Jonathan Carter was promising for his 54 but had to carry on for long    Getty Images
Jonathan Carter was promising for his 54 but had to carry on for long Getty Images

Winning the toss in the second game of the Tri-Nation series, featuring Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and West Indies, Sri Lanka opted to bowl first as West Indies piled up 227 all-out for in 50 overs. Emerging winners in the series opener against home side, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka invited West Indies to bat as they feel more confident of the conditions here in African Nation being here for long. The Caribbean side had a slow pace in their entire innings but Jonathan Carter’s half-century along with debutant Rovman Powell’s gritty innings gave their side some sort of score before lower-order collapse. Full Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs West Indies, tri-nation series, 2nd ODI at Harare

West Indies were off to a precarious start losing their regular opener, Johnson Charles, cheaply. Charles had a tough time in the three- One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan and could not do much here also. He departed for 2 off 8 balls as Suranga Lakmal got the better of the right-hander. Kraigg Brathwaite, who has been his side’s prolific performer especially in Tests, also followed his opening partner for 14.

West Indies were facing the heat until Shai Hope kept their hopes alive with a steady and confident looking 47 off 81 balls along with Evin Lewis who also got to a start. However, the partnership was broken just before the fifty-run stand as the batting side had to regroup once again. The Caribbean side have an entirely new side to their name with relatively inexperienced pair of Carter and Rovman Powell filling in at No. 5 and No. 6.

The duo looked up for the challenge as they rebuilt their side’s innings after Hope fell. The middle overs were a testing time for the West Indies side as the batsmen at the crease were cautious against Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne and Sachith Pathirana. The Sri Lankan trio were economical and did not give easy runs but West Indies kept wickets intact. Carter played sensibly for his fifty and departed for 54 off 62 balls. Povwell upped the ante with some lusty blows in his debut innings when the last ten overs started but went against the run of play.

Nonetheless, Povwell did his job before walking back to the hut for 44 off 29 balls. West Indies’ star all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite, blasted a maximum before he also made the long walk back for 14. It was after his dismissal that West Indies crumbled in the last few overs. The Sri Lankan seamers were disciplined in their entire quota of overs as they did not give anything easy in the first 20 overs and also were on target with perfect yorkers and full length deliveries.

West Indies would be blaming themselves as a total in excess of 250 looked on cards but they faltered a bit. Jason Holder could not do much as Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekara and Lakmal were on the mark. Sri Lanka will be favourites when they come out to bat and like to win another match on trot to remain on top of the points table.

Brief scores:

West Indies 227 all-out in 49.2 overs (Shai Hope 47, Jonathan Carter 54, Rovman Powell 44, Nuwan Kulasekara 2 for 37, Nuwan Pradeep 2 for 55) vs Sri Lanka.