ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mon. March. 8, 2021: The West Indies have completed a series sweep, much to the glee of the team and their fans.
After a nervy start, all-rounder Fabian Allen clubbed three sixes in the penultimate over, to hand the team and fans a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka and a much desired 2-1 series win Sunday night at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
“We’ve won the series and we’ve got to take that because that’s what we’ve got to start doing from now,” head coach Phil Simmons said afterwards. “The talk in the camp is that from now to the World Cup, we have to start winning series so we get that winning feeling but … this is not my kind of win. This is a young people’s win and I don’t like that. I like the old fellas win where we win easy.”
Scoreboard of the third Twenty20 International between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Sunday:
D Gunathilaka c and b Allen 9
P Nissanka c Sinclair b Holder 5
+N Dickwella c Holder b Sinclair 4
D Chandimal not out 54
*A Mathews c wkp Pooran b McCoy 11
A Bandara not out 44
Extras (lb1, w3) 4
TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 131
Did not bat: T Perera, H de Silva, A Dananjaya, D Chameera, L Sandakan
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Gunathilaka), 2-15 (Dickwella), 3-27 (Nissanka), 4-46 (Mathews)
Bowling: Allen 4-0-13-1, Sinclair 2-0-19-1, Holder 4-0-27-1, Pollard 2-0-11-0, McCoy 4-0-29-1, Bravo 4-0-31-0.
L Simmons st Dickwella b Hasaranga 26
E Lewis lbw b de Silva 21
C Gayle b Sandakan 13
*K Pollard c wkp Dickwella b Chameera 0
+N Pooran b Chameera 23
J Holder not out 14
R Powell b Sandakan 7
D Bravo c Dananjaya b Sandakan 0
F Allen not out 21
Extras (lb5, w3, nb1) 9
TOTAL (7 wkts, 19 overs) 134
Did not bat: K Sinclair, O McCoy
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Lewis), 2-54 (Simmons), 3-61 (Pollard), 4-75 (Gayle), 5-95 (Pooran), 6-105 (Powell), 7-105 (Bravo)
Bowling: Dananjaya 4-0-53-0, Chameera 4-0-23-2, Hasaranga 4-0-13-2, Gunathilaka 3-0-11-0, Sandakan 4-0-29-3.
Result: West Indies won by three wickets.
Series: West Indies won three-match series 2-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Fabian Allen.
Toss: Sri Lanka.
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Patrick Gustard; TV – Gregory Brathwaite