Sri Lanka defeats the West Indies easily in game 2 of their 3-ODI matches after game 1 had been rained out. West Indies could only muster 204 all-out from their allotted 50 overs. Sri Lanka were never in any real danger and made it with overs to spare.
In the second game yesterday, the West Indies bowling attack was good but failed at the end, giving up nearly 50 off the final 5 overs with 7 wickets down. In their reply, Gayle again failed, bowled for a duck by Fernando. His opening colleague, Barath, followed him a few deliveries later, with the West Indies on 0 runs for 2 wickets. It seemed all over but Darren Bravo, Sarwan, and wicketkeeper “Shortman” Baugh gave the West Indies hope. All they had to do to win was do something close to what the Sri Lankan tailenders did earlier. Instead, they went cheaply and made under 24 runs from the last 6 overs, losing by 26 runs. They were all out with 1 over to spare.
With all 3 tests rained out last year, and the West Indies desperate to show progress before the World Cup, Gayle and Pollard disappointed with the bat. Gayle bowled very well, however, in the 3rd ODI. The bowlers bowled well for most of each of the 2 finished matches, but failed towards the end of the Sri Lankan innings.
The end result is that Sri Lanka took the series 2-0.
Time to focus, Gayle. Time to focus at the end, bowlers. This is ridiculous. This is one of the better teams we have fielded with the same bitter results.
Now, with the 2 losses, West Indies have sunk to an all-time low, 9th in the ODI rankings, as Bangladesh just moved past them. A good showing, semi-finals and above, in the World Cup will put them back in 8th or possibly move to 7th. One step at a time…