WI vs SL: Sri Lanka handed West Indies a humiliating defeat

Today in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, the last Super-6 match was played between Sri Lanka and West Indies (WI vs SL). Sri Lanka easily defeated the Windies by 9 wickets, in which young batsman Pathum Nishanka (101 runs) and Mahish Tikshna (4 wickets) contributed significantly in bowling. This tournament has been a nightmare for the West Indies. After the defeat from Netherlands, Scotland, the team could not qualify for the World Cup 2023 and now in the last match also the team got a humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka.

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Earlier, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and invited West Indies to bat first. Johnson Charles and Brandon King started well but after 36/0 the Windies were 81/5 in the 17th over. King returned to the pavilion after scoring 10 runs, Shamrah Brooks and captain Shai Hope scored 2-2 runs. Nicholas Pooran’s bat also did not work and he was also dismissed for 14 runs. Casey Carty came in the middle order and played a brilliant inning, he held one end and took the team close to 250. Carty played a tremendous innings of 87 runs. He was supported by Romario Shepard and Kevin Sinclair. The West Indies team was reduced to 243 runs in 48.1 overs.

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Sri Lanka had a challenging target of 244 runs in this WI vs SL game but the team’s openers made it look easy. Pathum Nishanka and Dimuth Karunaratne shared a 190-run partnership for the first wicket. Pathum Nishanka scored his second consecutive century in the tournament, while Karunaratne played a strong innings of 83 runs. Pathum Nishanka scored 104 off 113 which included 14 fours. Sri Lanka achieved this score in the 45th over at the loss of 2 wickets.

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Sri Lanka had already made their place in the final and they will compete with Netherlands. Both the teams have also qualified for the World Cup 2023.

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