Sri Lanka, West Indies post emphatic wins in World Cup warm-ups

Mumbai, February 12, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

Sri Lanka notched up a massive 156 run win over minnows Netherlands in a World Cup warm-up game at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo on Saturday. Set 352 for victory, the Dutch were never in the hunt and folded up for 195 in 47.3 overs.

Dilhara Fernando was the most successful Sri Lankan bowler finishing with figures of four for 43 from nine overs.

Earlier, Sri Lanka batting first after captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss, punished the Netherlands bowlers to rack up a massive score of 351 for 5 in fifty overs. Tillakaratne led the way with a fluent 78 and he was well supported by Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva and Chamara Kapugedera, all of whom struck strokeful half-centuries.

In another World Cup warm-up match at the R Premadasa Stadium, seamers Andre Russell and Kemar Roach shared seven wickets between them as West Indies scripted a 61 run victory over Kenya.

Russell took four for 43 while Roach grabbed three for 23 as Kenya messed up the good work of Seren Waters (43) and Collins Obuyu (68) and lost their last seven wickets for just 40 runs to be all out for 192 in 45.3 overs.

Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan struck a superb century to help West Indies post a score of 253 for 8 off its allotted fifty overs. Sarwan held the innings together after West Indies were asked to bat first by Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande and was the last man out in the final over for 123, coming off 125 balls, studded with eleven fours and five sixes. He was associated in a 94 run fifth wicket partnership with Dwayne Bravo who belted an enterprising 54.

Brief Scores: West Indies 253 for 8 in 50 overs (Ramnaresh Sarwan 123, Dwayne Bravo 54, Thomas Odoyo 3 for 34) bt Kenya 192 in 45.3 overs (Seren Waters 43, Collins Obuya 68, Andre Russell 4 for 43, Kemar Roach 3 for 23) by 61 runs.

Sri Lanka 351 for 5 in 50 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 78, Thilan Samaraweera 60, Chamara Silva 54, Chamara Kapugedera 50, Mudassar Bukhari 2 for 52) bt Netherlands 195 in 47.3 overs (Tom de Grooth 76, Bas Zuiderent 38, Dilhara Fernando four for 43) by 156 runs.

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