West Indies opener Evin Lewis smashed his fourth One-Day International (ODI) hundred to guide his team to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday. The second match win also helped Windies clinch the three-match series 2-0 with one ODI to play.
Chasing 274 to win, the hosts got off to a flying start as Lewis shared in a dominating 192-run opening stand with the centurion in the previous fixture Shai Hope.
In the 37th over, Lewis reached his fourth century in the 50-over format. He made 103 off 121 balls with the help of 8 fours and 4 sixes before Lakshan Sandakan removed him. Soon after Lewis’ dismissal, Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera packed Hope’s inning for 84.
The Caribbeans lost a few more wickets in quick succession, but the damage was already done. Nicholas Pooran stayed unbeaten on 35 to take his team over the finish line in the final over with five wickets in hand.
Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first, but the decision went horribly wrong after they collapsed to 50/3 in the ninth over. However, Danushka Gunthilaka came to the rescue and scored a dazzling 96 to take his side up to a competitive score.
Gunathilaka, who was controversially given out for obstructing the field in the series opener, slammed 10 fours and three maximums in his crucial knock.
The final ODI of the series will take place at the same venue on Sunday.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Congratulations to @windiescricket on a series win. Superb effort by Evin lewis and Shai Hope. Being able to finish the inngs will do Nicholas Pooran the world of good. Very important win @Coachsim13 👍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) March 12, 2021
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) March 13, 2021
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 12, 2021
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) March 12, 2021
— CPL T20 (@CPL) March 12, 2021
West Indies win & seal a series victory against Sri Lanka!
— ICC (@ICC) March 12, 2021
Evin Lewis 103(121) including 8 fours & 4 sixes, Hope 84(108) including 8 fours and Pooran 35*(38) including 4 fours helped West Indies to chase down 274 runs with 5 wickets & 2 balls left against Sri Lanka and take 2-0 lead in three match ODI series. #WIvSL pic.twitter.com/192HYGOsjN
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 13, 2021
Well done @KieronPollard55 and @Coachsim13 and the @windiescricket team on another series win vs @OfficialSLC following from @ACBofficials and @cricketireland. Building nicely under this leadership group and happy to see the progress.
— samuel badree (@qmanbad) March 12, 2021
— JaayShaan(Shankar) (@JaayShaan) March 13, 2021
The last time we beat Sri Lanka in an ODI series it was 2008 😲
— Caribbean Cricket Podcast (@CaribCricket) March 12, 2021
A very responsible innings from Evin Lewis comes to an end. Almost done the job. #WIvSL Brilliant 💯
— P*tch please © (@Yash170603) March 12, 2021
Really like the team Windies are building in ODIs! If they get hetmyer in for Darren bravo and Cottrell or maybe Anderson Phillip instead of Shepherd, they'll be a really good side! #WIvSL
— , (@late_Swing_) March 13, 2021
Highest score by West Indies player against Sri Lanka in ODIs at home venue
116 – Brian Lara at Bridgetown, 2003
110 – Shai Hope at North Sound, 2021
109 – Chris Gayle at Kingston, 2013
103 – EVIN LEWIS at NORTH SOUND, 2021***
94 – Chris Gayle at Bridgetown, 2003#WIvSL pic.twitter.com/ExKc8i3XPT
— Thurunu Jayasiri (@ThurunuJ) March 12, 2021
EVIN LEWIS 💥
— Supun Tharaka (@Supun_Tharaka_1) March 12, 2021
Highest ODI partnerships for West Indies v Sri Lanka (any wicket):
192 – 1st wkt – E Lewis (103) & SD Hope (84) – Antigua 2021
182 – 3rd wkt – DL Haynes (105) & IVA Richards (181) – Karachi 1987 (WC)
165 – 3rd wkt – AB Barath (113) & RR Sarwan (75) – Colombo (SSC) 2011#WIvSL
— Arthur_S (@allanholloway) March 12, 2021
Good knock #evinlewis
— Jamaica Land We Love (@JamaicArsenal) March 12, 2021
— Karen Madden (@karendmadden) March 12, 2021