SL A v Development XI, four-day tri-series, 4th day October 17, 2013

SL A ease to seven-wicket win


Sri Lanka A 94 for 3 (Waduge 54*, Fernando 2-13) and 449 (Chandimal 162, de Silva 76, Prasanna 3-67) beat Development XI 265 (Thirimanne 95*, Alvitigala 3-52, Pradeep 3-61) and 276 (Dickwella 94, Jayasuriya 46, Priyanjan 2-20) by seven wickets

Pabasara Waduge struck an unbeaten 54 as Sri Lanka A sauntered to a seven-wicket victory over Development XI in the second four-dayer, at SSC. Sri Lanka A required 74 to win, with all wickets intact on the fourth morning, and though two batsmen were dismissed in the third over of the day, Waduge ensured the stumble would be of little consequence. He hit six fours and a six in his 74-ball knock.

Vishwa Fernando had been the bowler whose double-strike provided Development XI with a sliver of hope, but he only got three overs in the innings, as captain Lahiru Thirimanne rifled through his attack, searching for inspiration. Kasun Madushanka removed Kithuruwan Vithanage for 16, with the opposition needing 19 more to win.

Sri Lanka A will begin the final four-dayer against Board XI, who also won their match against Development XI, at SSC on Monday.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    dilshan having retired from TESTS.I think jayasooriya should consider himself as an option to fill dily's spot at the top of the order in tests

  • Buddhika on October 20, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    @Prema u can understand importance of Youngsters but SL selection committee and our blind sl fans can't understand. after SJ's selection committee comes no youngster come to National Team(10 months). they are giving lot of chances to continues failing Mahela Jayawardena and continues chances to Sanga in T2O who is never T2O player. if De Mel selection committee still exists lot of high performing youngsters may regular members of national side eg:Kithruwan,Ahan Priyangan,Dimuth,Kaushal,Chathurnaga De Silva,Udara Jayasundara,Bahunka,Roshen,Shehan Jayasuriya,Vikumthi Perera. Mahela and Sanga are pets of SJ selection comitee

  • Neranjan on October 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Only one thing I can imagine , the writer has never set foot in to the ground which the game is been played. Some how he managers to get hold of the scorecard and writes something, inorder to publish it on cricinfo, world is full of these kind of people , nobody wants to do a descent job now days it seems.

  • Neranjan on October 18, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I don't know what to expect !!! The report article has gone from terrible to pathetic ,

  • Ranil on October 17, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Bowlers like Alvitigala who can hit the deck hard with their height should be given preference next year when touring England & Australia although they may not do well in flat wickets in Sri Lanka. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Sarath on October 17, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    continue with a batter with limited strokes (particularly on the leg-side) as their No 3, while players the likes of Samaraweera, Mathews & Chandimal have been wasted down in the batting order.Almost all left-arm batters employed by the Country as No 3-4 positions, in the last 2 decades were not up to the task. It is disgusting to note that the J&Ps are still continuing with this same standard of players.

  • Sarath on October 17, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    youngsters in the Team. At a time even a grade 2 child would tell, it isn't right to entertain henchmen at any level of the Game, leave alone the National, the J&Ps have always looked for ways of accommodating henchmen but not the best available. There is no necessity to entertain some players of the age, in & around 30's with mediocre 1st Class averages, in these kinds of tournaments. In contrast to what is happening in other Test playing countries, the J&Ps believe unpredictable, reckless-hitting players are the most needed to make the top order, though it has been proven time and time again that, the batters with sound technique, known for controlled-hitting, only can demoralize any bowling-attack on any surface. You can't last long with batters (like the openers of '96WC)that, starts missing, edging & lofting from the very 1st ball as the most of the top-order batters employed by the J&Ps of last 2 decades. It's also total ignorance, on their part to employ and 2bCNTD

  • Sarath on October 17, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    The tournament is over after 3 matches. At a time, when the other leading Test playing countries hold 200 to 300 proper tournaments per year, to enhance the standard of their players at all levels, ours have come down to a single figure that is also done without the emerging teenage Cricketers. However, Dickwella's&Waduge's, performances is a clear indication that the Country needs players(Mathews,KhausalSilva,RoshenSilva,AngeloPerera,Chandimal,Thirimanne, Dimuth,AhenSilva,BhanukaRajapaksha,Vithanage,ShehanJayasooriya,GayanManeshan,PrabasaraWaduge,KusalMendis,RameshMendis, TharinduKhausal,Senananayake,AjanthaMendis,MalindaPushpakumara,UmeshKarunarathna, A.K. Tyronne, Yohan de Silva....) maintaining consistency from very young age. SL's problems among several other things mainly lie with its J&Ps. The required knowledge to pick players, is what, they lack completely. We badly need competent selectors but not foreign coaches that understand the importance of having promising2bCNTD

  • ttn on October 17, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Vimukthi Perera (saw in a video of nz a tour )and Kasun Madushanka looks like excellent prospects. V Perera has a similar action of vaas(and a bit quicker) and Kasun a sort mcgrathesque (U19 cup video) bowler and pretty quick too.

    Nuwan Pradeep also has improved and now cloking 145Kmph and swinging the ball as well and he is a bit aggressive also.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    india full of batsmans, pakistan full of bowlers, and sri lanka full of wicketkeepers .lol

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