Tournament hosts India made it through from Group 2 thanks to a victory over Australia on Sunday that was inspired by batsman Virat Kohli. West Indies, meanwhile, topped Group 1. However, they finished the Super 10 stage with a shock loss to Associate nation Afghanistan. Now they go up against opponents they have not faced in the shortest format since
The game looked sealed when Pooran was dismissed in anti-climactic fashion off Mathews. Still who would have thought that we would get to see a nailbiting thriller in a dead rubber. A full delivery on the pads of Oshane Thomas who fails to put bat on it.
Probably the moment of the match this and could turn the match decidedly in SL's favour. WI are now really close and if Pooran can just hold his nerve alongside Cottrell saving his wicket, we could be in for a historical finish here in Durham WHAT.
Pooran sets off for a single after Allen hit the ball straight into the hands of short fine-leg but the latter can't make it to the nbon-striker's end in time as the bowler Udana completes an easy run-out.
He has played his shots freely while also rotating the strike really well thus never letting Pooran come under too much pressure. Can the duo finish what Brathwaite started against New Zealand?
Allen glanced this ball off his hips from Udana and replays show that it could also have been a sharp chance. Pooran and Allena re making sure they get that one boundary from each over as SL players have started getting nervous PM IST: WI have managed to bring the chase to its business end and they require 95 more in the last ten with 4 wickets in hand.
Clearly they are looking for a boundary early on in the over and then following it with singles. If they can keep up with this appraoch, there is no doubt we are in for a humdinger PM IST: Another four drilled between mid-off and cover for four off Lasith Malinga and this has started to look a wee bit interesting as far as WI are concerned.
WI have shown in this WC that they have young players around whom they can build a really good team for the future.
Udana smiles but can only watch as the ball flies off the outside edge and between the wicketkeeper and what looks like a fly slip, for a boundary PM IST: West Indies have lost Carlos Brathwaite as their sixth wicket!
It's unfortunate as Pooran drills a straight drive off Udana who dives to catch the ball but only manages to get his fingertips to it before the ball crashes into the stumps at the non-striker's end.
Brathwaite is not even in the frame Good work-work-work-work-work from Udana to get the slightest touch on the ball to run out Brathwaite at the non-striker's end. A four and a six result as he smashes Kasun Rajitha over the leg-side in the same over to push up the team's run-rate PM IST: A big heave over the leg-side lands the ball over the ropes bringing up a fine half-century for Pooran.
Quite comfortably WI's best batsman today on display but his effort will be of no use unless he turns this into a big one Second fifty of CWC19 and his career for Nicholas Pooran he scales the milestone it with a six!
A half-volley from Vandersay and Holder tries to loft it over the infield but ends up hitting it straight into the hands of the substitute fielder Jeevan Mendis at mid-on. Holder wanted to go for a lofted drive but found a fielder at the mid-on to leave West Indies chase in tatters.
Carlos Brathwaite, right handed batsman, comes to the crease PM IST: Wonderful piece of timing from Jason Holder as he pierces the gap between long-on and deep midwicket with ease bringing a much needed boundary off de Silva's off spin.
A phenomenal achievement that and has been duly acknowledged by the great man himself Congratulations henrygayle most runs by a West Indian in ODI cricket muchdeserved. The batsman set-off for a single after hitting the ball straight to point. Is that the end of WI too?
Wait and watch but this chase hasn't gone as expected for the West Indies and Gayle's ugly swipe at a lenght ball from Rajitha proves the same.
He only manages a top edge that is collected comfortably by Vandersay at point Ian Bishop on commentary can't hide his excitement as he says: "..
I think i need my umbrella" referring to one of the singer's all-time hits Rihanna marks her presence in Durham Reuters PM IST: A short ball from Rajitha is eyed early by the Universe Boss as he pulls it hard and high over the deep-midwicekt boundary to collect a much needed 6.
West Indies will need either of Gayle or Hetmyer to stay at the crease till the end if they are to get anywhere close to the target comes up for West Indies in the 13th over. Gayle and Hetmyer are at the crease. However, they will have to be mindful of the fact that they don't lose too many wickets in the process of trying to hit too many boundaries - something that has cost them a few games in this World Cup PM IST: Malinga is bound to be disappointed as Kusal Mendis drops the dangerous Hwetmyer in the slips - a catch that should have been taken.
The worst possible start for WI as Shai Hope plays a short of a length delivery from Malinga on to his stumps resulting in the bowler's 2nd wicket. WI in deep trouble here and a lot will rest on Gayle and new batsman Hetmyer PM IST: Malinga strikes with his 8th delivery as Sunil Ambris goes for a pull-shot but only manages to get a faint edge that settles nicely inside the keeper's gloves.
Lasith Malinga to start the proceedings with the ball as today he also has a lot of runs to defend PM IST: Kumar Sangakkara: 'They come in, they impress, they score a brilliant hundred like he Avishka does.
But come 6 months later, a couple of failures and all that trust and admiration is gone from the selectors and they just take you out from the side. You don't have a secondary side to go back to, you are lost in the first-class structure and you hardly see them ever again.
It's a case of trusting these younger players, developing them through a really excellent first-class structure' PM IST: Avishka Fernando: This is my first World Cup, trained very hard and happy to get a hundred.
They had fast bowlers, but the pitch is two-paced. Very happy that I could do that score a World Cup hundred at a young age.
I got a lot of support from my team members. Happy to contribute for the team. Thomas to Udana, out Caught by Holder. Fernando falls almost immediately after his , as Cottrell gets his first strike of the game.
It was a slower one from Cottrell and Fernando couldn't get any timing on the pull shot to send the ball high and give Allen enough time to get under it. The Cottrell salute comes out for the first time in the day.
What an innings this has been from Avishka Fernando he brings up his maiden international off as many deliveries. Thirimanne comes down the track and smacks it down the ground.
He does it again on the next ball, but this time even better. Second bounday to the mid-off as 13 runs come off the over. Jason Holder saw Mathews coming down the pitch and so he went full and straight.
Mathews missed it totally as the ball rattles the stump. Holder kept it quite wide to give ample of room to let Mathews open his arms to smack that to covers.
Meanwhile, Sunil Ambris has gone off the field to get a treatment. Short from Oshane Thomas and Fernando guides it easily to the mid-wicket boundary. Fernando has been doing his job to the perfect. Mendis had pre-meditated to run down the track to hit the full delivery as he ended up chipping it to the right of the bowler.
Allen dives to take a blinder and dismiss Mendis. Cottrell, who on other days gives his side the first breakthrough, hasn't had his usual start today as we have not got to see his wicket celebration thus far. Back of length from Cottrell, Fernando stepped back and muscled it over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen.
He is getting great support from Mendis from the other side. Kusal Perera Run Out.
Pooran had dropped a sitter in the previous over to give Perera a lifeline. However, the opener could not capitalize on it and threw away his wicket.
Kusal directed the ball to the mid-wicket and ran a safe single and wanted a second one.
Fernando gave him a No, but Perera did not pay attention. Good throw from Cottrell in the deep to Brathwaite who removed the bails with Perera miles away from the crease. Holder kept it full and Fernando missed the flick as the ball hit the pads.
A loud LBW appeal from Holder, but the onfield umpire does not looked convinced. Holder reviews it and the replays show the ball pitching in the line and no ultraedge.