Kent v Sri Lanka A, Canterbury July 14, 2004

Seven out of seven for Sri Lanka A

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 190 for 6 (Perera 43*) beat Kent 188 for 8 (Smith 70) by four wickets
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Sri Lanka A made it seven wins out of seven with another emphatic victory, this time over Kent at Canterbury. They were made to sweat briefly, as Amjad Khan whipped out three wickets in a useful nine-over spell, but Kent's total of 188 for 9 proved insufficient, and the Sri Lankans swept home by four wickets with more than five overs to spare.

Rain reduced the match to a 43-over affair, but after winning the toss and batting, Kent made the perfect start, as Michael Carberry and Ed Smith rattled along to a 109-run opening partnership. But as soon as Carberry fell for an excellent 48, the wheels came off the innings. Alex Loudon was caught-and-bowled by Suraj Mohamed for 1, and Suraj followed up with the big wicket of Smith, for a finely-crafted 70.

The innings unravelled with alarming speed after that. Only Niall O'Brien's defiant unbeaten 27 from 25 balls prevented a complete meltdown, but Kent's total of 188 for 8 was unlikely to be competitive.

Sure enough, Sri Lanka came racing out of the blocks, with Gayan Wijekoon setting the pace and Ian Daniel chipping in with a cameo 21. Khan then caused a mid-innings stutter, but Bathiya Perera steered them to victory with an unbeaten 43.