New Zealand A v Sri Lanka A, Cardiff

Prasanna, de Silva star in SL A win

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August 2, 2014

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Seekkuge Prasanna celebrates one of his six wickets, England Lions v Sri Lanka A, 2nd one-dayer, New Road, August 14, 2011
File photo: Seekkuge Prasanna's spell triggered a middle-order collapse © Getty Images

New Zealand A's batsmen crumbled against the spin of Seekkuge Prasanna in Cardiff and fell short of the Duckworth-Lewis target of 136 by 14 runs in their tour game against Sri Lanka A.

New Zealand A made a blazing start to the chase with a flurry of boundaries and were 61 for 1 in the seventh over but Prasanna struck in each of his four overs to reduce the team to 96 for 6 after 15 overs. The Sri Lanka A bowlers kept the pressure on the lower order and bowled New Zealand A out for 121 in the 20th over.

New Zealand A had chosen to bowl after the match had been shortened to 40 overs-a-side. Sri Lanka A had batted for only one over before another spell of run came and the match was further reduced to 20 overs-a-side.

Doug Bracewell struck early and picked up a couple of wickets but a timely half-century from Chaturanga de Silva helped Sri Lanka A post 133. The target was readjusted to 136, and the New Zealand A batsmen failed against the spinners who shared nine wickets between them.

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Posted by BlakeHoulihan on (August 3, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut good point about the spin being a problem, especially against Sri Lanka in limited overs cricket. I think just before the last NZ tour to Bangladesh there were some NZ A tours in the subcontinent, but that was nearly a year ago now. We need more. Once every few years is not enough.

Posted by Lion83 on (August 3, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Both Chathuranga and Prassanna should be in the SL ODI squad against PAK

Posted by ranilranathunga on (August 3, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

We need to get our fast bowlers right too in these conditions, we should try Vishwa who is a left armer + quick bowler

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (August 3, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

spinners destroying us again, maybe our A tours should be to the sub continent instead of the uk which have simalar conditions to us, learning to play spin has to be a priority for A tours its always been our archillies heel at the top level and again some of our top players have been exposed, A tours anywhere is going to be benaficial but i think the sub continent is where our players would learn more, still excited about this tour though, hopefully they pick themselves up for the next game.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 3, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Of all who is not keeping to hopes (or hype) is Rajapaksa. Should look for another youngster from the current under 19 team.

Posted by   on (August 3, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

chathuranga in fine form..we should stop playing with 7 batsman and 4 bowlers! we did that against SA. we played ashan at 7 as all rounder! put chathuranga there! 6 batsman 1 true all rounder and 4 bowlers.. feel chandimal is also coming in to good form

Posted by   on (August 3, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

Chathuranga de Silva is at his form of his life....He definitely should play for Pak Odi...He has done nothing wrong to be left out from SL team..

Posted by ranilranathunga on (August 3, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

Why Vishwa Fernando is not playing? we need to grove a left arm FAST bowler...

Posted by BlakeHoulihan on (August 3, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

Disappointing results from the kiwi boys. Raced to 60 after 6 overs chasing 130odd and somehow lost... I know Munro wasn't there but still not good enough.

Posted by Kotuwegogoda on (August 2, 2014, 22:58 GMT)

Congratulations. But team selection ! Out. Ramith. Poor contribution both batting & bowling. Team batting shorter format batting start modest but accelerate gradually. Keep wickets and slog last ten overs. Sad to lose 3 wickets in last over when another 10 runs could have been added.

Advise batsmen to convert 30 and 50 to hundred least by one or two so you build a solid platform to end the innings. Kiwis always struggle against quality spin. Study England A team players well before you play them.

Don't be complacent against any opponent. Give them due respect. But be sharp on your game. Don't offer your wicket but let the opposition earn it. These are little tips for success.

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