Scintillating Brathwaite hundred hands Windies warm-up win

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October 30, 2015
Carlos Brathwaite

COLOMBO, CMC:

All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed a scintillating hundred to once against press his claim for a place ahead of the One-Day International series as West Indies beat Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI by 43 runs in a rain-affected one-day tour game here yesterday.

The right-hander blasted a stroke-filled 113 off a mere 58 deliveries as West Indies were dismissed for 318 off 48.4 overs, after being sent in at Colts Cricket Club.

He was supported by Andre Russell who was equally as devastating with a superb 54-ball 89, as the two shared an outstanding 193-run, partnership for the eighth wicket.

In reply, the hosts had reached 103 for three after 21 overs when heavy thunderstorms ended the game abruptly, with West Indies ahead under Duckworth/Lewis.

Not for the first time this year, Brathwaite produced an excellent knock, to once against grab the attention of tour selectors.

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In the three-day tour match in preparation for the Test series, he was the only West Indies player to get a half-century with an aggressive 54 off 46 deliveries replicating a similar performance against Australia when they toured the Caribbean in May.

Bravo, who faced 53 balls and counted two fours, put on 34 for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels who made 19 from 25 balls before falling to a catch at the wicket off seamer Thisara Perera in the 13th over.

His dismissal set in train a rut which saw the Windies lose five wickets for 53 runs as leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna (2-60) claimed the key wickets of Bravo and Denesh Ramdin (13).

Batting at number nine, Brathwaite then slammed ten fours and seven sixes in an extraordinary counterattack while Russell struck six fours and six sixes.

West Indies face Sri Lanka in the opening ODI of the three-match series on Sunday at the R Premadasa Stadium.

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