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Sri Lanka pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep took a four-wicket haul to lead his side to a 35-run win over Scotland via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in Edinburgh.
Being put in to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to an excellent start as openers Avishka Fernando and captain Dimuth Karunaratne amassed a 123-run partnership before Fernando was caught by George Munsey off the bowling of Michael Leask for 74, which came off 78 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.
Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis kept the runs flowing with an 81-run partnership before Karunaratne was dismissed by Brad Wheal for an 88-ball 77, which included seven boundaries.
Wheal took out Thisara Perera for a golden duck two balls later, while Angelo Mathews was sent packing by Tom Sole for one run.
Mendis went on to score 66, which came off 56 deliveries and included four boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Safyaan Sharif.
Once Mendis was gone, Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but Lahiru Thirimanne’s unbeaten 44 helped them finish on 322/8.
Wheal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Sharif snapped up two, and Sole, Leask and Mark Watt chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Initially chasing 323, Scotland got off to a solid start as Matthew Cross and captain Kyle Coetzer forged a 51-run partnership before Coetzer was caught by Thirimanne at deep square leg off the bowling of Pradeep for 34.
Calum MacLeod only made one run before he was cleaned up by Pradeep.
Craig Wallace mustered 18 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Isuru Udana.
Cross and Munsey began rebuilding Scotland’s innings, but the rain came during that time and Scotland were subsequently set a new target of 235 to win from 34 overs.
After the duo added 58 runs to the score, Cross was removed by Suranga Lakmal for 55, which came off 71 balls and included four boundaries.
Leask fell shortly after, while Munsey ended up hammering a 42-ball 61, which included six boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Pradeep.
Pradeep cleaned up Sharif the very next ball, while Thisara sent Sole packing for five runs.
With Alasdair Evans and Wheal being run out in successive deliveries, Scotland were bowled out for 199.
Pradeep was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Lakmal took two, and Udana and Thisara claimed one wicket each.
Pradeep was named Man of the Match.