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    Default Sri Lanka thrash West Indies in T20 warm-up

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    Sri Lanka and Ireland both notched easy victories as their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 continued on Thursday.

    Sri Lanka were rarely troubled in their nine-wicket win over the West Indies, achieved with 26 balls to spare.

    The losers were sent in to bat and lost Lendl Simmons (two) and Dwayne Smith (five) in the early stages off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara (2-35 off four overs).

    Johnson Charles (30 off 26 balls) hit three fours and tried to steady the flow of wickets, but he and Dwayne Bravo (14) fell within three overs as they slumped to 65-4.

    Darren Bravo (29) and Kieron Pollard (28 not out) did their best to lift the run-rate in the latter stages but tidy bowling from Sri Lanka kept them to 132-6 from their 20 overs.

    Ajantha Mendis (0-15 off three) and Angelo Mathews (1-7 off two) restricted things well as Sri Lanka were set a gettable target.

    Dilshan Munaweera (24) helped Sri Lanka get off to a flying start, hitting five boundaries in his 22-ball stay at the crease.

    And Tillakaratne Dilshan (50 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (57 not out) added an unbeaten 103 for the second wicket as Sri Lanka cruised to victory.

    In the day's other warm-up match, Ireland accounted for Zimbabwe by 54 runs.

    Ireland were sent in to bat and openers William Porterfield (19) and Paul Stirling (13) gave them a fast start.

    Ed Joyce – who formerly represented England – chipped in with 29 from 28 balls before Niall O'Brien (62 off 49) played a terrific innings.

    O'Brien hit four fours and two sixes in his stay at the crease, which included an 83-run partnership with Joyce.

    Kevin O'Brien (30 off 14) provided some late hitting as Ireland finished with a score of 181-5 from their 20 overs.

    In response, Zimbabwe made a disastrous start as Vusi Sibanda (zero) was trapped lbw from the first ball of the innings.

    Boyd Rankin (1-16 off four) was the man who claimed the early scalp and Trent Johnston (1-18 off three) added the scalp of Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor (three) shortly after.

    A 55-run partnership between Hamilton Masakadza (44) and Craig Ervine (24) looked to have steadied things before they lost six wickets for just nine runs.

    Medium-pacer Alex Cusack (3-6 off three) and highly rated spinner George Dockrell (3-28 off four) were the chief destroyers.

    Prosper Utseya (23 not out) and Ray Price (17 not out) ensured Zimbabwe would not be bowled out but all they did was delay the inevitable as they finished at 127-8.



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