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
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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