Tharanga guides S.Lanka home with ton

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Colombo, Feb 3 (AFP) Upul Tharanga cracked an unbeaten101 to steer Sri Lanka to an emphatic eight-wicket victoryover the West Indies in the second one-day international onThursday.

The left-handed opener hit seven fours in his ninthone-day century as Sri Lanka achieved a rain-revised target of197 with more than four overs to spare for a 1-0 lead in thethree-match series.

The opening game of the series was abandoned due to rainon Monday. The final match will be played on Sunday.

Tharanga added 70 for the second wicket with skipperKumar Sangakkara (20) and 97 for the next with MahelaJayawardene (48 not out) to ensure his team''s comfortablevictory.

Former captain Jayawardene finished the match when he cutspinner Nikita Miller for his fifth boundary.

Sri Lanka were earlier indebted to paceman Lasith Malinga(3-30) and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (2-42), who bowledthe tourists out for a modest 203 at the Sinhalese Sports Clubin Colombo.

Half-brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo scored 39 each.

The West Indies, put in to bat, put on 45 for the firstwicket before losing openers Chris Gayle and Adrian Barath inthe space of three balls.

Barath, who scored a century in the rain-hit openingmatch, was trapped leg-before for 12 by Nuwan Kulasekara,while Muralitharan removed Gayle (28) with his first delivery.

Gayle played some aggressive shots in his 30-ball cameo,smashing seamer Angelo Mathews for three fours in an over andthen hitting Kulasekara for a four and a six off successiveballs in the next over.

Darren Bravo put on 49 for the third wicket withRamnaresh Sarwan (21) and 38 with Dwayne, but fell whenlooking well-set.

He hit two sixes off Muralitharan and one off left-armspinner Rangana Herath before being trapped leg-before byMalinga, who struck again when he bowled Kieron Pollard forfour in his next over.

The series precedes the World Cup, which opens in India,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on February 19. (AFP) AT

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