In a dominant performance, the Sri Lankan cricket team swept to an eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the Super Six stage of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2023. Key to this triumph were the combined efforts of Pathum Nissanka and Maheesh Theekshana.

Batting first, the West Indies set a target of 243, thanks to Keacy Carty’s impressive innings of 87. However, this proved inadequate to challenge Sri Lanka’s determined batting lineup. Nissanka, in particular, shone with an unbeaten century, his second of the tournament. With his mix of aggressive and strategic strokes, Nissanka brought up his third ODI century and managed a commendable 104 from 113 balls. He was well supported by Dimuth Karunaratne who made a solid 83 before losing his wicket.

On the bowling front, it was Theekshana who led the charge. Claiming three of the top four West Indies batters in quick succession, his incisive bowling reduced the Caribbean team to a precarious 123-7. The off-spinner finished with impressive figures of 4-34 in his 10-over spell, demonstrating his prowess and accuracy.

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Despite a late surge by the West Indies, led by Carty’s stellar innings and a fruitful partnership with Sinclair, Sri Lanka’s command on the game remained unshaken. The Lankan bowlers, notably Hemantha, could have been tighter in their death overs, but ultimately it did little to change the match’s outcome.

In summary, it was a match where Nissanka’s brilliance with the bat and Theekshana’s mastery with the ball combined to seal a resounding win for Sri Lanka. Their exceptional performances not only led Sri Lanka to victory but also established the team’s dominance in the tournament. With the final against the Netherlands on the horizon, skipper Dasun Shanaka will hope to carry this momentum forward, demonstrating once again the strength and skill of the Sri Lankan team.