Yorkshire v Sri Lanka A, tour match, Headingley July 31, 2014

Chandimal, spinners extend SL A's winning run

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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.

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  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    @amarasekara.. please don't bring the personal hates towards playaers here! according to you your school players are good others are bad.. did you ever search about bhanuka's performances after he left your school?? chandimal will be our future number 3! just deal with that!

  • Buddhika on August 3, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    @Tharindu Ameresekere When Dilshan or Sanga get 100's against County team you guys says "Superb","Great" But When Chandi,Ashan get 100 against Same Team you say it's a "First Class Match","Just a County Match". Cloud you please Explain what's the logic behind that?

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Feeling great for Dinesh! Been handled differently by SLC but prove yourself and get back to the senior team. Will be a significant bat in WC 2015 for Srilanka. Good luck!

  • Android on August 1, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    @Tharindu Amarasekara, yo problem with Chandimal seems personal. Wonder why! Talking about Chandimal & Thirimanne what most people don't understand is that they are so far ahead of the next set of youngsters in Sri Lanka, Just check and compare 1st class career stats of them with vithanage's or dickwella's or bhanuka rajapakse's or any one. You will come to understand that both of them are miles ahead of the rest. Stats don't lie. That said though, their modes of dismissals in the recent games have been questionable. The problem is not with their technique, its their temperament that has let them down.

    Speaking of their replacements, Vithanage has been highly out of character.....he never looked comfortable in the recent international matches. But, Dickwella looks a good prospect for the future. Too early to make a call though. Hopefully we'll know by the end of the Pakistan series.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Just because you play well in First Class it doesn't make you world class. The people who keep saying -give him a chance - will you buy a product that gave you a bad experience the first time or will you drop it and go for the promising new product. If that is the case even Chamara Silva (who almost cost us the world cup) should be brought in too. I agree. They should be given a guaranteed amount of matches. Say 5 matches sin a 5 match series. But if they fail - drop them and get the new blood in and give them the chance. New blood must know to adopt. Kusal was an Opener. but made use of number 5/6 positions he was given. We dont have time to be wasting on people like Chandimal. Even this A Side chance he got is a waste. Who is staying out due to this ? - Banuka Rajapakse / Tharindu Kaushal / Akila Dhananjaya - cricketers we all know has got the talent but kept at bay to give form for these weak cricketers like Chandimal.

  • udendra on August 1, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Chandimal only performs out of SL. rather strange.

  • Sathis on August 1, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Cricket is extremely popular now in Sri Lanka due to several reasons. Among others, the World Cup win, availability of TVs everywhere and patronage from all successive governments. One of the problems created by this popularity is the emergence of a new group which air serious opinions about team selection though they know nothing about cricket. These are the people who want the blood of Chandimal and Thirimanne just because they have failed a few times. These people don't see the difference between cheese and chalk. At the beginning Marven failed so many times. But the people who could see his talents knew that he was world class material. Chandi and Thiri are in the same club. Newcomers to criket please just watch the TV and keep quite !!

  • Buddhika on August 1, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Happy About Chandi's 100 But fell sorry about superb performances of Gunathilake , Chathuranga and Sekuge. Even though these 3 guys playing very well but no chance in National Side. Because of Selector committee has very conservative idea "Old is Gold". 4 out of 11 above 35 years, while another 4 above 30 years and still rotating 36 years old Hearth and continuous failing Mendis again and again. And 38 old Dilshan still playing youngsters cricket format T20 swallows chances of Gunathilake ,at least T20'S.

  • Surath on August 1, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    Chandimal is the future Mahela/Aravinda in Sri Lanka. Yes he wasted so many opportunities given to him in the past. Because he was asked to bat down the order. That is not his place to perform as he is not the type to go out and hit siex or fours. He is the guy to bat at number 4 to build an innigs with 1s and 2s then accelerate.But now he is not the vice captain of the team. So the only way he can keep his place cemented in the team is to perform 9 out of 10 times. He has a LONG way to go, but he seems to be on the right track in getting back to the SL side. He needs to score big and become a headache to the selectors. Same goes with Thirimanne too. Those two fellows are the only ones currently who can challenge Mahela, and Sangas records. Thiri in @ 3 and Chandi @ 4, SL can look forward to a very bright future. Mahela needs to open the innings for this to happen in ODIs. Chandi will have to fight hard to get to the test side with Dikwella & Prasanna. Well done Lad! All the very best.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    He should be given opportunities to bat at the top of the order in Sri Lankan team.

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