Warnapura ton clinches the series
Sri Lanka A 207 for 4 (Warnapura 104*, Perera 46) beat Bangladesh A 206 (Reza 82) by six wickets
Opener Malinda Warnapura ensured Sri Lanka A's efficient bowling effort didn't go to waste with a composed, unbeaten hundred to put his side 2-0 up over Bangladesh A at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo. The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled the tourists out for 206 in 45 overs, and overcame a top-order wobble to ease home in the 45th over.
Bangladesh's decision to bat came a cropper as they were quickly 10 for 3, Akalanka Ganegama and Ranga Dias, the opening bowlers, shared the early spoils as they accounted for openers Jahurul Islam and Mehrab Hossain jnr, and Nazimuddin, the No. 3. Ishara Amerasinghe, the right-arm medium-pacer, wasted little time in getting in on the act with the wicket of Nadif Chowdhury (25).
Tushar Imran, the captain, was removed for 38 by Dias, Amerasinghe got Mahmudullah for 0, and it was then up to Farhad Reza and Saghir Hossain, the wicketkeeper, to salvage the job. In a solid display of hitting, Reza bailed Bangladesh out of further trouble with an 84-ball 82, with seven fours and three sixes. Hossain chipped in with 25, and the duo added 82 for the seventh wicket. Kaushal Lokuarachchi, the legspinner, picked up 3 for 57.
Set 207 to win, Warnapura and Dilruwan Perera (46) added 91 before the slow left-arm combo of Enamul Haque jnr and Mehrab struck. Enamul trapped Perera lbw, and Mehrab got Chamara Kapugedera for 6. Mahmudullah, with his right-arm medium-pace, picked up Thilina Kandamby to leave Sri Lanka on 138 for 3, before he got Jehan Mubarak (21) to make it 179 for 2.
Warnapura, however, was in good touch and moved onto his maiden List A hundred in the company of Lokuarachchi, who contributed an unbeaten 2 from 20 deliveries, to finish the game and give Sri Lanka an unassailable series lead with one to play.