Sri Lanka wins over Australia PM’s cricket XI

CANBERRA, Jan 30, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka kicked off their limited overs tour of Australia in good style, beating the Prime Minister’s XI by four wickets here Wednesday.

Some quality fast bowling by the tourists helped them dismiss the PM’s XI, which featured some of Australia’s best young players, for just 152 after they won the toss and elected to bat.

Despite a few hiccups in the chase, an unbeaten half-century by Tillakaratne Dilshan then saw the Sri Lankans home with more than 18 overs to spare.

The PM’s XI started strongly with the bat, but then crumbled to the Sri Lankan pace attack.

West Australian openers Luke Ronchi (24) and Shaun Marsh carried the score to 49 in the 10th over, but the innings turned when the latter fell for 25.

Ishara Amerasinghe was brought into the attack and claimed Marsh with his fourth ball, caught by Mahela Jayawardene at second slip when he chased a wide delivery.

The PM’s XI then collapsed, losing 8-66 to slump to 115 for eight, before a 33-run stand between tailenders Ashley Noffke (30) and Doug Bollinger (11) added some respectability.

The only other batsman to reach double figures was David Hussey