Wanindu Hasaranga shines as Sri Lanka win ODI thriller vs West Indies

Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka pull off a thrilling ODI series opener win against West Indies. The hosts defeated West Indies by a wicket in Colombo.

Sri Lanka's Wanidu Hasaranga successfully avoids a run out during their 1st ODI match in Colombo. (AP Photo)

Sri Lanka’s Wanidu Hasaranga successfully avoids a run out during their 1st ODI match in Colombo. (AP Photo)


  • Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka clinch 1-wicket win over West Indies
  • Hasaranga scored unbeaten 42 after coming in to bat at number eight
  • Sri Lanka chased down 290 with five balls to spare

Wanindu Hasaranga led the rearguard action from Sri Lanka as they beat West Indies by one wicket in the first ODI between the two sides in Colombo on Saturday. Chasing a target of 290 that the West Indies set up largely thanks to a century from opener Shai Hope, Sri Lanka went through a middle-order collapse after a 100-run stand by the openers.

However, Thisara Perera and Hasaranga turned it around. The latter kept his nerve after Sri Lanka started falling again after Thisara’s departure and led his team to victory. West Indies thus remain without an ODI win in Sri Lanka in 14 years.

Jason Holder gave West Indies the breakthrough by getting an edge off Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne that Hope pocketed. Sri Lanka’s opening stand thus ended on 111. Two overs later, Alzarri Joseph dismissed Karunaratne’s opening partner Avishka Fernando. Fernando and made 50 off 55 balls while Karunaratne was dismissed on 52.

Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis then put up 32 runs for the third wicket before the latter fell to Hayden Walsh Jr. Sri Lanka then lost Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera in quick succession and found themselves at 215/6 in the 38th over.

Thisara and Hasaranga, however, played a counter-attacking 38-run knock for the seventh wicket. Joseph got Thisara in the 43rd over but Hasaranga kept his nerve to end the match unbeaten on 42 as Sri Lanka took the match.

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