SL rout Dutch by 156 in WC warm-up

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Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 17:43 [IST]
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SL rout Dutch by 156 in WC warm-up

After Sri Lanka clobbered the Dutch bowling to reach 351/5 in their 50 overs with Dilshan, Samaraweear, Kapugedera and Silva all making half centuries, they made light work of bundling out the visitors for 195 in 47.3 overs as Dilhara Fernando took 4/43 in his 10 overs.

Sri Lanka was on top of the Dutch batsmen right away. In the 3rd over, Lasith Malinga got Wesley Barresi caught behind for 2 with 8 runs on the board. The fast bowlers continued to strike with Thisara Perera dismissing Tom Cooper and Ryan Ten Doeschate in quick succession and Dilhara Fernando taking care of the surviving opener Alexia Kervezee for 17, as the Netherlands slumped to 37/4 in 11.3 overs.

Then defying the odds, Bas Zuiderent and Tom de Grooth put on a gritty 80 runs for the fifth wicket, before the former was foxed by the spin of Rangana Herath for 38 off 65 balls. De Grooth pressed on and after Eric Szwarczynski was out for a duck to Fernando, he put on an additional 62 runs with Atse Buurman.

But once the latter went for 25 off 32 balls, de Grooth followed suit for 76 off 96 and the end came swiftly with the spinners wrapping up the match. The Netherlands were all out for 195 in 47.3 overs.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a blistering start, as was expected against a minnows side such as the Dutch. Openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakarante Dilshan accorded some respect to the tight line of Dutch fast bowler Mudassar Bukhari, but went after Adeel Raja and Bernard Loots from early on, cutting and pulling them with ease. So much so, the Lankans raced to 100 in the 14th over.

After notching up an opening stand of 117, Tharanga departed for 47 off 54 balls when he was caught behind off the slow left armer Pieter Seelaar in the 18th over. Then Thilan Samaraweera joined forces with Dilshan to keep the momentum going.

The two took Lanka past 150 in the 23rd over, before Dilshan was caught by Eric Szwarczynski off Raja for 78 off 78 balls. Soon after Lanka crossed 200, Samaraweera retired out for 60 off 59 balls, perhaps with a view of giving the other batsmen a chance.

One of the Netherlands's more economical bowlers in the match, Bukhari, had Angelo Mathews caught behind for 21 with the total still at 227, and with 82 balls remaining in the innings. Then the two Chamaras - Silva and Kapugedera stepped on the gas big time, taking Lanka past 300 in the 45th over.

Soon after, Silva notched up his 50 off just 31 balls before he was bowled by Bukhari for 54. At that point, Sri Lanka were 321/5 in 46.5 balls. Kpudeara reached his half-century off 41 balls, before Kulasekara finished of teh innings with a six to take Lankan to 351/5.

Most of the 7 bowlers used, came in for a pasting. Off-break Tom Cooper was the most expensive bowler going for 22 runs off 2 overs, while Bernard Loots finished with 0/83 from his 9 overs, Bukhari with 2/52 in 10 and Pieter Seelaar, 1/44 in 10 as as well.

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