July 8, 2013In the Caribbean, West Indies are hosting a triangular ODI series involving themselves, Sri Lanka and Champions Trophy winners India. The first three matches were held in Jamaica and the home side started impressively with successive victories against the visiting countries, while Sri Lanka inflicted a crushing defeat on India. The captains are having an unfortunate time. West Indies skipper, Dwayne Bravo, has been suspended for one match after being fined for a second time for his team’s slow over rate while India’s MS Dhoni is out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
In the first match, Sri Lanka struggled to reach 208, thanks largely to gritty half centuries from past and present captains Mahela Jayawardene (52) and Angelo Mathews (55). Sunil Narine (4-40) and Ravi Rampaul (3-38) were the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Chris Gayle made nonsense of a difficult batting surface by blasting 109 not out from 100 balls. West Indies passed Sri Lanka’s total with 6 wickets to spare.
The second match was a much closer affair, West indies reaching their target of 230 with just one wicket to spare. All of India’s batsmen made starts but only Rohit Sharma (60) went on to post a half-century. In reply, Johnson Charles (97) and Darren Bravo (55) combined to good effect, but with wickets tumbling before the end it was left to Kemar Roach to steer West Indies to victory.
In the third match, Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene racked up a double century opening partnership, making nonsense of India’s current Number 1 ODI status. Sri Lanka eventually reached 348 – 1 with Tharanga ending up on 174 not out. In reply, India could only muster 187, with no batsman reaching 50. Rangana Herath, with figures of 3 – 37, was the most successful Sri Lankan bowler.
The teams are now locking horns in Trinidad for the final three games of the qualifying stage. India have regained some ground by crushing the hosts. Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli (102) led the way and useful contributions from Rohit Shama (49) and Shikhat Dhawan (69) enabled India to reach 311 – 7 in their 50 overs. In reply, West Indies folded to 171 all out, with openers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav picking up three wickets apiece.
The Scoop 07/07/13