SL beats WI by 8 wickets


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Opener Kusal Perera fell for 99 but his free-flowing knock powered Sri Lanka to a comfortable 8 wicket win in a rain-hit 2nd one-day international against West Indies yesterday as the hosts sealed the series with a match to spare.

Needing 225 in 38 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, Sri Lanka reached the target with 9 deliveries to spare thanks to an unbeaten knock of 81 from Lahiru Thirimanne.

Sri Lanka lost Tillakaratne Dilshan for 17 early, but man-of-the-match Perera and Thirimanne ensured there were no hiccups with a 2nd wicket stand of 156.

Lasith Malinga was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers and picked up 2 wickets for 47 runs.

The final match of the series is on Saturday in Pallekele.

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