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Aug 23, 2014
Sri Lanka were 81 for the loss of four wickets, at the end of 18 overs in the first One-Day International at Hambantota. Mahela Jayawardene was batting on 13, and Angelo Mathews was batting on six.
Mohammad Irfan was bowling well, and generated good bounce from the pitch. He took the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal, as he pulled one straight into the hands of Wahab Riaz.
Upul Tharanga nicked one straight into the hands of Umar Akmal. Kumar Sangakkara was looking in good touch, and dispatched two boundaries in the tenth over bowled by Junaid Khan. But, he too couldn’t convert the start into a big score and fell after scoring 25. Earlier, rain had halted play considerably, reducing the match to 45 overs.
Both teams will look to strike the right team balance ahead of ICC World Cup 2015.
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