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Highlights, Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2019 World Cup: Pooran heroic effort goes in vain as Lanka beat Windies by 23 runs

Nicholas Pooran's sensational century went in vain as Avishka Fernando set up Sri Lanka's thrilling 23-run win over West Indies with a maiden hundred in an inconsequential World Cup match on Monday.

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Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2019 World Cup: Pooran heroic effort goes in vain as Lanka beat Windies by 23 runs

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs West Indies, 2019 World Cup: Hello and welcome to our coverage of Match 39 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and West Indies from Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. West Indies captain Jason Holder has won the toss and West Indies will bowl first against Sri Lanka in Chester-le-Street. Shannon Gabriel has come into the XI for Kemar Roach while Sri Lanka have made three changes to their side. Lahiru Thirimanne has come in for Thisara Perera while Jeffrey Vandersay has come in for Jeevan Mendis and Kasun Rajitha will play in place of Suranha Lakmal. Follow live updates and score of the live match here at indiatvnews.com (Match scorecard | Stream SL vs WI)

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 23 runs

* For a match which ran close, Sri Lanka always looked comfortable while defending. The top four batsmen did not contribute much for the Windies and neither scored at the rate they were expected to. At 84/4, it looked like we were in for a quick finish but Nicholas Pooran stepped up.

* A close finish in the end. The run chase looked dead and buried in the 35th over, when Carlos Brathwaite got out but Nicholas Pooran almost single-handedly took his side home. Have to feel for the youngster but had he received some more support from the other end, the West Indies might have ended on the right side.

23.32 IST: Angelo Mathews to Sheldon Cottrell, SRI LANKA WIN BY 23 RUNS! Dot ball to end things. Back of a length ball on off, Cottrell punches it from the crease but finds extra cover. The fielder stops it at the edge of the circle and the batsmen decide not to cross. That will be it. A hard-fought victory for Sri Lanka.

23.25 IST: Lasith Malinga to Oshane Thomas, OUT! It is not close, it is out! West Indies are nine down now. Malinga gets his third. This lands around middle and leg. Thomas swings but misses. It goes off the pads towards third man. The batters run one as the bowler appeals. The umpire shakes his head. Perera asks to review it and Sri Lanka do so. Hawk-Eye shows three reds and Thomas has to take the long walk back.

23.17 IST: Angelo Mathews to Nicholas Pooran, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! What a masterstroke this is! Angelo Mathews who is bowling his first ball of the World Cup, forget the World Cup, his first ball after I don't remember when, gets the batsman who had all the West Indies hopes pinned on. Mathews bowls it wide outside off, Pooran goes after it, the ball goes off the outside edge and carries to Perera who makes no mistake. Mathews is pumped up and why not? He has probably won Sri Lanka the game. Pooran walks back dejected.

23.14 IST: Isuru Udana to Sheldon Cottrell, Two taken! Sloppiness from Sri Lanka. This is short and on the body, Cottrell hops and defends it on the off side. They go for the run. The fielder from covers gets to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end. He misses, the fielder backing up fumbles and the batters take another run.

23.12 IST: Isuru Udana to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! That is in the gap! The slower one and shorter in length. Pooran is ready for it. He waits for it and then pulls it through mid-wicket, away from the fielder in the deep and a boundary.

23.05 IST: Lasith Malinga to Nicholas Pooran, DROPPED AND FOUR! That has been misjudged horribly. Has Perera, the sub, dropped the game? Well, we will find out. Malinga bowls it full and on off, Pooran lofts it towards long off. He has not got enough on it. Perera though runs in then realizes it is going over him. Looks to recover by moving back and by stretching his hands up. The ball bursts through and goes into the fence.

23.02 IST: Isuru Udana to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! What a sound that made of the bat! That has been hit with the wind. Short and on the body, Pooran waits for it and pulls it over the backward square leg fence for a biggie.

22.59 IST: Isuru Udana to Nicholas Pooran, 100 for Pooran! Brilliant, brilliant innings! His first and probably of many. Also, what a time to score your first ton, his team were down and out but his innings has brought them back. He needs to stay there right till the end though. This is fuller and on middle, flicks it through mid-wicket for two.

22.55 IST: Isuru Udana to Fabian Allen, OUT! Run out! Rihana maybe in attendance but the song of Taylor Swift - 'Trouble, Trouble' is playing in my mind. Complete miscommunication here and yet another fifty stand is broken through run out. A delivery down the leg side, Fabian flicks it towards short fine leg and Pooran wants to have a run in spite of the striker not showing much interest. Rajitha in the meanwhile picks up the ball and parries it to the bowler who does the rest. Not even in the frame, Fabian. He has sacrificed himself here. 57 needed off 35 balls.

22.49 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Fabian Allen, SIX! What a hit this is from Fabien Allen! WOW! Even Rihanna in the stands is impressed. The one boundary they need in every over has come here. This is full and on middle, Allen lofts it over the bowler's head. It goes all the way.

22.45 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Fabian Allen, FOUR! Nearly carried all the way. Fabian is playing a little gem here. Picks the slower short ball early, turns inside the crease and murders it via a pull shot over mid-wicket. It lands just before the fence and goes over. The onfield umpire confirms from upstairs before signalling a boundary.

22.37 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! What a start to the over! 250 up for the Windies. They are surely still in it. This is a half-tracker. Pooran goes back and pulls it hard over the square leg fence for a biggie. Another 50-run stand, three back-to-back fifty run stands. This partnership though holds the hopes.

22.32 IST: Lasith Malinga to Fabian Allen, FOUR! Allen is dealing in boundaries! Once again Malinga misses the yorker and pays the price. It is full and outside off, Allen hits it through mid off and it races away. Ideal start to the over.

22.28 IST: Isuru Udana to Fabian Allen, FOUR! Clobbered! A slower one outside off, Allen stays leg side of the ball and smashes it through extra cover for a boundary.

22.25 IST: Lasith Malinga to Fabian Allen, FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Allen has hit both. Malinga misses his yorker and it ends up begin a full ball on middle, Allen lifts it over mid-wicket and bags a boundary.

22.23 IST: Lasith Malinga to Fabian Allen, FOUR! This will help, this will really help, West Indies would want Allen to chip in here. He gets a boundary this time. This is on the pads, this is flicked through backward square leg for a boundary.

22.19 IST: Isuru Udana to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! EDGY! West Indies won't mind how they come as long as they come. Short and outside off, Pooran slashes, the ball flies off the outside edge to the third man fence.

22.15 IST: Lasith Malinga to Nicholas Pooran, Good fielding! A good shot too! This is full and outside off, it is the slower one. Pooran lofts it over the mid off fielder. It is not right off the middle. Mathews gives it a chase and pushes it back in. Three taken.

22.12 IST: Isuru Udana to Nicholas Pooran, OUT! It has brushed his fingers and Brathwaite is way out! Unfortunate end to his innings and once again a partnership which was starting to look good has been cut short. Udana bowls this fuller and on middle, Pooran strokes it back uppishly towards the bowler. Udana stretches his left hand out and tries to take the catch but the ball seems to have brushed his fingers and goes onto hit the stumps. He appeals and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and they show that CB is a goner. Not an innings to remember from Brathwaite and Pooran continues to run out of partners.

22.00 IST: Dimuth Karunaratne to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! Welcome into the attack, Karunaratne! They have to make this a big over. Also, Pooran brings his fifty up in style. He holds the hope for West Indies. This is short and on off, it sits up to be hit. Pooran sends it sailing into the mid-wicket stand.

21.55 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Carlos Brathwaite, FOUR! Straight down the ground! This should get Brathwaite going. Full and on off, Brathwaite strokes it with a straight bat past the bowler and it races to the fence. 7 from the over, 180 needed in 120.

21.37 IST: Jeffrey Vandersay to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Straight back over the bowler! This is very full and on middle, Pooran smashes it through mid off and it races away to the fence. 150 up for West Indies.

Carlos 'Remember the name' Brathwaite walks in. Can he play an innings worth remembering?

21.35 IST: Jeffrey Vandersay to Jason Holder, OUT! Straight to the man! The partnership which started to flourish has been cut short. Half the side back in the hut. Vandersay gets his first. He tosses it up on middle, it was there to hit. Holder looks to go over mid-on but it comes off the lower portion of the bat and it goes straight to Jeevan Mendis, the sub, who takes it.

21.32 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! This is a lovely shot. Deft touch! Flatter and outside off, Pooran goes back, plays it late, pierces the gap between backward point and point and bags a boundary.

21.28 IST: Jeffrey Vandersay to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Hammered! A hit-me ball. Short and on middle, Pooran goes back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. 50-run is also up. They need to keep going.

21.25 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Nicholas Pooran, NOT OUT! Pooran's foot is grounded! Good delivery though. This is flatter and around off, it pitches and turns away. Pooran looks to drive but is beaten. Kusal whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show Pooran is fine.

21.21 IST: Jeffrey Vandersay to Nicholas Pooran, The googly on the pads, Pooran sweeps it through backward square leg for one.

21.13 ISY: Dhananjaya de Silva to Jason Holder, FOUR! Brilliantly timed! Tossed up on middle, Holder flicks it through mid-wicket. The man in the deep runs and dives to his left but cannot keep the ball in play.

21.08 IST: Jeffrey Vandersay to Jason Holder, FOUR! Crisp! Loopy leg spinner on off, Holder strides out and drives it with class through point for a boundary.

21.00 IST: Jeffrey Vandersay to Jason Holder, Drag down this. Holder misses out on it and just pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

20.55 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Shimron Hetmyer, OUT! Run Out! This is disastrous. Back of a length ball on off, Hetmyer runs it down to the right of backward point. Shimron strokes it there and casually goes for the run. Pooran though looks that Dhananjaya has got to the ball quickly so he sends him back but is toolate as Hetmyer is half way down. De Silva takes his time and hits the stumps. Hetmyer is nowhere in the frame and has to walk back dejected. Hetmyer's second run out of this tournament.

 

20.46 IST: Isuru Udana to Shimron Hetmyer, Good fielding again! This is shorter and on middle, Hetmyer pulls it hard towards mid-wicket. The fielder dives to his left and makes a half stop. Can't stop the single though.

20.44 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! Fortunate boundary! This is on a length and outside off, Hetmyer looks to push at it but it goes off the inside edge, past the leg pole and down to the fine leg fence.

20.40 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Chris Gayle, OUT! c Jeffrey Vandersay b Kasun Rajitha. West Indies have lost their third wicket.

20.22 IST: Kasun Rajitha to Chris Gayle, FOUR! Up and over! Gayle may have decided to target Rajitha. Full and outside off, Gayle clears his front leg and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

20.19 IST: Isuru Udana to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! Bang! Not stopping this one! Udana offers width outside off, it's short and wide, Hetmyer stays back and blazes it through covers for a boundary.

20.10 IST: Lasith Malinga to Shimron Hetmyer, Misfield and a run! Fuller around off, this is firmly driven towards mid off. Mathews there does not stop it cleanly and a run is taken.

20.04 IST: Lasith Malinga to Shimron Hetmyer, EDGED! PUT DOWN! Mendis is the culprit! That is a sitter. Hetmyer gets a life. The slower one outside off, it is just behind a driving length. Hetmyer goes after it but there is extra bounce. It takes the edge and goes towards widish first slip where Mendis spills it. This could prove costly as Hetmyer is a dangerous player.

19.54 IST: Lasith Malinga to Shai Hope, OUT! Drags it on! Malinga has got Hope. A big wicket as Hope could have been the anchor man in this chase. West Indies are in big trouble here. Another slower one by Malinga. This is outside off, Hope throws his bat at it but due to the slowness of the wicket, he gets an inside edge and it hits the stumps behind.

19.48 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Chris Gayle, NOT OUT! Gayle is well in! Not sure why they went up. This is worked through mid-wicket. The batters go for a run. The fielder picks the ball up and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end. It then deflects onto the leg of de Silva. He though appeals and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show he is fine.

Shai Hope is the new man in. 192 runs in this World Cup so far for him which includes a couple of fifties. West Indies require him to stand up today and deliver a big knock.

19.42 IST: Lasith Malinga to Sunil Ambris, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Malinga has bounced Ambris out! Early wicket for the Lankans. Dreadful start for the Windies.

19.38 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva to Chris Gayle, Flatter and shorter on middle, fired into the batsman, Gayle moves back and punches it through the gap on the leg side at mid-wicket for one.

19.32 IST: Lasith Malinga to Sunil Ambris, FOUR! Finds the fence! Malinga overpitches on off, Ambris presses forward and drives it through the gap between covers and cover-point for a boundary.

The run chase is upon us! Chris Gayle will open the innings with Sunil Ambris, who seems to have recovered after hurting his ankle while fielding. The Lankan players get into a huddle near the boundary line. They have plenty in the bank at the moment but need to spend carefully. Lasith Malinga to begin with the first new ball.

A fabulous batting show by Sri Lanka. They started off well with their openers putting in a 93-run stand. Kusal Perera, in particular, was in red-hot form and gave a real beating to the West Indian bowlers. He got a couple of reprieves also but failed to convert his fifty.

18.58 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Lahiru Thirimanne, A couple to end the innings. Full on middle, Thirimanne pushes it through mid on and charges back for the second. SRI LANKA FINISH ON 338/6!

18.56 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! Fine way to get off the mark! Outside off, de Silva waits for the ball to come to him and steers it past short third man for a boundary!

18.50 IST: Oshane Thomas to Isuru Udana, OUT c Jason Holder b Oshane Thomas. Sri Lanka have lost their sixth wicket.

18.48 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Lahiru Thirimanne, FOUR! Heaved hard. On middle and off, Thirimanne swings hard but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat. The deep mid-wicker fielder runs to his left and stretches his left hand out but the ball goes past.

18.47 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Avishka Fernando, OUT! Caught in the deep! Fernando falls soon after getting to his century.

18.41 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Avishka Fernando, MAIDEN ODI TON FOR FERNANDO! Boy, the entire Lankan dressing room is on its feet.

18.37 IST: Oshane Thomas to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! 300 UP FOR SRI LANKA! A length ball, flicked through mid-wicket for a boundary!

18.31 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Lahiru Thirimanne, FOUR! Nice shot Full and on middle, Thirimanne comes down the track and hits it down towards long on. There is a fielder in the deep and he runs to his right but he cannot get there in time!

18.28 IST: Oshane Thomas to Lahiru Thirimanne, CAUGHT! BUT IT IS A NO BALL! Wow. Thirimanne has another slice of luck. Remember his first-ball escape? Full and around middle, Lahiru flicks it straight to Shimron Hetmyer at short mid-wicket. The moment he hits it, he looks at the heavens in disappointment and walks off. Then, he is called back by Fernando to check that umpire Bruce Oxenford has raised his arm sideways.

18.21 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Avishka Fernando, SIX! THWACK! Wow. What a shot. This bloke can bat.

18.18 IST: Jason Holder to Lahiru Thirimanne, On middle, flicked just over mid-wicket. It is a long side of the boundary and by the time Carlos Brathwaite gets to the ball from long on, three runs are taken.

18.14 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Lahiru Thirimanne, Full and outside off, Lahiru backs away and slices it over cover. The fielder sweeps across to his left and slides to stop the ball. There runs added to the total.

18.08 IST: Jason Holder to Lahiru Thirimanne, FOUR! EDGED, BUT WIDE! Slice of luck for Thirimanne first up. A length ball around middle, Lahiru pushes at it but the ball moves away and takes the outside edge.

This is bizarre. Lahiru Thirimanne walks in at number 6, replacing Mathews. One might have expected the flamboyant Dhananjaya de Silva to come.

18.04 IST: Jason Holder to Angelo Mathews, OUT! BOWLED! Right under the bat and onto the stumps. Mathews flatters to deceive. Having scored 26 from 19 balls before this one, it seemed like he was ready for the big push. He did try that, but could not quite execute.

18.02 IST: Fabian Allen to Angelo Mathews, SIX! Floated and full around off, Mathews leans forward, reaches out for it and shoots it over long off. The fielder in the deep jumps near the fence but it sails over his head.

18.01 IST: Fabian Allen to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! Nicely played by Angelo. Flatter and quicker and shorter outside off at 93 kph, Mathews hops back to make room and slaps it over point for a boundary.

17.59 IST: Fabian Allen to Angelo Mathews, Slower through the air, short and wide outside off, Mathews mistimes his back foot punch to the left of the bowler.

17.54 IST: Jason Holder to Angelo Mathews, FOUR! First boundary for Mathews in this innings.

17.47 IST: Shannon Gabriel to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Fine shot. Short and outside off, Fernando uses the width and crashes it over point for a boundary!

17.36 IST: Fabian Allen to Angelo Mathews, Shout for an lbw! An arm ball landing on middle and leg, skidding down, Angelo hangs on the back foot to get it away but misses. The appeal follows but it's missing leg.

17.31 IST: Fabian Allen to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Nicely played. Avishka is oozing confidence. Loopy and full around off, Fernando dances down the track and lofts it with nonchalance over covers.

17.28 IST: Oshane Thomas to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Fifty for Avishka Fernando, his second in ODIs!

Drinks break. Once again a wicket is followed by a mini-break. West Indies will be relieved to break the last partnership as both Mendis and Fernando were batting fluently. Avishka is still out there and Sri Lanka will hope that he bats maximum overs. For West Indies, it's all about picking wickets and limiting the damage.

17.20 IST: Fabian Allen to Kusal Mendis, OUT! Fabian Allen has taken an outstanding diving catch in his followthrough. A flighted delivery, Mendis walks down the track to take it on the full but ends up chipping it back towards the ball. Allen dives full length to his right, he is airborne as he snaps a beauty. The 85-run stand is broken courtesy this stunner.

17.18 IST: Fabian Allen to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Brilliant, brilliant footwork by Avishka. He runs down the track to a full ball around middle, makes room and drills his drive through extra cover. No chance for the fielder in the deep.

17.15 IST: Oshane Thomas to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Up and over the infield. Short in length around off, Avishka picks the length in a trice, hangs on the back foot and pulls it over the leaping mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.

17.10 IST: Oshane Thomas to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Another boundary for Sri Lanka! Full in length and on middle, Kusal flicks and this time places it to the left of the mid-wicket fielder inside the ring. He dives but to no use as it screams away to the fence.

17.05 IST: Fabian Allen to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Mendis is looking in fine touch today. Very good batting. Loopy full ball around leg, Kusal goes down on one knee in a flash and sweeps it sweetly behind square leg for a boundary.

17.00 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Kusal Mendis, Well fielded, Pooran. He has been electric in the field. Shortish and on middle, pulled firmly through square leg. Pooran makes a nice diving stop and saves two.

16.58 IST: Fabian Allen to Avishka Fernando, Shortish and on off, punched from the back foot to covers. Dot ball to end a 4-run over.

16.55 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Avishka Fernando, Good length ball on middle and off, Fernando brings down a straight bat in defense.

16.51 IST: Fabian Allen to Avishka Fernando, Flighted and on middle, worked on the leg side but straight to square leg.

16.47 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Avishka Fernando, SIX! This is dismissive. Avishka is a brilliant striker of a cricket ball and he has shown his quality there. Pulls a short delivery from the crease and launches it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

16.45 IST: Jason Holder to Avishka Fernando, FOUR! Shot! Fernando getting into the act now. Holder serves it in the slot outside off, Avishka spots that mid off is up and just lofts it over the infield for a boundary.

16.43 IST: Jason Holder to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! That's a beautiful pull shot! Short in length and on off, angling in, Mendis pulls it off his front foot and it whistles away to the deep mid-wicket fence.

16.40 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! 7 from the first three balls! Short and on middle, Mendis pulls it wide of mid on and bags a boundary.

16.36 IST: Jason Holder to Kusal Mendis, On the pads, Mendis works it through square leg and takes two.

16.35 IST: Jason Holder to Avishka Fernando, FOUR BYES! Holder will be heartbroken there. He bowls a perfect yorker outside off. Fernando fails to get bat on ball. Hope does not get down in time and it goes between his legs and down to the fine leg fence.

16.31 IST: Jason Holder to Avishka Fernando, NO BALL! This is down the leg side, Fernando looks to flick but it goes off the pads to the keeper. Holder has overstepped.

16.28 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Kusal Perera, OUT! RUN OUT! The dropped catch has not cost West Indies a lot. This is a bonus wicket. The man who was looking so good has been run out. Perera works this through mid-wicket and takes the first one quickly. He wants a second and he goes for it. Fernando is not interested. Perera has his eyes on the ball and does not see his partner hands his hand up.

16.25 IST: Jason Holder to Kusal Perera, In the air... dropped! That should have been taken! Perera gets a life and this could be very dangerous as he is looking really good out there. Holder bowls it short and on middle, Perera pulls it hard but does not keep it down. It is tailing away from the deep square leg fielder who is running to his left. He tries to take it but the ball does not stay in. The batters take two. 100 up for Sri Lanka.

16.23 IST: Jason Holder to Avishka Fernando, In the air... but wide! Fuller and around off, Fernando looks to drive it on the up but it flies off the outside edge and down to third man for one.

16.17 IST: Jason Holder to Avishka Fernando, NOT OUT! It is slipping down leg! Always looked like that, not sure why the review was taken. Windies lose their only review. This is slightly fuller and it starts on middle, tails back in. Fernando looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Holder reviews after having a chat with his keeper. Replays roll in and they show the ball to be going down leg.

* Shout for an lbw against Avishka Fernando! The umpire has remained still. Jason Holder walks up to his keeper and then takes the referral. It looks to be drifting down the leg side.

Drinks break.

16.11 IST: Jason Holder to Dimuth Karunaratne, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! The skipper provides the much-needed breakthrough. He is ecstatic. A soft dismissal and completely against the run of play. This is short and wide outside off, it keeps going away with the angle. Karunaratne throws his bat at it but the ball kisses the outside edge and Hope makes no mistake.

16.07 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Perera doing it easily at the moment. He gives Brathwaite the charge and drags it with the angle over mid-wicket for a boundary.

16.04 IST: Jason Holder to Dimuth Karunaratne, Confusion but due to the misfield, no harm done! This is fuller and on off, Karunaratne drives it towards cover. He sets off for a run. Perera is not sure. The fielder though misfields and then it is an easy single.

16.01 IST: Jason Holder to Kusal Perera, A quick single to get to his half ton! His 14th in ODIs and third in this World Cup. He has really flourished after being promoted. Needs to make it big here though. He gets there by working it on the leg side for one.

15.57 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Kusal Perera, Stays back and forces a shortish delivery to the left of sweeper cover for a brace.

Carlos Brathwaite is now introduced into the attack. He came to bowl in the last 10 overs against India and went for aplenty.

15.51 IST: Shannon Gabriel to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Three boundaries in a row! Perera is on the charge here! This is slightly fuller and on off, once again Kusal was waiting for it. He extends his arms and lofts it over mid on for a boundary.

15.50 IST: Shannon Gabriel to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Just wide! Short and on the body, it rushed the batter who looks to pull. It goes off Perera's glove and just wide of Hope for a boundary.

15.48 IST: Shannon Gabriel to Dimuth Karunaratne, This is on off, Karunaratne looks to defend but ends up playing inside the line, the ball goes off the outer half down to third man for one.

15.43 IST: Jason Holder to Dimuth Karunaratne, Direct hit and Perera would have been a goner! Back of a length on middle, Karunaratne works it towards square leg. Perera sets off, DK hesitates but then goes for it. Ambris picks the ball up and has a shy at the striker's end but misses.

* Skipper Jason Holder comes on now! He bowled brilliantly against India in the last match and his figures were, 10-2-33-2. Can he do the same or even better it today?

15.32 IST: Oshane Thomas to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR! Sri Lanka are dealing in boundaries! This is full and wide outside off, Karunaratne reaches out for it and carves it through cover-point.

15.28 IST: Shannon Gabriel to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Poor ball and put away! This is on the pads, Perera works it fine on the leg side and bags a boundary. Windies have bowled very straight here.

15.20 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Up and over! Perera makes room and also takes a few steps down the track. Sheldon bowls it slightly short, it comes at a good height to the batsman who slaps it over mid off. 20 out of the 26 runs have come in boundaries.

15.16 IST: Oshane Thomas to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR! Raining boundaries at the moment! Short and wide outside off, Karunaratne slaps it past point. Sheldon from third man runs to his left, dives, does push it back in but the ball hits the other hand and rolls back towards the ropes. Sheldon once again pushes it back in but this time he is in contact with the ropes.


15.13 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR! On the pads again and another boundary. Cottrell is not learning here, the ball isn't swinging, he is still trying to get it to move away from the leg stump. That does not happen and Karunaratne works it through mid-wicket for the second boundary.

15.12 IST: Sheldon Cottrell to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR!  Easy pickings! Cottrell bowls this full and on the pads, an Asian batsman would never miss out on that. He flicks it past short fine leg for a boundary.

15.08 IST: Oshane Thomas to Kusal Perera, FOUR! Magnificent from Kusal Perera! He has slapped it on the up. Width on offer outside off, Kusal camps back and whacks it past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. That just raced away to the fence in no time.

*Oshane Thomas will bowl from the other end

15.04 IST: A good first over from Sheldon Cottrell. Just 2 off it.

15.00 IST: Done with all the formalities. It's time to get going now. The West Indian players are on the field. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera are the Sri Lankan openers. The former got a snorter first up in the last match and was out for a golden duck. He would be keen to perform today.

14.52 IST: The players from both teams are out in the middle to sing their respective national anthems.

14.43 IST: Captains at toss:

Karunaratne: We would have liked to bowl. In the last match, the pitch did respond with the new ball. We wanted to take early advantage with the new ball and take a couple of wickets early in the morning. We couldn't pass 250 and haven't really fird properly. We need the middle- and the top-rder to fire in this match. We have to focus on the World Cup for now - the future plans can wait. Three changes for now (can't quite remember them all).

Holder: We're fielding first. A fresh wicket. It should be responsive first up with the ball. We still got pride to play for, and we need to play a perfect game. Bowlers have done well so far; hopefully they can respond and the batsmen can chase it down. Roach is unwell, and Gabriel will play in his place.

14.37 IST: Playing XIs:

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (WK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas

14.32 IST: TOSS -- Jason Holder has won the toss and West Indies will bowl first

14.00 IST: UPDATE COMING IN FROM INDIA --
Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the World Cup and Mayank Agarwal is likely to replace him in the squad. Read more here

Brief preview: Dimuth Karunaratne and his Sri Lanka squad had to prepare like they're still in contention at the Cricket World Cup. With their playoff more or less over after India losing to England at Edgbaston on Sunday. They were going through batting and fielding drills when England set India a target of 338 to win. The West Indies slumped out of contention after a loss to India three days ago, but coach Floyd Reifer said it wouldn't influence their game plan against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. The future starts Monday for his team. [Read full preview here]

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