Hosts warm up for big event in style
Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit half-centuries as hosts Sri Lanka prepared for the World Twenty20 with a nine-wicket win over the West Indies on Thursday.india Updated: Sep 13, 2012 23:48 IST
Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit half-centuries as hosts Sri Lanka prepared for the World Twenty20 with a nine-wicket win over the West Indies on Thursday.
Skipper Jayawardene (57 not out) and opener Dilshan (50 not out) put on 103 for the second-wicket to help their team achieve a 133-run target with 26 balls to spare in a warm-up match in Colombo.
The Sri Lankan captain smashed two sixes and six fours in his 35-ball knock while Dilshan's 38-ball innings contained one six and five boundaries.
Johnson Charles (30), Darren Bravo (29) and Kieron Pollard (28 not out) were the main scorers for the West Indies, who rested star opener Chris Gayle. Sri Lanka are in Group C of the preliminary league with South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The West Indies are in Group B with Australia and Ireland. Two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eights round.
Irish show fight
In another match in Colombo, wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O'Brien cracked a 49-ball 62 with the help of two sixes and four boundaries to set up Ireland's easy 54-run victory over Zimbabwe.
Ireland scored 181-5 off 20 overs before restricting Zimbabwe to 127-8, with paceman Alex Cusack finishing with 3-6 off three overs and left-arm spinner George Dockrell with 3-28 from four overs.
Kevin O'Brien, brother of Niall, hit a brisk 30 not out off 14 balls while Ed Joyce contributed 29 for Ireland.
Explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle says his Test triple-century in Sri Lanka two years ago will spur him on in the World Twenty20.
The left-hander, who smashed a career-best 333 in the opening Test at Galle in 2010, said he was eagerly looking forward to the tournament starting in Sri Lanka next Tuesday.
"To get that triple-century was great for me. I have some happy memories here in Sri Lanka," the southpaw said on Thursday.
"I am hoping to use that as a booster to bigger and better things during the tournament. We know what we're about. We know what we are here for."