Having won the toss and deciding to bat first, the West Indies got off a shaky start. Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga cleaned up Devon Smith for a duck as the score read 3/1 in 1 over. But opener Chris Gayle hit his stride soon after and bludgeoned the Lankan bowling, racing to his 50 off 31 balls (7x4, 1x6) before Muralitharan did him in with a deceptive top-spinner.
The Windies were 88/2 in 11.4 over at that stage. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Darren Bravo kept up the impetus, sliding past 100 and then 150 in the 24th over. But then Malinga and Rangana Herath pulled things back for Lanka, as the latter removed Darren Bravo for 54 and Sarwan for 39, before Malinga struck to dismiss Chanderpaul for 16 as the Windies slumped to 204/5 in 37 overs.
Then Herath trapped Dwayne Bravo in front for 20, while Malinga took care of captain Darren Sammy for 21, reducing the Windies to 243/7 ion 45.2 overs. Then Carlton Baugh and Andre Russell helped their side sneak past 250/7 in the 47th over. A late surge from the tail ensured that the Windies reach 281 all out in their 50 overs.