Rain plays spoilsport

Gros-Islet, April 16:

West Indies won the three-match One Day International (ODI) series with Sri Lanka 2-0 after rain washed out the final match at the Beausejour Stadium here Tuesday.

This decider promised much but delivered a no-result when rain forced an abandonment of the third and final ODI. In pursuit of 258 for victory, West Indies had reached 81-2 from 18.2 overs when the rain swept across the ground.

Opener Sewnarine Chattergoon had given West Indies early hope. He scored 46 from 53 balls before he was caught behind, but the match was hanging in the balance, when the rain arrived. The outcome left the hosts as victors after winning first ODIs.

Earlier, half-centuries from Mahela Udawatte and Tillakeratne Dilshan typified consistent Sri Lanka batting down the order and helped them reach 257-8 from 50 overs. Udawatte hit five fours and one six to score 73 from 122 balls, and Dilshan struck three fours and one six in 64 from 54 balls.