Scotland lose to classy Sri Lanka in tri-series
|One-day international tri-series, Edinburgh:|
|Sri Lanka 284-7 (50 overs) beat Scotland 101 (32.4 overs) by 183 runs|
Scotland stumbled to a 183-run defeat by Sri Lanka in their tri-series match at The Grange in Edinburgh.
The Scots, buoyed by their victory over Ireland, were unable to cope with bowler Lasith Malinga who enjoyed a five-wicket haul.
Opening batsman Mahela Jayawardene (64) top scored for the Sri Lankans before Malinga ripped through the Scots' top order.
Fraser Watts, Kyle Coetzer and Callum MacLeod all fell cheaply.
The Scots had made a record high one-day score of 323 against Ireland 24 hours earlier, but Malinga's bowling extinguished hopes of clinching the Tri-series in sun-kissed Edinburgh.
Malinga, who finished with figures of 5 for 30, also proved handy with the bat, hitting 32 off 15 balls.
Chasing 285 runs for victory, the Scots failed to shine at the crease, with the exception of Majid Haq who made 34.
Scotland head coach Peter Steindl acknowledged the gulf in class between his side and the World Cup runners-up.
"It was a tough day for us today. We did well in the field, bowled well, restricted them to 280 which we were really happy about. But they came out [bowling] really hard. The first five to 10 overs were really difficult for us, and they just put us on the back pedal," he said.
"We genuinely turned up today looking to cause an upset, we're disappointed they way it went in terms of the outcome. But overall, over the two days we can take a lot of positives from this."
Steindl believes the tri-series has provided his players with invaluable experience, particularly the victory over Ireland on Tuesday.
"The win on Tuesday was fantastic. The Irish are ranked 10th in the world and it was an important win for us. To chase down 320 with nine balls to spare was a fantastic effort and we can take a lot of confidence from that.
"Lessons for the future are we need to play more games of cricket against top teams like this. The more we play, the more we can adapt and react to what's happening out there in the game and put in some stronger performances."