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Windies make 203 in 2nd ODI vs SL

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Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 13:08 [IST]
 
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Windies make 203 in 2nd ODI vs SL

In the second ODI against Sri Lanka, at Colombo, the West Indies lost their top-order for 94 and then struggled to recover, stumbling to 203 all out in 50 overs with useful innings from the Bravo brothers who top scored with 39 each, while Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, took 3/30 in his 10 overs.

Losing the toss and being put into bat, the Windies' innings got off to a slow beginning. Just 1 boundary came of the first six overs as the tourists crawled to 16/0. But then opener Chris Gayle cut loose, smacking seamer Angelo Mathews for three fours in the 7th over. Then the batsman attacked Nuwan Kulasekara in the next over, knocking a boundary and a maximum off him, to take the tourists to 40/0 in 8 overs

But Gayle's partner Adrian Barath was out of sorts and went lbw to Kulasekara for 12 off 30 balls. Gayle followed him back to the pavilion in the following over when offspinner Muttiah Muralitahran had him caught at gully, for 28 off 30 balls. The Windies had slipped to 45/2 in 10.1 overs. The visitors took the batting powerplay after those losses, but were unable to capitalise as the two new batsmen - Ramnaresh Sarwan and Darren Bravo - played themselves in. Just 9 runs came off the 5 overs as the run-rate continued to slide.

In a dramatic 27th over, Sarwan was run out for 21 off 48 balls, before Bravo hit Rangana Herath for a six to take his side to 100. The Bravo brothers struck two fours and a six between them before paceman Lasith Malinga trapped Darren in front for 39 off 64 balls. Just two overs later, the same bowler cleaned up Keiron Pollard for just 4 as the Windies slumped to 138/5 in 34 overs.

With wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh as his new partner, Dwayne Bravo took a single off Kulasekara to bring up the Windies 150 at the end of 37 overs. Then in the 44th over, Herath bowled Bravo for 39 off 55 balls, pegging back the tourists to 175/6. Depleted of their prime batsmen, the Windies took their last powerplay in the next over.

In the 46th over, the Windies lost captain Darren Sammy for 4, to a run out, and Nikita Miller to Muralitharan for a duck as the slide continued with the score at 187/8. Then at the start of the 48th over, Malinga picked up his 3rd wicket when he bowled Ravi Rampaul for 1. The Windies folded for 203 all out in 50 overs.

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