Sri Lanka prevail after two-day ordeal

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The race for the tri-series final was still open after Sri Lanka won the marathon two-day match against the West Indies in Trinidad by 39 runs on Monday, with Duckworth-Lewis coming into play.

The race for the tri-series final was still open after Sri Lanka won the marathon two-day match against the West Indies in Trinidad by 39 runs on Monday, with Duckworth-Lewis coming into play.

The West Indies needed 230 runs in 41 overs to win the severely rain affected match, having kept the visitors to 219 for eight before Duckworth Lewis adjusted the target. They could only manage 190 for nine.

The Windies needed a win to go straight into the final on Thursday, but the Sri Lankans made sure to go top of the table, thus forcing India to need a win on Tuesday against their Asian opposition.

The match started on Sunday, but rain intervened and it was moved to the reserve day. The game picked up where it left off, the Sri Lankan score on 60 for three after 19 overs, though more rain delayed the second start by two hours.

The overs were initially reduced to 45 per side, but another rain delay saw four more overs removed. As it was, Kumar Sangakkara did a solid job for the visitors, making 90 not out as Kemar Roach did the job with the ball.

Sangakkara was in the middle overnight, and watched as his partners were regularly removed by Roach, who took four wickets, and company. His 90 was made off 95 balls, and the next best score was 30 by Angelo Mathews.

In fact, the actual second-best score was the extras column (31), as the Windies bowlers showed poor discipline on Sunday. They conceded 24 wides, with Tino Best and Jason Holder the main culprits.

The Windies knock was not affected by any rain breaks, and despite losing four early wickets they looked on track for much of the innings. After Angelo Mathews and Shaminda Eranga took two wickets each early on, there was a 123-run recovery stand.

Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons did a good job to keep their side in the hunt, but once Simmons was out for 67 in the 32nd over, it all went downhill from there. Bravo was out for 70 soon after, one of Mathews' four wickets.

Lasith Malinga removed Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy in quick succession, and Roach and Best didn't even attempt to get the runs remaining.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Devon Smith, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Tino Best

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga

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