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Russell blitz gives Windies comfortable win

West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2020 | 2nd T20I

Andre Russell smashed 6 huge sixes on his way to 40 runs in 14 deliveries to take West Indies to a comfortable 7-wicket win in the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka in Pallekelle.

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Winning the toss and electing to field first on this occasion, the Windies made a good start to the game, breaking the opening partnership between Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando when Oshane Thomas, Player of the Match from the last game, bowled the latter for 9.

Fabian Allen struck with consecutive deliveries to push Sri Lanka deeper into trouble with the wickets of Perera and Shehan Jayasuriya. Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis steadied the ship for Sri Lanka but momentum was lost and with wickets falling at regular intervals, it was left to Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera to provide the late fireworks. The pair produced 46 in 23 deliveries to take Sri Lanka across the 150-run mark.

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156 was always going to be difficult to defend against the powerful West Indian batting order but Sri Lanka fielded brilliantly to keep themselves barely in the hunt. Lendl Simmons was dismissed early by Angelo Mathews but Brandon King and Shimron Hetmeyer and then Hetmeyer and Russell ensured that the visitors got home with 3 overs to spare.

Sri Lanka were dealt a couple of big blows in the early part of the Windies chase, with both Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga having to leave the field injured.

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Russell seemed to be struggling with some pain in his right shoulder but that didn’t stop him from smashing 6 massive sixes on his way to 40 off 14 deliveries.


Sri Lanka
155/6 (20)
West Indies
158/3 (17)
Kusal Perera c Lendl Simmons b Fabian Allen151320115.38
Avishka Fernando b Oshane Thomas9101090.00
Shehan Jayasuriya c Rovman Powell b Fabian Allen16183088.89
Kusal Mendis c Rovman Powell b Dwayne Bravo11131084.62
Angelo Mathews run out (Fabian Allen)232220104.55
Dasun Shanaka not out312431129.17
Wanindu Hasaranga c Shimron Hetmyer b Sheldon Cottrell8810100.00
Thisara Perera not out211311161.54
Extras21 (b 5 , lb 5 , nb 1, w 10, pen 0)
Total155/6 (20 Overs, RR: 7.75)
Fall of Wickets 1-16 (2.3) Avishka Fernando, 2-48 (6.4) Kusal Perera, 3-48 (6.4) Shehan Jayasuriya, 4-81 (11.2) Kusal Mendis, 5-95 (13.5) Angelo Mathews, 6-109 (16.1) Wanindu Hasaranga,
Fabian Allen402426.00
Sheldon Cottrell402917.25
Oshane Thomas402416.00
Andre Russell403308.25
Dwayne Bravo403518.75

Lendl Simmons b Angelo Mathews9800112.50
Brandon King c Lasith Malinga b Lahiru Kumara432162204.76
Shimron Hetmyer not out434230102.38
Rovman Powell c Shehan Jayasuriya b Dasun Shanaka171720100.00
Andre Russell not out401405285.71
Extras6 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 6, pen 0)
Total158/3 (17 Overs, RR: 9.29)
Fall of Wickets 1-23 (2.3) Lendl Simmons, 2-69 (7.2) Brandon King, 3-103 (12.4) Rovman Powell,
Lasith Malinga3046015.33
Thisara Perera302006.67
Angelo Mathews402616.50
Shehan Jayasuriya1011011.00
Lakshan Sandakan201718.50
Lahiru Kumara302819.33
Dasun Shanaka1010110.00

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