Smith, Narine, Bravo star in Windies second warm-up win

Opener Dwayne Smith gathers runs on the leg side during his top score of 60 yesterday. (Photo courtesy of WICB media)

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, CMC- Dwayne Bravo rocked the top order while Sunil Narine carved through the middle as defending World T20 champions West Indies humbled Sri Lanka by 33 runs in a warm-up match at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur here yesterday.

Opener Dwayne Smith gathers runs on the leg side during his top score of 60 yesterday. (Photo courtesy of WICB media)
Opener Dwayne Smith gathers runs on the leg side during his top score of 60 yesterday. (Photo courtesy of WICB media)

Narine grabbed four wickets to bury ambitions of recovery after Sri Lanka, Chasing 173, were reduced to 18 for two in the fourth over until Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara attempted to rescue them with a 54 run third wicket stand that brought some stability to the scoring.

Opener Kusal Perera was dismissed cheaply by Samuel Badree and Mahela Jayawardene was sent back for a first-ball duck by Ravi Rampaul but Dilshan and Sangakkara repaired the damaged to some extent before the beaten finalist in the 2012 tournament stumbled again.

Bravo picked up three wickets including uprooting the stumps of opener Dilshan with a top score of 43 and Sangakkara.

Dilshan scored 43 off 36 balls, with six fours, while Sangakkara added 24 runs off 19 balls, with three fours, as the two brought the match to a crucial stage before Narine wreaked further havoc as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 139.

Bravo finished with figures of three for 29 while Narine topped the bowling with four for 24 including the scalps of Dinesh Chandimal (14) and Angelo Mathews (18) off successive balls.

However he could not complete his hat-trick because of a no-ball.

Earlier, Dwayne Smith gave the West Indies a flying start by powering his way to a top score of 60 after Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to field first.

Smith who cracked eight fours and two sixes compiled a quick fire 47 with Chris Gayle who was the first to go for 12 in the sixth over.

West Indies were at one stage reduced to 55 for two as Andre Fletcher went for 8 but a third wicket partnership between Smith and Bravo brought the Caribbean cricketers back on course.

Bravo scored 43 runs off just 31 balls but the Windies lost momentum when Lendl Simmons fell for ten.

However Skipper Darren Sammy came to the crease and blasted 30 runs off 14 balls, including one four and two sixes, to take the score to 172 for five.

On Tuesday, West Indies crushed England in their first official warm-up match of the World T20 tournament.


WEST INDIES innings (20 overs maximum)
D Smith lbw b Prasanna                                            60
C Gayle c NLTC Perera b Herath                                 12
A Fletcher lbw b Herath                                                  4
DJ Bravo c Jayawardene b Lakmal                             43
L Simmons c Chandimal b Mendis                               10
D Sammy* not out                                                       30
A Russell not out                                                         2
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 3, nb 3)                                       11
Total  (5 wickets; 20 overs)                                         172
Did not bat:D Ramdin†, R Rampaul, SP Narine, SS Cottrell, MN Samuels, K Santokie, J Charles, S Badree
Fall of wickets 1-47 (Gayle), 2-55 (Fletcher), 3-104 (Smith), 4-129 (Simmons), 5-154 (Bravo)
Bowling: Mathews         2-0-14-0, Kulasekara 4-0-38-0, Mendis 3-0-43-1, Herath    4-0-20-2, Prasanna-3-0-14-1, Perera 0.4-0-14-0, Lakmal 2.2-0-16-1, Dilshan 1-0-           8-0.

SRI LANKA innings (target: 173 runs from 20 overs)
M Perera c Charles b Badree                                         4
T Dilshan b Bravo                                                       43
D Jayawardene c Narine b Rampaul                            0
K Sangakkara†  b Bravo                                               24
L Chandimal* c Smith b Narine                                  14
S Prasanna b Russell                                                   2
A Mathews b Narine                                                     18
N Perera lbw b Narine                                                      0
K Kulasekara lbw b Narine                                           14
H Thirimanne not out                                                    14
S Senanayake   b Bravo                                                  2
Extras (lb 2, w 1, nb 1)                                               4
Total (all out; 19.2 overs)                                         139
Did not bat: S Malinga, H Herath, R Lakmal, B Mendis
Fall of wickets 1-10 (MDKJ Perera), 2-18 (Jayawardene), 3-72 (Sangakkara), 4-73 (Dilshan), 5-83 (Prasanna), 6-107 (Chandimal), 7-107 (Mathews), 8-109 (NLTC Perera), 9-134 (Kulasekara), 10-139 (Senanayake)
Bowling:  Badree 4-0-30-1, Rampaul  2-0-11-1, Narine 4-0-24-4, DJ Bravo        3.2-0-29-3, Gayle           3-0-18-0, Russell-3-0-25-1.
Toss – Sri Lanka, who chose to field
Umpires – HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and NJ Llong (England)
TV umpire – RA Kettleborough (England)
Match referee – RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire – RK Illingworth (England)


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