Sri Lanka 160 for 6 (Gunathilaka 56, Nissanka 37, Bravo 2-25) defeated West Indies 117 (McCoy 23, Sandakan 3) -10, Hasaranga 3-17) by 43 runs

Sri Lanka’s weirdos scored a compelling 43-run win over the West Indies in Antigua to keep the three-game series alive and end an eight-game losing streak in T20Is

On a sluggish surface, Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Lakshan Sandakan turned out to be a handful – taking seven wickets between them, the latter two taking three wickets apiece – as Sri Lanka easily defended their 160 total dies was the control wielded by the Sri Lankan spinners, even part-time off-spinner Danushka Gunathilaka stepped in and picked up Jason Holder’s wicket

In fact, 68 of the 117 runs that the hosts ultimately collected came from the two fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Thisara Perera from Sri Lanka 41 of these were taken two overs by Pereras alone

But while the final profit margin indicated total visitor dominance, halfway through the run they would have felt that 15 to 20 runs were falling short given the start they had

Gunathilaka, in particular, was in great shape, continuing the form in which he topped the top charts in the Lanka Premier League a few months ago.His 56 runs came from 42 supplies and included four fours and two sixs, but it was the control he exercised throughout the run, which was most impressive and which seldom had to take risks to accumulate his runs

Next to him, Pathum Nissanka – one of the few bright sparks for the visitors of the first T20I – kept the scoreboard running when the couple put on 56 in Powerplay and 94 in the first ten overs.But the middle order again couldn’t produce anything substantial, as the next ten overs produced only 66 runs, in fact, it was just a late 11-ball 19 not from the player of the game Hasaranga that even got Sri Lanka to get the result – one that eventually turned out to be sufficient proved

Brilliant bravo
Dwayne Bravo continued to scramble the Sri Lankan batsmen for a second game in a row as his mix of slower balls made it harder and harder to get away with his four overs resulted in numbers of 2 for 25, although it was his opening that got his team back in Game brought just like the Sri Lankans would have been to tee off

When Bravo stepped into the attack in the eleventh game and Gunathilaka and Nissanka looked well placed, he developed a bit of magic on the field to break the partnership Bravo rushed in his follow-through to his left, picked up the ball, turned and threw down the stumps at the end of the non-striker in one go.Nissanka, who had run well with Gunathilaka up to this point, was way behind his crease. Three balls later, Gunathilaka could only show the man in the middle a slower Bravo ball

And just like that, Sri Lanka, which would have had an eye on the region from 180 to 200 in total, had two new batsmen at the crease

Sri Lanka’s middle order suffering
While the openers in Sri Lanka had worked within a clear plan to counter the use of slower deliveries by the bowlers in the West Indies, their middle-order batsmen clearly had not received the memo of particular concern will be the failure of their substitute captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, Fast to score

The pair scored 16 runs between them in 22 deliveries and at no point did they look like they were going to hurt the bowlers in the West Indies.It wasn’t until Ashen Bandara and Hasaranga were at the fold that all momentum returned to the innings

While that soft underbelly didn’t hurt her in this game, it’s a gradual point of concern that Mickey Arthur and the likes need to address sooner rather than later

Weirdos come to the fore
If there was a takeaway from the first T20I it was that most of the batsmen in the West Indies were battling spin so it was no surprise when Sri Lanka opted for an extra spinner in game two, bringing in Sandakan for Nuwan Pradeep

The plan could hardly have worked better as the weirdos of Sri Lanka picked up eight wickets between them. While Hasaranga was the choice, catching the wickets of Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons in his first round, Dananjaya and Sandakan were equally effective / p>

Dananjaya was exemplary in power play, his three overs result in numbers from 1 for 7; he would end up with numbers 1 for 13, a good return most days, but even more impressive considering he was hit by Kieron Pollard for six sixes in an over a few days ago

Meanwhile, Sandakan took Pollard’s coveted scalp before cleaning up the tail with the gates of Kevin Sinclair and Obed McCoy The latter briefly threatened an unlikely fight with a seven ball 23

Sri Lanka is carrying out its plans, the West Indies fail because of theirs
There’s a reason the West Indian strategy of mostly dealing with borders is seen as risky and rewarding. If it works, you will get such results on Wednesday night, or any number of raids they have committed in their T20I history, but if this is If not, even chasing a fairly accessible 161 becomes a sucker through the mud

For Sri Lanka, they knew what the West Indies batsmen were going to throw at them, so they gambled on playing their best bowlers early By the end of the 16th had all three of Hasaranga, Dananjaya and Chameera – who had 8 wickets between them – met their odds, meaning that either Perera or the part-time Gunathilaka had to throw two of the last four overs, but with odds over 20 that was the game good as done

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