Sri Lanka avenge loss to Scot­land

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LON­DON: Scot­land were un­able to back up their his­toric win over Sri Lanka as the Asian na­tion turned the ta­bles with a nine-wicket vic­tory when the teams re­turned to Beck­en­ham on Tues­day.

The Kent ground had seen Scot­land record their first vic­tory over a Test-match coun­try in any for­mat when they won Sun­day’s one-day tour opener by seven wick­ets.

But Sri Lanka, us­ing the matches as a warm-up for the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy tour­na­ment in Eng­land and Wales that starts next week, en­sured they suf­fered no fresh em­bar­rass­ment on Tues­day by cruis­ing to a nine-wicket win.

Kusal Mendis’s un­beaten 74 saw Sri Lanka past a mod­est tar­get of 66 but it was their bowlers who did most dam­age to Scot­land’s hopes of a re­peat vic­tory.

Scot­land’s Kyle Coet­zer and Matthew Cross had both scored cen­turies last week­end.

But it was a dif­fer­ent story af­ter Sri Lanka won the toss on Tues­day.

Coet­zer fell in the third over with just five runs on the board while Cross only man­aged 27 this time around.

Craig Wal­lace’s 46 was Scot­land’s only size­able in­nings, with Sri Lanka left-armer Lak­shan San­dakan tak­ing four for 39 from his max­i­mum per­mit­ted 10 overs.

In re­ply, Niroshan Dick­well was caught by Matt Watt off Alas­dair Evans for 29.

But Sri Lanka en­joyed an oth­er­wise un­trou­bled chase as Upul Tha­ranga (53 not out) and Mendis saw them to to a fi­nal to­tal of 170 for one from 22.5 overs. AFP

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis scored an un­beaten 74 in the match against Scot­land on Tues­day.

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