ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Date & Time: 01 July 2019
RR: 6.3 | Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 23 runs
So! A dead rubber ends in an interesting fashion. Neither side can qualify but at least both gave it their all. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 sees Bangladesh take on India at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Join us at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Sri Lankan captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, says that these kinds of wins build a huge amount of confidence. Admits that in the earlier games, they put pressure on themselves and hence committed mistakes. In this one, he agrees that they played freely due to lack of pressure. Praises Avishka Fernando and wants his side to learn from him. Admits that the SA game was a must-win one but wants his side to play freely in the next game. On the bowling, Karunaratne says that the Lankans concentrated on keeping it tight, not conceding too many runs, which resulted in a couple of run outs. On Mathews bowling the 48th over, Dimuth says that he had to bowl 2 overs of the 5th bowler and was going to bowl one himself but says that Angelo Mathews himself came and said that he will bowl. On the question whether Angelo will bowl regularly, Karunaratne laughs it off, saying that he does not think Mathews will bowl much again.
West Indian skipper, Jason Holder, admits that the West Indies were slow off the blocks with both, bat and ball. Rues the fielding efforts throughout the tournament, letting key moments slip. Feels that 338 was about par on a wicket which was slow at times. Reckons that Pooran showed that if someone spent some time at the wicket, they could bat deep. On the Caribbeans doing well at the death with the ball, Holder praises his bowlers for coming back strongly. Tells that the team was backing itself when the Allen-Pooran stand was going on and is sad that they could not win. Agrees that this sort of play and this lot of youngsters are really promising and is happy with the attitude being shown. On their final game, Jason just wants a win through a complete performance.
AVISHKA FERNANDO HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He has a special translator in Kumar Sangakkara. Avishka says that when he went in, he was happy that he did what was required. Is delighted with the way they bowled and fielded and his knock has come in a winning cause. He is very happy to get the opportunities and wants to focus on developing his game.
Earlier in the day, a masterful century from Avishka Fernando took Sri Lanka to 338, with decent knocks from Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne. This win takes the Lankans above Bangladesh to 6th in the points table, with 8 points. However, they cannot qualify even if they beat India on Saturday. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
Nicholas Pooran then took the mantle upon himself and with 31 needed from the last 3 overs, Karunartane had to decide whom should he turn to, to bowl 2 remaining overs of the fifth bowler. He went with his most experienced player - Angelo Mathews. The bloke, who had not bowled since December 2017, struck gold on his very first ball, getting Pooran dismissed and that nipped the game in the bud. Malinga was the chief destroyer, with 3 wickets while the others, though not wicket-taking, were decent.
Pooran was involved in three successive 50-run stands, first with Holder, then Brathwaite and finally Allen. Comically, all the partnerships ended in a run out. Of all the three stands, it was the Pooran-Allen stand which injected some momentum into the chase. The 83-run stand came in just 58 balls and at that time, it seemed like West Indies had a chance. But his run out once again changed the tempo.
For a match which ran close, Sri Lanka always looked comfortable while defending. The top four batsmen did not contribute much for the Windies and neither scored at the rate they were expected to. At 84/4, it looked like we were in for a quick finish but Nicholas Pooran stepped up.
A close finish in the end. The run chase looked dead and buried in the 35th over, when Carlos Brathwaite got out but Nicholas Pooran almost single-handedly took his side home. Have to feel for the youngster but had he received some more support from the other end, the West Indies might have ended on the right side.
27 needed off 6 balls. Angelo Mathews to bowl it...
Shannon Gabriel walks in next. Watch out for your toes.
A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Sri Lanka have reviewed. Looks close.
Look who has the ball in his hand! The experienced head of Angelo Mathews has been given the ball by Dimuth Karunaratne. This is his first over of this World Cup. Watch out for his clever change in pace.
Lasith Malinga is back into the attack. He has two vital overs up his sleeves. That's the game, to be honest.
Sheldon Cottrell walks out to the middle. He needs to hang in there with Pooran. That is his job.
Isuru Udana is back on!
Kasun Rajitha returns into the attack. He has been quite expensive, going in at more than 7. He has two remaining now, and 14 of those two won't be too bad given the context of the match. 84 needed off 54 balls.
Powerplay 3 begins! Now, Sri Lanka can have five fielders outside the ring. Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl out.
In comes Lasith Malinga into the attack. Four wickets left. He has two to his name. Can he finish things off and get a 5-fer?
Fabian Allen arrives next to bat. All he needs to do is to partner Nicholas Pooran who is batting superbly at the moment.
Has Udana got a touch there? If he has, Brathwaite is surely short and this could be a very unfortunate end to his innings.
Isuru Udana is back on! 4-0-18-0 so far.
Drinks break. 167 needed off 108 balls with five wickets in hand. Nicholas Pooran and Carlos Brathwaite have the caliber to take this close and even win it but they need to be very careful with their shot selection. Carlos showed that against New Zealand and nearly took West Indies home that evening without much support from the other end. Sri Lanka are on top and just need to keep bowling tidy overs and wait for the mistakes. Let's see which way this chase heads now. It can be either down to the wire if these two last the distance or can end soon. Interesting move. Dimuth Karunaratne has decided to bowl, only the second time in his short ODI career he is doing so.
Change in bowling. Kasun Rajitha has been inserted back into the attack. He was quite wayward in his first spell and went for 35 runs in 5 overs. Although he managed to get the prized scalp of Chris Gayle. Would like to be neat and tidy in this spell.
Carlos 'Remember the name' Brathwaite walks in. Can he play an innings worth remembering?
Another stumping appeal! Is Pooran gone? It has been referred upstairs. 'Grounded, grounded.' is the voice of third umpire S Ravi. Safe.
Stumping appeal is referred upstairs. Has Kusal Perera taken the bails off just in time? The replays find that though it was nice thinking from the keeper to wait before removing the bails, Holder's right leg never left the crease. He dragged it just a bit but had it nicely planted all the time.
There is a bowling change. Dhananjaya de Silva is back into the attack to bowl his offies. 5-0-17-0, he was very economical in his first spell inside Powerplay 1.
Time for some leg spin! Jeffrey Vandersay to bowl his first over of this World Cup. With a left-hander in the middle, it's going to be a great battle.
Out walks the skipper, Jason Holder.
Yesterday, in the nets, bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed was bowling throwdowns to Nicholas Pooran. The focus seemed to be on the front foot movement. He was trying to get his cover and off drives perfect. Let's see whether that practice helps him today.
An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs. Pooran is the man in question. He seems relaxed.
Good learning from Kasun Rajitha. The ball before the wicket, which was hit for a six, was short. But the wicket ball was slightly fuller than that one. Good to see that the youngster learnt from his mistake and eventually got his man.
Drinks break. Nicholas Pooran is the new batsman out in the centre. West Indies going nowhere in this chase. They have been struggling to get the boundaries and now, with Gayle gone, the target looks even steeper. Sri Lanka have done really well, keeping the basics right and sticking to their belief. On course for a big win.
Now then... the umpire feels the over is done but he is then informed on his earpiece there is one more ball to go.
Kasun Rajitha is on now! He has got good pace and can hurry up the batsmen.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Isuru Udana has been brought on.
New batsman for West Indies is...any guesses? It's the fearless Shimron Hetmyer batting at 4 today, not Nicholas Pooran. Maybe to counter the spinners. He is known to be very swift with his footwork.
Run out appeal has been referred upstairs! Also, the bowler is down in pain here as the ball after hitting the wickets at the non-striker's end deflects to catch Dhananjaya on the back of his right leg. Gayle looks to be safely in though in the replays.
Free Hit time!
Shai Hope is the new man in. 192 runs in this World Cup so far for him which includes a couple of fifties. West Indies require him to stand up today and deliver a big knock.
Spinner from the other end! Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl with a slip and leg slip in place.
The run chase is upon us! Chris Gayle will open the innings with Sunil Ambris, who seems to have recovered after hurting his ankle while fielding. The Lankan players get into a huddle near the boundary line. They have plenty in the bank at the moment but need to spend carefully. Lasith Malinga to begin with the first new ball.