Wanindu Hasaranga stars as Sri Lanka hold nerve to beat West Indies

Tail-ender Wanindu Hasaranga delivered a splendid innings to see Sri Lanka register a close win over West Indies in the 1st ODI played at Colombo on Saturday. With this result, Sri Lanka have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series.

The day started with Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl in ideal batting conditions. Medium-pacer Thisara Perera dismissed Sunil Ambris to see West Indies lose their first wicket in the third over of the innings. Darren Bravo and Shai Hope led the recovery and put on a 77-run partnership for the second wicket.

In his comeback game, Darren Bravo looked in good touch with the bat and scored 39 runs off 52 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Shai Hope continued to play with positive intent and keep the scoreboard ticking for West Indies.

Hope also added another crucial partnership with Roston Chase to lay down foundation for the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard to go for big runs in the later stages of the innings. Roston Chase played a supporting role to Hope and chipped in with 41 runs off 45 balls with the help of three fours and one six.

Shai Hope was the standout performer with the bat for West Indies in the opening game of the one-day series. The 26-year old notched up his 9th ton in limited-overs cricket for West Indies. Hope finished the innings with the top-score of 115 runs off 140 balls with the help of 10 boundaries.

Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard perished in quick succession to see West Indies reduced to 207 runs for the loss of five wickets. All-rounder Keemo Paul and Hayden Walsh Jr put on a unbeaten 49 runs to help West Indies post 289 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

For Sri Lanka, Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 1 for 42 in his 10 overs.

In reply, Sri Lankan openers Avishka Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne got the side off to an excellent start. The opening pair put on a 111-run partnership to set the tone for the chase. Jason Holder dismissed Karunaratne to see Sri Lanka lose their first wicket in the 18th over of the innings.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne played well and scored 52 runs off 57 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He was well supported by Avishka Fernando, who chipped in with 50 runs off 55 balls with the help of five fours and one six. Rookie opener Avishka Fernando perished in the 20th over to see West Indies get back into the contest.

Wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis put on a decent partnership to keep the scoreboard moving for Sri Lanka. Kusal Mendis scored 20 runs off 25 balls with the help of two fours and one six.

Perera also delivered a crucial innings for Sri Lanka and scored 42 runs off 50 balls with the help of four boundaries.

Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. and Alzarri Joseph dismissed Angelo Matthews and Dhananjaya de Silva to see Sri Lanka get reduced to 215 for 6 after 37.4 overs. All-rounder Thisara Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga delivered crucial performances for the side to take the game down to the wire.

Wanindu Hasaranga smashed 42 not out off 39 balls with the help of four fours and one six. He added crucial partnerships with Thisara Perera and Lakshan Sandakan to help Sri Lanka register a one-wicket win over West Indies.

For his splendid cameo, Wanindu Hasaranga was named man of the match for Sri Lanka.

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