SLC Development XI v Hong Kong, 4th match, Colombo September 17, 2008

SLC Development XI complete clean sweep

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI 246 for 9 (Jayaratne 69*, Peiris 42, Dar 3-32) beat Hong Kong 230 (Gull 36, Jayaratne 3-35, Weerasinghe 2-27) by 16 runs

Hong Kong's misery on their tour of Sri Lanka continued as they lost the final one-dayer against the Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI in Colombo by 16 runs. Hong Kong, to their credit, put up a fight, first with the ball and later with a last-wicket stand but those efforts weren't enough to pull off a consolation win. The result meant a 4-0 clean sweep for the Sri Lankans who showed no signs of easing off, having already secured the series in the previous match.

Put in to bat by Hong Kong, the Sri Lankans were off to the worst possible start losing their openers, Tharindu Fernando and Geeth Kumara, for 11 runs inside the fifth over. Having been reduced to 57 for 5 it was upto Udara Peiris and Imesh Udayanga to steady the innings in the middle. However, the fireworks were supplied by Ishan Jayaratne whose quickfire 69 ensured Sri Lanka edged close to 250. His unbeaten knock, off 60 balls comprised eight fours and a six.

Among the Hong Kong bowlers, Irfan Ahmed and Munir Dar finished with three wickets apiece.

The Hong Kong batsmen began cautiously but the Sri Lankan bowlers picked up wickets regularly. Opener Tabarak Dar, Munir Dar and Ilyas Gull, who top scored with 36, all got off to starts but couldn't go on further. The biggest partnership was the 38 put on by the last wicket as Hong Kong finished at 230.

Jayaratne starred with the ball as well for Sri Lanka picking up 3 for 35 and was ably assisted by Shameera Weerasinghe who chipped in with two wickets.