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September 17, 2010
Sri Lanka A 97 (Junaid 4-33, Azam 4-19) and 175 (Chandimal 46*, Junaid 5-50, Babar 4-38) beat Pakistan A 94 (Senanayake 6-19, Lakmal 4-33) and 139 (Mendis 5-32) by 39 runs
Sri Lanka A's bowlers ensured there would be no fightback from the Pakistan A tail in Hambantota and that the match would end with bat having been utterly dominated by ball. The hosts had 86 runs to defend on the third day of the second unofficial Test and five wickets to take, which they did while conceding only 46.
Twenty two wickets had fallen on the first day, with both teams being dismissed for less than 100 in their first innings, but an improved batting effort from Sri Lanka A in their second had set Pakistan a target of 179. The visitors' top order wobbled and they ended the second day on 93 for 5, with the promising Hammad Azam unbeaten on 23.
Azam, however, was the first batsman to be dismissed today, falling lbw to Jeevan Mendis for 40 off 81 balls. With him went Pakistan A's hopes and three wickets fell for one run to reduce the visitors from 123 for 6 to 124 for 9. Sachithra Senanayake, an offspinner, took two while Mendis bowled Zulfiqar Babar for a duck to complete his five-wicket haul. Suranga Lakmal picked up the final wicket, that of Junaid Khan, to consign Pakistan A to a 39-run defeat.
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