Sri Lanka A v England Lions, 4th unofficial ODI, Colombo February 3, 2012

Sri Lanka A level series against Lions

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Sri Lanka A 206 for 6 (Karunaratne 45, Patel 2-45) beat England Lions 204 (Hales 62, Bandara 3-41) by four wickets

Sri Lanka A won the fourth match of their series with England Lions to draw level at 2-2 and set up a decider in Colombo on Monday. Despite a brisk opening partnership between Samit Patel, promoted up the order in place of Joe Root, and Alex Hales, the Lions limped to 204 all out in 42.1 overs after being asked to bat. Sri Lanka's batsmen also struggled to score freely but solid contributions from the top order eventually saw them to their target.

When Kosala Kulasekara became the third wicket to fall in 16 balls - with 17 still needed for victory and No. 8 Malinga Bandara on his way to the crease - the Lions may have sensed an unlikely reprieve. But Bandara struck a six and a four as he and Kushal Perera put the wobble behind them to secure the win with almost eight overs to spare. The run chase was built on another solid opening - Dimuth Karunaratne top-scoring with 45 - and Sri Lanka's middle and lower order provided better ballast than England's had earlier in the day.

The Lions' innings gradually subsided after the opener Patel had blasted a 47-ball 50. The next four batsmen all failed and when Hales departed - becoming Seekkuge Prasanna's third victim - with the score at 139 for 6, a challenging total still looked a long way off. Chris Woakes provided some resistance but he fell to Bandara as the 200 beckoned and the Lions' tail was finally clipped shortly after.

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  • Chandani on February 6, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Come on selectors !! Please do not include people like Thushara who has been tested before and he is not upto the mark to become an international player. Please give this chance to a younger player. Whats the point in playing Bandara, Thushara and Kosala kulasekara. May be Kandambi as captain is okay since you need some experiance. We have good young players and they need to be given a chance rather than playing these old not worth players like Thushara all the time !!

  • Aruna on February 4, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Roshen is a brilliant fielder too. if he makes SL team he'll be the best fielder in the side.

  • Jonathan on February 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    yes you guys are correct Sachithra Serasinghe had a good A tour to England last year although Roshen Silva failed. but he has been among the runs in the domestic tournament. dont get mixed up with Sachithra Senanayake who is the Off Break bowler with Sachithra Serasinghe who is a Batting All Rounder. yes the Batting looks solid and two more inclusions to these names would be Ashan Priyanjan & Kushal Janith Perera. the bowling cupboard looks thin though but with the returns of Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga it wouldnt be an issue although we lack serious pace. with Seekuge Prasanna showing form & possible inclusion of Jeevan Mendis the A team would pose a formidable side to challenge the SL team. like Australia we should build a strong A team which would continously perform well.

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Just because I was curious I searched for Roshen Silva and he has an impressive record in first class cricket with an average of 50. Looks like finally we have good young batsman coming up the ranks. With Chandimal, Thirimanne, Dimuth, Banuka Rajapakse and now Roshen our future doesn't look that bad. We just need to find one or two solid fast bowlers.

  • Menake on February 3, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @Lakpj, If you meant Sachitra Senanayake, He is in Australia with the SL national team! Who is Roshen Silva?

  • Lakpriya on February 3, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Even though this is the SL A team, this is not the strongest team that could be put on the field. Sachithra Seranasinghe and Roshen Silva should have been there.

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