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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Sri Lanka Begin With Win Over Canada

Sri Lanka opened their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 campaign with an impressive win over Canada on Sunday 20th February 2011.

Having set a total of 332 for 7, Sri Lanka then bowled out Canada for 122 in 36.5 overs, giving Sri Lanka the win by 210 runs.

Jayawardene (100) top scored for Sri Lanka, and was ably assisted by Sangakkara (92) in a third wicket partnership which added a devastating 179 runs, at an important period.

But for the performance of these two batsemen, only Dilshan, who scored 50 from opening the batting, made any significant impression with the bat for Sri Lanka.

Davison and Baidwan were the pick of the Canadian bowlers: both players took a pair of wickets for around 50 runs off 8 overs.

But is was Canada’s failure to bat against Sri Lanka’s superior bowling attack which saw them undone.

Kulasekara took three wickets for a stingy 16 runs from his 6 overs, and Perera also took three for 24 from 7. Muralitharan did the bulk of the overs, with 9, and claimed two wickets in the process for 38 runs.

Cheema (37) and Bagai (22) were the best with the bat in the Canada middle order, but the damage had already been done early in the innings, when the top order batsmen were reduced 12 runs for three wickets (having lost opener Davison first ball, with no score on the board).

Canada, who were never expected to get much from this match, then saw wickets fall with depressing regularity, en route to an all-out total of 122.

Sri Lanka will want to bat better, through the team, in their next match with Pakistan on 26 February, but will no doubt be pleased with the way their bowlers went about their task in this match.

Sri Lanka v Canada – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Scorecard

Sri Lanka 1st Innings Runs Balls 4s 6s
Tharangarun out (Bagai) 203110
Dilshanc Davisonb Cheema505980
Sangakkarac and bDavison928771
M Jayawardenec Raob Davison1008191
Pererarun out (Surkari) 111110
Mathewsc and bBaidwan211630
Kapugederac Subb Baidwan2300
Samaraweeranot out 181030
Kulasekaranot out 7310
Extras 1nb 8w 2lb 11 
Total for 7332(50.0 ovs)
       
Canada BowlersO M R W
Chauhan80620
Osinde2.10110
Baidwan8.50592
Hansra90470
Cheema70471
Rao70480
Davison80562
       
Canada 1st Innings Runs Balls 4s 6s
Gunasekerac Dilshanb Kulasekara11000
Davison b Perera0100
Surkarilbwb Perera61000
Hansrast Sangakkarab Samaraweera94900
Bagaic Sangakkarab Perera224720
Cheemac M Jayawardeneb Muralitharan373542
Gordonc Sangakkarab Kulasekara41000
Chauhanc Sangakkarab Kulasekara4810
Baidwannot out 163510
Raoc Tharangab Muralitharan6710
Osinde b Mendis41000
Extras 1nb 4w 8lb 13 
Total all out122(36.5 ovs)
       
Sri Lanka BowlersO M R W
Kulasekara62163
Perera70243
Mendis7.53181
Muralitharan90382
Dilshan50140
Samaraweera2041

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