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West Indies signs off with consolation victory

Bowlers star as visitor wins second T20I against Sri Lanka by 23 runs, squares series 1-1

West Indies signs off with consolation victory - Cricket News
While Bravo walked away with the wickets, Sunil Narine, Rampaul and Pollard were all parsimonious, making up effortlessly for the profligacy of Jerome Taylor and Sammy himself.
West Indies finally had something to smile about at the end of what has been a difficult outing of Sri Lanka, scoring its first victory in the final game of the tour to draw the two-match Twenty20 International series 1-1 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (November 11).
Having lost the Test series 0-2 and the One-Day International series 0-3, West Indies was in genuine danger of leaving Sri Lanka without a win on tour when it finally played the kind of limited-overs cricket it is known for on its way to a 23-run win in the second and final T20I.
Building on Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher’s 62-run stand for the first wicket, West Indies posted 162 for 6 after Darren Sammy opted to bat first, and then choked Sri Lanka through canny bowling and exceptional catching to bowl it out for 139. It was Sri Lanka’s ninth loss in 10 matches at the venue, the result a repeat of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final between the sides at the same ground.
The only time Sri Lanka was in the hunt was when Tillakaratne Dilshan and Shehan Jayasuriya added 70 for the second wicket in 60 deliveries, but once Jayasuriya was brilliantly caught by Andre Russell at long-off off Dwayne Bravo, its chase unravelled rapidly.
Dinesh Chandimal was dropped first ball at deep midwicket by a leaping Kieron Pollard but was dismissed off the very next delivery, while Dilshan, who rocketed to a half-century, was spectacularly caught on the point fence by Jason Holder, the substitute who leapt high in the air to pull down a switch hit off Ravi Rampaul.
From 93 for 1, Sri Lanka had slipped to 102 for 4, setting the stage for Bravo to bring his variations into play on his way to figures of 4 for 28. But while Bravo walked away with the wickets, Sunil Narine, Rampaul and Pollard were all parsimonious, making up effortlessly for the profligacy of Jerome Taylor and Sammy himself.
West Indies got off to a steady start before Charles (34 off 25) and Fletcher exploded in the space of two overs to raise visions of a massive total. Lasith Malinga, the captain, and Nuwan Kulasekara had done well up front to concede just 17 in the first four overs. It was as if Charles was waiting for the arrival of spin, and when Sachithra Senanayake, the offspinner, was brought on in the fifth over, he lay into him with three sixes and a four off the last delivery of an over that produced 22 runs.
Fletcher then took to Dushmantha Chameera in the pacer’s first over. Having laboured to 8 off 15 deliveries, Fletcher greeted Chameera’s arrival with two legside boundaries, was then dropped by Jayasuriya running back from point, and then smashed another boundary as the sixth over also yielded 22. Suddenly, from four an over for the first four overs, West Indies had moved to 61 without loss when the Power Play ended.
The introduction of Milinda Siriwardana changed the innings on its head. In his first over, the left-arm spinner trapped Fletcher plumb in front with a faster, flatter delivery. In the same over, Marlon Samuels was run out as Jayasuriya made amends for his earlier lapse, firing in a direct hit from fine-leg that caught the batsman short while returning for a second leg-bye. And when Siriwardana trapped Charles in front in much the same manner in which he got rid of Fletcher, West Indies had lost 3 for 10 in 11 deliveries to slump to 75 for 3 at the end of nine overs.

The plethora of striking power in its ranks meant West Indies still had plenty of firepower. Boundaries flew thick and fast with Denesh Ramdin (34 off 22), brought back into the playing XI, the aggressor, but between fours and sixes, there were plenty of deliveries that yielded precious little. Consequently, Sri Lanka was able to keep things under reasonable check, even though there was another lapse in the field when Ramdin was put down by Chameera running to his right at deep midwicket as he top-edged a flick off a Kulasekara full toss.
Suddenly aware that it was running out of time, West Indies lashed out towards the end but Malinga turned in his best bowling effort in recent times, mixing up his slower deliveries and yorkers brilliantly. He finished with 2 for 16 from his four overs and Kulasekara was almost as parsimonious, conceding only 22 in his four overs. West Indies made just 34 runs in its last five overs. In the end, that didn’t seem to matter as it won by a comfortable margin.
Sri Lanka fielded the same XI that won the first T20I by 30 runs while West Indies made two changes, bringing in Ramdin and Rampaul for Devendra Bishoo and Holder respectively.