Sri Lanka A v Bangladesh A, 1st ODI, Colombo March 31, 2007

Lokuarachchi stars with bat and ball

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Sri Lanka A 285 for 5 (Lokuarachchi 77*, Kapugedera 63*, Perera 56, Farhad Reza 3-49) beat Bangladesh 284 for 8 (Jahurul Islam 70, Tushar Imran 68, Lokuarachchi 3-46) by five wickets
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Dilruwan Perera hit an important 56 for Sri Lanka A © Cricinfo Ltd
A thrilling unbeaten stand of 139 in 18 overs between Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Chamara Kapugedera powered Sri Lanka A to a five-wicket against Bangladesh A at the Colts Ground in Colombo. They were in trouble having lost half their side for 146 in pursuit of 285, but the sixth-wicket pair were so dominant that the winning runs came with 39 balls to spare.

After a solid batting effort from Bangladesh, guided by half-centuries from Jahurul Islam and the captain Tushar Imran, Sri Lanka needed a strong start to their chase. Michael Vandort and Dilruwan Perera added 62 for the first wicket in decent time and the total raced to 105 for 1 in the 16th over.

Bangladesh then fought back through Farhad Reza, the medium-pacer, who claimed three quick wickets - all lbw - and produced the run out of Perera for 56. Suddenly the momentum had swung, but as quickly as the visitors had gained a foothold they lost it again. Lokuarachchi slammed 11 fours in his 56-ball innings - include four in one over off Reza - while Kapugedera, who missed out on a World Cup place, was slightly more sedate in his vital 63.

It had been a day dominated from the start by the bat as the Bangladesh top order set the early running. Islam's 70 came off 82 balls and Tushar hit four sixes in his run-a-ball 68. But Lokuarachchi claimed three useful wickets with his legspin to keep Sri Lanka in touch; his batting then finished the job in style.

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