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Twin centuries power West Indies to victory

cricket Updated: Jul 08, 2012 23:16 IST
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Centuries from Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels inspired West Indies to a 55-run win over New Zealand in the second one day international in Kingston at Sabina Park.

After three successive half centuries in the back-to-back Twenty20 matches in Florida and the first ODI on Thursday Gayle again showed the local fans what they had been missing after 12 months absence.

His contribution of 125 runs, featuring nine sixes, from 107 balls and with Samuels compiling 101 off 103 balls, lifted West Indies to 315 for five.

New Zealand were always going to be struggling to match that total and despite half centuries from BJ Watling, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson were bowled out for 260 off 47 overs.

Saturday's result gave the hosts a 2-0 lead in the five match series which they can seal in St Kitts on Wednesday.


Pakistan hit back

Pallekele: Seamer Thisara Perera grabbed a career-best 4-63 as Sri Lanka bowled out Pakistan for 226 on the opening day of the final Test in Pallekele on Sunday.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath chipped in with three wickets after Mahela Jayawardene put the tourists in to bat.

Pakistan hit back to reduce Sri Lanka to 44-3 by stumps as left-arm seamer Junaid Khan removed Dinesh Chandimal and dangerman Kumar Sangakkara in the space of four deliveries.

Pak 1st inngs 226 all out (Asad Shafiq 75; Perera 4-63, Herath 3-40) v Sri Lanka 44/3.