A regular fall of wickets
meant they were always struggling to keep up with the rate.
Asked to field first they restricted the Tigers to 205 all out but a steady fall of wickets
ended their hopes of a stunning victory over the Lions.
Kamran Akmal boosted the visitors' run-chase with his gutsy innings, but a steady fall of wickets
and some tight fielding from the Black Caps ensured that victory came with more than five overs to spare.
But Gayle (56no)and skipper Brian Lara (28no)both produced solid displays to halt the hosts' fall of wickets
and the West Indies were on their way to building a respectable total.
2 overs) 264, Fall of wickets
1- 60, 2- 66, 3- 66, 4- 119, 5- 131, 6- 156, 7- 193, 8- 257, 9- 264, Bowling: Martin 20- 2- 64- 0, Tuffey 23.
K&D were hindered by a regular fall of wickets
that saw them finish on 102 for nine.
It was O'Brien's younger brother Kevin who played a large part in giving Ireland a low victory target with figures of three for 31 as Scotland's hopes of setting a large score were undermined by the steady fall of wickets
And, despite a steady fall of wickets
, Sri Lanka never really looked in trouble as they chased down the total with exactly the same amount of time - 47 balls - to spare, Dimuth Karunaratne top scoring with 45.
In response, brothers Niall (38) and Kevin O'Brien (37) were the standout performers with the bat but despite staying ahead of the run-rate, a steady fall of wickets
ended their hopes.