SL A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial Test, 3rd day, Dambulla September 26, 2013

Spinners wrap up SL A win


Sri Lanka A 555 for 6 dec (Silva 193, Vithanage 116) and 275 for 4 dec (Vithanage 71, Karunaratne 62) defeated New Zealand A 391 (Ronchi 134, Pradeep 4-101) and 271 (Bracewell 104, Pushpakumara 4-60) by 168 runs

A belligerent rearguard hundred from Doug Bracewell was not enough to prevent a Sri Lanka A victory on the final day in Dambulla, as the hosts' spinners secured the series with a 168-run win. Chasing 440 for victory, New Zealand A could not manage a meaningful partnership until the last pair were at the crease, and were eventually bowled out for 271 inside 57 overs. The first four-day match of the two-game series had been drawn.

Left-arm spin bowler Malinda Pushpakumara was the best of Sri Lanka A's spinners, taking 4 for 60, to go with his 3 for 86 in the first innings. Pushpakumara had been the top wicket-taker in the first-class competition early in the year, and another laudable performance is likely to edge him closer to national contention. Dilruwan Perera and left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva took three wickets apiece.

New Zealand A had begun the day on 15 for 0, but lost captain Tom Latham in the second over for 3, before Carl Cachopa and Anton Devcich combined briefly. Cachopa's dismissal for 26, though, began a slide that would cost New Zealand A 7 wickets for just 68 runs. De Silva took two wickets soon after he had trapped Cachopa for lbw, before Perera and Pushpakumara decimated the middle and lower order between them.

With his side on the brink of a heavy defeat at 178 for 9, Bracewell found the mettle that had eluded the batsmen, stroking his way to a maiden first-class ton, in Matt Henry's company. His unbeaten 104 from 85 balls featured seven sixes and eight fours, but Pushpakumara eventually ended the stand, which had grown to 93, by having Henry caught for 19.

The loss plunges New Zealand A's difficult tour of the subcontinent into further disappointment. They have not won a match on the trip, having drawn both first-class matches with India A, before being whitewashed by the same team in a three-match one-day series.

The first of three one-dayers against Sri Lanka A begins in Pallekele on Monday.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Kaushal silva and Kithruwan should be included to the national test side

  • Janaka on September 27, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    First, Sri Lanka should play enough Test cricket. Otherwise, all these players become unstable in no time, because the mentality to pinch hit will destroy the spine of the batting. Different formats require different people, and people like Kithruwan, Dimuth are good for 50 over and Test cricket. They are very valuable. Crazy actions by SLCB like stopping all the Tests will destroy the whole process. And worst, they don't know the value of pinch hitters like Thisara. Give these players some foreign training in academies. E.g. Shaminda Eranga is superb, but he needs fine tuning. Why don't you come up with a process to develop every aspect of the team? Mental stability is there when pressure is on. What have you done to strengthen team for that? I remember Sanga was talking about it. Sports psychology is a different subject. You have to realize the problems first, and suggest some solutions, and try them, and evaluate. That's how you succeed. Good luck!

  • Android on September 27, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    want to see kithruwan @num6 for replacment for jeevan mendis...

  • jared on September 27, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @ shane-oh, your right about alot of things, very valuable experience for all these lads, some are lucky to be there but win or lose they will become better players. bracewell's batting is improving alot and could bat at 8 but his bowling concerns me, he is not very consistant and other seamers have overtaken him, boult, southee, mcclenaghan, wagner, gillespie,and i'd even pick milne ahead of bracewell with the ball. as an allrounder, he is behind anderson and neesham so that number 8 spot is southee's for a while yet, so while his batting is getting better, i'd rather see him taking bag loads of wickets because we need more wickets than runs from bracewell and we all know he has the goods he just needs consistancy

  • chandra on September 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I agree with tdslbuwa and others, Kithuruwan is a classy batsman and should be given the chance to represent the Sri Lankan team in all three format of cricket (test, one day and 20/20). His talent was identified early by Aravinda De Silva and now Sanath Jayasooriya. He is the ideal batsman for Sri Lanka at number 6.

  • Shane on September 26, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    @Michael Kent - steady on chap, they are hardly the first A team to travel to the sub continent and come away with a resounding beating. The main thing with these tours is to get some experience in foreign conditions anyway, results are very much secondary. Some good performances in this series from the NZ players, got to see some of our young crop of bowlers and a fair amount of time in the middle for a number of our players, while Bracewell offers further evidence that he will develop into a genuine number 8. A positive tour all round I would say.

  • Android on September 26, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    just bcz Kithruwan played a good innings won't earn him a test call to d national team.Thirimanne is matured n has Shown his class to the selectors n fans.Thiri is the next in line to take Sangas role.

  • Tharindu on September 26, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Kithruwan Withanage should be a permanent member of test and Odi teams..Selectors should play him in the Odi middle order..not Thirimanne..Yes Kithruwans list a record is poor..but in test and t20s he is in great form and scoring runs at a very fast rate..If Ramith Rambukwalla can play for SL team because of his "talent"...why not Kithruwan...

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    NZ cricket is just not good enough at any level

  • Manoj on September 26, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @Prema1948: You seem to have a personal issue with him. Didn't you notice him taking 6/87 in the first match? If this is the case, there are a lot of people even in national team (even from Colombo let alone Panadura) to kick off.