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Andrew Fidel Fernando
October 11, 2013
Board XI 575 (Silva 125, Sangakkara 107, Eranga 4-95) beat Development XI 299 (Perera 150, Jayasuriya 56, Senanayake 3-82) and 168 (Serasinghe 62, Senanayake 4-65, Thisara 3-23) by an innings and 108 runs
Development XI collapsed for the second time in as many days to hand Board XI an innings victory in the four-day match at the P Sara Oval. Following on after having conceded a 276-run first-innings lead, Development XI continued to lose wickets in short intervals, and could only last 41.3 overs in their second innings. Sachithra Senanayake was the best of Board XI's bowlers again, taking 4 for 65, to finish with match figures of 7 for 147.
Sachithra Serasinghe was the only batsman to make a substantial score, hitting 62 of the team's 168, as the middle order faltered around him. Development XI had only lost their last wicket of the first innings in the first over of the morning, and had 87 overs to bat out in the second innings for a draw, but the top order could not resist Senanayake, who dismissed three of the top four in his first eight overs.
Kusal Perera, who had struck a sparkling 150 in the first innings, fell to Thisara Perera for 12, and captain Lahiru Thirimanne collected his second failure of the match, as he was bowled by Senanayake for 19. Development XI stumbled to 75 for 5 in the 16th over, before Serasinghe slowed their demise, but only briefly. Malinda Pushpakumara contributed 22 to a 38-run stand for the eighth wicket, which was the most substantial partnership of the innings.
Thisara picked up three wickets for 23 in 5.3 overs for the Board XI, and Ajantha Mendis took 2 for 39. Development XI begin their second match of the tri-series, against Sri Lanka A, on Monday at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Andrew Fidel Fernando
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