SL A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial ODI, Pallekele October 3, 2013

All-round Rambukwella secures series for SL A


New Zealand A 274 for 9 (Munro 50, Ellis 46*, Rambukwella 4-30) were defeated by Sri Lanka A 278 for 7 (Karunaratne 70, Chandimal 48, Milne 2-44)

Ramith Rambukwella was impactful with ball and bat, as he drove Sri Lanka A to a series victory against New Zealand A, in the deciding unofficial ODI in Dambulla. New Zealand A scored 274 for 9, after Rambukwella's 4 wickets for 30 leashed the middle order, and curbed promising partnerships partnerships.

His 36 from 29 then swung the chase definitively in Sri Lanka's A's direction, who surpassed their opponents with three wickets in hand and nine balls to spare. Dimuth Karunaratne also hit his fifth consecutive score above 50 - three of which had come in the one-dayers, for which he won the player of the series award. He hit 271 runs in the series - almost twice as many as the next-best batsman - averaging 90.33.

Rambukwella's offspin accounted for four wickets in succession between the 15th and 32nd over, after Suranga Lakmal and Sachithra Serasinghe had struck once each, early in the innings. Colin Munro hit the only half-century for New Zealand, put on 74 runs for the fifth wicket with Luke Ronchi - the largest of the innings - before Rambukwella removed them both in quick succession.

His burst had left the visitors struggling at 169 for 6, but New Zealajd A recovered through Andrew Ellis, who hit 46 not out from 42 and Ronnie Hira, who struck 30 from 23. The pair hit 60 runs for the ninth wicket in 41 balls.

Sri Lanka A's seam bowlers had an expensive day again, as Shaminda Eranga went at ten an over during this three overs, and Lakmal managed little better, conceding 49 from his 6 overs - though he also took two wickets.

Kusal Perera provided another lightening start to the hosts' innings - albeit a briefer one than he had provided in the previous match, as he hit three fours and a six in a 25-ball 16 before being bowled by Adam Milne.

Karunaratne hit only seven fours in the innings, but progressed busily too, hitting 70 from 78, having forged a 110 run stand with Dinesh Chandimal along the way. Chandimal's demise for 48 and Angelo Perera's fall soon after left the hosts with 97 to win from 92 balls and five wickets remaining, but Rambukwella's salvo and a fine finishing innings from Ashan Priyanjan, who hit 47 from 40, secured the match for the hosts.

Milne and Ellis took two wickets apiece for New Zealand A, but their spin bowlers were unable to emulate the efficacy of Sri Lanka A's slow-bowlers.

The match brought New Zealand A's difficult tour of the subcontinent to a close. They had drawn two four-day matches with India A, before being whitewashed in the one-dayers, and they have now lost both the first-class and List A series against Sri Lanka A.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Yes lets redesign all aircraft doors so Dimuth gets a chance to shine abroad.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    most people who comment here have no idea about what they are talking..Chandimal and thirimanne are the two best young players we`ve got followed by Kusla and Dimuth..every one who follows SL cricket properly know this..look at chandimal`s track record..He averages 60 in 1st class cricket more than sanga and mahela..Test average is 58 and ODIs is 32 (better than 23 yr old sanga).at school level he holds the sri lankan record for a season with 1700 runs in 2009..also the 1st player to score 1000 in 1st class cricket in 12 years (2010)...he was the best under 19 player ever for SL.(100s against India,Aus,Ban,NZ )he was the best batsman in last domestic T20..In this match scored 48..the one before last he scored 68..80 before that..people say he is still out of form !

  • ESPN on October 3, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    My super 11


    Mubarak,tharanga and eranga should be in the squad. thirumana and chandimal must earn a place in the squad i wish!!!!??

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    @Malin De Silva . Yoa are asking why Chandimal is captain of national team while players like Thirimanna there . There is no argument both are performing bad these days . But when in good form who is the best . When in good form who has ability to play long innings most importantly with good strike rate . And cricket is not only things shown in Television please refer track record of both . Who is most experienced as captains .

  • associate cricket fan on October 3, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @Ashen. We already have Thissara Perera who can clear boundary ropes at any time. I doubt if this Ramith can do 10% of what Thissera did for our team. But I agree Dimuth and Kaushal Silva should be given a chance.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Wish all the best for the all SL - A team youngsters i have shown some energy. Im sick of seeing Thirimanna in sri lankan team . While india developing Kholi (also other teams build their own substitutes) we are testing Thirimanna . I dont know why .Even if in above average day thirimanna will not reach to average Kholi . Cant we find some one from this SL - A team instead thirimanna . This comment is not personal . It is good atleast someone tell thirimanna to change his attitude .

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    A very good all round performance from Ramith Rambukwella. Many people criticise his selection because he is a son of a minister. But take my word. This guy is really talented. He can hit a six anytime under pressure, which is an area where most of our national level players aren't capable of. Also he's a very good off spin bowler, who takes wickets regularly. I'm not surprised if he gets a chance in our T20 team. His off breaks and power hitting will be very useful for the T20s. I think he should be given a chance. For our team to develop, chance should be given for these talented youngsters rather than just blaming the poor guy for being the son of a minister.

    Also I would like to see Dimuth too given a chance in the ODIs as an opener for some time. We gave lot of chances to Upul. He plays one good innings per 10 innings. The consistency is not there. Now I think it's time that Dimuth is given chance. Not only for one game. For few series at least. He's going to be our future opener

  • Android on October 3, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    good show ramith. keep it up to make the critics shut their mouth.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    My biggest doubt is why Chandimal is a captain of a national team while playes like Thirimanne are there and Dimuth and Ashan not even get a change in national team. Poor selections by Sri Lankan Cricket selctors.

  • Buddhika on October 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    well done boys specifically Ramith,Dimuth and Ashan. but in next month NewZeland tour may play old team none of these guys may selected. so have to wish all of them to play SL A as long as possible and win. but Kaushal(Test),Dimuth,Ashan you are always in our heart even may not select to National Team.

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