Scotland v Sri Lanka One Day Series Report

Scotland hosted Sri Lanka for two 50 over matches at Beckenham on the 21st and 23rd of May. These matches were not given ODI status which meant many of Scotland’s County players were not able to be released and so Stuart Wittingham made his debut. Sri Lanka approached these matches as warm-ups for the Champions Trophy where they do not stand much hope of making the knock out stages.

The first match saw a superb win for Scotland as, even though it was not an ODI, any win against a full member is to be savoured. Sri Lanka made 287 from their 50 overs, bowled out with a ball to go. Opener Kusal Perera scored 57 and Dinesh Chandimal, who has been in poor form, reached 79 in 105 balls. Chamara Kapugedera, who is returning to the One Day side gave the innings some impetus with 71 from 50 balls but Scotland kept picking up wickets. Alistair Evans and Stuart Whittingham both took 3, Whittingham especially impressed on his debut as he removed Chandimal, Kapugedera and Kusal Mendis.

288 to win did not seem like it would be an easy chase for Scotland but Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer made it look easy. Coetzer, who was a late addition to the squad as he was initially going to be absent due to the birth of his child, scored 118 from 84 balls. Keeper and opener Matthew Cross also hit a century, ending on 106* from 123 balls. This opening stand of 201 meant the result was never in doubt and Scotland eventually won in 42.5 overs, 3 wickets down.

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