The match between Sri Lanka and West Indies was first considered to be the first insignificant match of the 2019 World Cup but it ended as a thrilling match that can be considered as good as any other games in the tournament. Avishka Fernando struck a 103-ball 104; whereas Kusal Perera scored 64 from only 51 balls as the Lankans ended the game with 338/6.
Till the 30th over of chase, West Indies were unsteady before Nicholas Pooran thought to take on the opposition bowlers. Pooran scored 118 from only 103 balls and Fabian Allen struck a 32-ball 51. Allen got run out when they needed 57 from 36 while Pooran fell to Angelo Mathews when 31 was needed from the last 18 balls.
1.West Indies registered their 6th defeat in this tournament; the most for them in a single edition of World Cup outstripping the five matches they lost in the 2007 edition.
2.Sri Lanka’s total of 338/6 in Monday’s match was their 3rd highest total against any side and their highest against a Test-playing nation in the World Cup.
3.West Indies put their first 300+ total in a World Cup chase. Their previous highest total while chasing in World Cup was 289/9 against South Africa in 2007 in the chase of 357.
4.The 118-run knock by Nicholas Pooran is the highest individual score in the World Cup for West Indies while batting at No.5 or lower position.
5.Pooran’s 118 is the highest individual score in a CWC defeat for the Windies.
6.Avishka Fernando at the age of 21 years became the 3rd youngest centurion in the history of World Cup.
7.Nicholas Pooran at the age of 23 years is the 2nd youngest player to score a World Cup century for the Windies and the 8th youngest centurion in the CWC.
8.Jason Holder became only the 4th player to bag 100 wickets in ODI cricket as captain.