Windies lose by one run
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):
Evin Lewis struck his first ODI century, but his knock was in vain as West Indies panicked in the death overs to hand Sri Lanka a nailbiting one- run win in the fifth game of the Tri-Nation Series at Queen's Club here yesterday.
Lewis scored an enterprising 148 to keep West Indies on course for victory, while cameos from captain Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite brought the Caribbean side within striking distance.
But with 10 runs needed in the final over to successfully chase a 300-plus target for the first time in ODIs, the Windies were bogged down by deliveries at the death from Nuwan Pradeep in a thrilling finish.
Sri Lanka's win secures a spot in Sunday's final while West Indies and Zimbabwe meet tomorrow to decide which team advances.
Lewis's maiden ODI century contained 15 fours and four sixes as he kept West Indies in line with the asking rate for most of the chase.
He was one of three batsmen who went by way of the run-out route, the others being Shai Hope for 25 and Jonathan Carter.
Lewis's departure saw West Indies slipping to 262 for six with 69 needed from 57 balls until Holder and Brathwaite, who contributed 19, put together 45 runs for the seventh wicket to drag Windies within 24 runs shy of Sri Lanka's score.
Sulieman Benn sparked excitement in the Windies camp when he hit the second delivery of Pradeep's over, over deep mid-wicket and then holed out to sweeper cover, with three needed from the final three deliveries.
Earlier, two Sri Lankan batsmen missed out on centuries by exactly six runs after the home side recovered from the loss of Kusal Perera in the third over, with the score on 18.
Niroshan Dickwella 94, Kusal Mendis 94 and Dhananjaya de Silva 58 were the top scorers for Sri Lanka, who lost to West Indies at the start of the series.