Board XI v Sri Lanka A, practice match November 5, 2013

Jayawardene 84 sets up Board XI win


Sri Lanka Board XI 247 for 7 (Jayawardene 84, Dilshan 47, Lakmal 3-57) beat Sri Lanka A 227 (Dilruwan Perera 49, Kulasekara 3-48, Mathews 2-19) by 20 runs

Mahela Jayawardene's 72-ball 84 set up a 20-run victory for the Sri Lanka Board XI, after rain and a wet outfield had reduced the first practice match to 42 overs per side. Jayawardene was the only batsman to cross 50 in the match, in which the fast bowlers proved effective. Nuwan Kulasekara took 3 for 48, to help disrupt Sri Lanka A's chase, after Suranga Lakmal had also taken three wickets, during the Board XI's innings.

Jayawardene built upon a sturdy start provided by the opening pair, who both made 40s. Tillakaratne Dilshan's 45-ball 47 set Board XI's innings off apace, while Dimuth Karunaratne produced a less aggressive 46 at the other end. Middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan, who has been named in the Sri Lanka squad for the New Zealand series, put on a 68-run stand for the fifth wicket, before Jayawardene was run out in the 40th over. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his innings.

Kulasekara struck early in Sri Lanka A's reply, removing Upul Tharanga for a duck in the fourth over, while Kusal Perera began with typical belligerence at the other end. Kusal hit 38 off 37, before Sachithra Senanayake had him caught, immediately after a run out had ended Dinesh Chandimal's stay at the crease.

The Sri Lanka A batsmen continued to get starts, but were unable to transform them into match-turning knocks. Kithuruwan Vithanage hit 37, and Lahiru Thirimanne hit 21, but neither found themselves in a fifty partnership. Dilruwan Perera held up one end, to hit 49 as the tail withered around him, and eventually, Board XI captain Angelo Mathews dealt the finishing blows with the ball, taking two wickets in two balls.

The teams will play one more 50-over practice match at Sinhalese Sports Club on Thursday, ahead of Sri Lanka's ODI series against New Zealand, which begins on November 10.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @ roshrosh : Mathews is too defense in all format last 12-14 months. But early in his career he pick quickly. So no need to coming up in the order. He want justify his batting skills according to match format.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Enough is enough.....where is Kapugedera? Has he been taken away ia white van ?

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Malinga has been very inconsistent lately!

  • John on November 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @ RuwanFer; Not sure. May be only in SL. But I highly doubt it.

  • Roshantha on November 6, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @ Sajid Hussain While agreeing on your point on Mathews, I feel he should start batting up in the order as well. Batting low as he does not does not help him at all.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I knew the author wouldn't let my previous comment to be posted. I would write in an innocent manner this time. The article does not do justice to the valuable inning Chandimal played. Coming in at number 3 when the team was 16 for 1, chasing a huge run rate he actually built an inning together with Kusal before he was run out. This is exactly the way future SL No.3 should bat.... positive and according to the situation so that a number 4,5 & a 6 could get the inning through!

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Chandimal and Thirimanne have been given chances in almost every game including SL A games against Kenya, NZ A etc, and they just keep on failing. Kusal was the only guy who grabbed all the chances given to him in List A cricket , SL A, Board presidents IX etc, but he just cant seem to carry it to the international stage. Lets hope he performs against NZ in the upcoming series!

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Mathews should improve his batting performance himself.

  • Kumara on November 5, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    @Blade-Runner Was it televised?

  • Android on November 5, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    nice to see mahela getting back in form

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