Sri Lanka again proved too strong for The Netherlands as they wrapped up a 2-0 series victory at Amstelveen on Thursday. After a one-day record total of 443-9 earlier this week, their 313-8 seemed modest by comparison but they still won the game by 55 runs.
Darron Reekers gave the Dutch a flying start in reply, hitting nine boundaries in his 45, and skipper Luuk van Troost made 40 in the middle of the innings.
But spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi took 4-44 as they were bowled out for 258. It was a seventh successive victory for Sri Lanka, who recently inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on England.
They left out former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya after his superb 157 in the first match but had more than enough strength in depth to cope with a Dutch side, who also have their sights set on next yearâ€™s World Cup in the Caribbean.
Tharanga and Chamara Kapugedera (38) set a positive tempo for the innings which was continued by Dilshan and Russel Arnold (42) in a fourth wicket partnership of 93.
There were some plus points for The Netherlands as Reekers (3-54) and Peter Borren (1-44) bowled well, but Billy Stellingâ€™s two wickets came at a cost of 91 from 10 overs.
Reekers and Bas Zuiderent began the Dutch innings with a stand of 66 but they, together with South Africa-born debutant Eric Szwarczynski (10), fell to Dilhara Fernando during a spell of 3-27 from the paceman.
Daan van Bunge (33) and van Troost hit two sixes each in a show of defiance and Borren chipped in with 34 late on before Farveez Maharoof bowled last man Pieter Seelaar with the final delivery of the 49th over to end the game.
Sri Lanka won toss
W U Tharanga c Smits b Borren 72
C K Kapugedera c Seelaar b Reekers 38
â€ K C Sangakkara c van Troost b de Leede 28
R P Arnold b Reekers 42
T M Dilshan c Reekers b van Troost 66
M F Maharoof lbw b Stelling 17
K S Lokuarachchi not out 25
*D P M D Jayawardene c & b Stelling 0
C M Bandara b Reekers 11
C R D Fernando not out 2
Extras (b4, lb2, w4, nb2) 12
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 313
Did not bat: P D R L Perera
Fall: 1-68, 2-134, 3-153, 4-246, 5-266, 6-278, 7-278, 8-299
Bowling: Stelling 10-0-91-2; Reekers 10-0-54-3; de Leede 10-1-50-1; Borren 10-0-44-1; Seelaar 4-0-26-0; van Troost 6-0-42-1
B Zuiderent lbw b Fernando 29
D J Reekers b Fernando 45
E S Szwarczynski b Fernando 10
D L S van Bunge b Lokuarachchi 33
T B M de Leede c Arnold b Lâ€™rachchi 3
A N Kervezee c Lâ€™rachchi b Bandara 18
*L P van Troost st Sâ€™kkara b Lâ€™rachchi 40
P W Borren c Fernando b Lâ€™rachchi 34
W F Stelling not out 13
â€ J Smits lbw b Maharoof 1
P M Seelaar b Maharoof 0
Extras (b9, lb10, w9, nb4) 32
Total (all out, 49 overs) 258
Fall: 1-66, 2-97, 3-103, 4-122, 5-144, 6-165, 7-223, 8-252, 9-256
Bowling: Perera 8-1-36-0; Maharoof 9-0-39-2; Fernando 9-0-50-3; Bandara 10-1-38-1; Lokuarachchi 10-0-44-4; Dilshan 3-0-32-0
Result: Sri Lanka won by 55 runs
Series: Sri Lanka wins the 2-ODI series 2-0
ODI debuts: Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski (Netherlands)
Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and Shahul Hameed (Indonesia). Match referee: C H Lloyd (West Indies)
First ODI: July 4 Amstelveen, Sri Lanka won by 195 runs
Source:The NewsMore on:Holland, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Russel Arnold, Sri Lanka
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