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Sanath Jayasuriya marks his return with a rapid 78. Stuart Law admitted standards with the ball did not match Sri Lanka's display with the bat

Tillakaratne Dilshan is unlikely to be fit to captain Sri Lanka in the NatWest Twenty20 international against England on Saturday.

He missed the final npower Test at the Rose Bowl with a fractured thumb sustained at Lord’s, and today sat out the tourists’ 57-run win over Worcestershire in their only warm-up game ahead of the limited-overs campaign.

Although the solitary Twenty20 clash at Bristol may come too soon for Dilshan, Sri Lanka coach Stuart Law is optimistic he will be fit for the five-match NatWest Series starting at the Kia Oval next Tuesday.

“Maybe the Twenty20 international will be too soon,” said Law. “But I would expect him to feature in the one-day series. He is not 100% yet but he is getting there.”

Sri Lanka ultimately emerged comfortable winners at New Road after successfully defending a total of 351 for five, which featured sizeable contributions from three players who have only recently arrived in England.

Jeevan Mendis hit 99 not out, Angelo Mathews 81 and veteran Sanath Jayasuriya made 78 at the top of the order on his return to the side.

While Law was content with the efforts of his batsmen, he called on the bowling attack to improve after they allowed Moeen Ali to smash 136 off 90 deliveries. A late collapse saw Worcestershire bowled out for 294.

“I was aware of Moeen’s potential from his early days as a youngster at Warwickshire and it was an excellent innings,” added Law.

“I think we will be better off with the cricket we have played but if we bowl like that against England, we are going to be in a lot of trouble.

“The batting was up to par and we played as well as we possibly can and a couple of guys got hits who haven’t been here. In the end it’s a win, but we have got plenty of areas to improve in.”

Thilina Kandamby, who captained Sri Lanka today, will take charge of the side once more on Saturday should Dilshan, as expected, not recover in time.

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