WI win first ODI by eight wickets; Shai Hope stars
West Indies beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Friday (10) (Thursday morning Sri Lanka time) in their first ODI in Antigua to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sri Lanka, opting to bat first after winning the toss, were bowled out in 49 overs for 232 runs. Yet they enjoyed a solid start with openers Danushka Gunathilaka (55) and Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (52) both making half-centuries while sharing 105 runs for the first wicket in 19.2 overs.
Ashen Bandara then gave Sri Lanka some consolidation to an otherwise crumbling middle-order batting display . Bandara scored 50 runs to become only the fifth Sri Lanka batsman to make a half-century on debut. Pathum Nissanka also won Sri Lanka ODI colours also on Wednesday but was run out for eight.
In their pursuit of 233 runs, West Indies openers shared 143 by their innings’ 29th over. Shai Hope scored 110, his tenth ODI century, in 133 balls with 12 fours and six. His opening partner Evin Lewis made 65. West Indies romped home (236/2) in 47 overs.
The second and third ODIs of the series will be held tomorrow (12) and on Sunday (14) at the same venue, Sri Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound, Antigua, with both games starting at 7 p.m. Sri Lanka time.