West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets

West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets

West Indies 236 for 2 (Hope 110, Lewis 65) beat Sri Lanka 232 (Gunathilaka 55, Karunaratne 53, Bandara 50, Holder 2-39) by eight wickets

A brilliant century from Shai Hope - his tenth in ODI cricket - led West Indies to a crushing eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Antigua.

Set 233 to win, West Indies knocked off the runs with three overs to spare.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard: "They were 100 without loss and we were looking at a chase of 300. We thought we needed to up the intensity in the field. They lost a couple of wickets and it started the slide. For us in white-ball cricket Hope is the guy. He's been given a role and he gives us the foundation and others can bat around him. In one-day cricket he's been fantastic. We still had a couple of fumbles and weren't perfect. The guys are up for the fight."

SL captain Dimuth Karunaratne: "We got a nice start but but we lost a couple of wickets. In the end we were short of 30-40 runs. If me and Danushka could have batted longer it would have been a different story. 230 is not a good score on these wickets. They could just get singles and rotate the strike. Shai got a start and he batted well. We kept losing wickets in our innings."

Shai Hope is player of the match: "I just had patience and trusted my ability. I made sure I negated the threat that they threw at as. Hasaranga was the main threat and I think we played him very well. He didn't get any wickets. It feels great to hit a century. Being away from the game for so long when playing is all you know - it's just great to be back."