Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis slammed superb tons as Sri Lanka hammered West Indies by 161 runs in the second ODI to clinch the three-match series in Hambantota. Fernando and Mendis starred in a record 239-run stand for Sri Lanka – the country’s highest third-wicket partnership.
Fernando made his career-best ODI score of 127 from 123 deliveries while Mendis accumulated 119 as the hosts amassed 345 for eight after being put into bat first. They wonderfully padded the Sri Lankan batting lineup from further collapse following the early dismissals of Kusal Perera and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne.
Sheldon Cottrell struck twice in the fourth over of the match by sending back Karunaratne and Perera to the pavilion to get on a hat-trick. Mendis denied the left-armer the hat-trick and then steadily kept the scoreboard ticking along with the help of Fernando. Sri Lanka eventually stormed to victory by a margin of 161 runs.