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Sri Lankan batsman struggle in ICC World Twenty20 warm-up

April 28, 2010 ( Sri Lanka finished their 20 overs having scored 137/8 against South Africa moments ago at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. It was not the start they were looking for when skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and chose to bat first.

Sri Lanka’s new opening combination of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene lasted just two balls. Dilshan was the first to go dismissed for a first ball duck off the bowling of Kleinveldt. His opening partner Jayawardene followed shortly after in the 4th over. Having dismissed Jayawardene, Langeveldt then sent back skipper Sangakkara in the same over.

At five down for 42 runs with both Mathews and rookie Chandimal also back in the pavilion cheaply, the 6th wicket partnership of 52 runs between Jayasuriya and Kapugedera proved valuable.

Chamara Kapugedera, however, was the stand out batsman scoring 61 runs from just 35 balls. His half century included five sixers and three fours.

The pace and swing of the South African seamers appeared too much for Sri Lanka’s top order who have historically struggled against them. Both teams played each other in a similar practise match ahead of the championships in last year’s World Twenty20 in England. On that occasion Sri Lanka managed 109/9 in their 20.

For South Africa, 27 year old Rory Kleinveldt was impressive. But all their bowlers ended with good figures for this format of the game.

At the innings break: Sri Lanka 137/8 (20 overs).

FOW: 1-1 (Dilshan, 0.2 overs), 2-20 (Jayawardene, 3.3 overs), 3-22 (Sangakkara, 3.5 overs), 4-24 (Chandimal, 4.4 overs), 5-42 (Mathews, 8.5 overs), 6-94 (Jayasuriya, 16.3 overs), 7-125 (Jayasinghe, 18.6 overs), 8-126 (Perera, 19.2 overs).

South Africa bowling: RK Kleinveldt – 2/13, CK Langeveldt – 2/23, M Morkel – 2/25

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