West Indies comprehensively defeated Sri Lanka in their second game of the World T20 by 7 wickets. Sri Lankan batting struggled once again and just managed to post a small total of 122 runs on the loss of 9 wickets. West Indies weren’t anywhere in the favorites of the tournament, but they are looking extremely threatening now.
Darren Sammy won the toss and for the second time in the tournament, chose to bowl first. Sri Lanka had a miserable start to the innings. They lost half of their side at a score of only 47 runs. Angelo Mathews and Thisara Parera started off the repairing work and contributed 44 runs together for the sixth wicket partnership.
Angelo Mathews lost his wicket at an individual score of 20 runs off Bravo, it was an awkward dismissal for the Sri Lankan skipper. It was a loopy full toss from Dwayne Bravo, Mathews almost lost the ball in the air, he was on his back knee, and the ball hit his bat and went straight to Ramdin behind the stumps. It seemed a waste high delivery, but the third umpire confirmed that it would have been fine, if Mathews was having a normal stance.
Thisara Parera scored 40 runs on 29 deliveries; he played an instrumental role in taking Sri Lanka to 122 runs. Samuel Badree was the best bowler for the West Indies; he struck thrice in the innings and leaked just 12 runs in his 4 overs.
Chris Gayle was hit with a hamstring injury while fielding, so he couldn’t get out for West Indies to open the innings. But, it was a special show from Andre Fletcher. Johnston Charles once again fell early in the piece. He dragged one from the leg spinner Francis Vandersey, when he was on 10. Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin lost their wickets cheaply after scoring just 3 and 5 runs respectively.
It was all about Andre Fletcher and his power hitting in the second innings. He scored 84 runs off 64 deliveries. His innings comprised of 6 fours and 5 sixes. The West Indian opener remained not out and drove his side over a convincing victory. Whereas, Andre Russel showed glimpses of his ability to muscle the ball in his small cameo of 20 runs on 8 balls.
Andre Fletcher was awarded the Man of the Match for his blistering innings of 84 runs. On the other hand, Francis Vandersey was impressive with the figures of 11 runs in 4 overs with a wicket.
West Indies has kicked off their World T20 campaign in the perfect fashion. They have won both of their contests of the tournament comfortably. They will face South Africa on 25th March in Nagpur.