Colombo: Captain Mahela Jayawardene and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck quick, unbeaten half-centuries as Sri Lanka beat West Indies by nine wickets in a World Twenty20 warmup match on Thursday.
Jayawardene hit six fours and two sixes in a 35-ball 57 not out, while Dilshan scored 50 not out off 38 balls as the tournament hosts chased down West Indies` moderate score of 132-6 at Nondescripts Cricket Club.
Sri Lanka reached 135-1 with more than four overs to spare.
After Jayawardene won the toss and made West Indies bat first, seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, just recovered from a groin injury in July, bowled Dwayne Smith (5) with his second ball with the total on six.
Kumar Sangakkara, also returned to action after a broken finger, held a catch to dismiss Lendl Simmons off Kulasekara, reducing West Indies to 23-2.
Johnson Charles top-scored with 30 and Kulasekara returned the best bowling figures of 2-35.
In reply, Sri Lanka lost only debutant opener Dilshan Munaweera for 24. Jayawardene and Dilshan shared an unbroken 103-run partnership in 11 overs.
BDST: 1654 HRS, September 13, 2012
Chanchal Ghosh, Newsroom Editor
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