Sri Lanka win again

While it may not have been of Tuesday’s record-breaking proportions, it was another comfortable Sri Lanka victory against a spirited Dutch side.

Sri Lanka did bat first once again, and amassed another large total. There was no monumental Jayasuriya innings this time, but rather a series of smaller contributions from several batsmen.

Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan both made centuries, and all the other batsmen at least made a start. Sri Lanka made 313-8, and while most Dutch bowlers were substantially more economical, Billy Stelling added 2-91 to Tuesday’s 2-77. Peter Borren was much improved, recovering from being hit for 94 to bowl his 10 overs for 44.

Netherlands chasing the total down was always going to be unlikely, but the openers gave them a good start. Darren Reekers added 45 from 39 balls to his three wickets, and added 66 for the first wicket with Bas Zuiderent. Both these openers and number three Szwarczynski became victims of Dilhara Fernando.

The middle order was missing Ryan Ten Doeschate, and they were successfully tied down by Sri Lanka’s spin pairing of Bandara and Lokuarachchi. The Dutch score was boosted by some runs from lower order batsmen Van Troost and Borren, but they were bowled out for 258 with an over to spare.

Sri Lanka 313-8
Upul Tharanga 72, Tillakaratne Dilshan 66, Russel Arnold 42
Darron Reekers 3-54, Billy Stelling 2-91, Peter Borren 1-44

Sri Lanka won by 55 runs

Netherlands 258 all out
Darron Reekers 45, Luuk Van Troost 40, Peter Borren 34
Kaushal Lokuarachchi 4-44, Dilhara Fernando 3-50, Farveez Maharoof 2-39

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