Former world champion Sri Lanka suffered a big defeat against minnows Scotland in a preparation match for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy. Although the combat was not an international match, it was the first ever win of associate Scotland against any Test playing nation.
Sri Lanka batted well in the first innings, scored 288 runs which had been easily eclipsed by Scotch batsmen with 43 ball to spare.
Both the Scotland openers Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer hit centuries to ensure landmark win.
Captain Kyle Coetzer scored 118 runs making a giant 201 run partnership in the first wicket with Cross who was unbeaten scoring 106 runs.
“It’s a massive step forward for Scottish cricket. It was a convincing victory against a side with plenty of Test match experience. We dominated and ran out comfortable winners” – Matthew Cross told BBC Scotland after making his highest international scores.
Captain Coetzer’s 118 came from 84 deliveries; appreciating the effort, Cross said, “Kyle made it look easy. He took all the pressure out of me.”
For Scotland, Sussex bowler Stuart Whittingham took 3 wickets conceding 65 runs in his debut match.
Sri Lanka are warming up for ICC Champions Trophy taking place in England and Wales from June 1 to 18, the two teams will meet again on Tuesday.