Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Cottrell bags 4 but West Indies suffer heavy defeat against Sri Lanka

West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell celebrates one of his four wickets against Sri Lanka in the second match of the three-match ODI series on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in in Hambantota.

West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell celebrates one of his four wickets against Sri Lanka in the second match of the three-match ODI series on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in in Hambantota.

Jamaican fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell grabbed a four-wicket haul but West Indies did not sustain the momentum and lost the second One-Day International (ODI) to Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Wednesday.

The visitors fell to a heavy defeat 161-run defeat and surrendered the series 2-0 – with one match to play. They lost the first match by one wicket last Saturday at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis combined for a 239-run third-wicket stand to set Sri Lanka on course.

Sri Lanka were in complete control of the second one-dayer after opener Fernando (127) and Mendis (119) produced a dominant early showing.

The hosts did not hit a single six but posted 345 for eight, the biggest total in men's ODI history not to include a maximum.

And the Windies never looked capable of causing Sri Lanka serious trouble with the bat, opener Shai Hope's knock of 51 their best effort as they were bowled out for an underwhelming 184 with 65 balls remaining.

The tourists' day had started in positive enough fashion, with Kieron Pollard winning the toss, choosing to bowl and then seeing Sheldon Cottrell (4 for 67) remove home captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera from consecutive deliveries in only the third over.

But that was just about as good as it got, with Fernando and Mendis subsequently combining for their devastating, match-turning partnership.

They stood together for 228 balls until Alzarri Joseph (three for 57) finally made a breakthrough in the 41st over, as Mendis, who survived an early drop from Pollard, top-edged for a comfortable Hope take.

Although Joseph took out both Fernando and Angelo Mathews in his next over, the scoreboard had long since got away from the Windies, and scoring remained steady throughout the remainder of the innings.

The reply was initially solid enough, but Hope left partner Sunil Ambris (17) high and dry for a run-out.

Mathews got Hope, and then Wanindu Hasaranga (three for 30) came to the fore, his haul including a golden duck for Windies skipper Pollard.

Only brief floodlight failure after the eighth wicket delayed Sri Lanka's progress, with the final two dismissals arriving within four balls of the restart courtesy of Nuwan Pradeep (two for 37) and Lakshan Sandakan (three for 57).

The two teams will now travel to central town of Kandy for the third and final ODI on Sunday, March 1 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. First ball in the day/night match is 2:30 pm (4:00 am Jamaica Time).

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