Cross, Coetzer stun Sri Lanka in practice game

Kyle Coetzer played a 84-ball knock of 118 runs
Kyle Coetzer played a 84-ball knock of 118 runs

Scotland 291-3 (Coetzer 118) beat
Sri Lanka 287 (Chandimal 79) by seven wickets
Practice game in Beckenham

Sri Lanka's preparations for the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament hasn't started in an ideal manner as centuries from Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer helped Scotland chase down 288 comfortably in just 42.5 overs with seven wickets in hand in the warm-up game in Beckenham.

Sri Lanka opted to bat first on winning the toss. Kusal Perera (57) started the innings positively but Sri Lanka lost Upul Tharanga (20) and Kusal Mendis (1) in quick succession with the score reading 38 for two.

Dinesh Chandimal (79) managed to return to form as he and Kusal added 77 run stand for the third wicket to lay a solid platform for the middle order.

Kusal fell on reaching his fifty while Angelo Mathews (15) had a failure and suddenly Sri Lanka were reeling at 165 for four before Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedara (71) helped the innings to be resurrected with a 82 run stand and helping the visitors post 287 before they were dismissed in the penultimate delivery.

Alasdair Evans (3-62) and Stuart Whittingham (3-56) were the pick of the Scotland bowlers.

Cross (106 not out) and Coetzer (118) had other plans as they never allowed Sri Lanka to get into the game in the second innings. The duo slammed 201 runs between them and kept the Sri Lankan bowlers at bay during the chase.

Apart from Suranga Lakmal (0-18), whose economy was under four, all other bowlers went over six much to the dismay of Mathews.

Even though Coetzer's 84-ball knock ended, Cross ensured he stayed till the end and completed the victory with seven wickets and 43 balls in hand.

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