Sri Lanka A v New Zealand A, 1st unofficial Test, 4th day September 20, 2013

Century-laden Test ends in draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 252 (Silva 103, Sodhi 3-34) and 498 for 7 dec (Kusal 147, Chaturanga 103*, Priyanjan 103) drew with New Zealand A 299 for 9 dec (Cachopa 104, Dilruwan 6-87)

Three tons for Sri Lanka A on the final day's play, ensured that the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A ended in a stalemate in Pallekele. Kusal Perera had heralded the hosts' second-innings run glut with his unbeaten 62 from 45 on the penultimate evening, and his 147 on day four was followed by hundreds for Ashan Priyanjan and Chaturanga de Silva. Sri Lanka A's rapid scoring rate of 5.59 an over placed them in a position to set the visitors a target of around 230 and push for victory, but the hosts refused to gamble. They finished the match 451 runs ahead, with three wickets in hand.

Perera and his overnight partner Kithuruwan Vithanage attacked from the outset, as they had done the previous day, and soon had Sri Lanka's lead hurtling towards 200. Vithanage moved past 50, and Perera was three runs shy of his sixth first-class ton when rain interrupted play, forcing an early lunch. Vithanage departed soon after play resumed, giving legspinner Todd Astle his first wicket of the match. The pair had put on 145 in 140 deliveries, for Sri Lanka A's fourth wicket.

Perera then forged another century stand with Priyanjan, who also made his runs briskly, before falling to Doug Bracewell. Perera hit 17 fours and three sixes in his 147, and struck at better than a run-a-ball.

Perera's dismissal only gave the New Zealand A bowlers minor respite, as Priyanjan and de Silva moved quickly toward their hundreds. The medium pace of Daryl Mitchell eventually removed Priyanjan for 103, but the visitors could not dismiss de Silva, who moved to three figures with the final act of the game. Bracewell was New Zealand A's best bowler in a difficult second innings, taking three wickets for 102.

The series now moves to Dambulla, where the teams will begin their second unofficial Test on Monday.

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  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Truly deserving for Chandimal. What did he say when other people were playing in the IPL?? working on his batting?? He certainly can be a very good politician in Sri Lanka. Hes trying to secure his place by political means. Should kick these type of players out of SL cricket altogether.

  • ruben on September 22, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @Udeepa Indraja Wijeratne so if they already knew there bowling attack was weak before the test started they must have known they were going to bat out the game. that's not test cricket if you ask me. I wouldn't like to be a bowler in that team... with it being the players that the national team choose from its a bit hard to press your claims if there is no confidence in you to bowl.

    I think NZ A can win the next game and if they do SL A have themselves to blame for losing the series after a poor tactical game in test 1.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    The pace bowling attack should be Kasun Madushanka, Saliya Saman and Vimukthi Perera. I believe Kasun Madushanka, Saliya Saman should be the international test bowling attack as well there amazing bowlers :(

    Spin bowling should consist of Malinda Pushpakumara and Tharindu Kaushal.

    I understand why they didn't declare the bowling attack was very weak.

  • Buddhika on September 21, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    excellent.weldone.great 2 c youngster coming out with big scores Kusal,Ashan,Chathuranga end with 100's Kithruwan get 70 hopully we can win @ dambulla should have specialist spinners like tharindu kaushal, akila dhananjaya should drop nuwan pradeep and madura lakmal. instead ishan jayarathne or charith jayampathi should give a chance

  • Prashan on September 21, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    I think we should have given 40 overs for NZ to bat so that our bowlers could have had a run. Poor thinking really. Just giving the chance for our batsmen to boost their averages is not enough. Hope we win in Dambulla somehow.

  • Mike on September 21, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team.

  • amila on September 21, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    PC de silva is wonderful talent. He should get a chance to play sri lanka side. He scored a hundred against west indies A in west Indies recently. He can bowl and got 3 wickets in the first innings and got a lot WI tour as well. Selector should keep on eye on this young player and give the maximum opportunities. Best of luck Chathuranga!!!

  • Yohan on September 21, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Ithink it is hightime to give Kaushal Silva anohter chance . he is solid with bat and a fantastic gloveman. Im sure he is better than some of SL young players .

  • Uwaisul on September 21, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    I think it's a good decision bat right through and give these young batsmen the opportunity to perform. They had the idea of declaration initially, but I guess after that rain interruption in the first session changed their mind.

    Disappointing to not to see a young spinner like Tharindu Kaushal, Malinda Pushpakumar or even Sachithra Senanayake was not given a chance

  • ruben on September 20, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    what is the point of scoring at 5.5 runs an over to not declare and make a game of it. SL either were not confident in their bowling attack going into the 4th innings or just couldn't be bothered coming out to field... by having no declaration the last day and a half was a waste of time. would have been interesting to see the attitude of Devcich, Ronchi, cachopa, munroe and Anderson if they were chasing down 300 odd in 50 overs... all power hitters and more than capable of keeping up with the run rate.

    Can someone in the know tell me why Anderson is in the team if he doesn't bat or bowl? I understand he was crook in India but if there is something wrong with him why play him?

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