Chandimal, spinners extend SL A's winning run
Sri Lanka A 275 for 9 (Chandimal 100, Gunathilaka 65, Rashid 4-57) beat Yorkshire 249 (Lees 54, Hodgson 51, Prasanna 4-42, Chaturanga 3-33) by 26 runs
Dropped from the Test side after a series of low scores, Dinesh Chandimal was sent to England to join the A squad. He made a difference in his first match on tour, scoring a century and extending Sri Lanka A's winning run on tour. Chandimal's 100 took Sri Lanka to 275 but the Yorkshire batsmen succumbed to spin, losing nine of their ten wickets to the slower bowlers at Headingley and falling short by 26 runs.
Chandimal and Danushka Gunathilaka added 101 for the second wicket after Sri Lanka opted to bat. Gunathilaka made a patient 65 off 110 balls before he was dismissed by Jack Leaning. Chandimal added another 58 with Chaturanga de Silva before the latter fell to Adil Rashid. Chandimal made 100 off 105 balls before he was dismissed in the 46th over by Rashid. James Wainman finished with 3 for 51 while Rashid took 4 for 57.
Yorkshire began strongly and appeared to be in control in the first half of their innings. The openers added 70 by the ninth over before Adam Lyth was caught behind off Ramith Rambukwella. The captain Alex Lees scored 54 off 58 balls before falling to Ashan Priyanjan. The spinners helped the visitors claw back as Chaturanga, the left-arm spinner, took three wickets in quick succession to reduce Yorkshire to 158 for 5 in the 30th over. One of his victims was the well-set Dan Hodgson for 51. Seekkuge Prasanna, the legspinner, ran through the lower order to finish with 4 for 42. Wainman made an aggressive 33 off 27 balls at No. 9, but Yorkshire had lost too many wickets at that stage to mount a fightback.
It was Sri Lanka's fifth win on tour and they are yet to drop a game.