Sri Lanka A v West Indies A, Colombo July 19, 2005

Arnold seals victory for Sri Lanka A

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Sri Lanka A 227 all out (RP Arnold 69*) beat West Indies A 155 (Fernando 2-16) by 72 runs

Russell Arnold struck a fluent 69, from 64 balls, to take Sri Lanka A to an easy victory over West Indies A in the fifth one-day match in Colombo. Sri Lanka's score of 227 proved too much for West Indies, who were bowled for 155 with nearly seven overs to spare.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Upul Tharanga and Arnold put together a crucial partnership of 62 for Sri Lanka, at a time when they were 20 for 2. Dave Mohammed, with his left-arm chinaman deliveries, was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, taking four for 23 from 8.4 economical overs.

West Indies' innings never recovered from the loss of Lendl Simmons, bowled by Nuwan Zoysa, with the fifth ball of their innings. Despite a brutal lower order assault by Dave Mohammed, who cracked six sixes and a four in his 43, Sri Lanka's bowlers were too strong: Dilhara Fernando impressing with two for 16 from seven overs.