SL A v NZ A, 1st unofficial ODI, Pallekele September 29, 2013

NZ A prevail in high-scoring game

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand A 350 for 8 (Ronchi 84, Munro 70, Serasinghe 2-46) beat Sri Lanka A 322 (Karunaratne 120, Chandimal 69, Devich 3-58) by 28 runs

Sri Lanka A's lower-order buckled late during a steep chase of 351 in Pallekele, giving New Zeland A a 22-run victory in the first of three one-dayers between the two sides. The victory is New Zealand A's first on their trip to the subcontinent, after having been whitewashed in the one-day series against India A, in addition to losing the unofficial Test series to Sri Lanka A.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne anchored Sri Lanka A, stitching century-run stands with Kusal Perera and captain, Dinesh Chandimal. Sri Lanka were 314 for 5 towards the end of the 46th over, needing 36 runs off 25 balls. Their slide began when left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira had Sachithra Serasinghe out leg before for 7 off the last ball of the 46th over. New Zealand pace bowler Adam Milne then took three wickets in the 47thover, to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 316 for 9. It took another four balls for New Zealand to secure the win, after wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi had Suranga Lakmal run out for 1.

Karunaratne's run-a-ball 120, which included 17 fours, kept Sri Lanka in the chase and he received good support from Perera and Chandimal. Sri Lanka lost a cluster of wickets after Karunaratne fell but recovered with a brisk knock from Ashan Priyanjan.

Earlier, New Zealand A rode on fifties from Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi to reach an imposing 350 for 8. They had an indifferent start, losing Anton Devcich early, but Kitchen held things steady with a 50-ball 62. Once he fell, New Zealand slipped a little but an 85-run stand between Munro and Ronchi set the side back on track. After Munro's wicket, Ronchi took charge of the innings, adding 76 crucial runs in quick time with Andrew Ellis. Two big overs towards the end of the innings then propelled NZ A to 350.

Sri Lanka bowlers Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal had been added to the A team in order to get some match practice in a lean period for the national team, but both fared poorly. Eranga's ten overs cost 84 and Lakmal went for 7.28 an over. They took one wicket apiece.

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  • Sarath on September 30, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Team sooner than later, otherwise they'll lose their ego, would be a great loss, as in the case of IanDaniel (the Best Sch'boy bat 2000, one of the top 3 batters in the YW 2000 and a top performer in the Domestic Cricket till he lost his touch due to selfish motives of J&Ps). There are enough such cases that didn't get opportunity to represent the Country since J&Ps have always preferred henchmen to quality players. Even at this very moment the Country's young Cricketers have been completely abandoned (some experienced senior Cricketers have been sent abroad to boost confidence of rivals a team) and hardly any proper Domestic competitions havn't been held, even if one was there, the number of matches in that tournament was very few. The officials feel that only way to cut extra cost is by not paying or rather not giving any incentives to the promising young players at a time all other countries hold their youngsters at a very high esteem. (stats courtesy Cricinfo).

  • Sarath on September 30, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Chandimal 1st Cla Ba Ave 56.45 after 78 1st Cla Inns, AngeloP 1st Cla Ba Ave 44.53 (maintaining Bat Ave like this is quite remarkable in spite of always, being asked to bat very low down, by his Club) after 78 1st Cla Inns, Dimuth 1st Cla Ba Ave 46.29 after 103 1st Cla Inns, SachithraSerasinghe 1st Cla Ba Ave 46.74 after 97 1st Cla Inns have proven enough apart from being excelled as the best Schoolboy cricketers of their time. These 4 together with Roshen silva,KhausalSilva,ShehanJayasooriya,GayanManeshan,Bhanuka,NiroshonDicwell,SadunWeerakkody,a,PrabasaraWaduge,YasodaLanka,MadawaWarnapura,KusalMendis can easily replace any senior player in the present 1st XI Team. If one compare early 1st Class career of the most over-hyped player in the 1st XI Team, with that of present day youngsters, that person would learn that stats of that babe was very much inferior. His 1stCl batting from 97/98- 2001 had been hopelessly miserable. The youngster should be given their due place in the2bCNTD

  • prashanth on September 30, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Our A team is not good as like NZ A team... Our fast bowlers are not doing good.. it's a worrying sign for us... Current A team is worst than Zimbabwe team... we have to improve our bowling department otherwise even Bangladesh will beat our team...

  • udendra on September 30, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    why cannot Dimuth K be slotted in for Upul Tharanga (in ODIs), instead of being labeled a Test batsmen? Also, it was a poor performance by SL middle-lower order.

  • jared on September 30, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    while 350 is a great score in odi cricket it concerns me how many nz batsman get in, get a good score but don't go on to a really big hundred, its almost like they get to 50 think their job is done and throw their wicket away. this mental disfunction seems to be running rife in nz cricket, some well played half centuries but i want to see big hundreds from nz batters more often.

  • Ryan on September 30, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Ronchi deserves a recall after an excellent tour of the sub-continent.

  • John on September 29, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Kusal needs to learn to convert those rapid 50s into 100s.

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