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Sri Lankans cruise to record win

Sri Lanka amassed the highest ever Twenty20 international total as they crushed Kenya by 172 runs in a Group C Twenty20 World Cup game at the Wanderers.

Having been put into bat, they blasted 30 fours and 11 sixes in a pulsating 260-6, Sanath Jayasuriya firing 88 off 44 balls with 11 fours and four sixes.

Mahela Jayawardene added an attractive 65 from 28 balls with nine fours and two sixes and Jehan Mubarak lashed four sixes in an over in 46 from 13 balls.

Chamara Vaas then struck with the third ball as Kenya were all out for 88.

The Sri Lankans, sporting a new lighter blue strip, quickly recovered from the loss of Upul Tharanga, who failed to make contact with an attempted pull and saw his middle stump knocked back in the third over.

Jayasuriya was soon into his stride with some trademark strokes, a square drive fizzing like a tracer bullet to the point fence for six and a short-arm jab sailing over mid-wicket for another maximum.

The assured Kumar Sangakkara kept the scoreboard ticking over competently, working the ball into the gaps before he was bowled around his legs trying to sweep.

Skipper Jayawardene allowed himself one delivery to acclimatise before nonchalantly flicking his second delivery many rows back at mid-wicket, to bring up the 100 from the final ball of the 10th over.

The Kenyans did themselves no favours, Thomas Odoyo and Lameck Onyango colliding in comical fashion when a rare Jayasuriya top-edge looped to deep mid-wicket.

Then skipper Steve Tikolo, perhaps still conscious of his belief he could restrict Sri Lanka to 150-160, over-stepped, allowing a free hit which was promptly thumped past mid-wicket for four more by Jayasuriya.

Jayawardene was stylish at all times, often backing away effectively to glide the ball stylishly through the off-side.

Jayasuriya sent his final six into the back of the large tunnel, the same distant territory found by Chris Gayle on Tuesday, but could not emulate the West Indian's century and departed for 88 from 44 balls when he miscued to mid-on.

Obuya fumbled a skier from Chamara Silva on the boundary but atoned with a smart piece of ground fielding that ran out the right-hander.

The innings did not exactly need extra impetus, but Mubarak gave it some anyway, despatching the ball to all parts of the ground in a pulsating cameo.

He took 29 from one Onyango over, but was denied the fastest Twenty20 fifty when he failed to connect with the final ball of the innings.

Whatever was said between the Kenyan batsmen in the short interval failed to provide the inspiration as they chased 13 per over.

Chaminda Vaas found immediate swing and trapped Ouma in an opening wicket maiden.

Mishra provided the highlight of the innings, connecting perfectly with a swipe at Vaas that sailed many a mile at mid-wicket.

The left-arm seamer exacted his revenge on Obuya, who sank to the turf in a fashion that could only mean he had been hit in one specific area.

Lasith Malinga, complete with an extravagant new hairstyle, was rather too sharp and tricky for the hapless Kenyans, deprived of the injured Odoyo with the bat, and they were swept away by the stylish Sri Lankans.

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