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SL clinch series with 26-run win

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Published: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 17:28 [IST]
 
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SL clinch series with 26-run win

Sri Lanka have won the 3rd and final ODI against the West Indies by 26 runs to clinch the series 2-zip, with Darren Bravo top-scoring with 79 and Ajantha Mendis taking 4/46.

The Windies innings got off to a dreadful start with Dilhara Fernando bowling Chris Gayle first ball and the Thisara Perera getting Adrian Barath caught behind also for duck, as the tourists were reduced to 0/2 in 2 overs. But the Ramnaresh Sarwan and Darren Bravo steadied the ship, the latter knocking off four fours in the 4th, 5th and 6th overs. Bravo then attacked Perera again in the 12th over getting him away, for two more boundaries as the Windies climbed to 46/2 in 12 overs, before touching 50 in the next over.

The recovery continued steadily with one four coming in the 15th, 17th and 18th overs, before Swarna launched Dilshan for a six in the 21st over in which the tourists also moved past 100. But soon afterward, the spinners struck. Rangana Herath removed Sarwan for 51 off 66 balls in the 25th over while Ajantha Mendies took care of Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the following over to leave the Windies wobbling on 128/4. Then Darren Bravo, joined by his brother Dwayne and set about doing the repair job.

Darren Bravo hit Rangana Herath for a six in the 30th over, but in the very next over, Perera returned with a double strike, removing the same batsman for 79 of 91 balls and new batsman Darren Sammy for just 3. The Windies were in trouble again at 159/6 in 32 overs. Then Fernando took out Dwayen Bravo for 32 and the tourists were 195/7 in 39.1 overs. Nikita Miller and Carlton Baugh took 8 runs off the 41st over as the scoreboard ticked over 200.

A while later, Baugh struck two fours off Angelo Mathews to reduce the victory equation to 57 run needed off 42 balls. When the Windies required 42 runs off 22 balls, Mendis struck to remove Miller for 13 as the Windies slid to 236/8. After Baugh rounded off the 48th over with a four, the Windies still needed 33 off the last 2 overs. Baugh opened the penultimate over with a boundary off Mendis but perished two balls later for a valiant 49, before Mendis got the wicket of Suleiman Benn to wrap up the match and hand his side a 26 run win.

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