Mahela Jayawardene smashed a superb 98 as Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies by 57 runs in their Group F match of the World T20 here on Friday.
Jayawardene's 56-ball innings was the centrepiece of the tournament’s highest total of 195 for three. Jayawardene and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who scored a 49-ball 68, shared a stand of 166 —the second highest in Twenty20 internationals behind the 170 put on by Loots Bosman and Graeme Smith for South Africa against England last year.
The West Indies chase never threatened the Sri Lankan bowling attack and they made 138 for eight in 20 overs with Ramnaresh Sarwan emerging as the top scorer with 28 runs. Spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Lasith Malinga picked up three wickets each.
Good news for Sri Lanka was that spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was back in the side after recovering from a groin injury and took none for 26 from four overs, but his presence was a huge boost to Sri Lanka. The Lankans had started badly losing Jayasuriya early but then recovered through Sangakkara and Jayawardene.