All-rounder Fabian Allen sealed victory for West Indies in spectacular fashion — with three magnificent sixes in the penultimate over of the third and final CG Insurance Twenty20 International on Sunday night at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
West Indies won the first Twenty20 at the same venue with Captain Kieron Pollard hitting six sixes in an international cricket in one over off seam bowler Akila Dananyagya. West Indies made 134-6 off 12 overs. Sri Lanka scored 131 for nine. West Indies won the match by four wickets.
In the second Twenty20, the West Indies batsmen struggled to come to terms with the Sri Lankan spinners from the start of the chase of 160, which Sri Lanka made after opting to bat first. From the start of the chase, wickets kept tumbling as West Indies slipped to 66 for six and ended being bowled out for 117.
In the final match, Allen made 21 not out off six balls and Jason Holder provided calm support at the other end to finish unbeaten on 14.
West Indies made 134-7 off 19 overs with the regional team still requiring 20 runs from the last 12 balls with three wickets in hand.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Sri Lanka’s opening batsmen Dhanuska Gunathilleke (nine) and Pathum Nissanka (five) started slowly against the spin of Fabian Allen.
Sri Lanka made 131 for four. When the West Indies team began its chase, their top order batsmen again fell to the Sri Lankan spin attack and lost seven wickets for 111 runs. But Allen changed the fortunes of the game when he smashed 22 runs off six balls to ensure victory for the West Indies.