West Indies in Sri Lanka, 2 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Date & Time: 06 March 2020
RR: 9.29 | West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
That's all from this game and the series. Sri Lanka won the ODI series while West Indies bounced back to claim the T20I series for themselves. Now, Sri Lanka face England in a two-Test series starting on March 19 while the West Indian players go back home. They have their next international series in June but before that, few of their players will take part in the Indian T20 League. Until then, cheers.
Kieron Pollard, the West Indies skipper, says he is very satisfied with the team's performance. Adds that they weren't relaxed and played both the games with the same intensity. States that it was a complete team effort, King laid the foundation brilliantly, the bowlers were excellent in the first essay. Says that execution with the ball was important and they did that in the T20I series and could not do so in the ODI series and the experience in this team helped them do that.
Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan skipper, says they needed to get something around 160 or 170 but the wicket was slow, however, Hasaranga's injury did not help their cause. Adds that they needed early wickets but they did not get many and they weren't good at the start. He thanks the Lankan supporters for their support. Goes onto say that they need to get more consistent and that is what they are looking for going ahead. States that Perera and Mathews have good experience and there is a mixture of youth and experience in the side. Finishes by saying that the side is working on their fielding and hence, they have improved in that department.
Man of the Match and Series, Andre Russell, says he was just trying to get the runs, further adds it was a good team display and he is happy they won the series. Mentions they are peaking at the right time but they still have a few areas to work on and they are focused for the competition ahead. States that they did not start the ODI series on the right note. Says that they lost a close game in the first ODI and in the second they were beaten quite easily but they did well in the T20I series.
Brandon King is down for an interview, he says the guys did really well and it is his job to get the team to a good start in the Powerplay. Adds that the series win is very important and it is a good motivation factor. On Russell's innings, King says that it is great to watch him hit the ball like that.
It was the Windies bowlers who set the win up for them though. They did really well in the first essay of the game and restricted the Lankans to a moderate total which they chased down quite easily in the end.
The Lankan bowlers did not have a lot of runs to defend but their bowling was also not that great. They managed to bowl well in patches but defending a below par total, you need to hit the right lines and lengths on consistent basis and they failed to do so. To make matters worse, they lost Hasaranga without even him bowling one ball. due to an injury. A lot was then expected from Sandakan and Malinga but both failed to deliver. Overall, it was a poor performance with both, bat and ball from the hosts.
A very convincing win for the visitors to seal the series! 156 was always termed under par and the Windies made it look that way. Just the 17 overs they took to gun this down despite getting off to a bad start as they lost Simmons early. King though continued playing his shots and got the away side off to a flier. Once he departed, run scoring seemed a little tough for Hetmyer and Powell. The two added something around 30 but it came at a slow rate. When Powell was dismissed, Sri Lanka had a sniff but then, it was the Russell show, he plundered the bowlers to all parts of the ground, hitting six sixes to make a mockery of this run chase.
Lasith Malinga is back on. He has been expensive in his first two overs. 31 runs came of it.
Lahiru Kumara is back on. 2-0-9-1 are his figures so far.
Andre Russell is the next man in.
Has Jayasuriya taken a blinder at the ropes? Third umpire has been called in to confirm. The soft signal is out.
Dasun Shanaka is into the attack.
Thisara Perera is on now.
Angelo Mathews is back on. 2-0-13-1 are his figures so far.
Time for the mandatory concussion test! Powell was hit on the helmet and the physio is out to have a check on him. Let's hope that he is fine.
Rovman Powell is the next man in.
Lahiru Kumara is into the attack now.
We are back for the run chase. The Sri Lankan players make their way out to the middle. Brandon King and Lendl Simmons follow them out. Lasith Malinga will start with the ball for the hosts.