In the opening one-dayer of the 3-match series in Sri Lanka, the touring West Indies have posted a decent total of 245/5 in their 50 overs. Opener Adrian Barath hit his maiden ODI century and together with Ramnaresh Sarwan (75) put on a 150-plus run stand and were thus instrumental in their side reaching the total. But the match was called off before Sri Lanka could get a bat due to rain.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Windies got off to a slow and rather unsteady start. Opener Chris Gayle's characteristic belligerence up front was curtailed when Nuwan Kulasejkara had him caught behind in the fourth over, for 4 off 11 balls.
Surviving opener Adrian Barath struck the first four off the innings only in the 7th over, the stroke to the cover boundary coming off paceman Lasith Malinga. Barath hit a couple more boundaries before his partner Darren Bravo was run out for 8 as the tourists slipped to 42/2 in 12.4 overs.
Then Barath struck a four of off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to bring up his side's 50 in 14.2 overs, before he and Ramnaresh Sarwan pressed ahead. 10 overs later with the score at 93/2 and soon after Barath had reached his 50, the batsman was dropped by Mahela Jayawardene at slip off Ajanthan Mendis. In the following over (26th), he struck Chamara Kapugedera for a boundary to take the Windies past 100.
In the 30th over, Barath carted Tillakaratne Dilshan for a six before coming in for a second bit of good fortune when wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara missed a stumping opportunity off Muralitharan. Barath seemed to be on a roll as he then lofted Angelo Mathews for another maximum to take the score to 145/2 in 32 overs. Three overs later, Sarwan took a single of Murali to bring up his 50.
Then in the 39th over, Sarwan and Barath teamed up to each take a four off Malinga as the Windies moved to 179/2. Just one over later, Bharat smacked Mendis for a boundary to notch up his maiden ODI century. At the end of the 41st over, the batting pair had brought up their 150-run stand with the score at 192/2. Barath then struck a four off Murali to take the Windies past 200 in 42.1 overs.
Just as the Windies had taken the batting powerplay, Malinga had Sarwan caught by Kapugedera at mid on for 75 off 100 balls. Just two balls later, Barath perished in a similar manner and the tourists had slipped to 207/4 in 43.4 overs. Malinga then picked up the prize wicket of Keiron Pollard, by bowling him for 4 and the tourists were on the back foot at 215/5 in 45. 3overs.
Captain Dareen Sammy teamed up Shivnarine Chanderpaul to take 12 runs off Kulasekara in the 47th over, including a six and four from the former. But those were the last shots to the boundary with the Windies wrapping up their innings at 245/5.