WI beat SL in 3rd T20I, win series: Records broken
An all-round effort by Fabian Allen helped West Indies defeat Sri Lanka in a low-scoring third T20I at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua. With a three-wicket victory, the hosts sealed the three-match series 2-1. Despite suffering a batting collapse, West Indies managed to chase down 132, with Allen and Holder getting them home. Here are the records broken.
Batting first, Sri Lanka were reduced to 27/3 as the top three, Danushka Gunathilaka (9), Pathum Nissanka (5) and Niroshan Dickwella (4), departed early on. However, Dinesh Chandimal (54*) and Ashen Bandara (44*) propelled them to 131/4 after 20 overs. In the run-chase, WI were off to a flier before the Lankan bowlers struck. However, Allen and Holder helped WI win eventually.
Fabian Allen was named the Player of the Match for his comprehensive all-round show. He registered bowling figures of 1/13, finishing with an economy of 3.20. In the second innings, his 6-ball 21* finished the run-chase for West Indies.
West Indies continue to maintain their dominance over Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals. They are yet to lose a bilateral series to Sri Lanka. The recent series victory was the second consecutive for the Windies against Sri Lanka. In 2019/20, they cleaned up the Lankans 2-0 in the two-match series away from home. Overall, WI have five wins in seven T20Is against SL.
The recently-concluded three-match T20I series remained low-scoring. Sri Lanka's Pathum Nissanka emerged as the leading run-scorer, having finished with 81 runs. He is followed by Ashen Bandara (75) and Lendl Simons (73) on the tally. Meanwhile, all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga turned out to be the leading wicket-taker. He scalped eight wickets from three games at an astonishing average of 5.25.