WC 2003 - Atapattu~~s masterly ton leaves SA with a difficult task

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban: Marvan Atapattu struck a brilliant century to power Sri Lanka to a challenging 268 for nine in a World Cup group B league match on Monday, leaving South Africa with a difficult task under lights to qualify for the Super Six.Atapattu struck a solid 124 and put on 152 runs for the fourth wicket with veteran Aravinda de Silva before Sri Lanka slipped a bit in the final overs losing a number of wickets that halted its progress.Except these two batsmen, none of the other Sri Lankans contributed anything substantial to the score after captain Sanath Jayasuriya had won the toss and elected to bat first.Both the teams are in a must-win situation to qualify for the next round though Sri Lanka can sneak in even in the event of a loss provided it has a better net run rate than New Zealand who defeated Canada by five wickets with 27 overs to spare in another group B match at Benoni. PTI


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