Windies have been set 274 to win the second ODI
NORTH SOUND – West Indies will chase 274 to win the second One-day International, after Danushka Gunathilaka and Dinesh Chandimal hit half-centuries to lead Sri Lanka’s batting.
Part-time off-spinner Jason Mohammed ended with three for 47 from 10 overs and pacer Alzarri Joseph snared two for 42 from 10 overs to be the pick of the Windies bowling.
But the Caribbean side met resistance from Gunathilaka, whose run-a-ball 96 was the top score, and Chandimal with 71 from 98 balls that anchored the Sri Lankans to 273 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs.
Joseph triggered a wobble in the visitors’ top-order batting, sending them to 50 for three in the ninth over before Gunathilaka and Chandimal shared exactly 100 for the fourth wicket.
After Mohammed bowled Gunathilaka in the 30th over, Sri Lanka stumbled to 204 for six before Wanindu Hasaranga hit a cavalier 47 from 31 balls and shared 64 for the seventh wicket with Thisara Perera to beef up their side’s total.
West Indies fielded an unchanged 11 for this match, but the Sri Lankans made two changes, bringing in Perera and Oshada Fernando to replace Angelo Mathews, who has returned home, and Kamindu Mendis.
West Indies lead the three-match series 1-0, after comfortably winning the first ODI by eight wickets two days ago at the same venue.
SRI LANKA 273 for eight off 50 overs (Danushka Gunathilaka 96, Dinesh Chandimal 71, Wanindu Hasaranga 47, Thisara Perera 19, Ashen Bandara 18, Pathum Nissanka 10; Jason Mohammed 3-47, Alzarri Joseph 2-42) vs WEST INDIES.