Board XI v SL A, four-day tri-series, 2nd day

Sri Lanka A capitulate against spin

Andrew Fidel Fernando

October 24, 2013

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Board XI 501 (Sangakkara 169, Jayawardene 82, Dilruwan Perera 3-107) and 91 for 0 (Karunaratne 48*, Silva 41*) lead Sri Lanka A 125 (Udawatte 47, Senanayake 4-36, Herath 3-23) by 467 runs Scorecard


Sachithra Senanayake exults after picking up Hashim Amla, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo, July 31, 2013
Sachithra Senanayake is closing in on a Test berth for the trip to the UAE © AFP
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A dismal first-innings for Sri Lanka A may not necessarily end in defeat at SSC, as Board XI batted again at the end of penultimate day at SSC, perhaps in an effort to give key batsmen time in the middle. Sri Lanka A surrendered haplessly to the spin of Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath, managing only 125 in response to the opposition's 501, and perhaps would have been staring squarely at defeat, had Board XI chosen to enforce the follow-on.

With the selectors keen to lock in their Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE however, it seems men like Kaushal Silva and Prasanna Jayawardene will get one more opportunity to push their case. At stumps Board XI were 467 runs ahead, with all ten second innings wickets remaining.

Senanayake now seems almost certain to assume the second spinner's role in the UAE after another encouraging first-class performance on his home ground. His 4 for 36 was the best haul yet in the match, and he had also taken seven wickets in the previous game - though that was in Herath's absence. Herath himself picked up 3 for 23 in 7.3 overs, while Nuwan Kulasekara and Suranga Lakmal shared the remaining three wickets.

Sri Lanka A will wonder how they have wound up in a situation so dire, given the first day's play was abandoned due to a sodden outfield. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera cleaned up the Board XI lower order with three wickets in the morning, and with victory almost impossible, Sri Lanka A only required two solid sessions with the bat to effectively get themselves to safety.

They began losing wickets in the first over, however, and the dismissals came in quick succession thereafter. Mahela Udawatte was the only man to offer meaningful resistance, hitting 47, while none of his remaining team-mates managed to eclipse 20. Herath, who came last into the attack, wiped out the lower order wickets early in the third session, after Senanayake had struck the definitive blows in the afternoon.

Board XI openers Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne moved to 41 and 48 respectively by stumps.

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Posted by Prema1948 on (October 25, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

consider students for State Universities, those who have passed ALs after the 3rd time because talented and extremely bright students pass their ALs at their very 1st attempt gaining highest marks. Likewise it's among brilliant schoolboy cricketers that have maintained consistency in their entire school careers should be given 1st preference when it comes for selections for National level. If they were not picked at the right times they will loose interest of the Game soon as in the case of many brilliant schoolboy cricketers of the past (IanDaniel,Muthumudalige Pushpakumara,…) and it could happen to present young talanted players such as RoshenSilva,AshenSilva,GayanManishan,Bhanuka,ShehanJayasuriya,NiroshanDickwella,Tarindu Khausal,KusalMendis,AKTyronne…as well. Seniors should give their places to these deserving players without being greedy for places. I feel these seniors have a big part to play as administrators sooner than later, before our Cricket standards get worse.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

There are many good youngsters to replace Mahela and Sanga. Why we should bother about Upul Tharanga who hasn't any foot work for the balls coming out side of his off stump

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

what a pointless tournament..why o why..all that happens is that batsmen from the full team fill their boots with runs and bowlers of any team get hammered...pointless

Posted by dad69jay on (October 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

It has something to do with the weather conditions. Because on the second day Board XI played under bright sun shine and scored a massive 427 for 5 wickets. The poor quality of the Sri Lanka A attack also has contributed to this. Then the following day they lost their last 5 wickets for only 71 runs under overcast conditions in the morning. Then Sri Lanka A team succumbed for only 125 runs under the same conditions. The experience of Rangana and Sachithra gave the Board XI maximum advantage. In the evening the sun began to shine again for Board XI.... This can be easily described as massacre of innocence.....

Anyway I'm not taking the credit away from the Board XI batsmen who have scored heavily against Sri Lanka A, because it is not an easy task to score runs, even against a weaker side, if you are not a good player........

And I'm of the view that Chandimal should not be selected for T20 matches as his style of batting more suitable for Tests and Limited Overs matches......

Posted by PadMarley on (October 25, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

I like this!!!! These kind of games makes the youngsters wake-up!! Go back, be frustrated, work on your basics and come back stronger!! One more thing.... I guess Suchithra and Rangana would be very usefull against Pakistanis. We saw an average spinner like Tahir upset them. I guess both Rangana and Suchithra are a level above Tahir. Lets see.

Posted by Prema1948 on (October 25, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

consider students for State Universities, those who have passed ALs after the 3rd time because talented and extremely bright students pass their ALs at their very 1st attempt gaining highest marks. Likewise it's among brilliant schoolboy cricketers that have maintained consistency in their entire school careers should be given 1st preference when it comes for selections for National level. If they were not picked at the right times they will loose interest of the Game soon as in the case of many brilliant schoolboy cricketers of the past (IanDaniel,Muthumudalige Pushpakumara,…) and it could happen to present young talanted players such as RoshenSilva,AshenSilva,GayanManishan,Bhanuka,ShehanJayasuriya,NiroshanDickwella,Tarindu Khausal,KusalMendis,AKTyronne…as well. Seniors should give their places to these deserving players without being greedy for places. I feel these seniors have a big part to play as administrators sooner than later, before our Cricket standards get worse.

Posted by Prema1948 on (October 25, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

The top order batters should possess all the strokes in the Book & lightening reflex to take sting out of any class of bowling attack. The manner Aravinda did it in the 96 WC together with Mahanama & Hashan, though another World class player Attapattu that was in that squad was not given a single chance by the person who took all the credit of winning the WC while one was a complete failure in that Tournament and thereafter. It is disgusting to note that class batters the likes of VarunaWaragoda, Lanka de Silva, DuleepaSamraweera, SagithFernando,Indika deSaram, ChinthakaJayasinghe, IanDaniel never or hardly played for the Country while all brothers of a former captain and many other henchmen were allowed to represent the Country doing nothing notable at School or Domestic levels. New comers to the National Teams should come straight from school; we badly need selectors that can identify talented young, when they are still at School but not 6-7 years later. We don't normally2bCNTD

Posted by Prema1948 on (October 25, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Both S'nanayake&Khausal have been brilliant in the Domestic scene since 2007. These World class youngsters should have brought into the Team straight from School as it happened 25 years ago and happens in all other test playing countries at present. Their talent has been wasted for the last 6 years to make way for henchmen.It's a heinous crime to allow certain players(who were inconsistent in their entire careers) to represent the Country for well over 600 Internationals while some world class batters(Samaraweera) were given only 160 odd Internationals that has shown consistency from the age of 15 , not only that he was wasted down in the batting order, throughout his career(as in the case of M'thews&Chandimal) while some batters with limited strokes have been allowed to bat at the top, wasting many scoring opportunities while enhancing confidence of opposition bowlers. These J&Ps yet to realize, we were unable rather hardly won a series since Attapattu left from the top. 2bCNTD

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

I have to keep asking. Why isn't Rambukwella playing in the SL A team? Is he injured? It would be ridiculous if he plays international matches after being excluded in theA team.

Posted by sudheerhar on (October 24, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

It is unclear why selection comity does not try UPUL THARANGA. After Sanga & Mahela retire, he is the most experienced player for Sri lanka. Upul should try with No: 3 or No: 4 position in team. This tournament is the best for that. But I don't know why selection comity don't understand these simple things.

Posted by Karnain on (October 24, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Finally Sachithra Senanayake has forced the selectors to open their eyes. Arguably he is the best spinner in the country after Rangana Herath in any format of the game.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 24, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Another reminder why Chandimal shouldn't be burdened with captaincy. Allow him to work on his batting first, which seems quite patchy of late. The same goes for Thirimanne as well. When these guys aren't always assured of their place in the team, why make them captains?

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