Sri Lanka fail after solid bowling performance by West Indies

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A solid bowling performance from West Indies and it made their total look much larger than it actually was. Holder set the tone right at the top by darting the ball around on a conducive track and tormented the Lankan top-order. Sri Lanka could never get a grip in the run-chase and were floundering right from the beginning having been reduced to 16/3. Dickwella and Tharanga strived to rebuild but a complete brain-freeze from the former saw him ramp Gabriel straight to third man. Then the debuting Nurse struck twice in quick succession to peg Lanka back big time. Pathirana dazzled for a while and even threatened a stunning comeback but couldn't sustain the effort with Nurse putting the final nail in the coffin. Match Rating: 1.5/5.0

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Anthony's picture

I wouldn't call upul tharanga losing his wicket as brain freeze, the ball held up in the pitch, thus his timing was off.

At the time his mindset along with guneratne's was to see off the dangerous bowling spells so that they can accumulate later. They had no choice but to be cautious since the opener's and no 3 and 4 lost their wickets far too early. After we lost those initial wickets, I think our guys were a little intimidated by the whole scenario especially facing the tall windies bowlers.

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