Friday 16 May 2014 

Sri Lankans Hammer Kent

Dinesh Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal hits out towards the end of Sri Lanka's innings
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Handshakes following Sri Lanka's convincing win over Kent
Handshakes following Sri Lanka's convincing win over Kent
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Sri Lankans 301-7 (Mathews 51) beat
Kent 173 (Blake 60, Lakmal 3-16) by 128 runs
One-day tour game, Canterbury

An almost full-strength Sri Lankan side thrashed Kent by 128 runs in the second of their three limited overs tour games in the south of England.

Missing only Lasith Malinga from what many would select as their first-choice team, they scored 301 for seven and then dismissed Kent for 173 in reply.

Although captain Angelo Mathews was the only player to reach a half-century, scoring 51, enough of his team-mates made valuable contributions - and quickfire ones too - that they passed the 300-run mark.

Then, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis all took three wickets as only Alex Blake (60) mounted much resistance for the hosts, who were bowled out in just 36.3 overs.

After winning the toss and choosing to field first, Kent made an early breakthrough when Robbie Joseph had Kushal Perera caught by Blake for one.

However, thereafter Sri Lanka strung together useful partnerships, the most weighty of them coming between Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne (49), who put on 84 together for the fourth wicket.

Mathews hit five fours and two sixes and Thirimanne  single four in 73 balls but after those two, as well as, Tillakaratne Dilshan (35), Mahela Jayawardene (30) and Kumar Sangakkara (33) had set the platform, the lower order broke the shackles.

Dinesh Chandimal thumped an unbeaten 47 in 31 balls and Thisara Perera hit 29 in 22 balls as Kent's bowlers suffered at the death.

Joseph picked up figures of four for 58 while Adam Ball, James Tredwell and debutant Charlie Hartley took a wicket apiece.

Lakmal then struck twice earlyin Kent's reply, dismissing Daniel Bell-Drummond caught behind for nought and Fabian Cowdrey bowled for four.

Captain Sam Northeast (26) and Blake added 35 for the third wicket as they tried to mount a revival only for another double blow to knock Kent back.

Thisara Perera dismissed Northeast and Ben Harmison (1) to reduce Kent to 59 for four.

Blake and wicket-keeper Sam Billings joined forces to progress the score to 127 before Billings was caught behind off Perera and soon after Blake was gone, caught by Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara, having faced 65 balls and hit seven fours.

Ball struck 26 in 36 balls but Sri Lanka were in no mood to hang around, and swiftly dispensed with the Kent lower order to complete a resounding win.

Lakmal emerged with three for 16, Perera three for 33, Mendis three for 55 with the wickets of Ball, Tredwell (8) and Hartley (5) and Kulasekara one for 11.

Sri Lanka's final tour game is a Twenty20 game against Sussex on 18th May before they head for the Kia Oval to play England in the one-off T20 International.

© Cricket World 2014

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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