Windies beat Sri Lanka to claim ODI series

A 192-run opening stand between Evin Lewis and Shai Hope together with cool finishing from Nicholas Pooran has steered the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their second ODI.

The win gave the hosts a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Lewis made 103 and Hope 84 to set the strong foundation that allowed the West Indies to overtake Sri Lanka’s 8-273 with two balls to spare.

A middle-order slump saw the home side slip to 4-233 but Pooran made an unbeaten 35 from 38 balls to steer his team home in the final over in the West Indies’ highest successful ODI run chase against Sri Lanka.

The West Indies came to the 48th over needing 31 runs from 18 balls. Fabian Allen hit a six from the first ball from Nuwan Pradeep to eat into the deficit but was out next ball, leaving the match in the balance.

Pooran hit a four from the next delivery to ease some of the pressure on the home side and the West Indies were in a stronger position when Pradeep’s over conceded 18 runs, leaving 13 to be scored from 12 balls.

Dushmantha Chameera bowled a tight 49th over, conceding only four, and the West Indies needed nine to win.

Pooran struck Pradeep’s second ball for a boundary before adding another boundary and a single in consecutive balls for the win.

“You could say (it was too close for comfort),” captain Kieron Pollard said. “But at the end of the day we take the win. The guys batted well.”

Sri Lanka batted first after winning the toss and slumped to 3-50 but Danushka Gunathilaka 96 from 96 balls led their recovery.

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