malinga. A dipping slower ball full toss has Sammy wincing and the ball wraps him on the pads bang in front. Unplayable! Mr Benn is in now and he gets off the mark first ball. Taylor then claims another couple down the ground - we are going through the motions somewhat here. Malinga finishes with fine figures of 4-0-24-3.
Over 18 Mendis 0-0-0-W-4-1
121-7 - Wicket! Mendis has given old Hinds a right working over here before putting him out of his misery! After three attempts at playing, but missing, Mendis traps him in front for five. Taylor comes in and cuts hard through point for a classy boundary first ball (where has he been hiding?). A single ends the action.
Over 17 Malinga 1-4-W-0wd-0-4-1
116-6 - Malinga gets an attempted yorker horribly wrong and Fletcher smacks the full toss away through midwicket for four. Wicket! Revenge for the slinger! Fletcher departs for 16 off 18 balls as this time the yorker is spot on and the stumps are dislodged. Hinds is in, and asks what the fuss is all about as he crashes Malinga over extra cover for a one-bounce four and then a single.
Over 16 Mendis 4-W-1-0-1-4
105-5 - Wicket! After slicing Mendis through the slips for four, Pollard departs. Looking for the big blow straight down the ground, he could only pick out Kapugedera who caught with ease at long-on. What is all the hype surrounding this guy? Fletcher squeezes another four off the final ball of the over.
Over 15 Malinga 1-1-1-0-1-0wd-1
95-4 - As the above reads really... Sri Lanka look a real force to be reckoned with on this showing. Their bowling trio of Malinga, Murali and Mendis are so hard to get away. RR 20.20...
Over 14 Murali 1-1-1lb-0wd-2-0-0
89-4 - RR is around 16 an over and if this was a boxing match it would have been stopped long ago. Very little to report - thank goodness for the over-exuberant musician in the crowd who is providing the bulk of the entertainment.
Over 13 Mendis W-0-0-1-0-0
83-4 - Wicket! Its gone from awful to shambolic for West Indies as Sarwan limps off having made 28 off 33 balls. It was a 'i'd better give my younger brother a turn at batting in the back garden' dismissal as he chipped the ball straight back to Mendis as if it was pre-rehearsed. Pollard is in and away off the second ball after being bamboozled by a googly first up. What an over - just one off it!
Over 12 Murali 1-0-0wd-0-1-1
82-3 - More calamity out in the middle and a direct-hit from Sangakkara would have sent Fletcher packing first ball. There is no urgency here at all and the Kensington Oval is silent. Yawn.
Over 11 Malinga 2-0-1-0wd-W-1-1
78-3 - The slinger is on and Sarwan drives crisply through the covers for two first ball. A single brings Bravo on strike. Wicket! Another one bites the dust! This time it's Bravo who toe-ends a drive straight to Mathews at extra cover to depart for a run-a-ball 23. Fletcher is away first ball but this is pretty painful stuff to be honest. The Windies need a miracle!
Over 10 Murali 4-1-1-1-1-0
72-2 Bravo shows better intent at the start of the 10th over when he charges at Murali and slaps him straight back to the mid-off fence. Four singles follow, a decent over, but the rate continues to rise. We are halfway there.
Over 9 Perera 1-0-0-1-0-4
64-2 - The run-rate is getting out of order but another boundary, this time from Sarwan backward of square, relieves the pressure a little. Required rate is 12 an over though...
Over 8 Murali 0wd-1-2-1-1-0-4
58-2 - Murali is on at the Malcolm Marshall end after shrugging off his groin injury in some style. Sarwan and Bravo milk him for singles before the latter finishes the over with a flourish by launching him over midwicket for a one-bounce four - cracking shot! 10 off the over.
Over 7 Perera 0-1-0-1-4-1
48-2 - Medium-pacer Perera is introduced as Sangakkara tries to squeeze in an over from one of his 'lesser' bowlers. The tactic looks to have worked after the first four balls yield just two runs, however Sarwan ups the ante at the end of the over with a crunching four over extra cover and a single through square-leg.
Over 6 Mendis 1-1-0wd-1-4-0
41-2 - Mendis will bowl the last of the powerplay overs... Sarwan sweeps the first ball for a single before Bravo gets the fans on their feet with an extravagant back-foot punch over extra-cover for four. That's more like it!!
Over 5 Kulasekara 1-1-0wd-1-0-1-0
33-2 - Another superb over from Kulasekara. West Indies need boundaries but they are struggling to hit the ball off the square at present!
Over 4 Mathews 0-0-1-1lb-1-1
28-2 - The Windies are shellshocked here and Bravo and Sarwan have a major task on their hands. There were only fours runs off a tight Mathews over as the required rate moves towards 11 an over...
Over 3 Kulasekara 1-W-0-0-0-1
24-2 - Sarwan is the new man in and he is immediately off the mark with a powerful cut which Dilshan gets a hand on at backward point. Sangakkara is stood up to the stumps now... Wicket! Massive blow for Windies as Gayle departs! Attempting to work the ball to leg he only succeeded in getting a leading edge, and Mathews gobbled it up at mid-off. The ground is in stunned silence. Only two runs off a fantastic over by Kulasekara.
Over 2 Mathews 0-6-0-4lb-4-W
22-1 - After fizzing a drive straight to mid-off, Chanderpaul makes no mistake next ball when he gets down on one knee and flicks Mathews over fine-leg for six of the best! He tries the same shot two balls later and it flicks his pad and flies past Sangakkara for four more. Shiv continues with his attacking intent next ball and slaps a third boundary through the covers as the fielders stood and watched. Wicket! But it's a case of one shot too many for Chanderpaul as he loops the ball up tamely to Kapugedera at backward point off the final ball. Sri Lanka strike!
- 7th May 2010
- R E Koertzen and S J A Taufel
w indies BATTING CARD
|Gayle||c Mathews b Kulasekara||5|
|Chanderpaul||c Kapugedera b Mathews||11|
|Bravo||c Mathews b Malinga||23|
|Pollard||c Kapugedera b Mendis||9|
|Sammy||lbw b Malinga||2|
|Hinds||lbw b Mendis||5|
|Total||Close, 20.0 Overs||138 - 8|