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Andrew Fidel Fernando
October 14, 2013
Development XI 265 (Thirimanne 95*, Alvitigala 3-52, Pradeep 3-61) lead Sri Lanka A 10 for 0 (Waduge 8*, Udawatte 1*) by 255 runs
Sri Lanka A's fast bowlers enjoyed a fine day at Sinhalese Sports Club, sharing eight wickets to dismiss Development XI to 265, on day one of the second four-dayer of the tri-series. Captain Lahiru Thirimanne held the Development XI innings together with an unbeaten 95, before the Sri Lanka A openers survived the four remaining overs until stumps.
Nuwan Pradeep suffered an injury scare during the day, but was cleared soon after, and ended the innings with 3 for 61 from his 17.3 overs. Kanishka Alvitigala finished with the day's best figures, taking 3 for 52 from his 14 overs , while left-armer Vimukthi Perera took two scalps. Off spinner Dilruwan Perera, who had opened the bowling from one end, nabbed the two remaining wickets.
Pradeep brought a typically ebullient Kusal Perera start to a close, when he had him caught for 28 from 33, and when three more wickets fell in the next 13 overs, Development XI were in danger of making less than 200. Thirimanne combined with Niroshan Dickwella for 79 runs, to take his team out of immediate danger however, though he had no other significant support throughout the innings.
He scored heavily in the company of the tail, but was left stranded in sight of his 11th first-class ton when Pradeep trapped Vishwa Fernando in front of the stumps in the 83rd over. The Sri Lanka A openers progressed to 10 before stumps.
Development XI had suffered an innings loss to the Board XI, which contains most of Sri Lanka's Test players, in the opening match of the tournament.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Andrew Fidel Fernando
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