Sri Lanka stun West Indies

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The Independent Online

Sri Lanka won the second one-day international against the West Indies by pulling off one of the greatest run chases in history at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown yesterday.

Facing a target of 313 to win, the Sri Lankans made a brisk start but had to recover after a mid-innings slump to eventually triumph by four wickets. Mid-order batsman Upul Chandana led the Sri Lankan fightback with a dashing 89 off 71 deliveries as the West Indians failed to hold several catches and allowed the tourists to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Brian Lara had earlier hit a century as the home side set an impressive total of 312 for 4. Lara struck 116 off just 106 balls, having survived what looked a good appeal early on, while opener Chris Gayle got them off to a flying start, making 94 before being run out by Muttiah Muralitharan.