KINGSTOWN (St Vincent): West Indies beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the rain-affected third and final one-day international on Wednesday to secure a consolation win in a series they lost 2-1.
The hosts took the field after a second rain interruption needing 10 runs off 36 balls under the Duckworth-Lewis system and Ricardo Powell (16 not out) eased them to a winning total of 160 in 36.5 overs – well inside the revised allocation of 42 overs.
West Indies deserved the victory after disciplined work by a new batch of bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 191 all out in 50 overs.
Off spinner Ryan Hurley and pace bowler Jerome Taylor kept up a sustained attack of accurate bowling, the 18-year-old Taylor completing figures of two for 39 on his international debut.
The more experienced Corey Collymore took three for 28 and Marlon Samuels impressed with two fine run-outs.
Lara praised Taylor, who produced a constant stream of genuinely fast deliveries.
“He is still very slim and he'll fill out over the next couple of years, but his understanding of the game at 18 is something to be in awe of.
“His movement in the field, his line and length, his knowledge of when to bowl yorkers and such. I'm very impressed,” Lara said.
Chasing the relatively modest target set by the tourists, openers Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds made a sensible start, choosing their shots well against Chaminda Vaas and Dharshana Gamage.
Sri Lanka made a breakthrough when Hinds (19) was caught at mid-on when he tried to loft Vaas to the boundary.
Lara hoisted Kumar Dharmasena for six to reach 14, but was caught at cover position from the next ball.
Gayle continued to deal tentatively with the moderate turn on the Arnos Vale wicket and was bowled for 21 when he misread a flighted delivery by Upul Chandana.
Marlon Samuels gave the West Indies innings a welcome injection of aggression.
He hit Chandana for 14 runs in the 25th over, with one of his two sixes soaring out of the stadium.
Samuels and Sarwan were looking increasingly confident when the first of two rain interruptions occurred with the West Indies on 122 for three after 28 overs.
Sarwan (25) was dismissed soon after play had resumed with a revised target of 186 of 64 off 120 balls.
The righthander mistimed his sweep off spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharana and was caught at slip.
Rain intervened again when the West Indies were on 150 for four, with 36 overs played, and the new target of 160 presented Powell and Samuels (45 not out) with the most modest of tasks. – Reuters