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Sri Lanka Secure Big Win to Share Series

Cricket Scotland Media @CricketScotland
May 23, 2017 4 months
Sri Lanka Secure Big Win to Share Series
Craig Wallace and Ally Evans made useful runs for Scotland in a 50 partnership - picture by Donald MacLeod

Scotland and Sri Lanka met for their second match before Sri Lanka head to the Champions Trophy being held in England.

With Angelo Matthews rested Upal Tharanga took the reins while Kyle Coetzer captained the side for Scotland. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first on an overcast morning at Beckenham.

Coetzer and Matthew Cross again opened for Scotland, but unfortunately there was to be no repeat of the 200 run-stand that the pair put on against Sri Lanka on Sunday as Coetzer nicked off to first slip in the third over.

Calum MacLeod came to the crease and stroked a beautiful cover-drive to the rope before pulling a into the hands of Prasana at square-leg.

Cross made his way to 27 before he was caught behind as the Scots then slid into deeper trouble with Berrington (15) de Lange (11) Dylan Budge (2) and Mark Watt (5) with the score on 75/6.

Craig Wallace took ownership of the innings as he and Ali Evans looked to rebuild. Evan’s signalled his intent as he whacked his first ball over mid-wicket for four, while Wallace’s highlights included two sixes, one over long-on and one pulled with vigour over square-leg.

Craig Wallace, who top-scored for the Scots, gets the ball away from Sri Lanka keeper Niroshan Dickwella

Evans departed when he looked to go big and was caught in the deep for 22 by Pradeep. Stuart Whittingham didn’t manage to face a ball as some smart thinking from the Sri Lankan’s ran him out at the non-strikers end without facing a ball.

Gavin Main offered Wallace support with two well timed fours however Wallace fell four runs short of a deserved half-century as he was bowled by Prassana, who finished with figures of 2/28, while Sandakan claimed 4/39.

In reply, Dickwella and Tharanga made their way to an opening stand worth 56 before Watt took the catch to dismiss Dickwella for 29 off Evans off 23 deliveries.

Kusal Mendis entered the fray and after settling in, took the attack to the Scots as he and Tharanga (53) ensured there would be no more mistakes as Mendis finished the game in style with a six over square-leg to complete a comfortable 9 wicket win in the 23rd over.

A concerted lbw appeal by Scots bowler Ally Evans and keeper Matthew Cross, for the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella, went without success

At the conclusion of the game Kyle Coetzer Scotland captain said, “Obviously a fairly tough day at the office, we knew Sri Lanka would come out and strive for a much better performance than they put in the other day and they’ve gone and done that really. “

These games are our only preparations against Zimbabwe and Namibia and if someone had said we were going to come out of this with a 1-1 tie we would have probably have taken that at the start.”

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