Sri Lanka Smashes Scotland

Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 148 runs at Bellerine Oval, Hobart in an ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A clash to return to second spot in the group.  Lahiru Thirimanne lost his wicket for just 4 with the Sri Lankans 21/1 after 5.3 overs.  Tillakaratne Dilshan was joined by Kumar Sangakkara and the pair built up a solid partnership befitting of their good form.

Dilshan brought up his century off 97 balls, and his partner brought up his fourth hundred in a row, an ODI record, as both were dominating the Scottish attack.  The opener was eventually caught at mid-off as the 195-run partnership came to an end.  The 38-year old’s 104 included 10 fours and a six in a 99-ball stay at the crease.

Mahela Jayawardene did not last long as he was caught at mid-off for 2 before Sangakkara departed for 124, caught behind by Matthew Cross off Josh Davey.  Sangakkara hit 13 fours and four sixes in his 95-ball innings.  Angelo Mathews blasted a quick-fire 50 off 21 balls and smashed four sixes in a row before he was caught on the boundary by Freddie Coleman.  The Sri Lankan innings finished on 369/9 after 50 overs.

Scotland were unlikely to threaten the imposing target and Lasith Malinga removed Kyle Coetzer for a duck in the first over to compound the British side’s problems.  Nuwan Kulasekara removed Calum McLeod for 11 leaving the Scots 26/2 after 7.3 overs.  Dilshan picked up the wicket of Matt Machan for 19 before captain Preston Mommsen and Coleman put together a solid 118-run stand.

Thisara Perera broke the shackles when he removed Mommsen for 60 off 75 balls.  A well-played 70 off 74 balls by Coleman was the highlight was ended by Kulasekara and from 189/5 after 36 overs it was all downhill for the Scottish batsmen.  Scotland continued to lose wickets and despite South African-born Richie Berrington’s cameo 29 off 22 balls it was never going to be enough as they were bowled out for 215 with 8 overs to spare.