Gunaratne picks five in drawn game
Sri Lanka Board XI 352 (Vandort 91, Mubarak 57, Friend 4-71) drew with South Africa A 249 for 7 (van Zyl 75*, Cook 70, Elgar 53, Gunaratne 5-56)
South Africa A's top three batsmen launched a solid reply to Sri Lanka Board XI's first-innings effort of 352, before offspinner Janaka Gunaratne ran through the visitors' middle order as the two-day game in Kandy ended in a draw.
Gihan de Silva and Chaminda Vidanapathirana succeeded in their efforts to stretch the home side's first-innings score past 350. Quinton Friend added a wicket to his overnight tally of three as the innings closed at 352.
South Africa A openers Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar faced no problems as they ran up a partnership of 106 in 23.4 overs. Elgar was the more attacking of the two, picking eight fours and a six in a 63-ball 53 before falling to Vidanapathirana. Stiaan van Zyl continued the dominance, adding 59 runs with Cook in quick time, before Gunaratne got into the act, dismissing the latter for a 127-ball 70.
Jehan Mubarak made the next breakthrough, having Jonathan Vandiar caught behind. Thereafter, the visitors' middle order had no answers to Gunaratne, losing four wickets to his wiles for the addition of 46 runs. Thandi Tshabalala edged behind just before the end of the game, giving Gunaratne figures of 5-56, while van Zyl remained unbeaten on 75.