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Wanindudu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Danushka Gunathilaka combined for eight wickets as Sri Lanka pushed their way to a series-leveling victory as they faced the West Indies for 117 points; tourists posted 160-6 after choosing to beat first

Last updated: 03/06/21 8:36 am

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The Sri Lankan spinners gave the tourists a 43-point victory over the West Indies in the second Twenty20 international match on Friday, tying the three-game series at 1-1.

Defending a moderate 160-6 total, Wanindudu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Danushka Gunathilaka won eight wickets, beating the West Indies for 117 in 18.4 overs.

Sri Lanka stacked their roster with four spinners for the all-important game at Coolidge and the tactics paid off on slow pitch making big hitting difficult. The West Indies were unable to maintain a momentum in scoring as the wickets tumbled steadily.

Dananjaya, who made history twice in Game 1 of a series by scoring a hat-trick and conceding six sixes in one more, set the tone for the West Indies when he played all four of his assists in succession in power play, taking 1-13.

Sandakan, who missed the first game of the series, took 3-14 against 3.4 rounds, including vital wicket from West Indies captain Kieron Pollard for 13. It was Pollard who won a place in history. two days ago by becoming only the third cricketer to hit six six-in-one over in an international match, hitting 38 of 11 balls.

He held back on Friday, entering at No.7, but also found the pitch difficult to master, handling just 13 of 15 balls with a six. Sandakan pulled it off with a wider delivery that Pollard sought to hoist over the blanket but which took a thick edge and flew towards the blanket sweeper.

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Hasaranga was named man of the match for his 3-17 four-overs and unbeaten 19 in the Sri Lanka innings. He confused the West Indies batsman with variety in his wrist size, line and flight, sacking Lendl Simmons (21), Chris Gayle (16) and Fabian Allen (12). His hard-to-choose googly portrayed Simmons and Allen, who fell lbw.

“The wicket was slow and I was trying to bowling without too many limits and keeping a good line and length,” said Hasaranga. “Akila (Dananjaya) is playing with the new ball and I always play after the power play, so I have to focus on the line and the length. I prefer to play that role.”

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews made a good decision when he chose to beat the ball to win the draw. Forerunners Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nassinka gave the tourists a good start, scoring 95 for the first wicket in the best partnership of the match.

Nissanka was exhausted for 37 in the 11th and Gunathilaka continued his half century of 35 balls before falling into the same with a total of 96-2.

The rest of Sri Lanka’s batsmen struggled with the later best efforts coming from Ashen Bandara who made 21 from 19 balls and Hasaranga 19 from 11 deliveries.

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Dananjaya kept the West Indies beaters tied early: the home side struggled to 25-1 after five overs. Hasaranga went on to take out Simmons and Gayle the same way in the seventh, representing two of the West Indies’ most dangerous players.

Pollard’s threat loomed over the game until the end and Sri Lanka was jubilant when it fell to a relatively low price.

Obed McCoy hit 23 on just seven balls at bat at No.10, too late to change the outcome of the game.

The decisive match of the T20 series will take place on Sunday. The teams will also play three one-day matches followed by two test matches.

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