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Mahela, Dilshan sink Windies

Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit half-centuries as hosts Sri Lanka prepared for the World Twenty20 with a nine-wicket win over the West Indies on Thursday.

Skipper Jayawardene [57 not out] and opener Dilshan [50 not out] put on 103 for the second-wicket to help their team achieve a 133-run target with 26 balls to spare in a warm-up match in Colombo.

The Sri Lankan captain smashed two sixes and six fours in his 35-ball knock while Dilshan’s 38-ball innings contained one six and five boundaries. Johnson Charles [30], Darren Bravo [29] and Kieron Pollard [28 not out] were the main scorers for the West Indies, who rested star opener Chris Gayle. Sri Lanka are in Group C of the preliminary league with South Africa and Zimbabwe. The West Indies are in Group B with Australia and Ireland.

Two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eights round. In another match in Colombo, wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien cracked a 49-ball 62 with the help of two sixes and four boundaries to set up Ireland’s easy 54-run victory over Zimbabwe.

Ireland scored 181-5 off 20 overs before restricting Zimbabwe to 127-8, with pacer Alex Cusack finishing with 3-6 off three overs and left-arm spinner George Dockrell with 3-28 from four overs.
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