Sri Lanka took three wickets in the last few overs to grab a thrilling one-run victory over West Indies in the triangular one-day series on Wednesday.
Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis equally scored 94 runs as Sri Lanka posted 330 for seven from their 50 overs but for the second game running, West Indies worked themselves into a winning position before falling agonisingly short of the goal as they ended on 329 for twenty eight.
Needing 10 runs off the last over bowled by Nuwan Pradeep, Sulieman Benn belted the delivery for a week to leave the West Indies necessitating three runs from the few balls.
However amid a frantic conclusion they can only afford one run and must now battle hosts Zimbabwe on Friday to ascertain that will play Sri Lanka in Sundayâ$™s Tri-Series closing.
A dazzling maiden ODI century in West Indies opener Evin Lewis (148 from 122 balls) was in vain as captain Jason Holder (45 not out) was that the only other batsman to acquire past 30 from the innings.
Once they can just afford three from the last finished to tie, West Indies didn’t close out the match as they had done in their last match against Zimbabwe.
Lewis was one of three workouts from the innings which came at critical times and maintained Sri Lanka from the game.
Mendis and Dickwella shared with a venture for the third wicket as Sri Lanka posted a powerful 330 inside their innings.
Since he was trapped leg before wicket by Mendis, Dickwella fell six runs short of a century as he edged a delivery from Ashley 31, and Mendis additionally missed out.