Fletcher stars in Windies win


March 21, 2016


AndrE Fletcher smashed a 64-ball 84 not out to guide West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Group 1 of the World Twenty20 yesterday.

Coming in to bat in place of the injured Chris Gayle, the right hander wasted no time in hoisting Angelo Mathews for a six, taking 13 runs off the first over.

His knock contained six fours and five sixes as West Indies set 123 to win reached 127-3 off 18.2 overs.

"After Gayle went out I told (Dwayne) Bravo there was something about me, I was just feeling very pumped up," Fletcher told reporters. "When they told me I was going to open, I told them I would be positive from ball one."

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"I'm very, very happy," Fletcher added. "I've been playing T20 and as soon I get to 50 I've been out. I told myself to try and bat as deep as possible and see if those guys can bat around me. I am so happy and proud of myself, people can see that I can bat through.

"And I am happy that I can help my team to win. I hope I can continue the good form and also the team continue the good performance."

Earlier, Sri Lanka struggled after being put in to bat, reaching 122-9 from 20 overs.

The defending champions stumbled to 47-5 before a 44-run partnership between Angelo Mathews (20) and Thisara Perera (40). They took the score to 91 before Mathews was out in unusual fashion to an unintended edge off a full toss.

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