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Herath and Sangakkara star in Sri Lanka win

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 15, 2011

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Sri Lanka 282 for 6 (Sangakkara 71, Benn 3-40) beat West Indies 281 (Gayle 58, Malinga 3-33) by four wickets

Chris Gayle misses one and is bowled, Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup warm-up match, Colombo, February 15, 2011
Chris Gayle was on fire before he was bowled by Muttiah Muralitharan © Manoj Ridimahaliyadda
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Sri Lanka's batsmen made light work of a tricky chase to give their side a four-wicket win in their World Cup warm-up game against West Indies in Colombo.

West Indies had scrapped to 281 on the back of half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo, but Sri Lanka's batsmen were never rushed as Tillakaratne Dilshan, captain Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera all made half-centuries to guide their team to victory.

Co-hosts Sri Lanka are one of the favourites for the World Cup and are looking to repeat the heroics of 1996 when - as a team of outsiders - they went on to win the trophy. Their victory on Tuesday was built on Lasith Malinga's three wickets and three key scalps for left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

Malinga struck in the first over, removing Devon Smith. The opening position alongside Gayle is already a problem for West Indies, who have also used Adrian Barath in the position. The early wicket brought Darren Bravo to the crease and he combined with Gayle to give West Indies their most productive passage of the match. The pair rushed to 88 by the 12th over, with Gayle cracking eights fours and a six, before he fell to Muttiah Muralitharan for 58 from 38 deliveries.

It was Muralitharan's only wicket of the innings but was probably the most important to fall. Darren Bravo then found useful support from Ramnaresh Sarwan, who is showing good signs of form on his return to the side, but Herath struck twice in two overs to remove both. Some breezy lower-order batting from Darren Sammy (21), Carlton Baugh (29) and Andre Russell (19*) lifted the total to 281.

"We should have scored more runs than we did, because we were well placed after 15 overs and then got some key wickets when they chased," Sammy said. "But we didn't finish it off, that's what we should do when we play the main tournament."

What should have been a competitive total was made easy with Upul Tharanga and Dilshan getting Sri Lanka off to a bright start. Dilshan was typically flamboyant, striking three sixes and five fours in his 50-ball 62. With Kemar Roach rested, West Indies' pacemen suffered - Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo both coming in for fearful punishment. The spinners fared much better with Sulieman Benn taking the first of three wickets when he had Tharanga out.

It brought Sangakkara to the crease and he silkily worked his way to 71 from 89 balls, hitting just four boundaries to lay the foundations for the chase. After he fell Samaraweera took the responsibility and rotated the strike skilfully to make 55 at almost a run a ball before some late-order biffing from Chamara Kapugedera saw Sri Lanka over the line.

"It's good to have won both the warm-up matches," Sangakkara said after the match. "I think there is still a lot of work to be done, mainly the first 15 overs. I think we should have chased it down with one or two wickets less than we did, but I think mentally we are slightly better chasing under lights now probably than a few years ago."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 18, 2011, 2:09 GMT)

we can win the world cup

Posted by Abhimanyu on (February 17, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

Good show by Sri Lanka. They look ready to launch a serious bid for the World Cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 17, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

teh feature of this World cup is such that Every major team know that even Three wins against the minows will be enough to quallify them for the Qf and fro their on 3 straqight wins for the title contention unless the Previous edition where one or two loss in the earlier stages left the sides almost out of the tournament

Posted by ramu on (February 17, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

I just dont like Sri Lanku team and I dont want dem to go far. I prefer WI or Bangla or even Ireland.


Posted by Dummy4 on (February 17, 2011, 12:03 GMT)

The West Indies are in a deep hole with the injuries to Barath and Baugh. This is a further setback to a team already saddled with a non-performing captain and an experienced failure for an opener in Devon Smith. With the possibility of a pair of "green horns" as replacements for the injured, God help this team! Once again, devine intervention and our most consistent batsman "Rain A. Plenty" will have to help.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 17, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

cricket is a unpredictable game so i wish u all the best for all of the cricket playing nations for this WC ( specially sri lankan players) ..... all the best mates!

Posted by antidarwin on (February 17, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

Carl hooper call to AntiDarWIN continuation : he aslo said that he needs to redeem the disaster of 1996 world cup semifinal disaster inflicted on Westindies in the Semi final vs austrailia's micheal beaven and shane warne and he said that marlon and him predicts a semi final btw westindies and Sirilanka , this would be in favour of lankans and said he dreamt angela methews and murali doing same magic and winning close game and that marlon has mentallly been trained by him to win that match in future.

Now i wont be surprised cause sirilanka inflicted pain to westindies in recent t20 world cup as well in semi finals and they are loosing almost all games to sirilanka, i will once again urge the westindian selectors bring back marlon Samuels as he is prepared for this event and will take windies to glory, this is westindies world cup win if marlon plays, carl hooper will be proud.

Posted by antidarwin on (February 17, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

@thelight, your friend Ravi Rampaul ended up with figures of 56 runs and 1 maiden, but the wicket column is empty, what a wonder ful performance i dont expect miracles from little russel as he is new, but rampaul if he would get dilshan out early windies had chance but nooooooo, it has to be the Westindian spear head the new malcom marshall Kemar Roach, plus it would be better to take nikita mller then this Ravi Rampaul, the light this is sirilankan conditions and in india you will notice the spanking Mr. Ravi Rampaul receives i have said many times he and kieron Pollard shouldnt be any where near this Westindies Team. Car Hooper called me and he said that Marlon wants to avenge his inner demons that led him to match fixing in india and he wants to join the world Cup squad and is desperate, he also said he has trained his mentee Marlon Samuels with his spin bowling lending him his experience of 1996 world cup, I urge the selectors listen to Carl Hooper's advice he would be proud.

Posted by saumitra on (February 17, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

i have severe doubts over the SL bowling, why at the first place did a mediocre WI batting was able to score 280+ ?, even ireland was able to score close to 200 against SL, malinga and murli have done nothing yet that the SL supporters have been bragging about

Posted by PATRICK on (February 16, 2011, 23:33 GMT)

I think WI need to look at the Asian subcontinent teams and their winning formulae - They are using their home advantage. They play 3 spinners, albeit 1 is an allrounder/ batsman. So Benn and Miller should both play and Gayle bowl 10 overs. The quicks need to be able to take wickets with the new ball.This is their main function. Clearly Rampaul has not demonstrated this capability and should be out - Roach and Russell/Bravo in. We are stuck with Sammy so unfortunately, I cannot see Pollard getting a game. There is also no point suggesting anyone else who is not there already, unless someone gets injured before the start.

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