Bravo stars as West Indies clean sweep Sri Lanka

back icon
safari
15 Mar 2021 | 04:54 AM
author
PTI

Bravo stars as West Indies clean sweep Sri Lanka

The left-hander scored his first ODI century since June 2016 and helped West Indies win by five wickets

heart

Share

North Point (Antigua): Darren Bravo's fourth One-Day International century steered West Indies to a five-wicket win and helped them clean sweep Sri Lanka in the three-match series.

Bravo was out for 102 in the 47th over when West Indies needed only 26 runs to overhaul Sri Lanka's total of 274-6. He shared an 80-run partnership with captain Kieron Pollard, who finished 53 not out as the home side won with nine balls to spare. Bravo earlier joined with Shai Hope in a 109-run partnership for the third wicket which put the West Indies on target to victory after the hosts had been reduced to 39/2 in the 10th over.

Jason Holder ended the run chase with a six from the third ball of the 49th over as West Indies ended on 276/5.

Bravo's century was his first in an ODI since June 2016 when he scored 102 against South Africa at Bridgetown, Barbados. "I think today was an important day for me," Bravo said. "Yesterday my sister celebrated her 30th birthday. I wasn't there for her celebration so I knew I had to do something special for her. I just want dedicate this one-day hundred to her."

Bravo had been hinting at the onset of his best form with scores of 58, 19 and 47 in the three-match Twenty20 series, which West Indies won 2-1. He also scored 37 not out and 10 in the first two matches of the ODI series.

He emulated the performances of Hope, who made 110 to help West Indies win the first match of the series by eight wickets, and Evin Lewis, who scored 103 to help the home team win the second match by five wickets.

Bravo said he took inspiration from the innings by Hope and Lewis which have led a strong West Indies batting performance in the series, saying it gave us the motivation to go out and do well.

Once again, Sri Lanka lost the toss and was asked to bat first. Danushka Gunathilaka (36) and captain Dimush Karunaratne (31) got the tourists off to a solid start with a 68-run opening stand.

But the middle order couldn't capitalize on the start, and Sri Lanka slipped to 151/6 in the 32nd over. Ashen Bandara and Winandu Hasaranga revived the innings with an unbroken 123-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Bandara finished 55 not out, a watchful innings from 74 balls, while Hasaranga smashed an unbeaten 80 from 60 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Hasaranga's maiden ODI 50 came from 48 balls and he struck the next 30 runs from only 12 deliveries.

The teams now meet in a two-match Test series starting at the same venue next weekend.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Darren Michael BravoKieron Adrian PollardPinnaduwage Wanindu Hasaranga De SilvaWest IndiesSri Lanka Cricket Board President XISri Lanka tour of West Indies, 2021

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Hope's ton secures Windies win following Gunathilaka's controversial dismissal
The Sri Lanka opener top-scored for his team before given out obstructing the field
userAFP
11 Mar 2021
safari
NEWS
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets, take T20 series 2-1
With 20 runs needed from the last two overs, Allen hit sixes from the first, third and last balls of the 19th over from Akila Dananjaya to get the West Indies home with an over to spare to clinch the series 2-1
userAP
08 Mar 2021
safari
ANALYSIS
West Indies look for series win after strong performance in first T20I
The second and final T20I of the series will be held in Pallekele on Friday (March 6)
userNitin Fernandes
05 Mar 2020
safari
REPORT
Sri Lanka whitewash West Indies 3-0 after a nail-biting contest
The hosts emerged victorious by six runs in the third match of the three-match ODI series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
userKratika Vajpayee
01 Mar 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
Plenty to ponder for West Indies ahead of the battle for pride
Since 2011, West Indies have defeated Sri Lanka only twice in ODI cricket
userShubh Aggarwal
29 Feb 2020
safari
REPORT
West Indies surrender to Sri Lanka's dominant performance
The hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series
userPramod Ananth
26 Feb 2020
safari
REPORT
Sri Lanka scrape home by one wicket despite West Indies fightback
The hosts go 1-0 up in the three-match series
userPramod Ananth
22 Feb 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
Windies look to set the record straight against Sri Lanka
The hosts will be looking to improve on their record against West Indies
userPramod Ananth
21 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
I feel like a kid again, says 36-year-old Bravo on comeback
The flamboyant all-rounder played his last match for West Indies in any format in September 2016
userPTI
14 Jan 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
Windies clinch first ODI series win in 5 years
West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead
userPramod Ananth
09 Nov 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved