Sri Lanka A v New Zealand A, 1st unofficial Test, 2nd day

Kaushal Silva ton highlight of second day

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 18, 2013

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New Zealand A 31 for 0 (Cachopa 14*) trail Sri Lanka A 252 (Silva 103, Sodhi 3-34) by 221 runs
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Kaushal Silva raises his bat after scoring a hundred, West Indies A v Sri Lanka A, 2nd unofficial Test, 1st day, Kingstown, June 12, 2013
Kaushal Silva's fruitful year continued © WICB Media
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Heavy skies interfered again in Pallekele, but there was enough time for Kaushal Silva to complete another first-class hundred in a fine year for the right-hand batsman where he also scored 1073 runs in 10 innings for Sinhalese Sports Club, and for New Zealand A to dismiss the remainder of Sri Lanka's mediocre batting order. Just under 55 overs were bowled on the second day of the four-day match, and at its end, the visitors had hit 31 for no loss in response to Sri Lanka A's 252.

Silva had been the most successful batsman in Sri Lanka's first-class season earlier in the year - the final of which he helped win thrillingly - and at 27, he is mounting a case for a Test recall. Three men who have played Tests for Sri Lanka this year gave him scant support, as he held out against a good pace attack, and formed the backbone of Sri Lanka's modest first-innings score with 103. He had begun the day on 49.

Doug Bracewell made the first breakthrough for New Zealand A, removing Ashan Priyanjan for 40 in the fifth over of the morning to end his 81-run stand with Silva, whom Bracewell would also dismiss. Ish Sodhi took three middle-order scalps to ensure no more lengthy partnerships would take root, and Corey Anderson added a wicket to the one he had taken on Tuesday. Tearaway Adam Milne dismissed the last man.

Carl Cachopa and Anton Devcich began cautiously as the day wound down, finishing on 14 and 11 not out respectively.

The weather is forecast to improve on Thursday and Friday, but the rain may not disappear entirely. Only 40 overs were bowled on day one.

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Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Kaushal Silva is an excellent prospect to be selected in the Sri Lankan team as a batsman because what the team needs is for players to play effectively under pressure and to perform when required. This is something that Kaushal Silva has in abandons and he must be therefore used at the highest level at Test Match cricket to ensure that his talent and attributes are used contractively and productively without wasting it at first class level.

Posted by Afta on (September 19, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Even though some see there are a few sparks in the A team. I am of the view that none of them have the consistancy and the ability to stay put. Our national team is strugling, cannot depend on Mahela, Sanga & Dilshan, they will be out of the seen very soon and our bowling cupboard is bare. So tell me who are the replacements? Mathews hasn't proved to be someone who leads from the front, Chandimal an utter failure, cannot understand why they are grooming him to be the future captain when his performance is in question. In the bowling, most of the fast bowlers are prone to injury. (Malinga plays best for the Mumbai Indians and not in tests) In the spin dept. barring Rangana Herath there isn't anybody. I can see the selectors and the board are only FILLING IN THE GAPS...! Look at India, the consistancy of the players and a cupboard full of young and talented players, many to pick from... Why can't we do the same? Brace yourselves for a number of humiliating defeats in the future...!!!!

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

In all honesty this is hardly the best Sri lankan A side wheres malinda pushpakumara and tharindu kaushal or sachithra senanayake. On top of this pace attack is players like kasun madushanka, saliya saman, Charith Jayampathi are missing WHO ALL HAVE A AVERAGE OF ABOUT 20 I mean come on these players can replace out international test bowling side. Vimukthi Perera was a good choice. At this point i don't even know anymore :( This is just bowling don't even get me started on the batting LOL

Posted by Prema1948 on (September 19, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

1st CLASS BATTING AVES. around 40 & above. Interestingly this henchman was ranked 189th in the order of runs scored & 235th in the order of Average in the Premier Division LO Tournament (2006/07) held immediately prior to the Englishmen's visit to the Country, even in the League tournament of the same year his rankings was 93 & 75 in the order of runs & averages respectively. Again this same player was brought as bowler this time for a T/20 series against Australia in Pallekelle in Aug 2011. Though Ajantha was the most O/S T/20 bowler at the time, the henchman was preferred for the 1st match, Ajantha was asked to carry water. (One may verify stats in any good website like the Cricinfo)

Posted by Prema1948 on (September 19, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

reckless hitting. The picking of the aging off-spinner an henchman of the present & past J&Ps, for this match too needs attention, he is another player who has always been given preference over quality spinners (Ajantha aged 28, 1stClaWkts 264, 1st ClaBoAve 21.64; S'nayake aged 28,1stClaWkts 346, 1st ClaBoAve 19.91; Malinda Pushpakumara aged 26,1stClaWkts 289, 1st ClaBoAve 20.47; Dulanjana Mendis aged 23,1stClaWkts 203, 1st ClaBoAve 19.87 & Tharindu Khausal aged 20,1stClaWkts 55, 1st ClaBoAve 19.56) in the Country. Though he is considered as an all-rounder by the J&Ps, with 1st Cl Bat Ave of just 24+ after a 222 1st Cla Inns. allowed to open the batting against touring English men in ODI match played on 13 Oct 2007 at time he was ranked (This player was originally mysteriously brought to represent the Country as a batsman against touring Englishmen in 13 Oct 2007, at a time his 1st Class Bat Ave was just 23, though one could find better batters in dozens with 2bCNTD

Posted by Prema1948 on (September 19, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

Though Khausal aged 27 is one of the most outstanding batters, in same mould of Attapattu&S'weera, has always been ignored together with other quality batters(Kusal Mendis the Best Sch'boy bat 2013; Niroshan Dickwella&Sadun Weerakkody the Best Sch'boy bats 2012; Bhanuka Rajapaksha the Best Sch'boy bat 2010& 2011, he is one of the top 3 batters in 2010 YW; Angelo Perera & Chandimal the Best Sch'boy bats 2009 Umesh Karunarathna, the Best Sch'boy CRICKETER all-Rounder 2008; together with other proven schoolboy batters the likes of P'withana;Dimuth;RoshenSilva;AshenAilva;GayanMaeshan;ShehanJayasuriya;Kithruwan;LahiruBhuddika;MadawaWarnapura,a son of Bandula; shehanFernando, WimangaPerera;PrabasaraWaduge;YasodaLanka,...) that have maintained consistency from their young age, just to entertain over-hyped reckless hitting inconsistent seniors(e.g. the early ODI career Bat Ave of S'kara between 2000/01 -2001/02 is just 17+ in 35 1st Cla Inns) as well as other youngsters known for 2bCNTD

Posted by Prema1948 on (September 19, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

Though Khausal aged 27 is one of the most outstanding batters in same mould of Attapattu&S'weera, has always been ignored together with other quality batters(Kusal Mendis the Best Sch'boy bat 2013; Niroshan Dickwella&Sadun Weerakkody the Best Sch'boy bats 2012; Bhanuka Rajapaksha the Best Sch'boy bat 2010& 2011, he is one of the top 3 batters in 2010 YW; Angelo Perera & Chandimal the Best Sch'boy bats 2009 Umesh Karunarathna, the Best Sch'boy CRICKETER all-Rounder 2008; together with other proven schoolboy batters the likes of P'withana;Dimuth;RoshenSilva;AshenAilva;GayanMaeshan;ShehanJayasuriya;Kithruwan;LahiruBhuddika;MadawaWarnapura,a son of Bandula; shehanFernando, WimangaPerera;PrabasaraWaduge;YasodaLanka,...) that have maintained consistency from their young age, just to entertain over-hyped reckless hitting inconsistent seniors(e.g. the early ODI career Bat Ave of S'kara between 2002/01 -2001/02 is just 17+ in 35 1st Cla Inns) as well as other youngsters known for 2bCNTD

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (September 18, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Looks like every team comes to islanders after touring from India becomes a lot of headache for them. Visitor's spinners dominated in island which is a lot encouraging for them. Tough days ahead for home team now as visitors are in mood to thrash them.

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