Windies lose to SL in warm-up
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka gave a very strong account of itself when it took on West Indies, in a warm-up game at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground in in the capital city on Thursday.
The hosts ran away winners by nine wickets after a superb all-round show in the first official warm-up of the International Cricket Council’s World T20 tournament.
West Indies, after being put into bat, totalled 132 for six from its 20 overs, with Chris Gayle sitting out. Lendl Simmons (2) and Dwayne Smith (5) fell early, and the bulk of the scoring was done by Johnson Charles (30), Darren Bravo (29) and Kieron Pollard (28 not out).
Sri Lanka tried as many as seven bowlers to complete its overs. Nuwan Kulasekara (2-35) was the most successful of the lot, while Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews picked one wicket apiece and the Sri Lankan fielders effected two run outs.
A total of 133 at a rate of over 6.5 per over was never going to be a big target for the Sri Lankan batsmen on a pitch that offered little assitance for the Windies bowling attack. The homeside batsmen chased down the total without much fanfare in front a crowd of over 3,000 fans at the small club groud.
Dilshan Munaweera (24) was the only batsman to be dismissed - caught at midwicket by Samuels Badree as he tried hook ravi Rampaul.
Tillakaratne Dilshan slammed an unbeaten 38-ball 50 and Mahela Jayawardena, the captain, scored an unbeaten 57 from 35 balls to take Sri Lanka home. Rampaul was the only successful West Indian bowler.