Touted to be Chris Gayle’s homecoming, WT20 has secured huge significance. But as the giant opener was suffering with a left hamstring twitch, he could not
oblige his fans.
But the crowd is still convenient with opening partner Andre Fletcher’s heroics. The West Indies notched up their second win in the ICC WT20.
West Indies had a comfortable win over Sri Lanka in their Group 1 tie, after Fletcher scored 84, in 64 balls. Fletcher, chasing Srilanka’s below par 122/9, began with a four boundary off the first ball, and later a six in the first over by Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews.
Fletcher and Andre Russell’s pair were involved in a partnership of 55 runs for the 4th wicket, has guided the West Indies through.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first, to the fan’s disappointment. But later it excited the fans, with the brilliant fielding.
Both the openers, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal has given a promising start, but the duo lose its wicket in a bundle. Chandimal lost his wicket in a run out, and Dilshan by leg-before wicket.
West Indian leggie, Samuel Badree exposed Sri Lanka's middle-order. In 2 overs, he had Lahiru Thirimanne and Chamara Kapugedara back in the pavilion. Badree finished his quota at a stretch, also removing Milinda Siriwardana to end with impressive figures of 4-0-12-3.
Skipper Angelo Matthews fought a lone battle at the crease with all-rounder Thisara Perera. Struggling for long time, Matthews got out in a freakish way, while trying to swing a Dwayne Bravo slower full-toss on the one side sitting on one knee, only to end up giving a catch to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
By Phani Ch