Fletcher's Brilliant Knock Gives West Indies Seven-Wicket Win Over Sri Lanka
Andre Fletcher smashed a career-best, unbeaten 84 as West Indies romped home to a seven-wicket win in Bangalore to register their second consecutive win.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl in their game against Sri Lanka in Bangalore. Carlos Brathwaite got the early breakthrough when he dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan for 12.
Dinesh Chandimal, who looked in decent touch, was run-out as Sri Lanka failed to get going.
West Indies regularly chipped away at the Sri Lankan top order as they struggled for momentum.
Samuel Badree struck twice in one over to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 47/5. Badree ended with figures of 4-0-12-3 as the defending champions were staring at a low total.
The lower middle-order also failed to contribute as the West Indies bowlers kept the pressure on.
Some wonderful hitting from Thisara Perera, who smashed 40 off 29 balls, helped Sri Lanka reach a score of 122/9 in 20 overs.
Chasing 123, Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles started off aggressively. Chris Gayle did not come out to open as he had spent a considerable time off the field due to a hamstring injury.
Sri Lanka chipped away with Jeffrey Vandersay proving to be a star. His control and accuracy yielded him figures of 4-1-11-1 as West Indies stuttered in the middle overs.
However, Fletcher stood firm and scored his fifth fifty to get West Indies closer to the target.
Fletcher took to the Sri Lankan bowling as he smashed six fours and five sixes in his knock.
Fletcher's unbeaten 84, his best individual score, gave West Indies a magnificent seven-wicket win to register their second consecutive win in the tournament.