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Windies have been set 275 to win the third ODI


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Windies have been set 275 to win the third ODI

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NORTH SOUND – West Indies will chase 275 to win the third One-day International, after career-best knocks from Wanindu Hasaranga and Ashen Bandara rescued Sri Lanka from a swift decline.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein grabbed three for 33 from 10 overs to be pick of the Windies bowlers and send the Sri Lankans into a downward spiral.

But the Caribbean side’s “death bowling” was weak, and Hasaranga, not out on 80, and Bandara, not out on 55, propelled the visitors to 274 for six from their allocation of 50 overs, after they were sent in to bat.

West Indies had Sri Lanka on the ropes at 151 for six in the 32nd over, but Hasaranga, batting at eight, and Bandara put on 123 – unbroken – for the seventh wicket.

The Windies have made one change to their line-up with Anderson Phillip making his ODI debut and replacing fellow pacer Romario Shepherd.

The Sri Lankans have made three changes, they have brought in Dasun Shanaka, Suranga Lakmal and Asitha Fernando to replace Oshada Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep.

West Indies hold a 2-0 unbeatable lead in the three-match series, after an eight-wicket win in the first ODI this past Wednesday and a five-wicket win in the second ODI this past Friday.

Summarised scores:

SRI LANKA 274 for six off 50 overs (Wanindu Hasaranga 80 not out, Ashen Bandara 55 not out, Danushka Gunathilaka 36, Dimuth Karunaratne 31, Pathum Nissanka 24, Dasun Shanaka 22, Dinesh Chandimal 16; Akeal Hosein 3-33) vs WEST INDIES.

(AR)