ICC World Cup Warm-Up Matches: Update




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Four warm-up matches were played today, the 12th of February. The four matches were between the following teams:

KEN vs WI – Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
SL vs NED – Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
BAN vs CAN – Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
SA vs ZIM – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

In the first match West Indies won the match by 61 runs. Sarwan played quite well, eventually scoring a 123 . Vice Captain Dwayne Bravo accompanied his captain by scoring a 54 to take West Indies to 253 runs for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of 50 overs. Kenya bowled quite well initially to keep West Indies’ scoring rate under control and the best performers for Kenya in the bowling department were Thomas Odoyo (3-34) and Steve Tikolo (2-32).

Kenya however failed to keep up to the batting performance required and were dismissed for 192. Top performers from West Indies in the bowling department were Andre Russell (4-43) and Kemar Roach (3-23).

The match between Sri Lanka and Netherlands was more of a one sided match, as was expected. The match that was played at the SSC, Colombo saw Sri Lanka score a massive 351 for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. Four batsmen from the Lankans scored a fifty while others too chipped in with runs. The top scorer for Sri Lanka was Tillakaratne Dilshan (78).

Netherlands failed to keep up to the high scoring rate and was not able to manage Sri Lanka’s bowling. The best bowling performance from Sri Lanka was Dilhara Fernando who picked up 4 wickets in 9 overs and gave away 43 runs. Nederland’s was bowled out at 195.

In the third match Bangladesh won comprehensively over Canada. Canada captain Ashish Bagai top scored for Canada with a 30. However Canada was bowled out at 112 in 37.3 overs. It was a cake walk chase for Bangladesh which they completed in 19.2 overs. Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal top scored for Bangladesh scoring 69 runs in 50 balls.

The fourth match between South Africa and Zimbabwe was a much expected one. Zimbabwe was bowled out for 152 in 41.3 overs. South African bowlers Tahir, Morkel, Tsotsobe and Steyn bowled to the line. Morkel had the best bowling figures with 3 wickets in 6 overs giving away just 16 runs.

South Africa chased down the target with comfort in 23.3 overs with Kallis (49) top scoring for the Proteas.

The final match between New Zealand and Ireland is on way at the Vidharba stadium, Nagpur. New Zealand scored 311 for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs. Ireland was still batting at the end of 46.3 overs having scored 265 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

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