Double delight for Sri Lanka after Cup opener

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 16, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka were just as pleased with skipper Mahela Jayawardene’s return to form ahead of two big World Cup games as they were with their crushing win over hapless Bermuda. “For us, it is always good to have these countries playing in big tournaments. That was how we learnt. Hopefully, they will do the same. We have to take into consideration that they are making their debut.” Jayawardene scored a stylish 85 to play a key role in his team’s 243-run Group B win, the second biggest in the tournament history.

Sri Lanka made 321-6 after electing to bat at the Queen’s Park Oval here on Thursday, with wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara (76) and Chamara Silva (55 not not) also making merry.

They then bundled Bermuda out for 78, the sixth lowest World Cup score ,with seamers Farveez Maharoof (4-23) and Lasith Malinga (3-10) doing the maximum damage.

“I have not been at my best with the bat in the last two months,” said Jayawardene, who had a poor tour of India recently.

“It was good for me to spend more time in the middle. I hope I will continue with it in important games. All the other guys around me are also batting well, so it should be exciting.”


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