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Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka warm up for the World Twenty20 in style
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Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka warm up for the World Twenty20 in style

Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by nine wickets in their World Twenty20 warm-up match at Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo.

Mahela Jayawardene (57 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (50no) struck half-centuries as the tournament hosts finished on 135 for one, comfortably chasing down the Windies' 132 for six with more than four overs to spare.

Johnson Charles top-scored for West Indies with 30 and Darren Bravo contributed 29 as Nuwan Kulasekara returned figures of two for 35 for the hosts.

Across town at the the Moors Sports Club Ground, Ireland enjoyed a comfortable victory over Zimbabwe.

Having made huge strides in one-day cricket over recent years, all eyes are on Ireland to see what sort of impression they will make in Sri Lanka.

They gave a nod towards it being a good one with a 54-run triumph.

The Irish batted first after being put in and made 181 for five, before restricting Zimbabwe to 127 for eight in response.

Niall O'Brien starred with the bat, making 62 from 49 balls, while Kevin O'Brien (30 not out) and Ed Joyce (29) offered ample support.

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