Dambulla: Sri Lanka have defeated West Indies by 50 runs in the third one-day international of the Indian Oil Cup in Dambulla today. Chasing a target of 242 to win, West Indies were bowled out by the hosts for 191 with 4.5 overs to spare. Early wickets The Windies got into trouble early on, losing Ryan Ramdass first, caught by wicketkeeper Kumara Sangakkara off the bowling of Fervez Maharoof. Then Dilhara Lokuhettige dealt two quick blows to the visitors, first getting Xavier Marshall to be caught by Maharoof and then Sylvester Joseph, caught again by Maharoof. Then West Indies suffered another setback, losing skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul, caught and bowled by Lokuhettige. Maharoof then struck, bowling Ricardo Powell leaving the West Indies struggling against the hosts. Narsingh Deonarine and Dwayne Smith tried to put up a partnership, but it was broken with Deonarine sent back to the pavilion by Dilhara Fernando. Dwayne Smith top scored for the Windies, scoring 68 off 90 balls before he was bowled by Muralitharan. Denesh Ramdin (29) also put up some runs on the board, but the rest of the Windies tailenders just collapsed. For Sri Lanka, Maharoof was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 3 for 9. Sangakkara shines Electing to bar, Sri Lanka scored 241 with the loss of 6 wickets against the tourists earlier during their innings. Skipper Marvan Atapattu and Kumara Sangakkara put up a crucial partnership, as the hosts looked to put up a challenging score on the board. Sangakkara once again proved why he is regarded as one of the best wicketkeeper batsmen in world cricket. The southpaw top scored for the hosts with a strokeful 79 as Sri Lanka set a target of 242 runs. Sangakkara, along with Atapattu, put on 138 runs for the third wicket. The 27-year-old gathered runs at will and targetted part time West Indian bowlers like Narsingh Deonarine in particular after scoring a patient 50 off 88 balls. He seemed to be on course to his fourth one day century after nine hits to the fence but Deonarine struck back, getting Sangakkara to offer a simple catch to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at deep mid wicket. But their efforts came to naught as the Sri Lankan middle order collapsed. Wickets tumble Earlier, debutante Upul Tharanga was the first of the Sri Lankan batsmen to fall to the blistering attack of the Windies seamers with the new ball. After facing just 12 balls, Tharanga (6) fell leg before to Deighton Butler. Atapattu and Sangakkara's partnership ended when Sangakkara (79) lost his wicket to Deonarine. The new man at the crease, Dilhara Lokuhettige (9), could not last long, and was stumped by Denesh Ramdin, again off Deonarine's bowling. Then the hosts suffered another setback with Atapattu (70) sent back to the pavilion, the result of a run out. Mahela Jayawardene (16) fell next, bowled by Dwayne Smith, and then Tillakaratne Dilshan was run out. Teams: Sri Lanka: Marvan Atapattu (capt), Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Farveez Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan. West Indies: Xavier Marshall, Ryan Ramdass, Sylvester Joseph, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (capt), Narsingh Deonarine, Ricardo Powell, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Tino Best, Deighton Butler, Jermaine Lawson.
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