Sunday 18 May 2014 

Sri Lankan Openers Blitz Sussex

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan needed just 18 balls to reach a half-century against Sussex
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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

 
Fixtures & Results

20th May: Twenty20 International, The Oval, London
Sri Lanka 183-7 (T Perera 49) beat
England 174-7 (Hales 66) by nine runs
22nd May: 1st ODI, The Kia Oval, London
England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
25th May: 2nd ODI, EDICG, Chester-le-Street
Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
28th May: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 73-0 (Bell 41no, Cook 30no) beat
Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
31st May: 4th ODI, Lord's, London
Sri Lanka 300-9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71) beat
England 293-8 (Buttler 121) by seven runs
3rd June: 5th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
12th-16th June: 1st Test, Lord's, London
England 575-9 dec. & 267-8 dec. drew with
Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147) & 201-9
20th-24th June: 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
Sri Lanka 257 & 457 (Mathews 160) beat
England 365 & 249 (Moeen Ali 108no) by 100 runs