Windies surrender Sri Lanka series
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (CMC):
West Indies' disappointing tour of Sri Lanka continued here yesterday,, when they plunged to an eight-wicket loss in the second One-Day International to tamely concede the three-match series.
In another rain-affected encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium which was reduced to 38 overs per side, West Indies rallied to 214 all out off their allotted overs and watched helplessly as the hosts raced to their adjusted target of 225, with nine balls remaining.
Opener Kusal Perera put the tourists to the sword before falling agonisingly for 99 while Lahiru Thirimanne saw Sri Lanka over the line with an unbeaten 81.
West Indies had been earlier bailed out by half-centuries from opener Johnson Charles and stand-in captain Marlon Samuels, after enduring another poor start.
Charles blasted 83 off 70 deliveries, while Samuels controlled the innings with 63 off 61 balls, with left-hander Darren Bravo chipping in with 21.
Off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana was the best bowler with two for 27 while speedster Lasith Malinga snared two for 43.
Tottering at 29 for two in the fifth over, the Windies were rescued by Charles who put on 70 for the third wicket with Bravo and then another 40 runs for the fourth wicket with Samuels.
Sri Lanka then got a rollicking start through Perera and Dilshan before off-spinner Sunil Narine bemused Dilshan and bowled him. However, that was the last success West Indies would see for a while as Perera and Thirmanne dominated.
Perera faced 92 balls and struck six fours and four sixes while Thirimanne carved out five fours and a six off 95 deliveries.
The 25-year-old Perera was on the verge of this third ODI hundred when he mis-timed a pull at seamer Ravi Rampaul and was caught at short fine leg by Brathwaite in the 31st over.
The final one-dayer is scheduled for Saturday in Pallekele.