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Sri Lanka stroll to warm-up win

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Tillakaratne Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan was one of several Sri Lanka batsmen to make hay as they demolished the Netherlands by 156 runs

Sri Lanka delivered a firm statement of intent ahead of the World Cup as they coasted to a 156-run victory over the Netherlands in their opening warm-up match in Colombo.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva and Chamara Kapugedera all recorded half-centuries as the hosts racked up an aunting 351 for five at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Bernard Loots and Ryan ten Doeschate came in for particular punishment as they conceded a total of 168 runs from their combined 18 overs.

The Netherlands fared little better with the bat and slumped to 37 for four in reply. Tom de Grooth salvaged some pride with a defiant 76, but his side failed to reach 200.

Elsewhere in the Sri Lankan capital, at the R Premadasa Stadium, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored a fluent century as West Indies recorded a comfortable 61-run win over Kenya.

Sarwan cracked 123 off 125 balls and received good support from Dwayne Bravo, who made 54, as the Windies posted 253 for eight.

Kenya’s reply started well, with Seren Waters and Collins Obuya hitting 43 and 68 respectively, but they were always struggling to keep up with the required run-rate.

A flurry of wickets saw them dismissed for 192 in the 46th over, with Andre Russell claiming 4-43 and Kemar Roach chipping in with 3-23.

South Africa made short work of Zimbabwe, winning by eight wickets with more than half their overs to spare in Chennai.

Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir shared six wickets as Elton Chigumbura’s men were restricted to 152.

The target was never likely to pose any problems for South Africa and they cruised home in 23.3 overs, with Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis all passing 40.

The highest individual score of the day belonged to Martin Guptill, whose 130 off 134 balls paved the way for New Zealand's victory over Ireland in Nagpur.

Guptill's innings was the centrepiece of an imposing 311 for six, to which Ireland replied with a more than respectable 279.

Will Porterfield's 72 at the top of the order was the biggest contribution, while New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori finished with 4-42 from 10 overs.

Bangladesh wasted little time in completing a nine-wicket thrashing of Canada in Chittagong.

Captain Shakib Al Hasan led the way with excellent figures of 3-5 from 3.3 overs as Canada were dismissed for just 112.

Tamim Iqbal then displayed typical aggression in a 50-ball 69 as the underdogs’ paltry total was overhauled with more than 30 overs to spare.

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