West Indies “A” today defeated Sri Lanka “A” by 90 runs to draw level in their three-match series at 1-1 at the Grenada National Stadium.
Batting first the West Indies “A” made 240 for 9 with Jamaican right-hand batsman Nkrumah Bonner top-scoring with 61 at the top of the order. His opening partner West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago opener Lendl Simmons weighed in with a steady 40.
Guyana and West Indies left-hander Narsingh Deonarine who starred with both bat and ball and copped the Man-of-the-Match Award, chipped in with an aggressive 34 as West Indies lost momentum after the opening salvos from Bonner and Simmons. Andre Fletcher also boosted the scoring rate with 30.
Leading the attack for the visitors was Chathuranga De Silva who emerged with the best figures of 3 for 43 while Suranga Lakmal chipped in with 2 for 59, though he came in for some heavy punishment in the latter overs.
Chasing what appeared to be about 30 to 40 runs short of what the West Indies “A” seemed capable of achieving, openers Dimuth Karunarathne (51) and Niroshan Dickwella (41) batted enterprisingly to take Sri Lanka to 91 with little fuss. But the introduction of Deonarine led to the visitors’ going into decline.
From a position of 91 without loss Sri Lanka lost two quick wickets to make it 94 for 2 and the procession continued unabated as they crashed to 147 all out in the 48th over. Deonarine bowled his ten overs and conceded 25 runs while capturing three wickets with his under-rated off-spin.
Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller who has been the West Indies A’s best bowler in the series chipped in with 2 for 32 while big left-handed pacer Sheldon Cotterrell bowled with some pace and control to capture 2 for 25.