West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Shai Hope century leads Windies to victory as Danushka Gunathilaka out obstructing area

West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Shai Hope century leads Windies to victory as Danushka Gunathilaka out obstructing area

Antigua and Barbuda: Shai Hope marked his return to West Indies responsibility with an assured hundred in guiding his group to a cushty eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka within the first One-Day Worldwide of a three-match sequence on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.

On a day when Sri Lankan opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka grew to become simply the eighth participant in additional than 50 years of ODI cricket to be dismissed obstructing the sector, Hope returned to his greatest kind with an innings of 110.

Shai Hope of West Indies celebrates his century during the 1st ODI match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. AFP

Shai Hope of West Indies celebrates his century throughout the 1st ODI match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. AFP

It was his tenth century on this format of the sport, to make sure that the vacationers’ complete of 232 all out was overhauled comfortably.

Dropped from the West Indies group following a wretched tour of England final July, Hope’s solely actual discomfort throughout 133 deliveries wherein he stroked 12 fours and one six was the tempo of Dushmantha Chameera, who struck the elegant batsman on the helmet when 20 runs in need of three figures.

“I simply had endurance and trusted my capacity,” stated Hope after receiving the Man of the Match award.

“I made certain I negated the menace they threw at us. (Wanindu) Hasaranga was the principle menace and I believed we performed him nicely.”

Chameera was Sri Lanka’s lone wicket-taker, finally breaching the defence of Hope after earlier ending a gap stand of 143 when he yorked Evin Lewis, whose innings of 65 occupied 90 deliveries and was embellished with 4 fours and two sixes.

Hasaranga bowled a miserly ten-over spell however couldn’t get the wickets wanted to maintain his group within the hunt.

Earlier, Sri Lanka subsided from a promising begin with Gunathilaka’s demise making the headlines.

Kicked ball

Searching for to regain his floor on the non-striker’s finish in turning down a possibility for a single within the twenty second over off the bowling of dwelling captain Kieron Pollard, Gunathilaka, who was transferring backwards, kicked the ball out of the trail of Pollard who was making an attempt to impact a run out.

With the West Indies interesting for the dismissal, on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Gregory Brathwaite turned to tv official Nigel Duguid for clarification and the interpretation got here again that it was decided to be a deliberate effort by the left-handed opener to impede the bowler.

Clearly not happy with the decision, Sri Lanka’s South African coach Mickey Arthur seemed to be looking for clarification on the ruling from Match Referee Richie Richardson shortly after.

Gunathilaka’s dismissal for a high rating of 55 got here two overs after Pollard had effected the breakthrough to finish a gap stand of 105 with Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan skipper justifying the choice to bat first on successful the toss with a fluent innings of 52.

Recent from main the house aspect to a 2-1 triumph within the previous T20 Worldwide sequence, Pollard introduced himself into the bowling assault within the twentieth over and loved speedy success, displaying exceptional athleticism after parrying a caught-and-bowled effort to dive full-length to his proper and provide you with a shocking catch.

Sri Lanka’s innings stuttered thereafter and it was solely a fair 50 from Ashen Bandara, one among two debutants within the vacationers’ line-up, which lifted them to a decent complete.

Half-time off-spinner Jason Mohammed led the West Indies bowling effort with two for 12 whereas former captain Jason Holder snared two for 39 off ten overs along with his seamers.


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