Superb bowling stood the West Indies to overcome the absence of various leading player as they trounce Sri Lanka by 62 pass in the second one-day international in Harare on Wednesday.
After managing simply 227 all out with the bat, Ashley Nurse and Shannon Gabriel grabbed three wickets apiece and captain Jason Holder picked up two as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 165 inside 44 overs.
As a result the West Indies too picked up a bonus moment, putting them height on five points with Sri Lanka, who hit Zimbabwe in Monday’s series opener in the triangular series.
” It’s good to start off with a earn in a short tournament ,” articulated Holder at Harare athletics club.
” We fell short of our batting target but made up for it in the field, where I thought we were outstanding.
” It’s good to start passing happenings around, and hopefully we can get some uniformity starting and start ripening .”
Shorn of their biggest superstars, including batsman Darren Bravo after he was sent home for notes obligated on Twitter about West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron, the West Indians “ve lost my” toss and were asked to bat first in seam-friendly conditions.
They soon saw themselves on the back paw, with Johnson Charles concluding third “mens and” fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite run out by a direct hit from Nuwan Kulasekara.
Although their next three partnerships all contacted more than 40 , none were able to set up a significant total as Evin Lewis was caught behind off Sachith Pathirana’s offspin for 27, and debutant Shai Hope was bowled for 47 by Asela Gunaratne.
Kulasekara then had top scorer Jonathan Carter catch for 57 at deep square-leg, and once Rovman Powell’s entertaining cameo had been halted on 44 by Nuwan Pradeep, Kulasekara accomplished another run-out and grabbed a second wicket with the ball.
Despite the challenging maladies, the West Indian total seemed short-lived until a luminous first sorcery from Holder relented the wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis, with a Charles direct hit helping to reduce the Sri Lankans to 16 for three.
” The bowlers did a great job to keep them to 227, but the batsmen didn’t turn up today ,” articulated Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga.
” We lost three early wickets and never recovered- we are only couldn’t formation partnership agreements .”
It was Nurse who prevented any meaningful convalescence in the middle of the innings, dismissing Tharanga and Gunaratne just as they were concluding their hoofs at the crease, before having top scorer Pathirana caught in the deep as he threatened to producing Sri Lanka back into the game.
With Gabriel cleaning up the fanny, the West Indies assured their first win outside of the Caribbean since March 2015.
The series will now move to Bulawayo, where Zimbabwe will take on the West Indies on Saturday