SL surge to 351/5 in WC warm-up vs Dutch

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Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 13:08 [IST]
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SL surge to 351/5 in WC warm-up vs Dutch

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. Kapudeara reached his half-century off 41 balls, before Kulasekara finished of the innings with a six to take Lanka 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 Loots finished with 0/83 from his 9 overs, Bukhari, with 2/52 in 10 and Seelaar, 1/44 in 10 as as well.

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