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September 23, 2005
Sri Lanka A 251 for 6 in 50 overs (Mubarak 59, Lokuhettige 57*) beat New Zealand A 239 for 9 in 50 overs (Sinclair 51, Fulton 56, Mubarak 5-59) by 12 runs
Jehan Mubarak shone with both bat and ball, scoring 59 runs and taking 5 for 59, as New Zealand A were restricted to 239 for 6 in their pursuit of Sri Lanka A's 251.
Mubarak ran through the New Zealand A middle order after Matthew Sinclair (51) and Peter Fulton (56) had taken them to a strong position at 146 for 3. Mubarak swiftly accounted for James Marshall and the experienced Chris Harris as New Zealand A lost 6 wickets for just 93 runs to finish 12 runs short of their target.
In their innings, Sri Lanka A got off to a horrific start as they lost two wickets for just two runs. Mubarak led the recovery with a quick 59 off just 60 balls that included eight fours and a six. Useful contributions from all the middle-order batsmen helped Sri Lanka A build a solid platform and Lokuhettige provided the perfect finish as he blasted 57 off just 39 balls to take Sri Lanka A to a respectable 251.
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