Sri Lanka too strong for Scotland in rain-affected ODI

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

George Munsey’s gallant 61 was not enough as Scotland fell to a rain-affected loss against Sri Lanka. The visitors made 322-8 at The Grange in Edinburgh, with Scotland losing by 35 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after being bowled out for 199.

A 90-minute rain delay after the 27th over saw the hosts resume on 132, with seven overs to reach a target of 235. Munsey led the charge either side of the unscheduled break but the tail fizzled out after his departure.

Having hit three sixes and six fours in a 42-ball knock, Munsey played on to give Nuwan Pradeep the third of his four wickets (4-34). Sri Lanka, who had lost eight successive one-day internationals before rain wiped out any play in Edinburgh on Saturday, got off to strong start with their top three all passing 50.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (77) and fellow opener Avishka Fernando (74) were both dropped as they shared a stand of 123, with Kusal Mendis adding another 66.

The reintroduction of Brad Wheal (3-49) in the 34th over halted the momentum for a while, although Lahiru Thirimanne’s 44 not out kept the scoreboard ticking on, with the final two overs yielding 35 runs.

Scottish openers Matthew Cross (55) and Kyle Coetzer (34) put on 51 for the first wicket but Calum MacLeod, who made 100 in the narrow DLS loss to Afghanistan 10 days ago, fell to a sharp Pradeep delivery for one.

When Craig Wallace went for 18 in the 20th over umbrellas had already started going up. Cross and Munsey then batted on for six more overs as it got wetter and wetter. Munsey’s swashbuckling gave hope to those who stayed on after the rain but the match fell away from Scotland, even with Sri Lanka leaving out star bowler Lasith Malinga.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer: “It’s an opportunity missed but credit to Sri Lanka, they embraced the challenging conditions. “We had chances, as we did against Afghanistan. We just need to fine tune a few areas.

“Often, it’s about peaking at the right time and maybe we haven’t quite nailed that. We’ve got a vitally important series coming up in August (at home to Oman and Papua New Guinea in ICC Cricket World Cup League 2), so we need to be really sharp for that.”

(Courtesy BBC)