Kusal Mendis scored 94 off just 73 deliveries, including seven boundaries, and five sixes, along with a strike rate of 129    AFP
Kusal Mendis was adjudged the Man of the Match AFP

West Indies opener Evin Lewis played a heroic knock of 148, but it all went in vain, as they suffered a heart-breaking loss to fellow visitors Sri Lanka, by just a run in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the Zimbabwe tri-nation series, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Apart from Lewis, it was the skipper Jason Holder, who remained unbeaten on 45, while for Lanka, it was Suranga Lakmal, and Nuwan Kulasekara, who claimed a couple of wickets each, as they match went down to the wire until the final ball of the match to decide the winner, while it West Indies scored their record total, batting second. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, 5th ODI at Bulawayo

Earlier, West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the coin toss, and elected to field first, as Sri Lanka posted a challenging total of 330 for the loss of seven wickets, with Niroshan Dickwella, and Kusal Mendis smashing 94 each, while opener Dhananjaya de Silva too fired a healthy 58, as Holder claimed three wickets for 57. As for the Windies batting, it began on a positive note, with the openers in the form of Johnson Charles and Evin Lewis were off to a steady start, as they put up a 63-run opening stand, before Charles fell for 26 to Suranga Lakmal in the eighth over.

It was then followed by another steady 70-run stand between Lewis and Kraigg Brathwaite, before Kraigg fell for mere 16 to Asela Gunaratne in the 14th over, while Lewis scored his maiden ODI half-century off 41 balls, including seven boundaries and a six. It was then at the score of 175, when Shai Hope fell for 25 due to an unfortunate run out off Nuwan Pradeep, in the 30th over. FULL Cricket Updates, SL vs WI, Tri-Nation Series 2016, 5th ODI at Harare

Just 23 runs later, it was Jonathan Carter, who too was dismissed off an unfortunate run out from Upul Tharanga, for mere six in the 33rd over. At the score of 224, it was Rovamn Powell, who fell prey to Nuwan Kulasekara in the 36th over, while Lewis scored his maiden ODI ton off 91 deliveries, including 12 boundaries and a six.

It was 38 runs later, when Lewis fell for an unfortunate run out off Kusal Mendis in the 41st over, after scoring an impressive 148, that included 15 boundaries, and four sixes, along with a strike rate of 121. At the score of 307, it was the seventh wicket in the from of Carlos Brathwaite, who fell for mere 19 to Kulasekara, in the 48th over. Just five runs later, it was Ashely Nurse, who was dismissed by Suranga for a mere couple in the very next over. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis achieve unusual feat

With just 10 required off the final over, it was a thriller, as Sulieman Benn smashed a six to bring the equation to three off three. However, he was dismissed off the second last ball of the match, while Holder, who was on strike for the final ball just managed to get a run, as the Windies fell a couple of run short, and Sri Lanka won the tie by just a run. Also, it was West Indies’ highest total batting second in the ODIs.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 330 for 7 in 50 overs (Niroshan Dickwella 94, Kusal Mendis 94; Jason holder 3 for 57) beat West Indies 329 for 9 in 50 overs (Eavn Lewis 148, Jason Holder 45*; Suranga Lakmal 2 for 67, Nuwan Kulasekara 2 for 73 ) by 1 run.

Man of the Match: Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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