Sports News: Once again, Sri Lanka’s batting hit top gear of 307 runs for half a century by Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva on the third and final Day Night ODI when the West Indies hype the contest in an admirable way down to a wire batting effort that fell short by just six runs on the day when veteran Angelo Mathews held power in the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium with a ball of 4 for 59.
When the West Indies captain, Kieron Pollard, fell in the 46th over, the visitors still needed 55 off just 28 balls. At that juncture, the hosts seemed to be in control of the game. However, Fabian Allen (37 off 15) gave the home side a few jitters by cracking a string of shots. The all-rounder showcased his pyrotechnics by tonking Isuru Udana for a four and a six in the 47th over. In the very next over, he once again gave a glimpse of his power by thrashing Angelo Mathews over long-on.
Despite losing Hayden Walsh and Roston Chase in the penultimate over, Allen continued to deal in boundaries and sixes by collecting one more six off Thisara Perera. The visitors needed 13 off the last over. Allen started on the right note by slapping Mathews through the extra cover region for a boundary. The experienced all rounder though had the last laugh, as Allen smashed the very next delivery to the fielder stationed at midwicket.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 307/9 in 50 overs (Kusal Mendis 55, Dhananjaya de Silva 51; Alzarri Joseph 4-65) beat West Indies 301/9 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 72, Sunil Ambris 60; Angelo Mathews 4-59) by six runs.