Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sangakkara, Malinga Star In World Cup Warm-Up Win

Kumar Sangakkara with the bat and Lasith Malinga with the ball played key roles in Sri Lanka's four-wicket victory over the West Indies in an ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up match in Colombo.

Batting first, the West Indies reached 281 for nine with both Malinga and Rangana Herath taking three wickets and Sri Lanka - tournament co-hosts along with Bangladesh and India - then reached 282 for six in 47.3 overs to complete victory.

Left-hander Sangakkara stroked 71 in 89 balls, hitting three fours and a six, joining forces with Tillakratne Dilshan, who hammered 62 in 50 balls, being particularly brutal on Darren Sammy when he opened the bowling.

Dilshan had added 67 with Upul Tharanga (18) for the first wicket and Sri Lanka's charge was continued by Thilan Samaraweera, who made 55 in 56 balls.

Despite left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn picking up three for 40, Sri Lanka got home with 15 balls to spare, Chamara Kapugedera sealing the win by hitting a quickfire unbeaten 18 in 14 balls.

Earlier, Chris Gayle (58 in 38 balls) and Darren Bravo (54 in 78 balls) hit entertaining half-centuries to set up West Indies' innings - Gayle hitting eight fours and a six.

After Ramnaresh Sarwan made 39, their innings faded somewhat as fast bowler Malinga and left-arm spinner Herath pegged them back while Ajantha Mendis also took two wickets.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (16), Dwayne Bravo (20), Sammy (19) and Carlton Baugh (29) all made starts but were unable to go on and set the Sri Lankans a stiffer target.

Sri Lanka are now 4/1 second favourites to win the World Cup with bet365, while the West Indies are available at 20/1.

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