West Indies in Sri Lanka, 2 T20I Series, 2020

Sri Lanka vs West Indies - 2nd T20I

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Date & Time: 06 March 2020

West Indies 158/3

RR: 9.29 | West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

commentary

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.

16.6
6
A Mathews to A Russell, SIX! Russell finishes it off in style! Takes his helmet off and kisses the the badge on it. All smiles in the Windies camp as they have WON THIS GAME BY 7 WICKETS AND THE SERIES 2-0! The last ball of the match is a short one and on middle, Russell pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
16.5
0
A Mathews to A Russell, A length delivery, it rises after pitching. Russell keeps it out by taking one hand off the handle.
16.4
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, A single now! On middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
16.3
0
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Slightly shorter in length, Hetmyer pulls but to mid-wicket. A dot.
16.2
1
A Mathews to A Russell, On the bounce! Just a single! Shorter and on middle, Russell smashes it but on the bounce to the deep mid-wicket fielder. A single taken.
16.1
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Slightly shorter and Hetmyer guides it through point for one. Russell on strike, can he finish it with a biggie? 6 more needed.
15.6
6
L Malinga to A Russell, SIX! That is colossal! Wow! He has hit that with all his power. Malinga misses by a little and pays the price. Russell whips him high and handsome over the deep mid-wicket fence for a big one.
15.5
1
L Malinga to S Hetmyer, Full ball on middle, Hetmyer flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a run.
15.4
1
L Malinga to A Russell, Another brilliant yorker. Once again Russell does well to flick it towards mid on for a single.
15.3
0
L Malinga to A Russell, A jaffa from Malinga now! It is an inch perfect yorker from Malinga. Russell does really well to dig it out. Smiles exchanged.
15.2
6
L Malinga to A Russell, SIX! Dre Russ on the charge! He is not going to spare anyone, not even to Malinga. Malinga bowls it full and outside off, Russell reaches out and powerfully hammers it over the bowler's head. 26 off 8 by Russell and the ball has been lost. 15 more needed now.
15.1
1
L Malinga to S Hetmyer, Full and just outside off to begin the over from Malinga. Hetmyer drives it towards sweeper cover for a single.

Lasith Malinga is back on. He has been expensive in his first two overs. 31 runs came of it.

14.6
6
T Perera to A Russell, SIX! Where has that gone? Out of the park. Russell is killing the run chase here. This is just brute power from Dre Russ. A length ball around off, Russell just uses all his power and hammers it over long on for a massive six. The Sri Lankan fans in the heart cannot believe it. A 107-meter biggie. 22 more needed in the final 5 overs.
14.5
1
T Perera to S Hetmyer, Slower and fuller one on middle, Hetmyer tucks it behind square leg for a run.
14.4
1
T Perera to A Russell, Full and wide outside off Russell strokes it to long on for a run.
14.3
0
T Perera to A Russell, Another swing and a miss from Russell. He is going really hard at the ball but ends up doing it early. He is beaten once again.
14.2
0
T Perera to A Russell, Swing and a miss! Good length ball outside off, Russell swings early but misses out.
14.1
1
T Perera to S Hetmyer, Full and on the pads, Hetmyer flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
13.6
6
L Kumara to A Russell, SIX! That is the power of this man. He has just swatted that away. Another back of a length ball around middle and leg, Russell moves back and slaps it over deep mid-wicket for a flat six. 19 from the over and the required run rate is under 6 now.
13.5
6
L Kumara to A Russell, SIX! That has gone miles in the air and it just clears the man at long on. In the slot for Russell. He clears his front leg and hammers it high in the air. He gets a lot of height on this one but also the needed distance as it clears the leaping long on fielder.
13.4
1
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, Slower short ball around off and middle. Hetmyer spots that well and pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
13.3
0
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, Landed around off on a fuller length, pushed towards covers.
13.2
2
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, Goes full and bowls it on the pads, Hetmyer tucks it behind square leg and scampers back for a couple. Excellent running once again from Hetmyer. He ran the first one hard and completed the second with ease.
13.1
4
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, FOUR! Pummeled! Short and around off, Hetmyer stays deep inside the crease and powers it to the deep mid-wicket fence.

Lahiru Kumara is back on. 2-0-9-1 are his figures so far.

12.6
1
D Shanaka to S Hetmyer, Landed around off on a length, Hetmyer clips it behind square leg for a single. End of a successful over for Shanaka and Sri Lanka.
12.6
0
D Shanaka to S Hetmyer, WIDE! Good length ball wide outside off. Hetmyer lets it be. The umpire signals it wide.
12.5
1
D Shanaka to A Russell, Good length ball around off, Russell taps it towards point and takes a quick run.

Andre Russell is the next man in.

12.4
0
D Shanaka to R Powell, OUT! CAUGHT! Wow! What a presence of mind from Jayasuriya. He certainly has taken a blinder. This is an excellent piece of work. A back of a length ball around off, Powell pulls it towards deep square leg. Jayasuriya there is slightly inside the crease. He spots that the ball is going a bit behind so he runs back and takes the catch. The momentum is taking him behind as he falls down. He though manages to lob the ball in the air before getting in contact with the rope. He then quickly gets away from the fencing and holds onto the catch. He takes the catch and starts celebrating. The umpires though refer it upstairs. The soft signal is out. The replays roll in and confirm that Jayasuriya has done really well to hold onto the catch. 53 more needed in 44 balls.

Has Jayasuriya taken a blinder at the ropes? Third umpire has been called in to confirm. The soft signal is out.

12.3
1
D Shanaka to S Hetmyer, Bouncer outside off, this one is hammered to long on for a single via a pull shot.
12.2
4
D Shanaka to S Hetmyer, FOUR! That is hit with brute force. 100 up for the West Indies. Shanaka pitches it right up in the slot of the left-hander. He whacks it to deep mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
12.1
1
D Shanaka to R Powell, Short ball on off, Powell looks to pull but it takes the inside half of the bat and the ball goes to deep mid-wicket. A single.
12.1
0
D Shanaka to R Powell, WIDE! Shanaka starts with a wide ball outside off. Powell lets it be. Wided by the umpire.

Dasun Shanaka is into the attack.

11.6
0
T Perera to S Hetmyer, Dot to end! A fuller ball around off, Hetmyer looks to drive but ends up getting a bottom edge back to the keeper. It just missed the off pole.
11.5
0
T Perera to S Hetmyer, On the pads, Hetmyer looks to flick but misses to get struck on the pads.
11.4
2
T Perera to S Hetmyer, Another couple! A length ball around off, Hetmyer guides it through point and takes two.
11.3
2
T Perera to S Hetmyer, Excellent running once again. A length ball angled into the pads, Hetmyer does well to push it towards mid-wicket. The fielder from long on charges to the ball but can't keep the batters from taking two.
11.2
1
T Perera to R Powell, Another full ball outside off, this time Powell drags it from outside off towards long on with his heave. A single taken.
11.1
0
T Perera to R Powell, Swing and a miss! A back of a hand delivery outside off. Powell looks to slog it over the leg side but fails to reach out.

Thisara Perera is on now.

10.6
1
A Mathews to R Powell, Single to end! Just 4 off the over. A length ball around off, Powell strokes it towards mid on and takes a quick run.
10.5
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Shortish and around off and middle, it is pulled down to deep mid-wicket for an easy single.
10.4
0
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Oops! That wasn't too far away from the stumps! A full ball outside off, Hetmyer looks to drive but the ball takes the inside edge and goes past the stumps and to the keeper.
10.3
1
A Mathews to R Powell, Good length ball around off, Powell clips it down to long on for a single.
10.2
0
A Mathews to R Powell, Good change of pace from Mathews. Powell looks to punch this length ball outside off but he is a little too early in his attempt. The ball takes the upper part of the bat and goes towards mid off.
10.1
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Mathews starts with a length ball outside off, Hetmyer taps it towards point and takes a run.

Angelo Mathews is back on. 2-0-13-1 are his figures so far.

9.6
0
L Kumara to R Powell, A bouncer to end! Powell ducks under it. 87/2 at the end of halfway mark. 69 more needed in the last 10 overs.
9.5
2
L Kumara to R Powell, A couple now! Excellent running between the wickets. Full ball on middle, Powell flicks it towards deep square leg and returns for two.
9.4
4
L Kumara to R Powell, FOUR! Here comes the release shot. Full and around off, Powell whacks it between deep mid-wicket and long on. It goes in the gap and into the fence.
9.3
0
L Kumara to R Powell, Another dot! Kumara is keeping it straight and tight. He bowls this length ball around off, Powell comes forward and defends it back to the bowler.
9.2
0
L Kumara to R Powell, Good length ball around off, pushed towards mid off.
9.1
1
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, Fuller and around off, Hetmyer flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
8.6
2
L Sandakan to R Powell, A couple to end! Another full ball on the pads, Powell easily clips it down to deep square leg and returns for two.
8.5
4
L Sandakan to R Powell, FOUR! Nicely done! Full and down the leg side, Powell powerfully paddles it to the fine leg fence. He didn't look in position while playing that shot but managed to find the fence.
8.4
0
L Sandakan to R Powell, Slower through the air and just outside off, Powell looks to reach out but misses.
8.3
1
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, On off, driven to long off for a single.
8.2
1
L Sandakan to R Powell, Flatter and just outside off, pushed through mid on for a single.
8.1
1
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, Short and around off, Hetmyer works it towards long on for a single.
8.1
0
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, WIDE! Sandakan sprays down the leg side. Hetmyer looks to pull but misses. Wided by the umpire.

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.

7.6
0
L Kumara to R Powell, The helmet is off! That is a fiery delivery from Kumara! He is bowling with a lot of steam! Short one and on middle, Powell is taken by surprise. Even before he gets his bat up, the ball hits his helmet which comes off. Powell picks it up and wears it again. A top, top over from Kumara, 2 runs and a wicket.
7.5
1
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, On the pads, this is worked towards fine leg for one.
7.4
0
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, Another sharp bumper! Hetmyer is hurried into the pull. He mistimes it back towards the bowler. He was actually late on the pull shot.
7.3
0
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, Shorter and around middle, it is kept out.

Rovman Powell is the next man in.

7.2
0
L Kumara to B King, OUT! In the air... taken! Sri Lanka have got rid of King who was taking the game away from them. The crowd finds its voice back but the Lankans need a couple more quickly. Kumara strikes in his first over. A good change by Malinga. It is a short one and on middle, King clears his front leg and looks to go big but gets a big top edge which lobs in the air towards mid off and Malinga makes no mistake. King walks back but he has done his job. 87 needed in 76 balls.
7.1
1
L Kumara to S Hetmyer, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Lahiru Kumara is into the attack now.

6.6
0
L Sandakan to B King, Quicker one around off, pushed toards mid off.
6.5
1
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, Quicker one outside off, Hetmyer guides it towards short third man for a quick run.
6.4
0
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, Flatter one on the pads, Hetmyer looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
6.3
2
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, Overthrow! On middle, this is worked to the left of the bowler. Sandakan gets to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. The ball goes towards deep mid-wicket and another run is taken. The fielder hits the stumps at the bowler's end and it deflects away from the fielder backing up but no runs taken.
6.2
0
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, Flatter and around off, pushed towards point.
6.1
4
L Sandakan to S Hetmyer, FOUR! Hetmyer into the act now! Sandakan starts with a short ball around off, Hetmyer stays on the back foot and powers it towards the deep mid-wicket fence.
5.6
6
L Malinga to B King, SIX! Another one has gone over the ropes and it is Malinga who is getting hammered. A fuller ball in the slot of King who stays inside the crease and whacks it over wide long off for a biggie. 19 from the over. 61 after the Powerplay!
5.5
6
L Malinga to B King, SIX! This is a brilliant hit. 50 up for West Indies in style! Malinga's another attempt of bowling a yorker goes wrong as he dishes out a very full ball on off and middle. King muscles it over long on for a massive six.
5.4
2
L Malinga to B King, Low full toss around off and middle, King lofts it over the bowler for a couple of runs before the long on fielder can get to the ball.
5.3
4
L Malinga to B King, EDGY FOUR! Good length ball just outside off, King goes for the mighty heave over mid off but he fails to connect it well. The ball takes the thick outside edge and flies past the keeper and into the third man fence.
5.2
1
L Malinga to S Hetmyer, Good length ball on middle, Hetmyer flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region for a single.
5.1
0
L Malinga to S Hetmyer, Hesitation but safe! Slower delivery on off, Hetmyer defends it towards point. King wants the single but is sent back. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
4.6
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, One more short of a length delivery around off, Hetmyer stays back and pushes it towards point. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a half stop. Can't stop the run.
4.5
0
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, On the shorter side again, Hetmyer strokes it to point.
4.4
0
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Shorter around off, it is pushed towards cover.
4.3
1
A Mathews to B King, Length and around off, this is hit down to long on for one.
4.2
0
A Mathews to B King, on off, pushed to extra cover.
4.1
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Fuller and around off, this is crisply driven but straight to the man at covers.
3.6
0
S Jayasuriya to B King, NOT OUT! It has hit the fingers of the bowler but Hetmyer was in though. Flatter one on middle, King camps back and then pulls it straight. Jayasuriya gets his fingers on it. The ball rolls to the stumps. The Sri Lankan players put in an appeal and the umpire has taken it upstairs. The replays roll in and they confirm that it has hit the fingers of Jayasuriya but Hetmyer was in though.
3.5
1
S Jayasuriya to S Hetmyer, Flatter one on middle, Hetmyer works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
3.4
1
S Jayasuriya to B King, On off, pushed to mid off for a single.
3.3
4
S Jayasuriya to B King, FOUR! Hammered! Floated outside off, King dances down the track and thrashes it past the mid off fielder for a boundary.
3.2
4
S Jayasuriya to B King, FOUR! Nicely played! Short delivery outside off, King stands tall and punches it through the cover region for a boundary.
3.1
1
S Jayasuriya to S Hetmyer, Floated on middle, Hetmyer flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
2.6
4
A Mathews to B King, FOUR! Angled into the pads of King, he clips it to deep square leg and finds the fence on the last ball of the over. Hasaranga seems to have pulled off his hamstring here and is really struggling. He is near the ropes and is being looked after by the Lankan physio.
2.5
0
A Mathews to B King, Good length ball outside off, King looks to guide it past the man at short third man but finds the fielder.
2.4
1
A Mathews to S Hetmyer, Shortish and around off, it is pulled towards mid on for a single.
2.3
0
A Mathews to L Simmons, OUT! Timber! Slower one works for Mathews and the crowd goes wild here. A slower length ball around off and middle, Simmons goes hard for the slog but misses. The ball though does not miss its mark and disturbs the stumps.
2.2
1
A Mathews to B King, Angled in on a length, King looks to heave it towards the leg side but the ball takes inner half of the bat and goes towards square leg for a single.
2.1
4
A Mathews to B King, FOUR! Slammed! Stand and deliver stuff from King. Mathews starts with a shorter ball outside off, King stays on the back foot and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
1.6
2
T Perera to L Simmons, Good length ball on middle, Simmons flicks it to the deep square leg region and picks up a couple.
1.5
0
T Perera to L Simmons, Swing and a miss! Full delivery outside the off stump line, Simmons looks to heave it away but fails to get any bat on it.
1.4
1
T Perera to B King, On middle, King pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
1.3
0
T Perera to B King, Lucky! Back of a length ball outside off, King looks to drive but looks to cut but gets an inside edge. It goes just past the stumps and towards short fine leg.
1.2
1
T Perera to L Simmons, Length ball on middle, Simmons dances down and looks to heave it to the leg side but does not time it well. It goes on the bounce to the fielder. A single.
1.1
2
T Perera to L Simmons, Good length ball on the pads, Simmons flicks it to the deep square leg region for a couple.
0.6
0
L Malinga to B King, Smashed! Good length ball outside off, King hammers it towards the cover region but Avishka makes a terrific stop.
0.5
1
L Malinga to L Simmons, Lovely shot but well fielded! Good length ball outside off, Simmons drives it to deep cover where the fielder dives and makes a good stop. A single.
0.4
0
L Malinga to L Simmons, Good length ball outside off, Simmons cuts but finds the point fielder.
0.4
0
L Malinga to L Simmons, WIDE! Good length ball down the leg side, Simmons looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Another wide.
0.3
1
L Malinga to B King, Full on middle, King flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
0.2
4
L Malinga to B King, FOUR! Malinga is not getting his line right! Bowls another one on the pads, King flicks it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
0.2
0
L Malinga to B King, Very full delivery down the leg side, King looks to flick but misses. Wide signaled. Good take from Dickwella.
0.1
3
L Malinga to L Simmons, Full toss on the pads, Simmons whips it to the deep square leg region and picks up three before Kumara can come across from fine leg and clean it up. Simmons is off the mark.
0.1
0
L Malinga to L Simmons, Wide! West Indies are underway straightaway! Malinga starts with a very full delivery down the leg side, Simmons looks to flick but misses. Wide signaled. The keeper dives to his left and makes the stop. Perera has injured himself and is getting himself treated by the physio. Bad news for the Lankans, Kusal Perera is going off. Niroshan Dickwella replaces him as the keeper.

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.