For a long time, Sri Lanka have been waiting to break the shackles in One-Day International and they finally managed to do it. Yes, they have eventually ended their eight-match losing streak in ODIs prior to the World Cup by coming up with a 35-run win over Scotland in the rain-affected second and final fixture of the ODI series in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
Scotland may not have qualified for the showpiece event but last year, they beat tournament hosts and favourites England only to prove they have all ingredients to upset the opposition.
It is to be learnt that Saturday’s opener was abandoned without a ball being bowled owing to rain.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s new ODI skipper Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 77 in a scorecard of 322/8, just his 2nd fifty at this international level and first since he reached the milestone against Scotland on the same track back in 2011.
Avishka Fernando also brought up his maiden ODI half-century in the process.
Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep took four wickets and as a result, Scotland were skittled out for 199 after being set handed a rain-revised target of 235, needing 103 off seven overs only. Sri Lanka breath a sigh of relief as they have won a match, which will help them get some confidence back before heading to the world cup.
(With inputs from Agence France-Presse)