Sri Lanka in peak form

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Sri Lanka maintained their impressive run of form by winning the Champions Trophy in Sharjah yesterday, defeating West Indies by 50 runs in the final.

For Sri Lanka it was their first victory overseas in a tournament with more that two teams since they gained Test status in 1982 and added weight to Sir Richard Hadlee's prediction that they could win the forthcoming World Cup.

Sri Lanka, who have beaten New Zealand and Pakistan in away Tests , outplayed their opponents. Put in by West Indies, Sri Lanka made the most of a placid pitch to score 273 all out in 49.5 overs.

The West Indies were never up to the challenge and lost half of their wickets for 88. The main resistance came much too late with the last-wicket partnership between Ottis Gibson and Hamesh Anthony putting 46.