Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul restrict Sri Lanka to in 1st ODI

Sunil Narine finished with figures of four for 40 in the first ODI against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Kingston: Jun 28, 2013

A disciplined effort from West Indies in the field saw the Sri Lankans getting bowled out for 208 in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Kingston. Despite a half-century from Mahela Jayawardene (52), Sri Lanka were made to work hard throughout. Sunil Narine picked up four wickets, while Ravi Rampaul scalped three to puncture the innings through the middle overs. Skipper Angelo Mathews (55 not out) waged a lone battle towards the end to take his side past the 200-run mark.

Winning the toss and electing to field, West Indies began well to stifle the Sri Lankans for runs early on. West Indies bowlers broke the resilience of the Sri Lankan openers in the 13th and from then on, the momentum was largely with the home side.

Jayawardene was looking in good touch and brought up his half-century in the 18th over with a reverse sweep off Narine. However, three deliveries later, Narine got the better of Jayawardene to earn an important breakthrough. Narine tossed one up and Jayawardene played a half-hearted forward defense, only for an inside edge to balloon off his pads and into the hands of Denesh Ramdin. Meanwhile, Darren Sammy (10-0-34-0) did an excellent job of drying up the runs from the other end.

Narine made further inroads by dismissing Kumar Sangakkara with another tossed up delivery. The southpaw pushed the ball uppishly and found the fielder at extra cover. At this stage, the home side was on 103 for three in the 22nd over.

Dinesh Chandimal and skipper Mathews led Sri Lanka’s fightback and added 36 runs in the next 55 deliveries, but concentration lapse led to the former’s wicket, a soft dismissal that. Marlon Samuels bowled a full delivery and Chandimal tried to turn it away on his leg side but could only find the Dwayne Bravo at mid-wicket.

Sri Lanka were in further trouble when Lahiru Thirimanne got under a full delivery and hit it straight down Johnson Charles’s throat at long-off. At this stage, half the side was back in the hut with the score at 151 in the 36th over.

Mathews was joined by Nuwan Kulasekara in the middle. Kulasekara was fresh from his quick-fire half-century against England in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, but it took a short delivery from Ravi Rampaul to send him back to the pavilion for just two runs.

Jeevan Mendis walked out and looked to complement Mathews in a bid to take the team to a respectable total. However, Narine tempted Mendis to take the aerial route and a slog sweep resulted in his wicket in the 42nd over, to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 176 for seven in the 42nd over.

Mathews watched helplessly from the other end as another Sri Lanka batsman was dismissed a couple of overs later. Rangana Herath moved his front leg out of the way and slapped a full delivery straight to Sammy at mid-off. At this stage, Sri Lanka were at 190 for eight.

Lasith Malinga provided some entertainment by launching Narine for a six over long-off but was trapped in front of the stumps in the very next delivery, failing to read Narine’s carrom ball to give the West Indian spinner his fourth wicket of the game.

Dwayne Bravo came back and wrapped up the innings by dismissing Ajantha Mendis to bowl out Sri Lanka for 208.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 208 in 48.3 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 52, Angelo Mathews 55*; Sunil Narine 4 for 40, Ravi Rampaul 3 for 38) vs West Indies.

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