After the loss to India in their 2nd game, Sri Lanka found their way back to winning ways by beating Nepal by a massive 340 runs in their 3rd game in the 5th Blind Cricket World cup held in Dubai yesterday.
After winning the toss, Sri Lankan skipper Chandana Deshapriya opted to bat first. They lost a few early wickets but a rampant partnership between Dimuth Ravindra and skipper Deshapriya saw the Lankans crawl back into the game. Deshapriya who missed out on a century in the last game, made amends and cruised to 129 off just 62 deliveries to get the innings going for his side.
On the other end, left handed Dimuth Ravindra played the anchor role in the match and he remained unbeaten with 168 runs under his name. Towards the latter part of the innings, Priyantha Kumara played a quick fire cameo of 67 runs which propelled Sri Lanka to a massive total of 494 for 5 in their allocated 40 overs. This is also the highest score ever posted in a World Cup by any team.
Nepal came out to bat with a huge target ahead of them but they never looked like they would reach anywhere close to the target. Their innings crumbled under some good all round bowling from the lions. After a struggle in the middle, Nepal was cleaned up for 154 runs in 33.4 overs. Sri Lanka will face Bangladesh in their next encounter. A win by 340 runs for the lions which would do wonders for their confidence moving into the competitive stage of the tournament.
Man Of the match: Dimuth Ravindra
Valuable player of the match: Chandana Deshapriya
Sri Lanka 494/5 (40) Dimuth Ravindra 168*, Chandana Deshapriya 129, Priyantha Kumara 67*, Durga 2/75
Nepal 154/10 (33.4) Badree 37, Sunil Yapa 26