Sri Lanka walk over Canada
Hambantota, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardena scored the fourth fastest hundred in Cricket World Cup history to star in his team’s comprehensive win by 210 runs over Canada.
Sri Lanka batted first and posted a massive 332 for 7 in its 50 overs and then bowled out Canada for 122 in 36.5 overs in the first international match at the new at the Mahinda Rajapakse International Stadium on Sunday.
Earlier, Jayawardena (100: 81b, 9x4, 1x6) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (92: 87b, 7x4, 1x6) shared a 179-run stand to give Sri Lanka the foundation for a massive total. Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (50: 59b, 8x4) was the other major contributor to the total. For Canada, Harvir Singh Baidwan (2-59), John Davison (2-56) were the best bowlers on view.
The chase never really took off for Canada as Thisara Perera (3-16) and Nuwan Kulasekara (3-24) struck at regular intervals as Canada’s chase never got going. Rizwan Cheema struck two big sixes off Muttiah Muralitharan in a run-a-ball 37 and skipper Ashish Bagai (22) were the only two batsmen to offer any resistance.