New Zealand A v Sri Lanka A, Tri-series, Bristol August 9, 2014

Bracewell, Sodhi set up NZ A win

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Jordan on August 10, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    I agree about Elliot as well ;D

  • Craig on August 10, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Dead right about Elliot ,

  • jared on August 10, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @ kiwi542 you're bang on, said at the start of the tournament that there is absolutely nothing we could possibly learn about grant elliot on this A tour that we dont already know, waste of a spot and is performing as expected, its almost like the selectors took pitty on wellington so gave them a token spot in the team, daryl miichell is a fine prospect and should get as much game time as possible. other than that this A team is performing really well, great win against our boogey team

  • Garry on August 10, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    kiwi542 I know right, add to the fact that he is also 35.

  • Curtis on August 10, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    good stuff boys. Grant Elliot needs to make way for daryl mitchell. mind boggling hes there, hes doing nothing but taking valuable learning from the youngsters

  • Tom on August 9, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    Great performance by the NZ A boys, great to see Sodhi doing well and Tom Latham getting a good score, he along with Kane will be NZ's batting future

  • paul on August 9, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    well done NZa......brilliant to see Bracewell performing again, plus a great showing by Sodhi...all looking good for better things for these guys.

  • Abhijeet on August 9, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    outstanding all round performance from nz a........defeating a dismal sl a side.........also they defeated eng lions day before......outstanding performance....keep it up nz boys

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