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World T20 2016 : West Indies crush defending champions Sri Lanka by 7 wkts

Bengaluru: Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell of West Indies celebrates after winning the WT20 match against West Indies at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on March 20, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell of West Indies celebrates after winning the WT20 match against West Indies at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on March 20, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

West Indies beat Sri Lanka in the second match of the Super 10 stage of World Twenty20  at Chinnaswamy Stadium, chasing down the 123 run target with nearly two overs left and seven wickets in hand. After restricting Sri Lanka to 122/9, the Caribbean team easily reached the target in the 19th over, led by Andre Fletcher’s 84 off 64 balls with five sixes and six fours.

West Indies hit 127 runs for the loss of three wickets in 18.2 overs.

Except for a little while in the middle overs, the West Indies never found the going tough. Though Johnson Charles (10), Marlon Samuels (3), and Dinesh Ramdin (5) were lost cheaply, Andre Russell saw his team home to end with style, hitting 20 runs off eight balls.

Andre Fletcher was declared man of the match for his blistering innings.

Winning the toss, West Indies captain Darren Sammy chose to field and his bowlers managed to contain the Sri Lankans from going for big shots with spinner Samuel Badree recording figures of 3/12.

Thisara Perera was top scorer with 40 runs off 29 balls, while Dinesh Chandimal (16), Angelo Matthews (20) and Dilshan (12) were the only other ones who managed to get into double figures.

Brief Scores: West Indies 127/3 in 18.2 overs (Andre Fletcher 84, Andre Russell 20, Milinda Siriwardana 2/33, Jeffrey Vandersay 1/11) beat Sri Lanka 122/9 in 20 overs (Thisara Perera 40, Angelo Mathews 20, Samuel Badree 3/12, Dwayne Bravo 2/20).

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