Kingston - Sunil Narine was back on form with figures of four for 40 as Sri
Lanka were dismissed for 208 off 48.3 overs after being put in to bat by
West Indies in the opening match of a three-nation one-day
international Series at Sabina Park on Friday.
Narine had an
instant impact when he came on in the 18th over, removing the prolific
and experienced pair of Mahela Jayawardene (52) and Kumar Sangakkara
(17) in his first three overs to immediately put the brake on what had
been a promising start by the Sri Lankans.
Jayawardene was at his
fluent best, dominating an opening partnership of 62 with Upul Tharanga
before they were separated by West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo.
contrast, Sangakkara never really got going and the West Indies were
understandably delighted when he pushed a straightforward catch to
Kieron Pollard at cover.
Ravi Rampaul backed up the frontline
spinner's effort with three wickets and it was left to Sri Lankan
captain Angelo Mathews to hold the innings together following the demise
of the two big hitters.
His unbeaten 55 turned out to be the Sri
Lankans' top score as he capitalised on an early bit of luck when put
down by Chris Gayle off the bowling of pacer Kemar Roach.
bowlers were hard to get away on a sluggish surface, former ODI captain
Darren Sammy being the most economical in a full ten-over spell,
conceding 34 runs, while Marlon Samuels accounted for Dinesh Chandimal
in giving up just 11 runs off four overs.
West Indies may fancy
their chances of reaching what appears, on paper, a modest target, but
will still be mindful of the threat posed both by Sri Lanka's varied
bowling attack and a weather forecast that has not ruled out the
possibility of an afternoon shower.
World Cup and Champions Trophy
holders India are the third team in the tournament and they enter the
fray on Sunday against the hosts.