Brief scores: Sri Lanka 122/9 in 20 overs (Thisara Perera 40, Angelo Mathews 20; Samuel Badree 3-12, Dwayne Bravo 2-20) lost to West Indies 127/3 in 18.2 overs (Andre Fletcher 84*, Andre Russell 20*; Milinda Siriwardana 2-33, Jeffrey Vandersay 1-11) by seven wickets.
It was a close full house at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday (March 20) as the excited Bengaluru swarm anxiously anticipated the ‘nearby kid’ Chris Gayle. They were left baffled as the left-given batsman did not turn out to open the innings, having supported a left hamstring damage while handling. Be that as it may, there was no lack of activity as Andre Fletcher’s all around paced innings (84 not out off 64) supplemented Samuel Badree’s fine appearing with the ball (3 for 12) to offer West Indies some assistance with registering their second win in the same number of recreations in the ICC World T20, 2016.
Requested that bat to begin with, Sri Lanka could just oversee 122 for the loss of nine wickets. Angelo Mathews’ side made West Indies extend a bit yet Darren Sammy’s group figured out how to get over the line with seven wickets close by and 10 conveyances to extra to be roosted immovably on the Group 1 table.
Fletcher, who was acquired for Jerome Taylor, started in Hulk-mode, an inside-edge offering him some assistance with getting off the imprint with a four off Angelo Mathews, before crushing the Sri Lankan skipper over the sight screen. Rangana Herath got comparable treatment from the stand-in opener, even as serenades of “we need Gayle, we need Gayle…” resounded around the stadium.
Then, Johnson Charles had a godsend as Chamara Kapugedera dropped a basic discover running in from profound mid-wicket to deny a wicket to Jeffrey Vandersay, the leg-break bowler who substituted Shehan Jayasuriya for this amusement. The miss, notwithstanding, did not end up being too unreasonable as Charles was dumbfounded in the last of powerplay by the leg-spinner, who made it a wicket-lady to help Sri Lanka pull things back.
Marlon Samuels did not have a beneficial excursion, a less than ideal jog down the track on a turning wicket achieving his ruin, as Sri Lanka applied more weight on West Indies with a couple of all the more tight overs, with Herath finishing his quantity before the end of the tenth over. Three overs later, Fletcher enrolled his fifth Twenty20 International fifty preceding Denesh Ramdin was knocked down some pins by Siriwardana. What took after was some dramatization as Gayle watched set to exit to the center, just to be halted by the fourth umpire, Ian Gould, since his time off the field amid the principal innings, implied that he needed to sit tight more for his swing to bat.
Fletcher, unperturbed by every one of the occasions, smacked Siriwardana for two back to back sixes while Andre Russell, the person who really came at the fall of Ramdin’s wicket, scored a four to get off the imprint. There was further dramatization when Fletcher got an outside edge off Dushmantha Chameera and the third umpire’s help was looked for. Replays uncovered that Dinesh Chandimal had taken the ball on the ricochet, giving Fletcher a broadened stay while Gayle, why should watching turn out, needed to turn back once more. Russell, who was put around Kulasekara, completed it off in style with a six off Thisara Perera in the nineteenth over.
Prior, with a six and a four off back to back conveyances in the opening over off Russell, Tillakaratne Dilshan proceeded from where he exited off in the past match and looked set to do a great deal of harm once more. Notwithstanding, he was awful to be declared leg-before off Carlos Brathwaite – replays uncovering that the ball was unmistakably missing the stumps. Chandimal got off to a promising begin after Dwayne Bravo’s wayward toss offered him a fortunate reprieve in the opening over. Indeed, even as West Indies were juggling their bowlers, presenting upwards of four in the initial four overs in their endeavor to unsettle the Sri Lankan batsmen, Chandimal was hesitant with his running between the wickets. That cost him dear as he took off for a non-existent single, just to be sent back by Lahiru Thirimanne, and a sharp toss from Johnson Charles made the occupation simple for attendant Ramdin.
Russell, in the interim, was not having an extraordinary time with the ball, yielding a limit each to Thirimanne and Kapugedera, as Sri Lanka kept up a run-rate of more than eight toward the end of the Powerplay. Badree, then again, had knocked down some pins two or three tight overs, and he harvested the prize in his third over when Thirimanne cut one to Andre Fletcher at point. Sammy chose to bowl Badree out and the move paid rich profits as the leg-spinner sent back Kapugedera and Siriwardana in the space of four conveyances – confused and an edge to first slip being the method of releases – to complete with fabulous figures, which consequently had a direction on Sri Lanka’s scoring rate.
Working Bravo and Sulieman Benn in coupled, West Indies sneaked in a couple of cheap overs while Mathews and Perera went about the revamping process. The Sri Lankan batsmen were not able discover a limit for 43 conveyances before Perera pounded one straight back over the non-striker’s head when Russell was re-brought into the assault. Another straight drive off a Benn full-hurl yielded Perera his second four and it was about time Sri Lanka hurried – in spite of the two limits, the run-rate was beneath six toward the end of the fifteenth over. Benn, who additionally finished his spell, did not get any wicket, but rather had guaranteed that the batsmen were continued a tight rope as he surrendered just 13.
Mathews, who was battling in this trip, left in an odd way, giving Bravo his first wicket. The Lankan skipper, who was well out of the wrinkle, misconceived a full-hurl when he went down on one knee, to top-edge the ball to the attendant. The third umpire was squeezed energetically to check for the stature, before Mathews headed back. Sri Lanka, who had overseen just 94 keeps running with three overs staying in the innings, required Perera to turn on the defibrillator to give some life to the innings. He figured out how to do that in the eighteenth over, which yielded 16 runs. Be that as it may, Sri Lanka lost more wickets – Russell releasing Kulasekara, Herath getting run out before Perera got out to Bravo – as Sri Lanka pretty much figured out how to cross 120, an aggregate that turned out to be inadequate.