Bracewell, Sodhi set up NZ A win
New Zealand A 142 for 3 (Latham 64) beat Sri Lanka A 140 (Sodhi 4-10, Bracewell 3-19) by seven wickets
New Zealand A pulled off their second win in as many days, an emphatic dismantling of Sri Lanka A to follow victory over England Lions, giving them control of the triangular series. Their bowlers were again impressive, with Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi sharing seven wickets, before rattling through the chase with more than 30 overs to spare.
The Sri Lanka A innings got off to a solid start, reaching 43 before Bracewell took the first of his three wickets. Hamish Bennett removed the other opener, Mahela Udawatte, in the following over but Sri Lanka A progressed to 84 for 2 only for the innings to really to unravel.
Bracewell had the Sri Lanka A captain, Ashan Priyanjan, caught behind for 20 and dismissed Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the same over. Dinesh Chandimal, the other set batsman, fell to Colin de Grandhomme one ball later, with the score still on 84, and Sodhi then got involved as Sri Lanka A slipped to 101 for 7.
Sodhi, whose 4 for 10 came off six overs, broke a stand of 31 for eighth wicket by having top-scorer Seekkuge Prasanna caught for 24, as the innings was wrapped up with 15 overs to spare. The New Zealand A bowlers managed six maidens between them, with only Bennett going at more than five runs an over. While seven of the Sri Lanka A batsmen got into double figures, none could go on to build a substantial innings.
If there were any fears about the state of the Bristol pitch, New Zealand A's openers allayed them by racing to 85 inside ten overs before Hamish Rutherford fell for 38. Tom Latham completed an aggressive half-century as Sri Lanka A used eight different bowlers and, although Dushmantha Chameera took two in two balls, the result was never in doubt.