October 23, 2003

Sri Lanka A clinch series against Kenya

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match series against Kenya. Nuwan Zoysa claimed 4 for 15 as Sri Lanka A beat Kenya by seven wickets at Simba Union grounds on Wednesday. The Kenyans were no match for a strong Sri Lanka A team and only Steve Tikolo (71) could make any impact.

After they won the toss, Kenya batted first and began well, reaching 119 for 1. Kennedy Obuya's contribution of 40 at the top of the order ensured that the Sri Lanka A bowlers were kept at bay. When Obuya was dismissed, lbw to Rangana Herath (119 for 2), the wheels came off.

Kenya lost wickets in rapid succession, with Tikolo waging a lone battle. Wickets fell at regular intervals and no one else made more than 13 as Kenya were bowled out for 179 in 45.3 overs.

The total did not trouble Sri Lanka A, who reached the target in just 36 overs. Zoysa, no doubt buoyed by his four-wicket haul, was sent out to open the innings and topscored with 48. He was named the Man of the Match.