The Penny Drops
Sri Lanka's Twenty20 novices believe they are ready to take on England in what will be their international debut in cricket's shortest format on Thursday.
Twelve fours and two sixes off the bat of captain Mahela Jayawardene were complemented by more big hitting from left-handers Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya as the tourists raced to 180 for three in only 16 overs against the PCA Masters on Tuesday.
Heavy rain prevented any more play at Arundel, leaving Sri Lanka's bowling attack still without any experience of how to operate in Twenty20 before they take on England at the Rose Bowl.
That is not, however, concerning assistant coach Trevor Penney who was enthused by his team's batting at the castle ground.
"This has been a good exercise for us," said Penney.
"With the bowling side of things, we've had two one-day games and done okay - so we're not too worried about not getting the chance to bowl again here."
England are hardly old hands at Twenty20 - but they should have an advantage over opponents who have yet to play more than a handful of matches between them.
"They've just had one or two games, but not a lot," Penney confirmed.
That fact was not apparent as Jayawardene raced to a 35-ball 79 against the PCA, sharing a stand of 75 with Jayasuriya in little more than five overs.
"Mahela really got everyone going when he got out there and charged down the wicket first ball," Penney said of the Sri Lanka number three, who came in with his team still searching for some early impetus.
The cautious start was overseen by Jayasuriya, and it was not until the 15th ball of the innings that his opening partner Chamara Kapugedera provided Sri Lanka's first boundary.
By the end of the fifth over there was still only a paltry 24 for one on the board - but 21 runs from the next, delivered by Chris Lewis, gave Sri Lanka the jump start they needed.
The only disappointment in the end was that the fun had to stop prematurely for an appreciative crowd of over 3,000.
"I feel sorry for the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association) and the people here, but at least we put on a good show," said Penney.
"There was some really good batting there, so we're really pleased from the coaching side of things. A couple of batters really played well.
"It's a shame it had to end there - I wanted to see the other side bat as well."