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Sri Lanka win by 39 runs (D/L Method)

W Indies vs Sri Lanka

Tri-Nations series: Kumar Sangakkara sets up win for Sri Lanka

Kumar Sangakkara: Sri Lanka batsman finished on 90 not out

Darren Bravo: top scored for West Indies with 70

Sri Lanka closed in on a place in the Tri-Nations series final after Kumar Sangakkara led the way in a 39-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method over the West Indies at Port of Spain.

In a contest that was carried over from yesterday due to the wet conditions, Sangakkara stood firm throughout today's reserve day to finish unbeaten on 90 off 95 balls to help the tourists to 219-8 off their 41 overs.

Forced to chase a revised target of 230 from the same number of overs, the Windies ultimately came up short to finish on 190 for nine, despite battling half-centuries from Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons.

Angelo Mathews' men currently top the standings on nine points and would need to lose by a sizable margin against India tomorrow to miss out on a place in Thursday's final.

They had limped their way to 60 for three off 19 overs last night before rain forced the teams off and the start of today's play was also delayed by more downpours.

When the teams were finally able to the field the match had been reduced to 45 overs and then a later shower turned the contest into 41 overs per side.

In the play that was possible, Sangakkara showed his class as he collected his 76th one-day international half-century, finishing with six fours and a six.

He received support from overnight partner Lahiru Thirimanne, who helped Sangakkara put on 64 for the fourth wicket before falling for 23, and then shared in stands of 46 with captain Mathews (30) and a quickfire 54 with Nuwan Kulasekara (14) to help his side past the 200-mark.

Kemar Roach was the pick of the West Indies' attack, finishing with superb figures of four for 27 off his eight overs, while his new-ball partner Jason Holder took two for 50.

The home side made a sloppy start, slipping to 31 for four in the ninth over, with Mathews and Shaminda Eranga picking up two wickets apiece.

Bravo and Simmons put on 123 for the fifth wicket to give the Windies hope, but the latter departed for 67 - which included five fours and four sixes - after hammering Eranga to deep cover.

And Sri Lanka were back on top when big-hitting Kieron Pollard departed for a duck, while Bravo (70) then slogged to long-off Mathews, who then bowled Holder to end the Windies' challenge.

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Match Details

Date
7th - 8th Jul 2013
Toss
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Queen's Park Oval
Umpires
N J Nigel, J S Joel
TV Umpire
P J Peter
Match Referee
J J Jeffrey
Reserve Umpire
N Nigel

w indies BATTING CARD

Batsman R
C.H. Gayle c Eranga b Mathews 14
J. Charles c&b Eranga 14
D.S. Smith lbw Mathews 0
M.N. Samuels c Jayawardene b Eranga 0
D.M. Bravo c Mendis b Mathews 70
L.M.P. Simmons c Thirimanne b Eranga 67
K.A. Pollard c Sangakkara b Malinga 0
D.J.G. Sammy c&b Malinga 3
K.A.J. Roach Not out 8
J.O. Holder b Mathews 0
T.L. Best Not out 5
Extras 9w, 9
Total 41.0 Overs 190 - 9
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
K.M.D.N. Kulasekara 1.5 0 8 0
R.M.S. Eranga 8 0 46 3
H.D.R.L. Thirimanne 4.1 0 16 0
A.D. Mathews 8 1 29 4
S.M.S.M. Senanayake 9 0 41 0
S.L. Malinga 8 2 42 2
B.M.A.J. Mendis 2 0 8 0
Full Bowling Card