Karunaratne stars in Sri Lanka A win
Sri Lanka A 238 for 9 (FDM Karunaratne 106, M Irfan 3-30) beat Pakistan A 241 for 6 (A Shafiq 109, S Ghani 35) by 7 runs (D/L method)
Dimuth Karunaratne's maiden one-day hundred and a little help from Duckworth-Lewis saw Sri Lanka A beat Pakistan A by seven runs at the P Sara Oval on Thursday. With two overs remaining, Sri Lanka still needed four runs to win with its number ten and eleven at the wicket, but bad light forced play to be called off. The resulting D/L calculations gave the hosts their first win in the triangular series, which also features South Africa A. Sri Lanka and South Africa will meet in the final on September 6.
When Karunaratne fell lbw to Mohammad Irfan in the 41st over, Pakistan looked to be in the driving seat. But Seekkuge Prasanna threw his bat around to make 30 off 17 balls, with four fours, to tilt the game in Sri Lanka's favour. The last two batsmen then hung around long enough for the light to intervene.
Pakistan's total was built around a solid hundred from Asad Shafiq, who scored at a run-a-ball, with seven fours. He got little support from the rest of teammates, however, with only Sheharyar Ghani making more than 30.