Disappointed Pooran sees World Cup failure as learning experience

Disappointed Pooran sees World Cup failure as learning experience

Avishka Fernando smashed his first one-day global century as Sri Lanka scored an imposing 338-6 in their World Cup clash against the West Indies on Monday, with both sides playing only for pride.

But just when the duo looked good to guide their team across the line, a mixup saw Allen getting run out (51; 32b, 4×7, 6×1) with 57 needed off 36 balls. He bagged a total of 118 runs off 103 balls along with 11 boundaries and four big sixes.

Chasing 339 for victory, West Indies lost Sunil Ambris and Shai Hope to Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga's fierce spell with the new ball.

Pooran got to his 100 in 92 balls and looked all set to pull off a memorable victory for his side before Mathews trumped him and swung the tide in Sri Lanka's favour.

But when Nicholas Pooran (108) and Fabian Allen (51) combined in an 83-run, seventh-wicket stand, the superstar singer from Barbados was back on her feet along with the crowd.

"What he has produced is what we expect him to produce, we want him to get better and improve", the all-rounder added.

The disappointment was clearly visible on Jason Holder's face as he faced the reporters after West Indies' defeat against Sri Lanka on Monday.

"We still have pride to play for and we're still looking for that flawless game", said Holder, whose side have been largely let down by their batsmen.

West Indies was already out of contention after losing four in a row following a confident start to the tournament. For the Sri Lanka team, who scored not one ODI century in 2018, and only two others this year, it was a breath of fresh air.

The West Indies end their involvement at this World Cup against Afghanistan, still searching for their first win of the tournament, on Thursday.

"I knew once myself and Fabian were batting, we were in control. I just want to personally thank her for coming out", he said.

"Just disappointed for us today".

Sri Lanka have won only one of their last eight ODIs against India but they did beat them by seven wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in 2017.

"He will take a lot of confidence from this and he has now proven to himself that he can go on and do it on the worldwide stage", added Jayawardene.

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