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Wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan took 3-10, including Pollard who made just 13. The wicket was a bit slow. I tried not to give away any boundaries. That’s why I was able to bowl well,” Man-of-the-Match Hasaranga told the post-match presentation. West Indies were 45-1 before five wickets fell for just 21 runs.
Chris Gayle, who was out for a first ball duck on Wednesday in his first appearance in two years, made a patchy 16 when he fell to a catch by Ashen Bandara off Hasaranga. Opener Lendl Simmons was next out, lbw failing to pick a Hasaranga googly.
Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo all followed quickly for single figure scores. Dananjaya had earlier dismissed opener Evin Lewis for six. His impressive figures of 1-13 were in stark contrast to his 3-62 on Wednesday.
Hasaranga, just 23, added Fabian Allan to his list of victims with the West Indies then struggling on 89-7 in the 16th over.
With more than 22 an over required, Sandakan then got the big prize of Pollard, caught in the deep for just 13 having surprisingly opted to bat at number seven.
Sandakan then halted Obed McCoy’s late cameo of 23 from seven deliveries with the tail-ender proving to be his team’s top scorer.
Brought into the attack in the 11th over, Bravo showed impressive agility and accuracy to run Nissanka out. Called through for a tight single, Nissanka’s innings was ended by a direct hit by Bravo, who moved quickly to pick up the ball as he completed his follow through before swivelling to throw down the non-striker’s stumps.
Three deliveries later Bravo had Gunathilaka caught at mid-off, conning the opener with a slower ball. The veteran all-rounder then heaped more woes on Sri Lanka, accounting for Dinesh Chandimal (3).
Obed McCoy then entered the fray and made his presence felt, removing Mathews (13) in the 16th over and running out Thisara Perera (2) in the 17th. Running in from deep square leg, McCoy fired in a fast and accurate throw to Holder, who completed the run out.
The Sri Lankans were in trouble at 129/5 at that point but a handy 21 from Ashen Bandara, out to Holder in the final over, and an unbeaten 19 off 11 from Hasaranga ensured they reached 160/6.