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Jayawardene stars again as Sri Lanka beat Windies by 57 runs

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 57 runs in their Super Eight Group F match of the Twenty20 cricket World Cup at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Friday. Special coverage

cricket Updated: May 08, 2010 02:34 IST

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 57 runs in their Super Eight Group F match of the Twenty20 cricket World Cup here today.

Brief Score:
Sri Lanka: 195 for three in 20 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 98, Kumar Sangakkara 68; Kemar Roach 2/27).
West Indies: 138 for eight in 20 overs (Dwayne Bravo 23, Ramnaresh Sarwan 28; Lasith Malinga 3/28, Ajantha Mendis 3/24).

Earlier, Mahela Jaywardene's superb form at the World Twenty20 continued as the veteran Sri Lanka batsman made an unbeaten 98 against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Friday.

Jayawardene's innings was the centrepiece of a tournament best total of 195 for three as Sri Lanka took a firm grip on this Super Eights match.

The right-handed opener had previously made 81 against New Zealand and 100 against Zimbabwe.

Jaywardene and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara shared a stand of 166 - the second highest in all Twenty20 internationals behind the 170 put on by Loots Bosman and Graeme Smith for South Africa against England at Centurion last year.

Jayawardene faced 56 balls with four sixes and nine fours.

West Indies reduced Sri Lanka to seven for one when Sanath Jayasuriya, promoted back to an opening spot, was caught by Jerome Taylor off Kemar Roach.

But they missed six chances in the field and Sri Lanka cashed in.

Sangakkara, who won the toss, should have been out for nought after Roach took the outside edge only for West Indies captain Chris Gayle to drop the diving slip catch despite getting both hands to the ball.

And the left-hander was given another reprieve when Kieron Pollard failed to hold a tough caught and bowled chance when the skipper was on 27.

Sangakkara, a powerful foil to the elegant Jayawardene, went on to make 68 off 49 balls with three sixes and five fours.

Jayawardene, enjoying a new lease of life as a Twenty20 opener, showed his class early on when he advanced to lofted fast bowler Taylor for six over long-on.

But he too was given a couple of lives, with left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn the unfortunate bowler on both occasions.

Jayawardene, on 65, was well beaten by a Benn delivery, only for occasional wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher to miss the stumping.

And, in the same over, Jayawardene had added only one to his score when a top-edge was skied behind but neither Fletcher nor short third man Wavell Hinds went for the catch and the ball fell safe.

No batsman has yet made two Twenty20 international centuries but the unselfish Jaywardene refused to hog the strike in the last over as Tillakaratne Dilshan ended the innings with a four.

First Published: May 07, 2010 23:09 IST