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Shai Hope steers Windies to victory

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West Indies defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Wednesday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series. 

Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 232 with Gunathilaka leading the way with 55 before being given out in a controversial manner for obstruction. Karunaratne added 52 and Bandara contributed 50.

Jason Holder and Jason Mohammed bagged two wickets each to lead the Caribbean team’s bowling attack. Captain Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen and Alzarri Joseph picked up a wicket each. Shai Hope returned to form, posting a stylish and composed 110; while fellow opener Evin Lewis made 65. 

Darren Bravo added 37 as the Caribbean side got to their landmark in 47.0 overs. Dushmantha Chameera took 2-50 off his 10 overs. Hope was man of the match, after leading in an opening stand of 143, a record-opening stand for West Indies against Sri Lanka in the West Indies. 

Hope also shared in a 72-run second wicket stand with Darren Bravo.

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