Dilshan and Sangakkara prove too strong for Scots

11 Mar

Sri Lanka 363/9 (50 overs) Sangakkara 124, Dilshan 104, Davey 3/63, beat Scotland 215 (43.1/50 ov) Coleman 70, Mommsen 60, by 148 runs

Scotland played their penultimate fixture in the 2015 Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

Angelo Matthews won the toss and elected to ask Scotland to bowl first, on a wicket that looked to be full of runs.

It was a spritely start for Scotland as Thirimanne edges a full delivery from Alasdair Evans into the hands of Captain Mommsen at second slip in the sixth over.  

It then became the Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratna Dilshan show as Sri Lanka took control of proceedings.

The prolific duo kept the scoreboard ticking along while punishing any loose deliveries, as the crowd were treated to another masterclass from the two master craftsman, as Sangakkara became the first batsman to score hundreds in four successive One-Day International innings. 

Angelo Matthews was brutal in his attack, taking 51 runs from 21 deliveries to secure the quickest 50 by a Sri Lanka in a World Cup. 

Josh Davey further enhanced his bowling reputation after claiming three wickets - taking his tournament tally to 14 - making him the leading wicket-taker in the current World Cup. 

Sri Lanka eventually concluded their innings on an imperious 363/9. 

In reply, Preston Mommsen did justice to his reputation and Freddie Coleman, one of three changes in the side, played some wonderful strokes so that Scotland replied spiritedly.

Coleman reached his first senior World Cup half century, playing some excellent strokes, as he rallied with his captain in the middle. The pair added a colourful fourth- wicket stand of 118. 

Once the two departed the scene, the last six wickets tumbled for 53, the Scots nosedived to 215, and defeat by 148 runs.

As a result, Sri Lanka climbed to second in the Pool A table, which could change once Australia finishes its game against Scotland at the same venue on Saturday.
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