Right then, it's a big chase for West Indies. So far, only one team has overhauled a 300-plus target in this edition of the World Cup and the Caribbean boys have the chance to do that here. The pitch is quite flat in nature and West Indies do have the firepower in their batting. Can they click as a unit? Do join us in a short while for the chase.
Avishka Fernando is down for a chat with Simon Doull. Says that he is very happy to have got a hundred, citing his training and hard work as the main reasons. On the pitch, Avishka replies that West Indies' fast bowling was good but the pitch was two-paced. Adds further that his century was possible only because of the support of his teammates.
West Indies were very inconsistent with their bowling. Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers while Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas also bowled well in patches. Fabian Allen also did a reasonable job in holding one end and his stunning catch to remove Kusal Mendis was one of the highlights of the first innings.
A fabulous batting show by Sri Lanka. They started off well with their openers putting in a 93-run stand. Kusal Perera, in particular, was in red-hot form and gave a real beating to the West Indian bowlers. He got a couple of reprieves also but failed to convert his fifty. Avishka Fernando, though, notched up his maiden ODI hundred and entertained everyone with his fearless approach to batting. He was involved in three crucial stands with Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne respectively that powered the Lankans to a big total.
49.6 overs (2 Runs) A couple to end the innings. Full on middle, Thirimanne pushes it through mid on and charges back for the second. SRI LANKA FINISH ON 338/6!
49.5 overs (2 Runs) Gets across to paddle but the ball is another slower one. Just 102 ks. Thirimanne can only get it across to deep square leg but the running is good. They come back for the second.
49.4 overs (1 Run) Short and outside off, slower in pace, Dhananjaya looks to pull but the pace off the ball makes it difficult for him to connect cleanly. The ball goes to deep mid-wicket and it is just a single.
49.3 overs (1 Run) Full and down the leg side, Thirimanne looks to heave but misses. He almost turns 360 degrees and the ball goes off his pads towards short third man. A leg bye taken.
49.2 overs (1 Run) Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
49.1 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Fine way to get off the mark! Outside off, de Silva waits for the ball to come to him and steers it past short third man for a boundary!
Dhananjaya de Silva finally comes out to bat. He will be on strike because the batsmen crossed before the catch was taken.
48.6 overs (0 Run) OUT! Caught! A wicket on his final ball for Thomas. Full and outside off, Udana looks to hit this over long off but cannot quite hit it cleanly. Finds Jason at long off who holds the catch cleanly. Err... if you did not get the rhyme, it was Jason Holder. Sorry for the bad joke. Not having a great day so far... Thomas finishes with figures of 10-1-58-1.
48.5 overs (0 Run) Full on middle, almost a yorker, hit straight back.
48.4 overs (1 Run) A yorker now, well dug out. A single taken.
48.3 overs (1 Run) And today, the connection between West Indies and Free Hits has been beautiful. 4 Free Hits conceded, no boundary on any of those. This is on a length outside off, squeezed through cover for a single.
FREE HIT. 4th in this innings. Will this be made use of?
48.3 overs (3 Runs) NO BALL! Another high full toss. Udana pulls it down the ground for a couple. West Indies and no balls - a connection of everlasting love.
48.2 overs (0 Run) Outside off, driven straight to cover.
48.1 overs (1 Run) Yorker outside off, Thirimanne backs away and slices it towards short third man. Shannon Gabriel does well to stop it to his right. Good presence of mind to NOT THROW the ball because there was no one backing up at either end. Would have been an easy overthrow.
Oshane Thomas to bowl. 9-1-52-0 so far.
47.6 overs (0 Run) Slower ball again, on a length, on middle and off, watchfully defended. 8 runs and a wicket from the over, Cottrell's figures read 9-0-59-1.
47.5 overs (1 Run) Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
47.4 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Heaved hard. On middle and off, Thirimanne swings hard but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat. The deep mid-wicker fielder runs to his left and stretches his left hand out but the ball goes past.
47.3 overs (2 Runs) Outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple.
Isuru Udana is the new man in.
47.2 overs (0 Run) OUT! Caught in the deep! Fernando falls soon after getting to his century. A short ball, outside off, Avishka looks to pull but does not quite hit it cleanly. Gets more height than distance and Fabian Allen covers good ground at deep mid-wicket, running in to take the catch. Fine knock from Fernando. Has taken Sri Lanka to a total which they would feel is defendable. Out comes Cottrell's salute.
47.1 overs (1 Run) Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
46.6 overs (0 Run) A yorker outside off, Avishka reaches out to drive but misses.
46.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Is he opening up now? On middle and leg, Fernando heaves it over mid-wicket. There are two men in the deep and square leg runs to his left while mid-wicket goes to his right. But there is some miscommunication between the two fielders and the square leg fielder realizes late that he has to stop the ball. Ends up running sideways which turns out to be the longer route. In the end, cannot get to the ball. Brathwaite is not happy.
46.4 overs (2 Runs) MAIDEN ODI TON FOR FERNANDO! Boy, the entire Lankan dressing room is on its feet. What a knock. Is he the one for the future? A composed knock. Gets there with a flick through mid-wicket and runs hard for the second.
46.3 overs (1 Run) Full and outside leg, Thirimanne looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads through the off side and a leg bye is taken.
46.2 overs (1 Run) Outside off, played through point for a run.
46.1 overs (1 Run) Very full ball, around middle, Thirimanne looks to dig it out but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. A single taken.
45.6 overs (1 Run) Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run. 10 from the over, 23 off the last 2.
45.5 overs (2 Runs) Punches this through the off side for a couple.
45.4 overs (1 Run) Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
45.3 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! 300 UP FOR SRI LANKA! A length ball, flicked through mid-wicket for a boundary!
45.2 overs (1 Run) Full on middle, Thirimanne looks to swing hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball deflects to the off side and the batsmen take a run.
45.1 overs (1 Run) A high full toss on middle, lofted over mid on. Does not carry to long on. A single taken.