After collecting 1 for 13, he didn’t smash 21 out of six balls to seal the game

West Indies 134 for 7 (Simmons 26, Pooran 23, Sandakan 3-29) defeated Sri Lanka 131 for 4 (Chandimal 54 *, Bandara 44 *, Allen 1-13) by three wickets

Fabian Allen shone with both the bat and the ball, influencing the game at the start and finish as the West Indies scored a hard-fought three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the crucial third T20I in Antigua and the series 2- 1

After Allen registered numbers of 1 for 13 from his four overs – three of them in a power play period in which Sri Lanka scored 27 runs for losing three wickets – Allen put the finishing touches to the racket to get that Seal game for West Indies

His unbeaten six-ball 21, including three sixes ahead of Akila Dananjaya in 19, came when Sri Lanka seized an opportunity that was again created by the numerous weirdos

After a modest 132, the home team seemed to have made the ideal start, registering 53 for 1 in the power play. But the Sri Lankan weirdos again proved to be a handful, holding back West Indies

Wanindu Hasaranga was again the main threat, sacking Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons to finish at 2 for 13, Lakshan Sandakan (3 for 29) and Dushmantha Chameera (2 for 23) also benefited from the pressure Hasaranga was exerting but with With such a low target, the West Indies batsman knew they only needed a bowler to aim at, and they found that out in Dananjaya

After his redemption in the second T20I after his defeat by Kieron Pollard in the opening game, Dananjaya struggled with his control this time as he went without wicket in his four overs and gave away 53 runs

Previously, an unbeaten stand of 85 – Sri Lanka’s highest T20I value for the fifth wicket – between Dinesh Chandimal and Ashen Bandara had dragged visitors to a respectable, if not entirely competitive, 131 for 4

After Allen and Kevin Sinclair’s spin limited Sri Lanka’s power play, the West Indian Sailors took over on a surface even slower than the first two games, with the hosts dealing almost entirely with slower deliveries, which the Sri Lankan ones did Forcing batsmen to prepare for runs

It was only because of a few late goals from Bandara that ensured the visitors scored as many goals as they did, but despite the best efforts of their crank, it was always unlikely to be enough – especially given the number of match- Winners West Indies have in their ranks

West Indies play off Sri Lanka
In the last game, Sri Lanka had its main bowlers until 16 thrown over but it paid off in spades as the game was as good as won by that point and all of West India’s great players were back in the pavilion

This time around, the West Indies were a little more calculated in their approach; First they brought in an extra batsman in Rovman Powell in place of Fidel Edwards, then, backed by a modest goal to pursue, they kept their time and played scoring balls when necessary, safe in the knowledge that a few big hits were being made were enough to turn the game in their favor

And so it went on when no fewer than six batsmen from the West Indies hit at least a six in their innings – a stark contrast to the two sixes hit by Sri Lanka, both from Bandara

For Sri Lanka, at the time of the 19th Over either throw the ball at part-time Danushka Gunathilaka, who could not be relied on in death despite conceding only 11 of his three overs, or Thisara Perera, who was sad in that final game, or Dananjaya, who can be effective, but In the end, they went with Dananaya – although it is unlikely that any of the other decisions would have been more effective

Chandimal and Bandara adapt to the pitch
While Sri Lanka’s top order couldn’t come to terms with a sluggish pitch, luckily Dinesh Chandimal and Bandara were there for them to make sense of the process again

But aside from the strange line, none of the batsmen looked particularly fluent.As such, it is very important that runs are possible, especially when the West Indies bowlers take the pace off the ball at every opportunity The fact that Chandimal’s most prolific shot is the Stripe was, with 22 runs, speaks volumes

Their unbroken partnership of 85 out of 63 deliveries became even more meaningful when you consider that Sri Lanka staggered 46 for 4 at the start of the 10th round

Hasaranga’s reputation continues to grow
The Sri Lankan weirdos usually storm the scene with either an aura of mystery exuding from them or some unusual action in tow – or in the case of Rangana Herath, they remain in the shadow of an all-time great hidden from a late-career Renaissance but rare a player improves his job as much as Hasaranga

Yes, he has accumulated wickets in almost every T20I game he has played, but the level of improvement his game has seen over the last year cannot be underestimated. The main upgrade was the control, with who he is now bowling his googly, which is a large part of his recent wickets. In this game it was again the googly who brought him early success and held the dangerous Evin Lewis lbw prisoner

Hasaranga also showed his adaptability, which came into play in power play after Dananjaya didn’t have the same effect as in the previous game.As is now almost to be expected, he immediately delivered after Danushka Gunathilaka the chance of his first ball – a low one full throw against Simmons – dropped on Long-On, he dismissed Lewis three balls later.In his next game, he was the recipient of a brain fade from Simmons who got stuck on the wicket when Dickwella completed a slight stumping in But Sri Lanka just not enough runs on the bench

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Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/sri-lanka-tour-of-west-indies-2020-21-1252062/west-indies-vs-sri-lanka-3rd-t20i-1252068/match-report