Dre-Russ explodes again as West Indies whitewash Sri Lanka
West Indies have responded very well. They were whitewashed in ODIs, but the Caribbean have proved again they’re the best in T20Is. This time the Lankans have been whitewashed in the two-match T20I series.
And Andre Russell’s devastating batting was enough to put the hosts to shame. The Windies have beaten Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the stormy last T20I.
Sri Lanka batted first in Pallekele, scoring 155 runs for 6 wickets at the end of the stipulated 20 overs. In reply, the visitors reached the port of victory with three overs left with Russell’s unbeaten 14-ball 40.
West Indies, however, lost opener Lendl Simmons at the start of the innings. He was bowled by Angelo Mathews for a personal 9-run. However, another opener Brandon King scored 43 runs off just 21 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes. Rovman Powell returned after scoring 17 runs.
But Shimron Hetmyer and Andre Russell eventually confirmed the team’s victory with blistering innings. Hetmyer scored 43* runs off 42 balls. But Russell was devastating, scoring a tornado innings of 40 runs off just 14 balls. In his innings there were no four hits, but he had six huge sixes.
Prior to losing the toss, Lankan was unable to post a big total in a good batting pitch. In the end, Dasun Shanaka scored an unbeaten 31 off 24 balls and Thisara Perera scored 21 runs off 13 balls to post a decent total. Mathews also got 23 runs off the bat.
Caribbean bowler Fabian Allen took two wickets. One wicket was shared by Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Dwayne Bravo.
Russell was awarded the player of the match as well as player of the series.