Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis smash centuries as Sri Lanka clinch ODI series

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis smashed centuries to help Sri Lanka register a comprehensive win over West Indies and clinch the one-day series in the 2nd game played at Hambantota. With this victory, Sri Lanka have taken 2-0 lead in the series with one game to go.

The day started with West Indies Skipper Kieron Pollard winning the toss and opted to bowl first. Left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell dismissed Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera early in the innings to see Sri Lanka get off to shaky start.

Rookie opener Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis put on a record third-wicket partnership to led the recovery for Sri Lanka. The duo put on a 239-run partnership to see Sri Lanka post 345 runs for the lossĀ  of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

For Sri Lanka, Avishka Fernando was the star of the show with the bat and smashed 127 runs off 123 balls with the help of 10 fours. He was well supported by Kusal Mendis, who scored 119 runs with the help of 12 fours.

For West Indies, pacer Sheldon Cottrell claimed four wickets and conceded 67 runs in his 10 overs. Alzarri Joseph also put in splendid to finished with 3 for 57 in his full quota of overs.

In reply, West Indies openers Sunil Ambris and Shai Hope got the side off to a decent start. The duo put on a 64-run partnership for the opening wicket. Sunil Ambris and Darren Bravo failed to make an impression with the bat in the chase.

Wicket-keeper Shai Hope was the only batsman to score a decent score. He played well and notched up a half-century with the help of five boundaries.

Besides Hope, Nicholas Pooran chipped in with 31 runs off 41 balls with the help of three fours. The rest of the batting lineup failed to make contributions to see West Indies get bundled out for 184 runs in 39.1 overs.

For Sri Lanka, Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was the standout bowler on display and finished with figures of 3 for 30 in his 10 overs. Left-arm chinaman Lakshan Sadakan also bowled well and claimed key wickets of Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran and Fabian Allen.

For his splendid century, opener Avishka Fernando was named player of the match.

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