Sri Lanka A v England Lions, 2nd unofficial ODI, Dambulla January 29, 2012

Kieswetter ton helps Lions go 2-0 up

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England Lions 293 for 9 (Kieswetter 112*, Patel 43) beat Sri Lanka A 226 (Perera 59, Briggs 3-31, Patel 3-55) by 67 runs

England Lions, led by Craig Kieswetter's century, registered their second successive win in the one-day series in Dambulla. Kieswetter made an unbeaten 112 off 99 balls to help the Lions to 293, and Sri Lanka A fell short by 67 runs.

The Lions didn't have the best of starts, losing three wickets for 57 after choosing to bat. The lower middle-order pair of Jos Buttler and Samit Patel hit 40s to rally around Kieswetter. Buttler added 48 during his stand with Kieswetter before he was dismissed by Seekkuge Prasanna. Patel and Kieswetter then scored a quick 100 off 12.4 overs to put the Lions on course for a substantial score. Kieswetter smashed six fours and as many sixes in his innings.

Sri Lanka A's chase began quickly, with the openers Mahela Udawatte and Dimuth Karunaratne adding 64 in just over ten overs. However, quick strikes by Danny Briggs and Nathan Buck dismissed the pair and the middle order failed to compile significant partnerships to keep Sri Lanka A in the game. The sixth-wicket pair of Kushal Perera and Kosala Kulasekara added 65, but with five wickets down and the required rate increasing, the Lions held the edge. Patel and Briggs took three wickets apiece to bowl out Sri Lanka A for 226.

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  • Colombo_International on January 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    A very good lesson to the selectors who think Sri Lankan A team is the unofficial cricket team of old boys of Colombo schools. They have ignored the performances of the players from out stations and now they are paying the price. Young cricketers who have done well in u 19 level are not playing for unknown reasons. For an example Rumesh Buddika is a much better cricketer than most of the guys playing in this SL A team, but he is not even in the squad ?

  • Long-Leg on January 30, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Good to see England's young talent performing well in the subcontinent. Lots of young batsmen there which bodes well for the future.

  • RandyOZ on January 30, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    United Second XI??????????

  • jacoblrfc on January 30, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Other than his slower balls, i see Jade Dernbach as a very ordinary bowler; i hope he will be dropped from the one day side as he doesnt take many wickets for a high economy. Whilst Jos Buttler has again impressed with the bat, he has been the only consistent batsmen for the lions in recent months (Bangledesh and Sri Lanka tours), i feel that he should defintiley be playing one day and twenty20 cricket for England; his average of nearly 75 and very high strike rate in List A cricket just shows the talent he has.

  • dummy4fb on January 30, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    I feel this team could have been stronger if SL was not on Tour plus I feel even Tilan Samaraweera should have been playing a leading the side.

  • Kavum on January 30, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Disgraceful showing by SL A. No hopers like Kosala Kulasekera and Kandambi, Malinga Bandara and Warnapura should be axed and younger talent from Bhanuka's youth team (which did decently in the Youth WC) should be drafted in. Since the club vs. Province debate is likely to go on for a few more years, SLC should sponsor our young boys (19 - 23 yrs) overseas to play minor counties in England, grade cricket in Aussie or wherever else competitive second/third tier cricket is played. If they prove themselves, they will be picked up by Provincial, State or County sides. This can only help SL develop a pool of international standard talent. IPL burn-out like Nuwan Pradeep should be prevented at all costs. Also nice to see Dambulla becoming a high scoring pitch.

  • Munkeymomo on January 30, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Malaka get over yourself, this is a talented Lions side. This shows they are capable of batting in the sub-continent in a one-day game (more than can be said about the seniors) against an attack which has almost entirely played test cricket. Yes Sri Lanka have slipped a little since losing Murali, but credit where credit's due, this is a good side.

  • jonesy2 on January 30, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    has dernbach ever played a game of cricket where he didnt give away over 7 runs an over and not get any wickets? i bet he dropped a few catches as well just for good measure. and he plays international cricket for england... i rest my case

  • yorkslanka on January 30, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @malaka 1979, this does not show any depletion from SLa, this ia a strong England lions team with a number of them playing for the full side very recently..i would be surprised if our A team won these matches..

  • Migara on January 30, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    This goes to show that tried and tested failures should not be used again and again. It's OK for a player like Thushara to be playing the side, because if he gets going, is an asset for the senior team. But no hopers like Kulasekara, Kandamby and Karunarathne should not be in the team. Instead, bright all round prospects like Sachith Pathirana and Angelo Perera should make the side.SL selectors have been notoriously inept in the past. Current lot shows nothing different. If I wanted to select an SL A side would have picked: Dilshan Munaweera, Mahela Udawatta, Banuka Rajapakshe, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Janith, Sachith Pathirana, Angelo Perera, Suraj Randiv, Shaminda Eranga, Thilan Thushara and Suranga Lakmal

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