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West Indies win by 6 wickets

W Indies vs Sri Lanka

Commentary

Last Updated: June 29, 2013 3:45pm

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    We leave you with the announcement that Chris Gayle is today's man-of-the-match for his knock of 109. Join us on Sunday for West Indies vs India, live from Jamaica - I look forward to chatting to you then. My name is Gareth Allison, thanks for your company - goodbye for now.

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    The West Indies will be very happy with the bonus-point win today, and they next take on the Champions Trophy winners, India, here at the same venue on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how the Indian's powerful batting lineup adapts to the conditions here in the Caribbean, after many of the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to settle in and get their timing right on this Sabina Park pitch.

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    There wasn't much to cheer for the Lankan bowlers, and even Lasith Malinga couldn't pick up a wicket to place the WiIndies under any sort of pressure at the crease. Kulasekara was probably the pick of the bowlers, but even his sole wicket of Kieron Pollard was a rather generous LBW that hit the batsman outside the line. Really, their batsmen let them down in the first innings, and they struggled to play catch-up from there-on in.

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    Well, 208 was never going to be an easy target to defend for Sri Lanka, and they looked toothless for much of the chase in the face of Chris Gayle's onslaught. Johnson Charles struggled to find any sort of form or timing, but still managed to stay with Gayle to post an opening partnership of 115. By the time Gayle fell with the score on 181, the match was all but won for the hosts despite losing some soft wickets near the end to reduce the margin of victory slightly.

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    Over 37.5 BMAJ Mendis 6-0-0-0-1-

    Samuels uses his feet and hits against the turn, lofting Mendis over mid-wicket for a powerful six, before smacking one back towards the bowler. Mendis is unable to stop the shot, and it splats through his hands to enable the batsmen to go through for the winning single. That's it here in Jamaica - the West Indies win by six wickets! They have earned themselves a bonus point for chasing down their target within 40 overs as well.

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    Over 37 Herath 0-4-0-0-0-0

    Dwayne Bravo wants to finish this off now, and slams a sweep shot past the man at short fine-leg for four. He's beaten by a beauty from Herath, bowling around the wicket to the right-hander, as it pitches and turns sharply towards off. Seven more to get for the West Indies to claim a win.

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    Over 36 BMAJ Mendis 0-0-0-0-0-0

    Mendis trots in to bowl his leg-breaks to Marlon Samuels, and almost claims a wicket as Marlon uses his feet and stops his shot, looping the ball up in the air. The bowler makes a valiant effort to dive and take the catch, but just can't get close enough in time. A maiden over, then.

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    That batting power-play has to be taken now, as it hadn't been taken by the Windies before the 35th over. Jeevan Mendis will bowl the first over.

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    Over 35 Herath 1-0-1-0-4-0

    Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are the two men out there for the West Indies now, and Samuels brings the new man on strike. Captain Bravo flicks his first ball faced through mid-wicket for a bounday, and his side are now 11 runs away from victory in this opening match of the triangular ODI series.

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    Over 34 Kulasekara 0-0-1-W-0-0

    Well, we have another wicket falling here at the death - Kieron Pollard is given LBW, despite the fact that he was moving down the pitch at the point of impact. It hit him rather high, but the umpire wasted little time in raising the finger there. Pollard looks shocked, but has no choice but no to leave - no DRS in this series, so he is unable to refer that decision. Replays show that he was hit outside the line of off-stump as well, but he has to go. He at least has a wry smile on his face as he crosses the boundary on his way back to the pavlion. Poor decision by umpire Joel Wilson, but it stands.

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    Over 33 Herath 0-0-1-0-0-0

    Marlon coolly punches one behind point for another single, and Kieron Pollard faces up to Rangana Herath. Good to see that there is a slip in place for the new man, being positive despite the match situation at the moment. Pollard is extremely circumspect, and defends out the over.

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    Over 32 Kulasekara 4-1-4-W-0-1

    Bravo crashes one through the covers with class for another four to his account - that was rather majestic! Samuels takes guard after a single to mid-off and starts his innings with an inside-edged four behind the wicket. They'll take those, the West Indies - they're almost home now. Oh dear - we've got a needless run-out here - Bravo is OUT! He wanted the run, Samuels didn't and Bravo was too far up the pitch to get back in time to beat the throw to the bowler's end. Kulasekara did well to collect the throw and break the stumps - another wicket falls right at the end here, with Bravo having to depart for 27. An appeal off the last ball of the over is denied, and replays show that the ball would have sailed over the stumps - not out was the correct call. Some action at the end, it seems.

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    Over 31 BAW Mendis 1-1-1-6-0-W

    There's still time for another Chris Gayle six - that's picked up effortlessly and sails over deep-square-leg. No chance of a catch, that went far back into the stand. He tries to sweep one from Mendis and gets a healthy top-edge. It goes high, high up in the air, and Dinesh Chandimal does well to steady under it and collapses as he takes the catch. That's the end of a fantastic innings from the big left-hander, and he receives generous applause as he leaves the park. Marlon Samuels, another local Jamaican, will join Bravo out in the middle.

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    Over 30 Kulasekara 0-1-0-0-0-1

    Two singles from the over; slightly wide and one slightly too short from Kula and they're parried away easily for one run apiece. Gayle decides that he wants a change of bat again - surely he didn't break it with a bunt to the sweeper in this over?

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    Nuwan Kulasekara returns - can he at least get a wicket to soften this margin of defeat slightly for the blue brigade?

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    Over 29 Mendis 1-0-0-0-1-0

    We're hurtling ever closer to a West Indies now, but the main excitement in this over was Gayle trying to loft one over cover - a top-edge, but no luck for the Sri Lankan fielders as the ball drops between them safely. Gayle can seem to do no wrong today here at Sabina Park.

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    Over 28 Malinga 0-0-1-4-1-1

    It's Malinga who continues, amidst loud chanting and horn-blowing in the crowd, but the first two balls don't yield a run for their hero. Third time (or ball, rather) is the charm, as he pushes to mid-off and charges through for the single he needs. Helmet off, bat raised, down on his knees - well played, Mr. Gayle, well played indeed. Nothing like a hundred in your hometown, I'm sure! His century has come from only 89 balls, and it's his 21st in ODI cricket for the West Indies. The focus now shifts to Bravo, who is granted plenty of width from the bowler. He takes full advantage and treats us to a cover-drive that hits the boundary rope for four more. As the over ends, Gangnam Style blares out over the stadium PA, in honour of Gayle.

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    Over 27 BAW Mendis 0-1-5w-0-0-0

    Meanwhile, the horns are blowing in the stands as Gayle turns one from Mendis away to leg to go to 99. The expectant home crowd will have to wait just a little longer. The bowler strays down the leg-side, and Sangakkara misses a take that he should have made - the balls spits away off the turf for five wides and there's not much a frustrated-looking Ajantha can do about it. Bravo attempts to get his partner on strike in order to get to his hundred, but it's not to be in this over. Who will bowl the next over, with Gayle to face on 99 not-out?

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    Over 26 Malinga 0-0-1-0-4-1

    Malinga spears in another express yorker from around the wicket, but it's kept out yet again by Gayle. It's single time yet again, before Darren slaps a wide full-length delivery over cover for another four to add to the total - it all just seemed so simple from the Lara-esque Bravo brother. The wickets aren't coming for Sri Lanka, and they're now only 53 runs away from a thumping defeat.

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    Over 25 BAW Mendis 0-0-4-0-1w-1-4

    Even the mis-hits are going for four, as Gayle swipes to leg and bisects the fielders perfectly. Not properly timed by any means, but there's so much power in those arms and big, chunky bat that it hardly seems to matter. Mendis is unable to stop a back foot punch down the ground as well for a single - Gayle hits hard, no matter what he does. Bravo chalks up a four of his own in a more streaky fashion, edging past the slip to hit the rope down at third-man - more frustration for the bowler and Sri Lanka.

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Match Details

Date
28th Jun 2013
Toss
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Sabina Park
Umpires
I J Ian, J S Joel
TV Umpire
N Nigel
Match Referee
J J Jeffrey
Reserve Umpire
P J Peter

w indies BATTING CARD

Batsman R
C.H. Gayle c Chandimal b Mendis 109
J. Charles c Jayawardene b Herath 29
D.M. Bravo run out (Malinga) 27
M.N. Samuels Not out 15
K.A. Pollard lbw Kulasekara 0
D.J. Bravo Not out 8
Extras 1 4b, 7lb 21
Total 37.5 Overs 209 - 4
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
S.L. Malinga 7 0 34 0
K.M.D.N. Kulasekara 8 1 39 1
B.A.W. Mendis 10 0 53 1
A.D. Mathews 5 0 28 0
H.M.R.K.B. Herath 6 0 37 1
B.A.W. Mendis 10 0 53 1
Full Bowling Card