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Tharanga guides S Lanka home with ton

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COLOMBO, Feb 3 (AFP): Upul Tharanga cracked an unbeaten 101 to steer Sri Lanka to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international on Thursday.

The left-handed opener hit seven fours in his ninth one-day century as Sri Lanka achieved a rain-revised target of 197 with more than four overs to spare for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The opening game of the series was abandoned due to rain on Monday. The final match will be played on Sunday.

Tharanga added 70 for the second wicket with skipper Kumar Sangakkara (20) and 97 for the next with Mahela Jayawardene (48 not out) to ensure his team�s comfortable victory.

Former captain Jayawardene finished the match when he cut spinner Nikita Miller for his fifth boundary.

Sri Lanka were earlier indebted to paceman Lasith Malinga (3-30) and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (2-42), who bowled the tourists out for a modest 203 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Half-brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo scored 39 each.

SCORECARD

West Indies: Gayle c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 28, Barath lbw b Kulasekara 12, Bravo lbw b Malinga 39, Sarwan run out 21,Dwayne Bravo b Herath 39, Pollard b Malinga 4, C Baugh not out 28, D Sammy run out 4, Miller c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 0, Rampaul b Malinga 1, Roach b Kulasekara 9. Extras: (B-1, LB-8, W-9) 18. Total: (all out; 50 overs) 203. Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-45, 3-94, 4-132, 5-138, 6-175, 7-187, 8-187, 9-192, 10-203. Bowling: Malinga 10-0-30-3, Kulasekara 10-1-42-2, Mathews 4-0-20-0, Muralitharan 10-2-42-2, Dilshan 7-0-27-0, Herath 9-1-33-1.

Sri Lanka (Revised target 197 off 47 overs): U Tharanga not out 101, T Dilshan c Baugh b Rampaul 11, K Sangakkara c Gayle b Dwayne Bravo 20, M Jayawardene not out 48, Extras: (lb-3, w-16) 19. Total: (for two wickets in 42.3 overs) 199. Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-102. Bowling: Rampaul 7-0-27-1, Roach 8-0-29-0, Sammy 9-0-42-0, Gayle 4-0-18-0, Dwayne Bravo 5-0-29-1, Miller 6.3-0-33-0, Pollard 3-0-18-0.

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Tharanga guides S Lanka home with ton

COLOMBO, Feb 3 (AFP): Upul Tharanga cracked an unbeaten 101 to steer Sri Lanka to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international on Thursday.

The left-handed opener hit seven fours in his ninth one-day century as Sri Lanka achieved a rain-revised target of 197 with more than four overs to spare for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The opening game of the series was abandoned due to rain on Monday. The final match will be played on Sunday.

Tharanga added 70 for the second wicket with skipper Kumar Sangakkara (20) and 97 for the next with Mahela Jayawardene (48 not out) to ensure his team�s comfortable victory.

Former captain Jayawardene finished the match when he cut spinner Nikita Miller for his fifth boundary.

Sri Lanka were earlier indebted to paceman Lasith Malinga (3-30) and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (2-42), who bowled the tourists out for a modest 203 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Half-brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo scored 39 each.

SCORECARD

West Indies: Gayle c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 28, Barath lbw b Kulasekara 12, Bravo lbw b Malinga 39, Sarwan run out 21,Dwayne Bravo b Herath 39, Pollard b Malinga 4, C Baugh not out 28, D Sammy run out 4, Miller c Jayawardene b Muralitharan 0, Rampaul b Malinga 1, Roach b Kulasekara 9. Extras: (B-1, LB-8, W-9) 18. Total: (all out; 50 overs) 203. Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-45, 3-94, 4-132, 5-138, 6-175, 7-187, 8-187, 9-192, 10-203. Bowling: Malinga 10-0-30-3, Kulasekara 10-1-42-2, Mathews 4-0-20-0, Muralitharan 10-2-42-2, Dilshan 7-0-27-0, Herath 9-1-33-1.

Sri Lanka (Revised target 197 off 47 overs): U Tharanga not out 101, T Dilshan c Baugh b Rampaul 11, K Sangakkara c Gayle b Dwayne Bravo 20, M Jayawardene not out 48, Extras: (lb-3, w-16) 19. Total: (for two wickets in 42.3 overs) 199. Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-102. Bowling: Rampaul 7-0-27-1, Roach 8-0-29-0, Sammy 9-0-42-0, Gayle 4-0-18-0, Dwayne Bravo 5-0-29-1, Miller 6.3-0-33-0, Pollard 3-0-18-0.

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