Sri Lankan Openers Blitz Sussex
Sri Lankans 128-0 (Dilshan 73no) beat
Sussex 126-7 (Machan 63) by 10 wickets
Twenty20 tour game, Hove
Sri Lanka completed preparations for their upcoming limited overs series against England by handing Sussex a 10-wicket thrashing in a T20 clash in Hove.
Swift half-centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kithruwan Vithanage made light work of overhauling Sussex's score of 126 for seven.
Dilshan reached 50 in 18 balls and went on to stroke 73 in 31 while Vithanage made 52 in 24 balls as the tourists needed just 9.1 overs to finish off the game.
That came after Sussex, with the exception of Matt Machan (63 in 45 balls) struggled during their innings and finished well short of a competitive score.
In his first match since arriving from the Indian Premer League, Lasith Malinga took two wickets, as did Thisara Perera with Suranga Lakmal and Ajantha Mendis the other wicket-takers.
Ben Brown and Ashar Zaidi both made 14 while Luke Wells and Michael Yardy both made 11 and but for Machan's innings, which included four fours and two sixes, Sussex would have struggled to reach three figures.
Malinga picked up two for 20, Perera two for 13, Lakmal one for 32 and Mendis one for 24 to cap a fine performance in the field from the Sri Lankans.
The bowlers, and indeed the rest of the squad, were then able to sit back and watch Dilshan and Vithanage carve the Sussex bowlers to all parts.
Chris Liddle, the only one of seven bowlers used to bowl three overs, escaped with an economy rate of 10.33 but the others were not so controlled, or fortunate.
As Dilshan hit 16 fours, and Vithanage cracked four fours and five sixes, Steffan Piolet's sole over went for 22, Rory Hamilton-Brown's for 16, Will Beer's for 15 and Wells' only delivery - the last of the game, as it turned out, disappeared to the fence.
It was a chastening day for Sussex. Although they handed a debut to Harry Finch, they still fielded three internationals in Yardy, Jon Lewis and Machan and this was far from an inexperienced side.
Few worries for Sri Lanka though, who have now followed up a defeat to Essex with comprehensive wins in 50 and 20-over games against Kent and Sussex.
Next stop, the Kia Oval, where England await on Tuesday (20th May).
© Cricket World 2014
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