Sri Lanka has bought some form going into the World Cup. Props to Scotland for showing some resolve after the rain break and their next International assignment is in August. New Captain of Sri Lanka would be happy with the performance of Nuwan Pradeep. Nuwan Powered SL to a comfortable 35 runs win.
Nuwan Pradeep Powered Sri Lanka to 35 Runs Win Over Scotland
That was a tame finish in the end from Scotland, throwing away wickets in haste. Anyway, a comfortable victory for the visitors. At one point of time, it looked highly unlikely that we’d have a restart with rain playing hide and seek, but both teams were always hopeful and were keen to take the field.
Finally, once the rain came to a halt, the match was reduced to a 7-over affair with Scotland needing 103 to win. It looked difficult but Munsey smashed 19 runs in the first over after the break and lifted the spirits in the hosts’ camp. But the Sri Lankan bowlers executed their plans by applying brakes in the next few overs and Pradeep’s twin strike dented Scotland’s prospects. It was a mere formality after that and the home team was bowled out for 199.
Sri Lankan openers started their inning really well. They gave their team a good start. Leask broke the opening partnership as Avishka Fernando lost his wicket on 74 runs. Later, Captain Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis added some runs together on the scoreboard. Sri Lanka finished their batting with 322 runs on the scoreboard.
Mathew Cross and Kyle Coetzer started positively for Scotland. But, then came Nuwan Pradeep and ruined all the plans of Scotland’s batting unit. George Munsey scored valuable runs for his team to keep them in the game. Karunaratne again used his trump card Pradeep to get rid of Munsey. Strategy again worked and with some excellent work by the fielding unit Sri Lanka won the match by 35 runs.
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