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Sri Lanka whitewash West Indies


Angelo Mathews took the lead with the ball as Sri Lanka were successfully able to go through a tense six-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international and swept the series 3-0 on Sunday.

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West Indies needed 13 runs in their last over chasing 308. Mathews denied the opponent batsmen to take over; the Caribbeans at last bundled out scoring 301 runs.

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West Indies started their reply strongly, with both Sunil Ambris and Shai Hope completing their respective half-centuries. Ambris collected a run-a-ball 60 before failing to pick to Hasaranga’s googly. Hope stretched his innings to highest 72 off 88 deliveries.

With Mathews cleaning up the middle order, Fabian Allen off shored the opposition for a while with some destructive batting. He smashed 37 off 15 balls closing in the target for the Caribbeans but fell to Mathews while going for a six in the second ball of the 50th over.

Mathews returned figures of 4-59 in his 10 overs.

Earlier West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph claimed four wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out in 307 runs inside their 50 overs.

Avishka Fernando and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne started with a 60-run opening stand. After both of them were dismissed, Kusal Perera, who made 44, and Mendis reconstructed the innings during their 89-run stand.

An in-form Mendis completed his 17th one day international fifty following his century in Wednesday’s match.

Sri Lanka won the first ODI by one wicket and the second by 161 runs.

“Angelo put his hand up in the absence of Pradeep. He used his experience which is what I was expecting,” skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said.

“Beating West Indies 3-0 is not easy. We did small things right. Bowlers, batters, fielders put their hands up.”

 

 

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