Mirpur: Defending champions West Indies played like masters of the format to record an impressive 33-run victory over Sri Lanka in a warm-up match ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 at the Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Riding on Dwayne Smith’s 60 off just 45 balls with eight fours and two sixes, West Indies posted 172 for five before bowling out Sri Lanka for 139 through off-spinner Sunil Narine’s four for 24 and Dwayne Bravo’s three for 29.
In the day’s second warm-up game, Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 74 from 48 balls led India to a 20-run win over England.
Suresh Raina (54) also chipped in with a half-century as India posted 178 for four, before England were restricted to 158 for six with Moeen Ali top scoring on 46.
Thousands of fans had gathered expecting hurricane batsman Chris Gayle to play an aggressive knock, but the opener played somewhat uncharacteristically. He didn’t score a run in the first two overs, but his first four, a defensive push that raced to the boundary, received loud applause. He followed it up with a pull to the boundary.
Though fans wanted more such shots from Gayle, it was Dwayne Smith who was the more aggressive. In the fifth over from Ajantha Mendis, Smith hit the second ball past point to the boundary, then he hit over long-on for a six and swept for another boundary. He also hit the last ball to the deep square leg boundary to make it 19 from the over.
Rangana Herath ended Gayle’s knock by having him caught at long-on by Thisara Perera for 12.
Bravo joined Smith, who moved from strength to strength with every over. In the 11th, Smith hit Mendis for a six on his knees and also cracked the next two balls to the boundary to reach his half-century. Darren Sammy hit Nuwan Kulasekara for a six and boundary in the last over to remain unbeaten on 30 off 14 balls.
Chasing a run-rate of 8.60 was a tough challenge for the Sri Lankans and they lost opener Kusal Perera in the third over, when he lifted Samuel Badree to Johnson Charles at mid-off.
Tillakaratne Dilshan hit the next two balls from Badree to the boundary, but Mahela Jayawardene fell to the first ball of the third over for a duck, top-edging Ravi Rampaul to Sunil Narine at mid-wicket.
Dilshan kept the momentum going with a well-driven boundary off Badree, while Kumar Sangakkara fetched his first four to long-on.
Sangakkara had a lucky escape when on nine, as Andre Russell misjudged a chance off Sunil Narine. Dilshan also got dropped by Charles at long-on off Bravo when on 31. Bravo bowled Sangakkara with a slower delivery to end the 54-run partnership in 7.2 overs. Bravo also bowled Dilshan, who went for a wild shot.
Sri Lanka then needed 100 from 54 balls, but Russell clean bowled Seekuge Prasanna for two and Sri Lanka were five down for 86. They were unable to recover.
West Indies bt Sri Lanka by 33 runs
West Indies 172 for 5 in 20 overs (D. Smith 60, D. Bravo 43, D. Sammy 30no; R. Herath 2-20) Sri Lanka 139 all out in 19.2 overs (T. Dilshan 43, K. Sangakkara 24; D. Bravo 3-29, S. Narine 4-24)
India bt England by 20 runs
India 178 for 4 in 20 overs (V. Kohli 74no, S. Raina 54). England 158 for 6 in 20 overs (M. Ali 46, M. Lumb 36, J Buttler 30; R. Jadeja 2-23)