Lasith Malinga had the bowl, Andre Russell was on strike – two T20 legends, two match-winners and two mavericks. It was all the time going to be brimming with motion. Malinga jogged up and hurled an absolute thunderbolt of a yorker which snuck underneath Russell’s bat and smashed the stumps. A yelp adopted by the pump of the fist – Malinga reminded the world that he nonetheless has the gas to get the higher of even the very best.
Russell was putting the ball at a thoughts blowing 226.37 and was flying on 35 off 13 deliveries when Malinga hurled this absolute peach. Kieron Pollard, who was taking part in his 500th T20 match, received the toss and elected to bat first and the highly effective West Indies batting order posted 196 runs on the board within the stipulated overs.
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Oshane Thomas then sliced by way of Sri Lanka’s prime order, however Kusal Perera began a surprising counter-assault which shifted the momentum. However, West Indies had simply sufficient within the tank to take the match by 25 runs in the long run.
“In this kind of situation, we didn’t get a partnership. We lost five wickets early but we need to come back strongly in the next match. With the dew it’s hard to bowl in such conditions. We needed partnerships but we didn’t get that. That never helps,” Malinga stated after the match.
“It’s good to win. It was a total team effort. The batting foundation was laid by the openers. Oshane was brilliant. This is his second game since he’s back. His work is showing. He executed his plans really well. In the T20s the guys have shown us their skills. Powell was the unsung hero with the ball. I’ll tell you the plans against Kusal Perera after the next game. Just a matter of coming out and executing our plans in the next game,” Pollard stated after the match.