Mahel Jayawardene fell somewhat short of posting tons of back-to-back in the World Cup as Sri Lanka T20 dropped to a 57-run victory over West Indies in the Super Eights clash in Barbados.
Jayawardene was undefeated on 98 after scoring a hundred against Zimbabwe even last time, as total hit by Sri Lanka 195 for three – the highest score of the tournament so far.
With the pattern Kumar Sangakkara (68) beside the duo to put his stamp on the contest with a stand of 167 from 99 balls for the second window, but their cause was helped by some appalling fielding of the hosts .
West Indies dropped three catches, missed a stumping and could not get their hands on two presentable chances and paid for it as the goal was too much for their hitters.
Never threatened after losing captain Chris Gayle (five) and fellow opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11) from the start and ended well below 138 for eight.
Sri Lanka were given a surprise boost before the game when spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was declared fit to play despite being ruled out of tournament with a groin injury yesterday.
The veteran was required hardly even as a new pair of balls and Nuwan Kulasekara Angelo Mathews took the key wickets of Gayle and Chanderpaul, respectively, in the three balls of each other to leave the hosts 23 for two.
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo then played solidly to put on a pedestal of 53, but with 50 balls requires its progress was very slow and when they left it was just too much for the lower order to do as wickets fell cheaply to thereafter.
Quick Lasith Malinga made full use of the situation taking three, while for 28 Ajantha Mendis returned three for 24.
Earlier, the West Indies ruined his hopes of restricting Sri Lanka with a poor display in the field.
Gayle Sangakkara fell after a diving effort slip before he had scored, while Kieron Pollard dropped a sharp return catch soon after.
Jayawardene was given three pardons that he did not need while touring the entries with nine fours and four sixes in his 56-ball stay.
The 32-year-old should have been stumped in the 65th when he danced down the runway to Sulieman Benn, but stand-in wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher made a complete hash of the opportunity.
Worse was to come two balls later when Jayawardene shanked a drive up into the air and Wavell Hinds Fletcher and seen the ball to bounce between them.
Finally came the window, but not before a stand of 167, when selected Pollard Sangakkara long on off Bravo.
Jayawardene stayed and they need three for his age, with three balls left, took to the stage that Bravo could not get their hands on the ball and the batter has one.
Chamada Kapugedera then by Roach was shot next ball to leave Jayawardene stranded on 98.
Sri Lanka: Muralitharan, DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara (Captain & WK), CK Kapugedera, AD Mathews, ST Jayasuriya, Perera NLTC, Randiv S, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis, Kulasekara KMDN
West Indies: CH Gayle (captain), ADS Fletcher (WK), Sarwan S Chanderpaul, RR, WW Hinds, DJ Bravo, KA Pollard, DJG Sammy, Benn SJ, R Rampaul, JE Taylor