Rest of Sri Lanka v Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Cricket Triangular Series May 14, 2013

Kulasekara sets up win for Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rest of Sri Lanka 204 (Kulasekara 61, Vimukthi Perera 4-30) beat Sri Lanka A 146 (Angelo Perera 43, Welegedara 3-36) by 58 runs

Rest of Sri Lanka rode on an all-round performance from Nuwan Kulasekara to secure a second comprehensive victory in the List-A tri-series in Pallekele, defeating Sri Lanka A by 58 runs in a low-scoring match. Both sides ran into trouble early on, against the fast bowlers on a seaming track. However, after having top-scored for Rest SL with 61, Kulasekara combined with Chanaka Welegedara to demolish Sri Lanka A's top order within the first four overs of their innings, reducing them to 6 for 5 - a position from which they never recovered. They were eventually dismissed for 146 in the 38th over, chasing a target of 205.

Kulasekara arrived at the crease with the score at 87 for 6 after Dinesh Chandimal fell, the only batsman to reach a score of 20 among the top five batsmen. Chamara Kapugedara and Rangana Herath were unable to assist Kulasekara in the recovery, but he found support in No.10 batsman Shaminda Eranga, who survived for 43 balls and contributed 33 to their 68-run partnership, the most substantial stand of the match. When Eranga fell with the score at 175, Kulasekara added 29 more with Chanaka Welegedara to take the score past 200, before falling to left-arm pacer Vimukthi Perera, who had also accounted for Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Thirimanne and Milinda Siriwardene earlier in the innings. Right-armers Suranga Lakmal and Ishan Jayaratne shared five wickets between them.

Welegedara struck for Rest of Sri Lanka before the opposition had scored a run. Kulasekara bowled a maiden in the first over and picked up Dilshan Munaweera and Kithuruwan Vithanage in the next. That double strike was followed by another wicket from Welegedara, and his consecutive wickets effectively sealed Sri Lanka A's fate.

Sri Lanka A captain Angelo Perera attempted to rebuild alongside a sedate Jayaratne, who hit 2 from 25 balls, but he lost his partner to a run-out before losing his own wicket to Shaminda Eranga, with the team score on 56.

As in Rest SL's innings, an ageing ball somewhat negated the threat of the seam bowlers as the innings wore on, and Seekkuge Prasanna and Suranga Lakmal hit 23 and 38 not out respectively coming in at No. 9 and 10. Vimukthi Perera combined with Lakmal to add 55 for the last wicket.

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  • Tony on May 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    For goodness sake! Drop Kapugedera. He's had too many chances and is making a mockery of Sri Lankan cricket that he's still in the international scene. Even Angelo Mathews to be captain is embarrassing. A man who has been made captain despite his last century being scored almost 2 years ago, really? In any other decent test playing nation he would have been dropped by now, just look at Shaun Marsh and he's only a batsman. Get Thirimanne into the leadership circle and for goodness sake drop Sanga from the t20 side. He's not performing for a start. Secondly he has become a liability in the format. And thirdly he's a test player and bloody good at it! Even Tendulkar had the brains to know early on that it should be a format to encourage the youth of the team to excel not players in their mid 30's.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    what is the reason behind inclusion of chamara kapugedara in the squad or even in the playing eleven. I think enough is enough for these kind of inconsistent players. it is better to give some chance to players who selected from northern and eastern provinces for this tournament rather than upul tharanga and chamara kapugedara who have given enough chances to show themselves.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Who is Vimukthi Perera guy?? He had 7 wickets in a 50 over match! hope he can ball 135 kmh because we badly need good left arm pacer! Welagedara is not dilivering what we want.he has played lot lot of cricket but still not come to the where SL want.. again Chandimal is the best SL batsman in Pacy wickets..hope he will diliver in champians thropy! plz mahela,kusal,mathews,jewan,sanga come and take part in this... you are becoming a jork of IPL with poor perfomances

  • Nimmie on May 15, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    should be brought-in for these over-hyped 3 seniors (very ordinary schoolboy Cricketers of 15 years ago). These Jokers of last 25 years have always forced quality players of proper control over their stroke-play (S'weera) to retire early (and completely ignore other brilliant schoolboy Cricketers) and messed around with the risky, reckless inconsistent stroke makers for too long. At a time that they couldn't deliver goods when they were in their prime (in 2003 WC) what can one expect from them at this old age. If we had depended solely on batting of J'suriya & K'witharana to win the WC of 1996, there wouldn't have been any WC win for SL. A team can accommodate only one reckless hitter, all other have to be reliable betters of Alistaire Cooke's, Trott's class of good control over their stroke play, as in the case of teams like Eng and Ind. STATS courtesy Cricinfo

  • Nimmie on May 15, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Kulasekara's execution of strokes is 1000 times better than the 3 seniors at the death-end. The big -named frontliner's consuming of lots deliveries at the beginning and his inability to score quick runs when the Team needed it badly is the main reason why the Country hardly won a series since 2007, however the jokers still want to continue with same old unpredictable risky stroke-makers. I've always thought both Angelo Perera & Chandimal should have been prominent members of the Team ever since they left school. I'm strongly feel AngeloP(The Best Schoolboy Bat(2009)1st Cl Av 46, Niroshan Dickwella 1st Cl Av 36(The Best Schoolboy Bat(2012) and Kusal Mendis the current Best Schoolboy Bat(The Best Schoolboy Bat of 2010&2011 seems to have loss his interest of the Game as in the case of many other Schoolboy Crickters because the J&Ps have always preffered risky reckless hitters, irratic pace bowlers and few other henchmen) 2 B CNTD

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