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West Indies rode on Sunil Narine's four-wicket haul to bowl out Sri Lanka for 208 despite skipper Angelo Mathews' battling, unbeaten half-century in...
West Indies rode on Sunil Narine's four-wicket haul to bowl out Sri Lanka for 208 despite skipper Angelo Mathews' battling, unbeaten half-century in the opening match of the Tri-nation One-Day series here on Friday. Mathews scored 55 off 77 balls to help Sri Lanka put up a 200-plus total after Mahela Jayawardene's (52) early enterprise at the Sabina Park.
Spinner Narine was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts, returning impressive figures of 4/40 in 10 overs, as Sri Lnaka were bundled out. Narine was well supported by Ravi Rampaul, who finished with 3/38, after West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo opted to bowl on winning the toss on overcast conditions. Narine picked up two wickets to put the brakes on Lanka's scoring after Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga got them off to a steady start putting on 62 runs for the first wicket in just over 13 overs.
Pacer Rampaul then came back for his second spell to remove Lahiru Thirimanne and Nuwan Kulasekara as Sri Lanka slumped to 159 for six in the 38th over. Earlier, Jayawardene hit seven boundaries during his run-a-ball knock, while Mathews found the fence five times. After being sent into bat, Tharanga had made 25 off 43 balls before Bravo had him caught behind with a short of a length delivery that angled across the left-hander in the 14th over of the innings.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 208 all out (Angelo Mathews 55no, Mahela Jayawardene 52, Sunil Narine 4/40, Ravi Rampaul 3/38).