Sri Lanka playing a back to back world cup game beat Canada by 134 runs at Lincoln this morning. Put into bat the Sri Lankans made 276 for 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Sri Lankan openers Udara Jayasundera and Andri Berenger accumulated 52 runs for the first wicket.
Banuka Rajapakse who made an unbeaten 52 against Zimbabwe yesterday made 68 batting at number 3. The young left hander must make it count by looking at a three figure mark. He played well for his 68 with five boundaries, and held the innings together at the top of the order, but will be disappointed that he missed out on an opportunity.
Udara jayasundera made 43, while the rest of the middle order were found wanting by not batting for long periods of time. Akushu Fernando remained unbeaten on 43 in 25 deliveries with five hits to the boundary. The youngster took full advantage of the batting power play with an excellent strike rate of 172.
The Canadian bowling was wayward; they were guilty of bowling to both sides of the pitch which helped the Sri Lankan batmen to score at will. Canada was given a herculean task of chasing 277 against a well balanced seam and spin attack.
The opposition was bowled out in the 40th over for 142 runs. Chatura Peiris worried the Canadian batsman with his nagging line and length; The Canadian batmen lacked the experience to handle the strong and varied Sri Lankan attack. The Sri Lanka captain took 5 for 25 in 10 overs with leg spinner Udara Jayasundera chipping in with 2 for 26.
Sri Lanka with this win lead the points table in group “C” and play New Zealand on Wednesday at Christchurch.
SRI LANKA 276 FOR 6 WICKETS IN 50 OVERS.
UDARA JAYASUNDERA 43
BANUKA RAJAPAKSE 68
AKSHU FERNANDO 43 NOT OUT
CANADA 143 ALL OUT IN 39.3 OVERS
HIRAT PATEL 69
CHATURA PERIS 5 FOR 25
UDARA JAYASUNDARA 2 FOR 26