Sri Lanka broke the world record for the highest One-day International (ODI) total in their match against the hosts Holland, as the visitors recorded a massive 195-run victory at the VRA Ground here on Tuesday.
The visitors, after the victory, took 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. When the final over was bowled the Mahela Jayawardene-led Sri Lankans had reached 443-9, going past the mark of 438 set by South Africa at Johannesburg against Australia in March. The Sri Lankan innings also included 34 extras.
Sanath Jayasuriya led the way with a turbo-charged 157 off 104 balls while Tillakaratne Dilshan flayed the bowling with an equally crazy 117 (not out) off 79 balls. The Sri Lankans set the new record in the final over, four months after the match between Australia and South Africa at the Wanderers on March 12 where both teams went past 400.
The Lankan innings began at an electric pace and never let up. The Sri Lankans were not happy at having to play these fixtures after a tough tour of England and set about venting their frustrations on the Dutch attack. When Kumar Sangakkara fell in the 28th over â€” following a stand of 149 with Jayasuriya â€” the score was already 237 and Sri Lanka were well on their way.
After Jayasuriya went, Dilshan took up the charge and crashed boundaries to every corner of the ground. However, such was the freedom with which the batsmen played there was a danger they would get themselves bowled out before reaching the record. With eight wickets down they still needed 30, but Dilhara Fernando managed to stay with Dilshan to push Sri Lanka to the new record.
In reply, Holland put up a decent show but were eventually bowled out for 248 off 48.3 overs, with Tim de Leede striking 51 off 42 balls with six fours and a six. Most of the top-order batsmen chipped in before falling as Fernando helped himself to three wickets for 39 following an expensive opening burst from Lasith Malinga.
Kaushal Lokuarachchi, a leg-spinner who wasnâ€™t a part of the main tour squad, rocked up out of nowhere and grabbed three wickets, while Malinga Bandara chipped in with a couple as the Sri Lankan attack went through the motions following their earlier mayhem with the bat.
In this one-dayer six Dutch players â€” PW Borren, AN Kervezee, Mohammad Kashif, DJ Reekers, WF Stelling and RN ten Doeschate â€” also made their ODI debuts.
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