Ireland v Sri Lanka A, One-day match, Stormont July 25, 2014

Priyanjan hundred sets up big Sri Lanka A win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 329 for 8 (Priyanjan 111, de Silva 60, Udawatte 60, Gunathilaka 55, Young 4-44) beat Ireland 222 (Thompson 51, White 45, Prasanna 5-50) by 107 runs

Led by a hundred from captain Ashan Priyanjan, Sri Lanka A's top order produced a powerful display at Stormont which was more than enough to overpower Ireland.

Priyanjan, who is part of Sri Lanka's ODI side, hit 111 off 70 balls as the visitors piled up 329 for 8 with a late charge from Chaturanga de Silva who hammered 60 off 27 deliveries. Then figures of 5 for 50 by legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna undermined Ireland's chase from the outset and they finished with 222 all out.

The platform was laid by the openers as Danushka Gunathilaka and Mahela Udawatte added 104 in 25 overs. Although both fell shortly after completing fifties, the innings then gained momentum as Priyanjan began to cut loose during a third-wicket stand of 94 in 11 overs with Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

Priyanjan reached his fifty off 40 balls with his next 61 runs requiring just 30 deliveries. He was particularly severe on Andy McBrine whose ninth over cost 19, including three consecutive fours and a six, and his century arrived the ball after he deposited Peter Chase for his third six.

The last 10 overs of Sri Lanka A's innings brought 107 runs - with de Silva's hitting playing its part - although it may have been even more if it had not been for a late flurry of wickets which meant the last three overs cost just 10. Craig Young could hold his head high with figures of 4 for 44 as could Andrew White with 1 for 29 off his full allocation.

Ireland were immediately in trouble during the chase as both openers departed inside three overs to Prasanna who took the new ball - Stuart Poynter getting a leading edge first ball and Andy Balbirnie lbw sweeping - and by the 18th over they had lost half their side for 77.

The middle order responded with some defiance as Stuart Thompson hit a run-a-ball 51 but the target was always miles away. Prasanna returned to remove White and completed his five-wicket haul with two wickets in three balls in the 41st over.

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  • Monoz on July 26, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @ SriLankanYoungBlood: Don't feel sorry about Dilshan's presence in the ODI side because he is still playing well. He is just 37 and Sachin played ODI until 39 and tests until 41 with a quite mediocre average of just 20+ in his last few seasons. But Dilshan goes at 40+ average. Didn't you see his performance with Surrey County these days. With the ball 2/21, 1/13, 0/13 in T20s is superio. He has 68, 46, 36,29 in just 4 T20s and 1 FC match. He has some life in his cricketing career.

  • Buddhika on July 26, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Welldone Guys. But i Feel sorry about Gunathilake and Udawatte. Those guys never get a chance in a National Side Until Old Dilshan is There. Dilshan will play ODI and T20 until 45

  • Yasitha on July 25, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    excellent work boys... Good luck...

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