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HIGHLIGHTS & STUMPS: Sri Lanka romp to victory at Hove

18-May-2014

Matt Machan reverse sweeps on his way to 63 at Hove today

Sussex Sharks were outclassed by the World Champions in their T20 Tour Match with Sri Lanka today as the visitors cruised to a ten-wicket victory inside ten overs.

The Sharks won the toss on another glorious day at Hove and chose to bat. They made 126 for 7 from their 20 overs with Matt Machan the standout performer. He hit 63 from 45 balls including two sixes.

The enigmatic Lasith Malinga took two wickets for the Sri Lankans whilst Thisara Perera also claimed two scalps.

In reply, the World Champions were in no mood to mess around and surpassed the Sussex score with a massive 65 balls remaining.

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an incredible 73 from 31 balls which included 16 fours, whilst Kithuruwan Vithanage also smashed a half-century. He did the real big hitting though, with five sixes disappearing over the Hove ropes including three successive hits out of The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. They reached their target of 127 from 9.1 overs without losing a wicket.

Sussex will be pleased with their weekend’s work though having already won both of their opening matches in the NatWest T20 Blast and face Hampshire at Hove on Friday (7.00pm start).

WATCH: You can see highlights of the match via the YouTube link above, and click HERE to see BBC Sussex's post-match interview with Matt Machan, courtesy of Sussex TV.

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