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SL v Netherlands, World Cup warm-up match, Colombo

All-round Sri Lanka thump Netherlands

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 12, 2011

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Sri Lanka 351 for 5 (Dilshan 78, Samaraweera 60) beat Netherlands 195 (de Grooth 76, Fernando 4-43) by 156 runs

Dilhara Fernando picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka's win, Sri Lanka v Netherlands World Cup warm-up match, Colombo, February 12, 2011
Dilhara Fernando picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka bowled Netherlands out for 195 © AFP
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It was a perfect day for Sri Lanka at the SSC in Colombo, as none of their senior players had to strain while the younger batsmen and back-up bowlers got some handy runs and wickets under their belts. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka amassed 351 without requiring either captain Kumar Sangakkara or vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene to have a bat.

The opening combination of Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan showed what they are capable of with a 117-run stand. The two have five century partnerships in ODIs and average 51.20 as an opening pair. The brisk start allowed Sri Lanka to experiment with their batting line-up. Thilan Samaraweera was pushed up to No. 3 with Angleo Mathews, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera and even Nuwan Kulasekara batting ahead of Sangakkara and Jayawardene.

Dilshan led the way, his 78 coming at a run a ball, with 12 boundaries, including some typically unorthodox shots. Samaraweera, who is often accused of batting too slowly to be successful in ODIs, got his 60 in just 59 balls, a fair clip faster than his career strike-rate of 68.67. Silva and Kapugedera both got quick half-centuries; something that will please Sri Lanka as the inexperience in their middle order has been a bit of a worry.

The Sri Lankan innings was paced perfectly, with the batsmen making maximum use of the batting Powerplay, smashing 61 runs between the 44th and 48th over.

From Netherlands' point of view, only a couple of their bowlers managed to come out of the onslaught with respectable figures. Seamer Mudassar Bukhari took 2 for 52 in his 10 overs, while left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar was the most economical of the bowlers, going at 4.40 in his 10 overs.

Sri Lanka's back-up bowlers had recently done the job for them in the third ODI of the home series against West Indies and continued their form in the warm-up match. Dilhara Fernando took 4 for 43, while Rangana Herath picked up a couple of wickets.

The one positive Netherlands will take out of the game was the form of Tom de Grooth, who scored 76. Their top order didn't contribute much, with their star player Ryan ten Doeschate falling to Thisara Perera for one.

De Grooth's knock ensured Sri Lanka were at least given a full-day's work-out, as Netherlands lasted till the 48th over in their chase.


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Posted by nalin on (February 14, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

I FEEL THAT THE MOST BALANCED TEAM SRI LANKA CAN FIELD IS- BATSMEN 1-5 DILSHAN, THARANGA,SANGA,MAHELA,SAMARAWEERA; ALLROUNDERS 6-8- KAPUGEDERA,MATHEWS,PERERA BOWLERS MALINGA,MURALI,MENDIS OR HERATH. The players 6-8 can provide the fireworks and add to the batting depth, Perera is as good as any paceman to open bowling and Mathews is also a useful bowler.There are a few useful part time bowlers as well.

Posted by Tharindu on (February 14, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

@first_slip - Mate, I don't think it's fair to rank Dilhara ahead of Kulasekera. I agree that Dilhara COULD HAVE BEEN a better bowler ahead of Kula, IF HE HAD used all his special features like Tallness, great slower ball, speed etc effectively. But instead what he DID was just bowling no balls consistently! Hope and wish he will not do the same mistake again in the future...Kulasekera, though he is not much taller, fast etc, but bowls in a consistent line & length, which is the most important thing in limited overs matches. Most importantly, he is a consistent performer...Anyway, let's together cheer for the success of our team !

Posted by Rohit on (February 14, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

I would love to see more teams in the T20 World cup. An upset here and there is so thrilling. Teams like Netherlands, Namibia, Afghanistan, Uganda, Denmark, Canada, UAE, Argentina, US, Botswana, Scotland. I guess ICC should mull a rankings of all Associate and Affiliate nations playing cricket. A 5-group 20 teams World Cup would be great. Would be heartening to see Netherlands, Kenya, Canada beat or at least scares the big boys in this WC!! btw. Best of Luck to Srilanka. They can do an encore of 1996 albeit sans Jayasuriya. They should be in the Semi Finals surely !!

Posted by Prbath on (February 14, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

@sadSajith, gimmi a break mate, Shaun Pollock and Glen mcgrath never bowled 140+, then all i can say is you obviously new comer to viewing cricket, both those guys where very very quick when they start their careers, they lost their pace latter part off their careers which is normal to any fast bowler, but except few like lee, akthar, and even Dilhara,yes Kulasekara good bowler but not as portent as Dilahra or Thisara perea for that matter,

@just_chill_chill, what can i say dude,this is all about jealousy, but wait and see till your over hyped team going to get trash out off the WC, u know that that's why u r so jealous about sri lanka,

Posted by Cool on (February 13, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

We all know that SL batsmen can only score runs against weak teams and that too on flat pitches. Against strong teams like Ind, Aus, SA they will struggle to put bat to ball. SL will be knocked out in first round. GUARANTEED.

Posted by Sajitha on (February 13, 2011, 15:01 GMT)

@first_slip people made mockery off Dilhara's Bowling when he was bowling very poorly.If he bowl well enough people will applaud him.But problem is his consistency never was their.I don't understand why you rated him ahead of Kulasekara.Kulasekara is one of the best bowlers of the world.Lol, it doesn't take 150kmph to make a good bowler.Chaminda Vaas,Glenn Macgrath,Shoun Pollock never bowled faster than 140kmph but they were the best bowlers ever lived.Anyway, people will never applaud him or make mockery of him because he is Dilhara.They will decide it on his performance.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 13, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

too bad Real World cup venues are not sill yet ready .. blame the government

Posted by Prbath on (February 13, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

Where are those so called genius guys made the mockery off Dilhara's Bowling? he has proven his worth time and time again, but the srilanken staff simply doesnt give him consistent run, he is far far better that kulasekara, Dilhara got pace and knack off picking up valuable wickets, more improtently bowled at 150 click without beaking a sweat, which is crucial

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 13, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Our boys are done well, Sanga is a great player & great leader hopefully he will lead our team to win another world cup for us god bless to our team, (reminder: this match each team played 14 players side, 7 batsmen & 7 Bowlers.)

Posted by Prbath on (February 13, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Where are those so called genius guys made the mockery off Dilhara's Bowling? he has proven his worth time and time again, but the srilanken staff simply doesnt give him consistent run, he is far far better that kulasekara, Dilhara got pace and knack off picking up valuable wickets, more improtently bowled at 150 click without beaking a sweat, which is crucial

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