West Indies and Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate

ICC Cricket World Cup- Sri Lanka v West Indies- Pre Play

ICC Cricket World Cup- Sri Lanka v West Indies- Pre Play

Undoubtedly, this unexpected defeat against Sri Lanka was very disappointing for Windies as they were very close to the win but again fall short.

Left-hander Nicholas Pooran slammed a maiden global hundred but was outshone by a similar feat by Avishka Fernando as West Indies once again squandered a match-winning position, to slump to a 23-run defeat to Sri Lanka and their sixth loss of the ICC World Cup here yesterday.

West Indies - with the unlikely support of the watching singer Rihanna - had fielded with pantomime exasperation, the troop had their fingers in their pockets and their hands on their hips.

West Indies' Fabian Allen (right) and Nicholas Pooran put up a courageous fight but failed to take their team over the line against Sri Lanka.

He glanced to leg, decided against a run but then went when Pooran on 99 was midway down the pitch.

The skipper also heaped praise on Fabian Allen, who slammed a half-century before being run out.

That left the West Indies 282-7 with 35 balls remaining.

Mathews, who impressed with the ball, added that it was his first ball since December 2017. "I think we have a good chance but we have to win these two games and wait for. what will happen in the other games". West Indies was already out of contention after losing four in a row after its confident start to the tournament.

Both Sri Lanka and West Indies were out of contention for semi-final spots.

West Indies were chasing a target of 339 by Sri Lanka and the team was reeling at 145/5 at one stage, but Pooran went on to score a century. A maiden ODI century from Avishka Fernando (104) was the bedrock of Sri Lanka's innings in an entertaining dead rubber. Star Sports is the official broadcaster of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in India and will bring the live action of all 48 matches.

From the moment he made his World Cup debut with a sparkling 49 off 39 balls against England, Fernando had looked like a player with loads of class written all over him.

Sri Lanka and West Indies have met in CWC tournament on six occasions, where Windies has won four times.

The pair played together at junior level and in Twenty20 cricket, so were confident their partnership could carry them past Sri Lanka's total of 338-6.

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