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Andrew Fidel Fernando
October 31, 2013
4th T20 Sri Lanka A 105 for 1 (Perera 54*, Chandimal 32*) beat Kenya 99 (Ouma 28, Rambukwella 2-12, Jayaratne 2-22) by nine wickets
Another lacklustre performance from Kenya's batsmen formed the basis for a fourth straight walloping at the hands of Sri Lanka A in Colombo, where the visitors were defeated by nine wickets. Having chosen to bat, Kenya mustered only 99 for 9 from their 20 overs - a total that barely tested the opposition, who eclipsed it in the 14th over.
The clatter of Kenya wickets began in the second over and continued without respite until the end of their innings, as nine batsmen failed to reach double figures. Seam bowler Lahiru Jayaratne dismissed both openers inside the Powerplay, and though wicketkeeper-batsman Morris Ouma held one end up from with a 29-ball 28, the spin bowlers began to strike at the other.
Offspinner Ramith Rambukwella inched closer to a Twenty20 international debut for Sri Lanka with another impressive turn with the ball, taking 2 for 12 in his four overs, while left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardene and seam bowler Isuru Udana took one scalp apiece.
Kusal Perera hit his second half-century on the trot in response, striking four fours and two sixes in his 43-ball 54 not out, and his unbeaten 71-run stand with Dinesh Chandimal took Sri Lanka home at a canter.
5th T20 Kenya 138 for 4 (Ouma 64, Jayaratne 2-15) beat Sri Lanka A 134 (Perera 56, Odhiambo 3-24) beat by six wickets
Kenya broke their duck against Sri Lanka A in the fifth match in Colombo, as they first sparked a middle-order collapse, then produced their best batting performance of the series, to sneak home off the last ball. Seam-bowler Nelson Odhiambo's three wickets were instrumental in dismissing Sri Lanka A for 134, before Morris Ouma struck 64 off 55 to propel the successful chase.
Odhiambo struck in his first over to remove Danushka Gunathilaka, who had been impressive for Sri Lanka A earlier in the series, before coming back to dismiss Chaturanga de Silva and Isuru Udana in later spells. Angelo Perera hit 56 off 47 balls for the hosts, but was short of substantial support, with no other top-order batsman crossing 20.
Still, Sri Lanka A had been progressing comfortably, at 88 for 4 at the start of the 14th over, before a string of quick wickets caused the innings to unravel.
Legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna struck early in Kenya's chase, but an 84-run stand between Duncan Allan and Ouma provided the platform for their innings. Ouma hit six fours and a six in his knock, and stayed at the crease until the match was tied, in the final over. With one run to win off the last two balls, though, he was run out, but Rakep Patel hit four off Isuru Udana's final ball to take Kenya home.
The seven match series concludes with the double-header on Saturday. Sri Lanka A have already won the series, leading 4-1.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Andrew Fidel Fernando
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