WSC Match #10: Sri Lanka v West Indies

WSC Match #10: Sri Lanka v West Indies

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Tue, 16 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Bernie Wijesekara reporting from Perth, Australia

PERTH, Sunday - Sri Lankan cricketers  led  by  stand-in  captain
Aravinda  de  Silva  give a magnificent performance to defeat the
West Indies by 16 runs in an  enthralling  crucial  World  Series
match  played  in Perth.  Sri Lanka made 202 all out. The Windies
made 186 for 9 in 50 overs.

Romesh Kaluwitharne was adjudged  the  man-of-the-match  for  the
second  time.  Skipper  de Silva who rotated the bowlers intelli-
gently to contain the West Indian batsmen who were made to strug-
gle after the dismissal of Richie Richardson run out by Dharmase-
na off his follow through for 7 in 18 balls.

Then Dharmasena got the vital wicket of Carl Hooper when he tried
to  play  a rash short with the start of his innings well held by
Gurusinha in the deep - 67 for 4 in 23.5 overs. Aravinda de Silva
in  his first ball in his first over had stubborn Campbell caught
by Vaas for 20 in 52 balls. At the halfway mark it was 81 for 4.

Holder, who survived a chance dropped behind the wickets when  on
7  off Jayasuriya, put on 47 runs with Chanderpaul, for the fifth
wicket. A brilliant piece of fielding by Gurusinha  had  Chander-
paul  out  for 44 in 90 balls with 3 fours an the Windies were in
great trouble.

Finally Holder making a desperate shot was gone for 38 for a good
catch  by  Kalu  behind the stumps to make amends for his earlier
lapse in Jayasuriya's sixth over.  Holder  made  his  38,  in  33
balls. The Windies had to make 77 runs in 78 balls.

Jayasuriya bowled a maiden in his eighth over. Browne fell for 22
in  36 balls to give Vaas the wicket he deserved for his allround
ability in this match. Aravinda was bashed for two fours by  Gib-
son  but had the batsmen stumped for 19. At this stage it was all
over bar the shouting. Finally the Windies made 186 for  9,  when
Jayasuriya  capped  off with a fine run out to dismiss Bishop for

It was a fine team effort and the Lankan bowlers did a remarkable
job,  especially  the  spinner  Aravinda  de Silva 3 for 43 in 10
overs. A win for Sri Lanka in MCG against the Aussies should  put
the  issue  beyond doubt. But if Sri Lanka loses on Jan. 16, then
the Windies are through to the final, who will meet Australia  in
the  three-match  final the first in the MCG on Jan. 18, followed
by the other two - Jan. 20 and 22 in Sydney. All three finals are
day/night  matches.  The present run-rate - Windies - minus 0.61,
Sri Lanka - minus 0.061.

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