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Sri Lanka overpower Prime Minister XI in tour game

Upul Tharanga top scored with a unbeaten 47 in the chase
Upul Tharanga top scored with a unbeaten 47 in the chase
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Sri Lanka 170-5 (Tharanga 47no) beat
Prime Minister XI 169-6 (Heazlett 58) by five wickets
Twenty20 tour game in Canberra

After a three-wicket haul from Vikum Sanjaya restricted Prime Minister's XI to 169 for six, the Sri Lankan top-order led by Upul Tharanga completed the chase in 17.1 overs with five wickets in hand in the tour game in Canberra.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. Lastih Malinga (1-26) on his comeback game struck in his very first over to remove D'Arcy Short (0) while Sanjaya (3-26) at the other end accounted for Joe Burns (0).

Sam Heazlett (58) along with support from Hilton Cartwright (14) and wicket-keeper Alex Carey (21) tried to resurrect the innings and by the end of 10 overs, Prime Minister XI crossed 75 runs.

It was Adam Voges (54 not out) with his 31-ball unbeaten knock provided the late flourish smashing four boundaries and a six to take Prime Minster XI to 169 for six in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Niroshan Dickwella (47) and Tharanga (47 not out) gave a terrific start of 70 runs off just 38 deliveries to set the tone for the rest of the innings.

Dickwella fell following his 26-ball blistering knock and Sri Lanka looked in a comfortable position after Dilshan Munaweera (32) joined the onslaught.

By the time Munaweera was castled by Daniel Worrall (1-31), Sri Lanka needed less than run-a-ball and their captain Tharanga ensured they reached the target in 17.1 overs with five wickets in hand.

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