Captain Jason Holder led West Indies to a much needed 62-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second match of the tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.
The victory comes as a welcome boost for the Caribbean side, who lost their eight matches out of nine in the recently concluded tour of UAE against Pakistan, which included 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series as well.
The reigning World T20 champions were playing without the likes of Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, both of whom were not included in the series.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan stand-in captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Islanders had a fantastic start as both openers Johnson Charles and Kraigg Brathwaite were dismissed inside the first 10 overs for the score of 27.Youngster Evin Lewis and Shai Hope then repaired Westindies innings with a partnership of 49 runs for the third wicket, before Lewis departed after scoring 27 off 50 balls. Hope continued his good work with Jonathan Carter, as the pair added 53 runs for the fourth wicket, which remained the highest partnership of the innings.
Carter finished as the top scorer of the match after scoring 54 off 62 balls, where he struck two fours and two sixes. Hope managed to score 47 off 81 balls, whereas Rovman Powell played a useful cameo in the later part of the innings, as he smashed 44 off just 29 balls, where he hit three sixes and two fours as West Indies were bowled out for 227 in the last over of the innings.
For Sri Lanka, pacers Nuwan Kulusekara, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep picked two wickets each. Chasing a modest total of 228 to win their second match of the tournament, Tharanga’s men had a horrendous start as they lost three wickets in first six overs at the score of 16.
Wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella and captain Tharanga tried to bring some stability in the innings with the 32 runs fourth wicket partnership. However, Lanka lost three more wickets in the space of 10 overs for just 28 runs and reduce to 69 for six from 52 for 3. Late order did manage to put up some resistance, but Sri Lanka was eventually bowled out for 165 in the 44th over of the innings.
Young all-rounder Sachith Pathriana, who was playing his seventh ODI, finished the innings with the top score of 45 off 40 balls, where he struck five fours and two massive sixes. For West Indies, pacer Shannon Gabriel and debutant off-spinner Ashley Nurse picked up three, whereas captain Holder picked up two wickets. For his outstanding bowling and brilliant captaincy which helped Windies defend such a low total, Holder was awarded man of the match.