Sri Lanka A v Kenya, Colombo October 29, 2013

Sri Lanka A cruise to 3-0 lead in series


3rd T20 Sri Lanka A 125 for 2 (Kusal 81, Jayasuriya 32) beat Kenya 122 for 9 (Tikolo 29, Mendis 4-14) by eight wickets

Kenya's second weak batting performance in the day, and another star turn by a Sri Lanka A opener handed the hosts a third comfortable victory in the seven-match Twenty20 series, in Colombo. Batting first, Kenya were waylaid by the spin of Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana, who took 6 for 28 in eight overs between them, and mustered just 122 for 9.

Kusal Perera then hit two thirds of that total by himself, as he struck five sixes and six fours in his 47-ball 81, that secured Sri Lanka A's unbeaten streak in the series.

Kenya opened the batting with Irfan Karim, who had batted well in the first match of the day, but he managed only 3 this time, as Steve Tikolo provided much of the early impetus for Kenya. They continued to lose wickets however, and though several batsmen in the middle overs got starts, none were capable of an innings that reversed the early pressure back onto the hosts. Tikolo was dismissed for 29 by Mendis, and though Ragheb Aga remained unbeaten on 20 off 13 at the end of the innings, the remaining batsmen had scored too slowly to lift Kenya to a competitive total.

Shehan Jayasuriya hit a relatively sedate 32 from 41, while opening partner Perera plundered the Kenya bowling at the other end. The pair were separated with only seven runs needed for victory, and the target was eclipsed with four overs to spare.

2nd T20 Sri Lanka A 187 for 7 (Gunathilaka 70, NN Odhiambo 3-38) beat Kenya 134 for 6 (Karim 32, Obuya 26, Prasanna 2-21) by 53 runs

An unbeaten 70 from 44 balls for opener Danushka Gunathilaka set up a 53-run win for Sri Lanka A in the second Twenty20 against Kenya, at the Nondescripts Cricket Club. Gunathilaka combined with captain Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne, who both made busy 20s, to build a strong base early in the innings, before aggressing in Dilhara Lokuhettige's company towards the death.

Gunathilaka's four sixes and seven fours helped propel Sri Lanka A to 187 for 7, despite the efforts of Nelson Odhiambo and Nehemiah Odhiambo, who took three wickets apiece, albeit at economy rates nearing 10.

Sri Lanka A's opening bowlers were cheap in comparison, and removed both openers inside the Powerplay to begin the opposition's slide. Captain Collins Obuya attempted to rebuild, as he hit 26 from 33 balls, but his reticence, and the regular clatter of wickets at the other end effectively sealed Kenya's fate.

Kenya's batsmen had more success after the game had already slipped away from them, as Irfan Karim scored 32 from 19 balls after coming to the crease in the 16th over, but the Sri Lanka bowlers escaped without major damage to their figures, having bowled so economically until then. Legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna was the best of the hosts' bowlers, taking 2 for 21 from his four overs.

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

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  • Buddhika on October 31, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    there is no point of arguing about out performing seniors. according to Cheif Selector of SLC , "Mahela","Sanga" has a permanent place in T2O until their retirements, weather they perform or not. i also lot of time comment about this but they never quit SLT20 team until their retirements or this Selection Committee sacks . finally i gave up my comments.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    @ prashadguruge then y sanga was at bench in IPL?. and y last 5 matches sanga played is defeated. aginst SA 2,CLT3. check the his last 5 matches with any top T20 batsmen in the world.

  • prasad on October 30, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    mahela and sanga are very suitable for any wicket .forget the age of them.. use ability

  • Suss on October 30, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Oh dear why is it just SL A playing Kenya, other teams like SL B, SL U19, Club teams should've got a chance to play too. Otherwise it's just plain boring seeing them getting thrashed every match.

  • udendra on October 30, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Rambukwella got to play all 3 matches. Is that even a surprise? :D

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    this team is match wining team with lot of allrounders.that d very important thing in T2O. if we go ahead with this along with Thisara,Sachithra,Dilshan,Mathews,A.Mendis we can definitely win 2014 WC. Pls SLC don't want Mahela,Sanga like legends to T2O, even Hearth. Chandi should improve his batting in T20 ,20's are not enough.

  • tushar on October 29, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ Blade-runner...yeah enjoy it as long as it lasts....against half decent attacks , Kusal is the one who gets Mauled....

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    A request to ICC

    Pl stop/ban kenya from is total disgrace to the cricketing world. they cant even compete with a third string SL team. bad fate of cricket.

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Return of 42 years old Steve Tikolo and veteran Thomas Odoyo have made no difference in the first three matches, all lost badly. I think it will be 7-0 dressing.

  • chandima on October 29, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Removing danushka gunatilaka for the 3rd match must be questionable.however shehan jayasuriya is getting more chances even though he is not a t20 type batsman.he is suited for the longer formats.look at his strike rate.but he is still getting chances. Also sad to see akila dananjaya is not getting enough chances.what can not undestand is why is keeping out of the international arena. It shoul note the selectors the fact that chandimal is not a t20 type batsman yet.he has to improve quite a lot.if he is not removed from the t20 captain we wont even reach to the semis in the world.t20. For the Nz t20 matches we should test the young players not sanga mahela malinga or dilshan.since the nz team is also a young side.but giving the t20 captaincy for mathews is the best option as the world t20 is in march. Please dont dissapoint the sri lankan fans.

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