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Sri Lanka wrapped up a comfortable series victory over the West Indies with a 26-run win in the second One Day International at the SSC Ground in Colombo.
Captain Kumar Sangakkara starred with 75 as the two sides finally completed a fixture without suffering from intervention by the weather.
The hosts also gave an impressive display of their bowling depth with Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando and Rangana Herath all among the wickets on their return to the side.
It was another chastising experience for West Indies skipper and former MCC Young Cricketer Darren Sammy, who made just three and took 0-61 with the ball.
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Another impressive win
After Upul Tharanga’s unbeaten century gave Sri Lanka the series lead in the opening ODI, the left-hand batsman once again ensured his side got off to a solid start with an innings of 39.
Tharanga’s dashing fellow opener Tillakaratne Dilshan made a 28 ball 30 in a first wicket stand of 54 before Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene (44) took Sri Lanka into a commanding position.
The prolific pair added 95 for the fifth wicket before they both fell during the batting powerplay.
Young all-rounder Angelo Matthews then ensured Sri Lanka set an imposing total with a rapid, 22 ball 36 to take the hosts to 277-9 from their 50 overs.
The West Indies got off to a terrible start, losing openers Chris Gayle and Adrian Barath for ducks.
Sri Lanka rested three of their match winning bowlers from the opening ODI, including Muttiah Muralitharan and attack leader Lasith Malinga.
Their absence didn’t appear to disrupt the hosts though - the unconventional Mendis in particular proving his worth to the side with 4-46 as the West Indies fell short on 251 all out.