For all accounts, the ‘real’ part of the Champions Trophy got underway last night, with Sri Lanka taking on West Indies. Both team were vying for the top spot in the qualifying round.

At stake – national pride, plus an opportunity to avoid Australia in the next round.

The match was played at Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, where one day internationals returned after a gap of 11 years.

Sri Lanka thrashed the West Indies – there is no other way to describe it.

On a wicket where stroke making was difficult, the West Indies were bowled out for only 80 runs.

Chaminda Vaas started the slide getting Chris Gayle out in the fourth bowl of the innings. He followed up shortly with a beautiful inswinger that caught Sarwan plumb in front of this stumps.

However the real star of the day for Sri Lanka was all rounder Farveez Maharoof. He took 6 wickets for 14 runs as the West Indies batting floundered.

Sri Lanka knocked off the required runs losing just one wicket in 13.2 overs.

The much anticipated game was over four hours before the scheduled time.

England face hosts India in a crucial game tonight. Should be fascinating to watch.

Click below to read the full story of the Sri Lanka – West Indies game.

Cricinfo – Maharoof sizzles in thumping win



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