|Lakshan Sandakan||not out||2||2||0||0|
|Dushmantha Chameera||not out||1||1||0||0|
That concludes the proceedings for this match. Sri Lanka fought hard and pushed West Indies but that wasn't enough. They would come out again and try to avoid the clean sweep. The third ODI is on Sunday, 14th March 2021 at 0930 local (1330 GMT). Do join us for all the coverage. Cheers!
West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard admits that it got close towards the end but they will take the win. Calls it a total team performance. Mentions that their best chance of winning was chasing and tells that in the T20I series, they didn't do well. Adds that it's good to see the boys sticking to the plans. Pollard feels that you can't have a perfect game. Stresses that each game is very important and they would want to win 3-0. Shares that today has been one of the hardest days for him as an individual as the guy who is responsible for him to play cricket, passed away. Pollard dedicates this win to him.
Sri Lanka skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne says that they did not start well but he is happy with the way they recovered. Mentions that he thought that the spinners would take a few wickets but it did not happen. Further says that they lacked the wicket-taking options. Ends by saying that they need to have a better plan to bowl to the West Indian openers in the final game.
MAN OF THE MATCH IS EVIN LEWIS! Says that he is proud of his efforts. Mentions that he played a few ODIs last month and that has helped him get consistent. Tells that he backs his ability to give a good start in the Powerplay. Shares that this wicket is probably one of the best wickets in Antigua and admits that he could have probably carried on and finished the game but he tried to take on the bowler and got out. Signs off by saying that from the next game, he will try to bat deep and end the game.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka's batting was mainly about three individuals. Danushka Gunathilaka at the start, his partnership with Dinesh Chandimal in the middle and then a late cameo by Wanindu Hasaranga. In a team sport though, that's not enough. They still got to a total that appeared challenging at the halfway mark and it did turn out to be challenging towards the end.
We would have called it a listless bowling performance by Sri Lanka but the way they hung in there when Hope and Lewis formed a big stand was commendable. The tourists had to wait for 38 overs to get their first wicket but once they got one, they managed to create some pressure on West Indies. Due to some smart bowling by Lakshan Sandakan and Dushmantha Chameera, West Indies found it tough to score runs easily and that helped them to get back into the game. However, after giving a real scare to the home team, Sri Lanka eventually failed to defend the total. Had they got early wickets, things could have been different. Second game in a row, the Lankan bowlers have struggled for early breakthroughs and this is something they would like to work on in the coming game.
The way West Indies started the chase with their openers, it looked like we will be in for an easy chase. Everything went hunky-dory for them as Evin Lewis and Shai Hope combined for a partnership close to 200 runs. The former got to his century but soon after that, he departed. At that time, the run rate was under control but with Shai Hope also following his partner in the pavilion in the next over and two new batsmen at the crease, the required rate started to climb. It wasn't alarming but with the wickets falling, the chase got back to life. Kieron Pollard and Fabian Allen played handy cameos to keep West Indies in the hunt and then Nicholas Pooran kept his calm to finish things off for his team.
Wow, what a dramatic and tensed finish to the match! It didn't appear that we will walk that lane but West Indies almost pressed the panic button and were forced by the touring team to take a long route towards the target. Well tried, Sri Lanka.
WEST INDIES WIN BY 5 WICKETS! A full toss again, around middle and off, Pooran moves across and heaves it over square leg for a single. Smiles and celebrations in the West Indian camp as they take an unassailable lead in the series. 274/5
FOUR! Pooran, you beauty! Pradeep attempts for a yorker but it ends up being a full toss outside off, Nicholas Pooran stands back and clobbers it over point for a boundary.
FOUR! TONK! An overpitched delivery outside off, Pooran latches onto it and bludgeons it through covers for a cracking boundary. 5 needed more off 4 balls.
Play and a miss! Pradeep sees the batsman shuffling across the stumps and bowls it on a length wide outside off, Pooran swings but misses.
9 needed off 6 balls! Nuwan Pradeep to bowl. Remember, in case of a tie, we will have a Super Over.
On a length and on the pads, Pooran clips it to fine leg for a single. Superb over by Chameera! 265/5
Full and wide outside off, Holder slices it through cover-point for a single.
Yorker outside off this time, Holder tries to get bat on ball but cannot do so. A dot at this stage is what Sri Lanka would want but not the West Indies.
Missed out! A full toss outside off, Holder reaches out and slaps it through the line but finds the point fieder.
Yorker on off, Pooran squeezes it to covers. A quick single added to the total.
Full and wide outside off, Holder plays it to deep point and takes a single to get off the mark. Thoughts given to the second run but Jason eventually sends his partner back. Good call.
On middle, Pooran drags it down to wide long on for a couple. 18 from the over and this has shifted the balance once again in West Indies' favour. 13 needed in 12 balls. 261/5
FOUR! Easy picking for Nicholas! Pradeep feeling the pressure here. Tries to nail his yorker but it turns out to be a juicy full toss outside off, Pooran latches onto the gift and clobbers it down the ground for a boundary at long off.
WIDE! Pradeep in search of a wide yorker bowls one beyond the tramline on the off side. Wide called.
FOUR! Pooran keeping West Indies in the hunt. Full and around off, Pooran stretches as he gets the bat on the ball. He smashes it over covers and gets a boundary. A much-needed one.
WIDE! Full and wide outside off, this time though it is well outside the permitted line and wide called. The ball lifts off after landing and Chandimal catches it in front of his face.
Full and wide outside off, Pooran looks to lay bat on ball but cannot get anything on it.
Jason Holder is the new man in.
OUT! CAUGHT! A wicket again for Sri Lanka! Pradeep doing the job for his side as West Indies look in trouble. A fuller one around middle, Allen heaves it towards deep mid-wicket but fails to get the distance as Ashen Bandara takes a well-judged catch. 25 needed off 16 balls.
SIX! A freebie! Full toss on middle, Allen stands put to his crease as he hoicks it over deep square leg for a biggie. Good start to the over there.
Sliding down the leg side, Pooran tickles it off his pads to short fine leg and there is confusion over a single. Pooran is eventually sent back by Fabian and he reaches before the fielder scores a direct hit at the striker's end. 6 from the over, 31 needed off 18 balls. 243/4
Too full in length outside off, Allen goes hard at it again and gets it away off the toe end. It goes down the ground and they take a run.
Chameera finally nails his yorker outside off, Fabian fails to dig it out.
A low full toss again, outside off, Fabian forces it through cover-point and gets another couple. 32 needed off 21 balls.
Aims for a yorker but it turns out to be a low full toss, Allen goes hard at it and drags it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket. Good enough to two.
Third man up. Point drops back.
Fuller in length and on middle, it's hit across the line to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Dushmantha Chameera has a change of ends.
FOUR! Good start to the innings for Fabian Allen. Fuller length ball on middle and angling down, Allen picks it off his pads and whips it past the backward square leg fielder for a boundary. 37 needed off 24 balls. 237/4
Fabian Allen is the new man in.
OUT! LBW! Pollard departs! Still twist left in the game? A yorker from Pradeep and Pollard misses his flick. The ball thuds low into his back pad. Pradeep roars in appeal and the umpire raises his dreaded finger. Pollard takes the review but it looks plumb as the replays roll in. Ultra Edge confirms that there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker comes on to show Three Reds and West Indies' worst fears come true as Pollard departs. 41 needed off 25 balls.
Slower length ball around off, Pollard tucks it to the leg side with soft hands and takes a couple with ease.
Length ball outside off, width offered as Pooran swings hard at it. The ball goes to sweeper cover for single.
Full and on off, Pollard strokes it down the ground to long on for just a single this time.
A bumper on middle and leg, Pollard sits under it.
WIDE! Starts with a full one down leg, Pollard misses his flick as the umpire calls it a wide.
Nuwan Pradeep comes back on.
A bit quicker this time on off, Pooran manages to push it back to the bowler again. The danger of Wanindu is over, 46 needed off 30 balls. Still, West Indies' game to lose. 228/3
On off, Pooran watchfully plays it out.
On middle, Kieron nudges this one to square leg and rotates the strike with a single.
SIX! Overcorrects himself does Hasaranga. He bowls one in the slot and the giant just muscles it disdainfully over long on for a maximum.
FOUR! A welcome boundary! Flatter outside off, Pollard rocks back and then pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
Floated on off, Pollard drives it back to the bowler.
On a length and on off, Pooran drives it straight to covers to see off the over. 57 in 36 needed. 217/3
Full and outside off, Pollard runs it down to third man for a single.
Fuller in length and around off, Pollard looks to push it to the off side but inside edges it towards mid-wicket.
Length and outside off, Pooran runs it down to third man for a single.
Review time! Sri Lanka have opted for a review against Pooran for LBW!
SHOUT FOR AN LBW! Not given. Back of a length ball around off, angling in, Pooran goes for the pull but misses it to get hit near the groin area. Chameera appeals but nothing from the umpire. Sri Lanka take the review and the Ultra Edge shows a flat line when the ball is near the bat. Ball Tracker shows the stumps to be missing. Sri Lanka lose a review and Pooran is safe to continue.
The physio is out to tend to Dinesh Chandimal. He seems to have done some damage to his fingers on the previous ball. A bit of taping done on his fingers and he seems good to continue.
Lovely bowling! Length and around off, cutting into Pollard there who looks to defend it. The ball goes between his pad and bat and towards the left of Chandimal who fumbles to collect it. Bye is given. Chandimal seems to have hurt his fingers here.
Dushmantha Chameera (7-0-44-0) is back on.
Floated outside off, punched to covers. Cautiously sees off the over. 2 off it, 60 needed more off 42 balls. 214/3
On off, Pooran drives it back to the bowler.
Flighted outside off, Pooran defends it to covers.
Fuller outside off, Pooran squeezes it towards deep point. The fielder there cuts it off near the ropes. A couple taken.
On middle, Pooran plays it back to the bowler.
Flighted on off, blocked off the back foot.
Kieron Pollard is the new man in. 62 needed off 48 balls.
OUT! CAUGHT! The trap was set and Bravo falls into it. Perera gets the third breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Fuller length ball around middle and off, Bravo tees off for yet another big shot down the ground but this time he has hit it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. Ashen Bandara comes running in from the deep and takes the catch safely. Needless shot, they already had gathered 10 from the over. 212/3
Good length around middle, clipped towards mid-wicket for a single.
Fuller in length and around middle, Pooran drives it through mid on and calls for a couple. He gets two with ease.
Fuller and around off, Bravo drives it through cover-point for a single.
SIX! With the wind and gone! That is a massive blow from Bravo. Length ball around off, Bravo goes ahead with his lofted shot as he spanks it over the deep mid-wicket fence for half a dozen.
Yorker on middle, Bravo can only dig it out back to the bowler.
Thisara Perera is back on.
Flighted delivery on off, Pooran plays it back to the bowler. 4 runs off the over, pressure starting to build. 202/2
On middle, driven past mid off for a single.
Fuller on off, Bravo strokes it straight to the man at mid-wicket.
Floated around leg, Pooran tucks it off his hips to the leg side for a single.
Tossed up around off, Bravo whips it off his pads to deep square leg for a run. 200 up for West Indies.
Flatter around middle, Pooran pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Powerplay 3 time! A maximum of 5 fielders can now be put outside the circle till the end of this innings. Wanindu Hasaranga is back on, he has three vital overs left in his spell.
A full toss on off, Bravo defends it back to the bowler. Sandakan is done with his spell, 10-1-36-1! 198/2
Tossed up ball on off, turning in, Bravo lunges and defends it near his front pad.
Too full in length on middle, knocked down to long on for another single.
Tossed up ball on middle, helped on the leg side, straight to mid-wicket.
Fuller and on off, clipped to square leg for one.
Short and wide outside off, Pooran goes back and pulls it down to long on for a single.
Eases a full ball down through mid on for a run. 79 needed off 66 balls. 195/2
Darren Bravo walks in next.
OUT! Shai Hope is sent packing! Is there a twist left in this chase? The asking rate has crept up slightly but it's not alarming yet. Still, Hope tries to aim for a big shot, that's not his natural game and he throws his wicket away. Two quick wickets for Sri Lanka and they have a sniff here. Fullish delivery, wide outside off and slower in pace, Hope tries to loft it down the ground but ends up skying it up towards mid off. Pradeep backtracks a bit, settles underneath and takes the catch in the second attempt. A good knock by Hope is over and now West Indies have two new batsmen in the middle.
A mistimed back foot punch this time by Shai as he finds the cover fielder again.
Good length ball on off, Hope punches but finds the short cover fielder.
Again the length is full and this time it's on the pads of the left-hander, Pooran turns it to the left side of the short mid-wicket fielder for a run.
Fuller length ball on middle, Shai drives it down through mid on for a single. 81 needed off 71 balls.
Thisara Perera is back on. 0/32 in his 5 overs so far.
Loopy and full on off, Nicholas presses forward in defense. A wicket maiden for Sandakan! 192/1
Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Pooran tries to slap it through the line but misses.
Gets forward to a full ball and defends it back.
Tossed up ball on middle, defended back to the bowler.
Nicholas Pooran gets a promotion at number 3.
OUT! STUMPED! Finally, Sri Lanka have a breakthrough, a bit too late though. Sandakan tosses it up in the air and lands full around off, Lewis rushes down the track for a big shot but it spins past his bat. Chandimal does the rest and Evin is not even trying to get inside the crease. End of a fantastic knock and partnership and Lewis is receiving a standing ovation. 82 needed off 76 balls.
Floated delivery, short and wide outside off, Evin cracks it off his back foot but finds point.
Width on offer outside off, Lewis steers it through point and collects a single. 192/0
Pitches it up and outside off, Lewis drives it firmly down to mid off, not in the gap.
Short and down the leg side, Hope pulls it to deep square leg for a run. He is angry with himself as he could have played it finer.
Good length ball outside off, tapped down to short third man.
Knocks a full ball down to long on for a run.
HUNDRED FOR LEWIS! An innings of authority! Tucks a length ball through square leg and returns for the second run. A fabulously-paced knock by the southpaw. He is showing good maturity of late. Good signs for West Indies.
Flighted ball around off, Lewis drives it to long off for a single. He moves onto 99! 187/0
Full and turning into Lewis who pushes it to covers and comes down the wicket searching for a single but then returns back seeing the fielder swooping on the ball.
Floated around off, Hope comes down the track to hoick it to the leg side but gets an inside edge as the ball goes to mid-wicket. A single taken.
Loopy around off, Lewis drives it towards covers where a fumble allows a single to be taken.
Another short and wide leg break and Lewis cuts it to cover-point.
Leg break on middle, kept out safely back to the bowler.
Short and outside off, Hope fetches it from there and pulls it over mid-wicket for a brace. 90 needed off 90 balls. 184/0
Short of a length ball on the pads, Lewis goes for the pull but he gets it off the pads towards the leg side. A single taken and the umpire signals it as a leg bye.
Fuller and around middle, it keeps a bit low too as Lewis nudges it to the leg side, finds short mid-wicket.
Another fuller in length delivery from Pradeep, Hope is happy to drive it down the ground to long on for a single.
Good length and on off, tapped to point this time.
FOUR! These are useful runs! Well-directed short ball but it does not rise much. Hope gets inside the line there to hook it towards fine leg for a boundary.
Another length delivery around leg, Lewis is happy to turn it to deep mid-wicket for another two runs. Moves to 97! 176/0
Length and angled on middle, Lewis turns it around the corner towards deep square leg. The fielder there fumbles to allow a couple of runs.
Short of a good length and outside off, Hope runs it down to third man for a single.
Another length ball around off, Hope tries to find the gap past mid off but fails in the attempt once again.
On middle, Hope flicks it to the short mid-wicket fielder who makes a diving stop to prevent a run.
Fuller and on off, driven down the ground to mid off this time.
Fuller in length and around middle, Hope whips it from there towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 171/0
Length and around off, Hope plays it to covers.
Full and around off, Lewis drives it to mid off. The fielder there gets to the ball by going to his left and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses it. A run is taken.
Back of a length ball around middle, Hope clips it towards deep square leg for a single.
Good length and around middle and leg, Lewis goes deep inside his crease before turning it to mid-wicket for a single.
Fuller in length and on off, Lewis hangs on the back foot as he plays it to covers.
Drinks break. Nothing much has changed for Sri Lanka between this and the last Drinks break. Their search for the first breakthrough is still on. The only thing that has changed or say has increased since the last break is the partnership runs between Hope and Lewis. It's been a really impressive showing by both of them and the latter is now smelling his fourth ODI ton also. 107 needed off 108 balls. Nuwan Pradeep to operate after the break.
Another good length delivery around middle, Hope plays it to mid-wicket to see off the over. 167/0
Good length around off, Hope defends it to point.
Length ball angled into off, Lewis tucks it to the leg side and takes a single.
FOUR! Drilled! Full and in the slot for Lewis to free his arms. He does so and nails the drive through the gap between mid off and extra cover for a boundary. He moves into the 90s.
Nothing on Free Hit! Length ball around off, helped straight to mid-wicket.
Short and around off, Lewis goes for the pull but is beaten. Chameera has overstepped. NO BALL CALLED! Free Hit coming up.
Shortish ball angling down the leg side, Lewis turns with the pull shot but finds the short fine leg fielder. The replays show that there was no bat and it pinged him on the thigh pad before deflecting to the fielder.
Fuller and wider outside off, Shai hits it firmly through the line but finds the cover fielder. 161/0
Loopy and full on off, it's defended back to the bowler.
Fuller and down the leg side, swept to short fine leg where the fielder dived to make the stop. A single taken.
NOT OUT! A quick single and Lewis survives a scare. Floated around off, Hope tucks it to square leg and runs for a single. The fielder there gets to the ball and scores a direct hit at the striker's end. The third umpire is called for and the replays show that Lewis has his bat grounded inside the crease when the bails were dislodged completely.
Run out check sent upstairs! Lewis looks to be safe with the initial replays coming in. It shows that the bat is grounded inside the crease when the bails get dislodged.
Floated around middle and leg, Lewis plays it with soft hands towards square leg for a single.
Darting on middle, whipped down to long on for a single.
Good length and around off, Lewis defends it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket. 117 more needed in 120 balls for West Indies to win. 157/0
On middle, nudged towards the leg side for a single by Hope this time.
Good length ball around off, Hope looks to defend it but the ball cuts into him and strikes him high on the pads. The ball rolls to the off side as Chameera appeals but the umpire is not interested. The bowler then gestures towards Chandimal that it was too high.
Short of a good length and outside off, Hope frees his arms as he cuts but straight to point.
Another short of a good length around off, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler who fails to field it. The ball goes to mid off. The fielder there gets to the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end as the batsmen hare for a single. He hits but by then Lewis was well in.
Good length and around off, Lewis stays glued to his crease and taps it down to the bowler.
Dushmantha Chameera is back on. He was quite expensive in his first spell, going for 31 runs in 4 overs.
Outside off, pushed to point. 155/0
Flighted on middle, Hope looks to flick but inside edges it onto his pads.
On off, Hope drives it back to the bowler off the front foot this time.
Fuller on off, Lewis drives it to covers where a misfield from the fielder allows the batsmen to take a single.
Flatter around off, Hope plays it off the back foot towards long on for a single.
Floated around off, kept out towards the off side.
Wanindu Hasaranga is back on. 5-0-25-0 from him.
Floated around leg, Hope tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 153/0
On middle, Lewis push-drives it to long on for a single.
On off, driven straight to mid off this time.
Flatter and shorter outside off, Lewis guides it off the back foot to short third man.
Tossed up around off, Lewis stays inside the crease as he pushes it to short cover.
Loopy outside off, slapped through covers for a single.
On a length on off, driven to long on for a single. 150 comes up for West Indies. 150/0
Good length around off, Hope turns it around the corner for a couple of runs.
FOUR LEG BYES! Length ball around off, cutting into Hope after pitching. Shai looks to nudge it towards the leg side but the ball takes the thigh pad and runs past the diving keeper and into the fence for a boundary. The umpire signals it as leg byes.
Length ball on off, played towards long on for a single.
FOUR! That is tremendous! Full and angled on the pads by Perera, slower in pace too as Lewis picks it off his pads to deposit it on the bounce over the deep backward square leg fence.
Length ball around off, stroked down to long on for a single.
Flighted and full around off, Evin is on the front foot as he pushes it once again to extra cover. 9 from the over, 137 needed more. 137/0
Flatter and shorter on off, punched off the back foot to extra cover.
Strides forward and drives a full ball down to long off for a run. A terrific simple method of batsmanship.
FOUR! Yet another great strike from Shai Hope! Even straighter this time. He jumps down the track in a flash, reaches the pitch of the ball and smashes it over Sandakan for a boundary.
Flatter googly around off, Hope gets back and turns it off his pads to mid-wicket.
FOUR! Nice clean strike! Full and floated on off, Shai shimmies down the track and hammers it over the bowler's head for a boundary. Superb footwork.
EDGED BUT SAFE! Shortish ball around off, some extra bounce, Lewis pushes inside the line and gets a thin outside edge behind. It falls in front of the keeper who collects it on one bounce. 128/0
Uses the angle of the bowler and tucks it towards short fine leg for a run.
Slower delivery, on a good length outside off, Hope is way too early into the shot and hence misses.
Another back foot punch by Lewis, this time away from the cover fielder inside the ring and a single is taken.
Short and outside off, Lewis punches it off his back foot but finds the cover fielder.
Fuller length ball on off, Hope drives it down to long on for a run.
Thisara Perera is back on.
Tossed up ball wide outside off, Lewis walks across the stumps and lets it go. 125/0
Quicker and fuller on middle, Lewis goes hard at it and edges it towards mid-wicket.
Another drive from the bat of Lewis and the mid off fielder stops it again.
Flighted and full outside off, Evin strokes it down towards mid off where the fielder dives to his left to stop the ball.
Short and wide outside off, punched off the back foot to covers.
FIFTY FOR SHAI HOPE, 5th successive score of 50-plus for him, his 18th in total in ODIs. In red-hot form. Reaches there with a gentle nudge on the leg side for a run at mid-wicket.
Physio comes out, a bit of stretching for Evin Lewis on the left leg.
The physio ius out there.
Flatter delivery, down the leg side, Lewis plays it late and flicks it off his pads, finds short fine leg. 124/0
Forces a full ball down the ground to mid off where the fielder dives to make a stop. Cannot prevent the single.
Superb batting. Loopy and full on off, Lewis pushes it defensively to the off side and pinches a single.
FOUR! Nice gap finding! Full in length and wide outside off, Lewis shows a good extension of his arms, uses his feet a bit too as he drills his drive through extra cover.
Slightly short and outside off, Hope gets back and cuts it to sweeper cover for a single.
Floated and full on middle, Shai is on the front foot in defense.
Two good deliveries to close the over. Loopy and full on off, Lewis presses forward and defends it with the turn back towards the bowler. 9 from the over, 157 needed more. 117/0
Better line and length this time, full and floated on off, Evin respectfully defends it off his front foot.
SIX! The fourth one of the evening from Evin Lewis. Sandakan is not learning and continues to dish out long hops. Yet another one around off, Lewis uses the depth of his crease and hammer-pulls it over mid-wicket.
Uppish but safe! Shai uses his feet to a wrong 'un landing full around off and chips it over mid off. A single.
The length remains short from Sandakan, allowing the batsman time to go back and work it around. This time Evin whacks it towards long off for one.
Wrong 'un but on the shorter side outside off, Hope picks it off the pitch and goes back to cut it towards sweeper cover for a run.
This time Wanindu probably aims for the blockhole, Shai takes it on the full by coming down the track and knocks it down towards long on for a run. They are safely seeing off the dangerous Lankan spinners. 108/0
Quicker through the air, flat and short on middle, Shai moves deep inside the crease and punches it towards mid on.
Floated and around leg, sliding down, Hope tries to flick but it takes his pads and goes to short fine leg.
Very full and around off, this time Lewis hits it in the V and sends it down to long off for a single.
Extra flight on this delivery, full and around off, Evin drives but finds the cover fielder.
Flighted and full outside off, driven off the front foot to long off for a single.
Floated around middle, Hope skips down the track and then lofts it towards long on where the fielder picks it up. A single taken. 105/0
On middle, driven down to long on for a single.
Shorter outside off, Lewis cuts but straight to point.
Flatter on leg, Lewis nudges it to the leg side.
BEATEN! Tossed up ball outside off, it lands on the rough and then spins into Lewis. Evin looks to poke at it tentatively but is beaten all ends up.
Flighted on off, stroked to long off for a single.
Another easy single this time to long on as Hope eases it down past mid on. 102/0
On off, pushed down to long off for a single.
Flighted around off, Lewis pats it to point and they look for a single but then decide against taking it.
Fullish outside off, played back to the bowler once again.
Loopy on leg, Lewis helps it off his pads to mid-wicket.
Fuller and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
Flatter outside off, Hope plays it in the direction of the cover fielder. A dot to end the over. 174 needed more off 192 balls. 100/0
The 100-run stand comes up between Hope and Lewis. Full on off, Lewis drives it to long off for a single. The West Indian dressing room is looking relaxed and happy.
Fuller and quicker outside off, Hope taps it down the ground to long off for a single.
DROPPED! Sandakan drops a return catch to give life to Hope. Flighted around leg, Hope goes to hit it downtown but chips it in the air towards the bowler who gets a hand to it but cannot hold onto the catch. You need to take such chances if you want to make inroads in the opposition line up. It seems Sandakan has hurt his fingers here and the physio has been summoned on the ground. Nothing too serious though.
On middle, pushed to the leg side this time by Hope.
Flatter outside off, slapped to cover-point for a single.
Full on off, in fact, a full toss, driven down to long off for a single as Lewis keeps the strike for the next over. 97/0
Flighted on off, Lewis defends it by getting on the front foot.
On middle, Hope plays it down to long on for a single.
Flighted on off, Hope keeps it out back towards the bowler.
Flighted around off, pushed down to long off for a single.
SIX! Lewis coming into his own self now. Hasaranga tosses one up around off, Lewis waits for it and then powers it over long off for a biggie.
On off, pushed to mid on. Another dot to end Sandakan's first over, a tidy one by him. 88/0
Floated around middle, Hope tucks it to square leg.
50 comes up for the consistent Evin Lewis. He brings up his 10th fifty in ODIs. Floated on off, Lewis strokes it through covers to get to his milestone with a single.
Flatter outside off, Lewis strokes it to covers.
A slip comes now...
Full and straight outside off, Lewis watches it and then leaves it.
Loopy ball around off, Hope strokes it to long off for a single.
Drinks break! Time to take a breather. West Indies are off to a solid start yet again with their openers showing great intent. The association of Hope and Lewis has already eaten out 86 runs from the target and the hosts won't mind them having a bigger bite at the target. As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, it's been the same story for them with the new balls. No breakthrough, no control. They would now be banking on their spinners to help them make a comeback. Lakshan Sandakan to bowl after the break. No close-in fielders around. Really hard to understand the tactics of Dimuth Karunaratne. You can't win this match by containing the batsmen. Bizarre!
On middle, turned towards mid-wicket for a single. 86/0
Fullish on off, Hope drives it to mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
Floated on the pads, pushed towards long on for a single.
Quicker around middle, Lewis does well to get his bat down in time as he fends it away.
Fuller on off, Lewis plays it to covers.
Quicker and flatter around off, Lewis punches it to covers.
Wanindu Hasaranga is into the attack now. He bowled 40 dot balls in his 10-over spell in the last game.
Flighted around leg, tucked to short mid-wicket. Dot ball to finish the over. 82/0
Flatter around off, punched off the back foot towards long off for a single. No real pressure on these two at the moment!
Slower on leg, Hope strokes it past short mid-wicket for a single.
Fuller on off, driven down to long on for another run.
Length and outside off, Lewis pushes it to the off side, not in the gap though.
Darted around off, Hope strokes it to long off for a single.
FOUR! Welcome boundary for West Indies! Length ball angled on the pads, Lewis clips it through to fine leg for a boundary. 78/0
A sedate passage of play as West Indies feast on the singles. Length and around off, Hope plays it through covers for a single.
Short of good length and around off, Lewis punches it through covers and gets a run.
Good length and around off, Hope drives it through covers and gets to the other end for a single.
Good length and around middle, flicked to the leg side by Hope.
Length ball around off, Lewis punches it to mid off and takes a quick single.
Flighted around off, driven through cover-point for a single. 10 from the over! 70/0
On off, pushed to covers.
SIX! All the way for a six! Shortish ball on middle, skidding down, Lewis waits for the ball to come before pulling it over backward square leg for a maximum.
On off, pushed to long off for a run.
Darted around off, stroked towards long off by single.
Fuller on middle, whipped away towards long on for a single.
Length and outside off, punched straight to point. 60/0
Good length and around off, Hope plays it to mid-wicket for a single.
In the air... safe! Length ball around off, Lewis goes for a big heave. He though top edges it towards deep backward point. A single taken.
Length delivery around off, played towards covers.
Back of a length ball around off, Lewis plays it back to the bowler.
Good length and around middle, Hope tucks it to square leg for a single.
Powerplay 2 time! Now a maximum of 4 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Teasing delivery outside off, Lewis watches it and then decides to make a leave. 57/0
Floated around off, Lewis pats it to covers.
Flatter outside off, Lewis cuts but cannot get it past cover-point.
Flighted around leg, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.
Fuller ball around off, Lewis strokes it to mid off this time.
Floated ball around off, driven down to long on for a single.
Danushka Gunathilaka is into bowl now.
SIX! 50 up for West Indies! What a way to bring it! Length and around off, Lewis hoicks it disdainfully over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. 220 needed more off 246 balls. 54/0
Length ball on middle, Lewis tucks it to mid-wicket and comes down the track looking for a run but is rightly sent back by his partner.
Back of a length and around off, Hope stands tall and punches it through extra cover for another single.
Fuller and around off, Lewis drives it to deep cover for a single. Easy going for this pair, so far.
Good length and around off, Hope looks to drive it to the off side but the ball goes off the outside edge towards short third man. The fielder there gets a hand to it with a dive but cannot prevent a single.
Fuller and around off, slower in pace at 120 kph, Hope drives it to covers.
Thisara Perera is into the attack now.
FOUR! Drilled away! Full and around off, Lewis strokes it down the ground where mid on puts a dive but the ball goes past him and into the fence at long on for a boundary. 45/0
On a length and around leg, Hope turns it towards square leg for a single.
Good length ball outside off, Lewis taps it to covers.
Yorker around off, it's bowled with a slinging action by Chameera, Lewis digs it out to the leg side off the inside edge for a single.
Length and around off, punched to covers.
FOUR! There comes the mighty blow. Short and around middle, it sits up nicely for Lewis to pull. He does so with ease and sends it sailing towards the mid-wicket fence. The ball bounces ahead of the ropes to go for a boundary.
Good length delivery around off, Hope goes deep inside his crease as he plays it to point in the end. 35/0
Length ball angled on leg, Hope flicks it straight to the man at short fine leg.
Back of a length on leg, Lewis whips it to square leg for a single this time.
Length ball outside off, Hope helps it wide of short third man. He takes a quick single.
Fuller around middle and leg, Hope clips it to mid-wicket where the fielder makes a fine diving stop.
Short of length around off, Hope pats it to point. The fielder there gets to the ball and underarms the throw to the keeper's end. He hits but no damage done in the end.
Another length ball angled on middle, Lewis push-drives it to mid on where the fielder does well to go to his right and field it. 33/0
Fuller and in fact in the blockhole, Lewis does well to dig it out somehow towards deep mid-wicket. A couple of runs results.
On a length and around off, Lewis hops and clips it to mid-wicket.
Full on off, pushed back to the bowler.
Back of a length ball around off, Hope plays it to the leg side for a single.
Pradeep keeps it around off, Hope flicks it to mid-wicket for a couple.
Length ball around off, pushed back to the bowler. 28/0
Very full in length and outside off, Lewis goes for the drive away from this body and gets it away off the toe end. The ball lobs but doesn't carry to mid off.
Pradeep keeps it on a length and around off, Lewis blocks it out off the back foot towards the leg side.
Another back of a length ball around off, Hope pulls it to backward square leg and gets a single as the fielder misfields. The ball rolls to short fine leg.
Short of length and outside off, Hope taps it to short third man off the back foot.
An appeal for lbw turned down! Good length around middle and leg, Hope looks to flick it to the leg side but is beaten to get hit high on the pads. Pradeep appeals but the umpire is unmoved. Going down, possibly.
Back of a length around off, Lewis remains on the back foot and defends it back. 27/0
FOUR! Fortuitous boundary! Good length around leg, Lewis looks to tuck it to the leg side but ends up inside edging it past the sticks and into the fine leg fence for a boundary.
Short and around off, Hope pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder inside the ring jumps but it goes over him. They collect three runs.
Length and around off, Hope drives but cannot pierce the off side field.
EDGY FOUR! Hope and West Indies won't mind it a bit. He was in full control of it. Short and wide of off, Hope throws the kitchen sink at it. He gets it off the top edge and the ball runs down to the third man fence for a boundary.
Full and on the pads, Lewis clips it to short fine leg for a quick single. The fielder there has a shy at the keeper's end but he misses it. Wrong end, should have aimed at the bowler's end as Lewis was late in taking off.
FOUR! Uncharacteristic stuff! Full and in the slot for Hope to launch it over mid on. The ball goes on a couple of bounces into the fence at long on. You usually don't see Shai take the aerial route. 15/0
Length and angled on the pads, Hope looks to flick it but is beaten as the ball goes off the thigh pads to the leg side. Pradeep appeals but nothing from the umpire. Sri Lanka again do not review. Later the Ball Tracker shows the ball to be missing the stumps.
Back of a length and outside off, Lewis slaps it to deep point for a run.
Short and around off, Lewis ducks under it.
Back of a length around off, pushed back to the bowler.
Fuller and outside off, Lewis drives but finds mid off to perfection.
Short and outside off, Hope drops his wrists and lets the ball sail into the keeper's gloves. 10/0
FOUR! Lovely punchy drive! Length and outside off, Hope stays on the back foot as he opens the face of the bat to guide the ball past point for a boundary.
The physio is out there. Mandatory concussion test in progress. Hope looks to be fine to continue as he has a change of helmet.
A good short ball, well-directed one too. Hope lines up for the pull but cannot get bat on the ball. The ball takes the helmet and lobs towards the keeper who takes it and appeals. So does the bowler but the umpire is unmoved. Sri Lanka do not take the review.
Good shot for no run! Length and around off, Hope drives but cannot get in past the fielder at covers.
Short of a good length and around off, Hope taps it off the back foot towards covers.
Fuller around off, Hope clips it to mid on.
Who will bowl from the other end? Dushmantha Chameera to bowl from the other end.
Short of a good length around off, Lewis stands tall and punches the ball to covers. 6 off the first over. 6/0
Good length and around off, Lewis blocks it off the back foot this time.
FOUR! Elegantly timed! First boundary for the West Indies. Overpitched around off, Lewis takes a stride towards the ball and then drives it through covers as the ball races away to the fence.
Short and outside off, Lewis slashes it but cannot get it past the fielder at point.
Hope too is up and running. Good length around off, Hope taps it to backward point and takes a quick single.
Off the mark is Lewis here. Pradeep starts with a length ball on leg, Lewis clips it towards square leg and takes a single.