Sri Lanka beat WI

Mumbai, October 14:

Seamer Farveez Maharoof claimed a career-best 6-14 and spurred Sri Lanka to a nine-wicket win over the West Indies in the final ICC Champions Trophy limited-overs cricket qualifier on Saturday.

Maharoof ripped through the middle order as the West Indies was bundled out for 80 in 30.4 overs before Sri Lanka took just 13.2 overs post a winning total of 83 and take the top spot in the four-nation qualifying competition.

Sri Lanka lost opener Upul Tharanga for a golden duck before Sanath Jayasuriya (45 not out) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (34 not out) put on an unbroken 83-run partnership. The West Indies and Sri Lanka had already secured passage into the Champions Trophy that begins on Sunday in Jaipur, but now the lineups for the two groups have been finalized. Sri Lanka joins Group B along side South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand, while title holder West Indies is pooled in Group A with world champion Australia, England and host India.

Maharoof’s figures eclipsed the previous best bowling performance in Champions Trophy play by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who claimed 5-11 against England in 2004. Maharoof’s previous personal best figures were 4-20 against India in Ahmadabad last year.

Batting first, West Indies was dismissed for its lowest score against Sri Lanka as just two of its batsmen managing to get into double figures. Four batsmen — Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith — failed to open their account. The lowest one-day score for the West Indies remains 54 against South Africa in Cape Town in the 2003-04 series, while its previous low against Sri Lanka was 145 in 1999.