The result: A wicket with his first delivery. And it was Pooran, the century-maker, chasing a wider ball and getting caught behind. Effectively, it was game over. "I mean, we knew that we had to make up two overs, we couldn't just bowl the spinners toward the end when Pooran was batting beautifully," Mathew said, "so I said to the captain, 'Look, I have a bit of experience, so I'll just try bowling the two overs.'"
He was delighted to pick up the wicket. "Pooran was the man that we needed to get and, you know, quite fortunate to get him in the first ball before he clobbered me for a few sixes," Mathews said. "It was fortunate for us, you know, to get him at the right time."
Mathews has played 210 ODIs and despite starting off in 2008 as an allrounder, he has been forced to focus on batting because of injuries. He bowled only in eight ODIs in 2017, and only got three wickets. On Monday, he finished with 1-6 in two overs. Job done. He doesn't expect to bowl again at the World Cup.
It was a day late and counted for little in the context of the Cricket World Cup, but there was no lack of tension as Sri Lanka fended off the West Indies by 23 runs.
Avishka Fernando scored 104 from 103 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 338-6, its highest total of the tournament, and Lasith Malinga took two early wickets to stymie the start of the run chase before adding another one late to all but finish it off.
West Indies, with some star power support from Rihanna on a blustery, slightly overcast day — no need for shade, or shelter from the rain — made a chase of it but ran out of time and finished 315-9.
Rihanna's reaction when Chris Gayle got out — head back in disbelief — summed up the overall feeling of game over at 71-3.
But when Nicholas Pooran (108) and Fabian Allen (51) combined in an 83-run, seventh-wicket stand, the superstar singer from Barbados was back on her feet along with the crowd.
Allen joined Pooran with the total at 199-6 and scored his first ODI 50 from 30 balls, including a six and seven boundaries, before he became the third West Indian run out in the innings. He glanced to leg, decided against a run but then went when Pooran — on 99 — was midway down the pitch. He was well short of his ground at the non-striker's end.
That left the West Indies 282-7 with 35 balls remaining.
Pooran posted his first ODI century, was dropped at long-off in the next over but was finally out caught behind when he chased Angelo Mathew's first delivery of the match in the 48th over.
Malinga trapped Oshane Thomas lbw in the penultimate over, getting the decision on review, and joined Wasim Akram at No. 3 on the all-time list of World Cup wicket-takers by lifting his career haul to 55.
The West Indies are in trouble at 126-4 after 25 overs chasing 339 to beat Sri Lanka. Jason Holder was on 23 and Nicholas Pooran was on 16, and not even the high-profile support of Rihanna was doing the West Indies a lot of good.
Avishka Fernando scored 104 as the Sri Lankans posted 338-6 after being sent in to bat. Lasith Malinga took two early wickets to have the West Indies struggling at 22-2 in the fifth over in reply.
Malinga picked up his 53rd and 54th career World Cup wickets when he had Sunil Ambris (5) caught behind and Shai Hope (5) dragging a slower ball onto his stumps.
Chris Gayle gave a tough chance in the seventh over when he dug out a Malinga yorker but was dropped, and Shimrom Hetmyer survived a chance four balls later when he chased a wider ball and edged to slip, where Kusal Mendis put down a regulation catch.
But neither batsmen went on to a big score. Gayle drove Kasun Rajitha for six over long-on to reach 35 and tried to repeat the next shot, only to sky a catch to Jeffrey Vandersay.
Hetmyer scored 29 from 37 balls before a mix up led to him being run out by a direct hit from backward point as West Indies slumped to 84-4 in the 18th over.
Avishka Fernando's first one-day international century helped Sri Lanka post its biggest total of the World Cup so far and set West Indies a daunting 339 to win their group game at Durham.
The 21-year-old right-hander scored 104 from 103 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 338-6 after being sent in to bat when West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss. No team has chased more than 322 to win a game in this World Cup.
Sri Lanka was playing without pressure for the first time after its playoff hopes were ended late Sunday when England beat India at Edgbaston. That result removed even the mathematical possibility of Sri Lanka reaching the semifinals. West Indies was already out of contention after losing four in a row after its promising start to the tournament.
Fernando went in after a 93-run opening stand between Kusal Perera (64) and Dimuth Karunaratne (32) that ended in the 16th over when Karunaratne got a thin edge off rival skipper Holder and was caught behind.
He continued to steadily build the innings in partnerships of 85 with Kusal Mendis (39) who was spectacularly caught-and-bowled by Fabian Allen, 58 with Angelo Mathews (26) and 67 with Lahiru Thirimanne (45 not out) until he was caught off Sheldon Cottrell's bowling in the 48th over.
Holder, who bowled Mathews in the 40th over, returned 2-59.
David Warner has faced plenty of deliveries during the World Cup but none was more important than the one on Sunday night, when his third daughter Isla Rose was born.
The Australian opening batter has scored more runs than anyone so far at the World Cup (516) and has the highest score to date (166).
He took to social media to announce his wife, Candice, had their third baby girl at 10:30 p.m. Sunday in England.
"Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon," Warner said.
Australia has already qualified for the semifinals. Warner's team beat New Zealand at Lord's on the weekend and plays its last group game against South Africa at Manchester on Saturday.
India allrounder Vijay Shankar is out of the Cricket World Cup after fracturing the big toe on his left foot while facing teammate Jasprit Bumrah in a practice session on June 19. Shankar played two subsequent games but missed the 31-run defeat to England on Sunday, when he was replaced by batsman Rishabh Pant.
The 28-year-old Shankar has a useful 31.85 ODI average from eight innings. He made three appearances at this World Cup, scoring 58 runs and taking two wickets with medium pace.
India, which earlier in the tournament lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to injury, has called up 28-year-old Mayank Agarwal as Shankar's replacement.
Agarwal, a top-order batsman, has played two tests for India but no ODIs.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India says Shankar's injury will take three weeks to heal.
Bumrah is the top-ranked bowler in one-day international cricket and has one of the best yorkers in the game.
Sri Lanka made a confident start after being sent in to bat by West Indies, reaching 146-2 halfway through its allotted 50 overs.
Kusal Perera dominated the opening stand of 93, which ended in the 16th over when Dimuth Karunaratne got a thin edge off rival skipper Jason Holder and was caught behind for 32.
Holder hit Avishka Fernando on the pads three balls later and referred a not-out decision to the TV umpire, but lost the West Indies' review when replay technology showed the ball was going down leg side.
Perera reached his third half-century of the tournament from 38 balls but was out for 64, run out at the non-striker's end in the 18th over when he was sent back after turning for a second run.
Kusal Mendis was on 15 and Fernando was on 25 at the 25-over mark.
Neither of these teams can reach the semifinals.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat in a World Cup group game involving two teams that are already out of contention for the semifinals.
Holder said his team has "still go to play that perfect game" after the unfulfilled promise from earlier in the tournament.
The West Indies made one change to the team that lost to India last week, with Kemar Roach ruled out because of illness and replaced by Shannon Gabriel.
Sri Lanka was in contention right up until Sunday evening, when England beat India to end the playoff chances of Dimuth Karunaratne's team.
The Sri Lankans had an upset win over England in Leeds to get their campaign on track but a subsequent loss to South Africa here at Chester-le-Street last Friday meant its semifinal prospects relied on other results.
Sri Lanka made three changes to the lineup that lost to South Africa, with Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal replaced by Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Thirimanne.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel.
Sri Lanka and West Indies meet in a Cricket World Cup group game on Monday that will have no bearing on the playoffs but has plenty of pride at stake for each team.
Sri Lanka was still in semifinal contention until Sunday evening, when England's victory over previously unbeaten India ended the chances of Dimuth Karunaratne's squad making it to the last four. It was a payback of sorts from the tournament hosts, after Sri Lanka's upset win over England at Leeds had opened up the competition.
The West Indies slipped out of contention last week following a fourth consecutive defeat, but coach Floyd Reifer said the future starts with the game against Sri Lanka.
Reifer said his team had plenty to play for and would be up for the game at Durham's county ground at Chester-le-Street.
Veteran opener Chris Gayle starts the game, his 294th ODI, needing 53 runs to pass Brian Lara's mark of 10,348 as the most prolific scorer for West Indies in one-day international cricket.
Sri Lanka has won the last three meetings between the two countries at World Cups, and five of its last six ODIs against West Indies.
The forecast is for a mild, overcast day.
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