Pallekele - An unbeaten century by Marlon
Samuels went in vain as Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies by 19 runs on
Saturday to sweep the three-match one-day international series 3-0.
Set a revised Duckworth-Lewis
target of 190 off 36 overs after a rain interruption, the hosts were 180-5 from
32.3 overs when it started drizzling again and umpires decided to call off play
with three overs remaining.
The in-form Kusal Perera gave
the hosts a flying start, hitting a quickfire 50 off 47 balls before useful
knocks by the middle order batsmen ensured a comfortable victory in the end.
The teams next play two
Twenty20 games, with the first match scheduled for Monday.
Earlier, Samuels smashed an unbeaten
110 to guide the West Indies to a competitive 206-9.
Samuels, 34, anchored the
innings with his 95-ball knock, hitting one six and 15 fours in the day-night
The visitors, who lost the
first two ODIs, were off to a disastrous start after being put in to bat at the
Paceman Lasith Malinga (2-43)
tasted success in the first over, having opener Johnson Charles caught off the
fourth ball by Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Andre Fletcher (six) was
trapped leg before off Suranga Lakmal while Dilshan took another catch off
Malinga to send back Jermaine Blackwood.
Denesh Ramdin lobbed a short
ball from Dushmantha Chameera to wicketkeeper Perera who lunged forward to
complete a neat catch and leave West Indies reeling at 18-4.
Samuels then rebuilt the
innings almost single-handedly, reaching his second successive half-century and
ninth ODI ton in the process.
Sri Lanka had swept the
preceding Test series 2-0.