SL A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial ODI, Pallekele October 1, 2013

Openers, Prasanna deliver series-leveling win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka A 291 for 9 (Karunaratne 81, Perera 65, Milne 5-61) beat New Zealand A 196 for 7 (Elliott 63, Devcich 36, Prasanna 5-38) by 44 runs (D/L method)

Openers Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne provided substance and impetus to Sri Lanka A's innings once again, this time to happier effect, as the hosts leveled the one-day series with New Zealand A, in Pallekele. Legbreak bowler Seekkuge Prasanna's 5 for 38 then ensured the visitors would not threaten the target.

Kusal struck his second aggressive half-century in as many matches, while Karunaratne followed up a ton from the first ODI with 81 from 105 balls on Tuesday. Their 108-run stand became the platform for Sri Lanka's 291 for 6, before that target was revised for the visitors, who lost ten overs from the chase due to rain. They eventually fell short of the new total of 241 by 44 runs.

Tearaway Adam Milne took his first five-wicket haul in List A cricket, but before he bore down on Sri Lanka's middle order, Kusal's 61-ball 65 had set the hosts off apace. The scoring rate slowed somewhat after his demise as Angelo Perera contributed a relatively unhurried 36 alongside Karunaratne, but Chaturanga de Silva ensured his side achieved the challenging total they had promised early in the innings, when he struck 36 from 25.

Rain after 6.5 overs of New Zealand's innings stole an over from the reply, but bad light after 40 overs cut a further nine overs. New Zealand had begun with a 43-run opening stand, but four wickets between the eighth and 16th overs forced a deceleration that would prove definitive.

Grant Elliott made 63 from 75, but his team-mates continued to surrender ground to Sri Lanka's phalanx of slow bowlers, led by Prasanna, who took 5 for 38. Sri Lanka required only seven overs of pace bowling in the 40-over innings.

New Zealand managed 196, and the teams will now play the decider in Dambulla on Thursday.

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  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Ramith is Sri Lankan captaincy material. Move over Mattews. I think we have found a genuine all rounder!

  • Nival on October 2, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Woww now it has come to the level of international cricket! What a wonder my country is!:(

  • Sarath on October 2, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    The henchman included in this match is not needed, at a time one can find far better all-rounders with better records and with marked consistency, in dozens in Domestic scene. After all, his behavior off the field, too has to be taken into consideration before picking him. Is the J&Ps endorsing his misbehavior (2 occasions) as an added qualification for other youngsters to follow to find place at the National Levels? Any game at International level isn't meant for henchmen, you have to play the best of the best as it happens in England in particular.

  • udendra on October 2, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    wow, what superb performance by Ramith R. He'll sure fetch a big amount at the next IPL auction.

  • Android on October 2, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    im wonder why Dilhara Lokuhettige not included to this team.if he was in the team we could have won the 1st match also.he is in such a tremendous form boath bat and ball.

  • Buddhika on October 2, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    congrats boys. well done Mr Ramith get 144% strike rate but he only get 13 runs.he got one wicket also. after this selection committee no new comer come to nation team. he will be the first one. LOL! in Sri Lanka Cricket=Politics

  • Uwaisul on October 1, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Ramith Rambukwella has registered the highest strike rate as a batsmen and 2nd lowest economy rate as a bowler in this match. What else?

    He must be selected for the national T20 and ODI teams. LOL!

  • samira on October 1, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Our honorable minister's son has done really well with bat and ball. I hope he gets selected to the national team soon. Great selection Sanath. Hats off in spotting hidden talent!!

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