ST JOHN’S, Antigua — A record opening stand of 192 runs between Evin Lewis and Shai Hope followed by composed batting by Nicholas Pooran at the end guided West Indies to victory over Sri Lanka in the second CG Insurance One-Day International.
West Indies made 274-5 off 49.4 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 273-8 off their 50 overs to win by five wickets at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday. It took the home side to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Left-hander Lewis made 103 and Hope 84 to provide the perfect platfom. It was Lewis’s fourth ODI century and overall he faced 121 balls and hit eight fours and four sixes. He was named the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match. Hope continued his tremendous form with his 18th half-century in this format to follow-up his 110 in the opening match on Wednesday. He faced 108 balls and hit six boundaries.
The partnership was their second consecutive century stand for the first wicket – the highest for West Indies against Sri Lanka – surpassing the 143 they added on Wednesday. It is also the highest partnership at this venue for any wicket – beating the 175 by England’s Joe Root and Jos Buttler five years ago.
“I have been working hard and training hard to get back to this level and I feel very proud at the moment. I always try to get the team off the best start in the powerplay. I think this wicket is one of the best for batting in the Caribbean and I’m very happy to get a hundred and win the match and the series,” Lewis said.
Pooran made an unbeaten 35 from 38 balls as West Indies recorded their highest successful run chase at the venue. In the final over with nine to win, he played an exceptional cover drive off the second ball which sped to the boundary. Next ball he hit a full toss through the point region for another boundary and then got a single off the fourth ball as West Indies earned their 30th ODI win against Sri Lanka in 62 matches.
Highlights available here https://bit.ly/2LQTuxt to Caribbean viewers on West Indies YouTube channel from tomorrow at 4pm Eastern Caribbean Time/3pm Jamaica Time.
Sunday, March 14: 3rd CG Insurance One-Day International at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. First ball is 9:30am (8:30am Jamaica Time)