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Andrew Fidel Fernando
November 2, 2013
6th T20 Sri Lanka A 132 for 5 (Tharanga 48, Udawatte 31, Varaiya 3-15) beat Kenya131 for 6 (Karim 53, Patel 28, Ishan Jayaratne 2-23) by five wickets
Sri Lanka A took a 5-1 lead in the Twenty20 series against Kenya, on the final day in Colombo, as they chased down Kenya's 131 for 6 with five wickets in hand and four balls remaining. Upul Tharanga provided the platform for the chase with a 45-ball 48, before the middle order completed the victory, despite losing quick wickets.
Irfan Karim had set up Kenya's total with an unbeaten 53 off 55 balls, after the top three had failed. Karim and captain Collins Obuya put on a 52-run stand after coming together at 12 for 3. Rakep Patel's 28 from 12 balls pushed the total above 130, as opening seam bowlers Ishan Jayaratne and Lahiru Jayaratne took two wickets apiece.
Tharanga and Mahela Udawatte put on 74 for the first wicket, and though Hiren Varaiya caused a setback by taking 3 for 15 with his left-arm spin, an unbeaten 12-ball 20 by Kithuruwan Vithanage sealed the match for Sri Lanka A.
7th T20 Sri Lanka A 123 for 4 (Tharanga 52, Dickwella 42, Otieno 2-15) v Kenya - Match abandoned
Sri Lanka A had hit 129 for 4 in 16.4 overs when rain forced the abandonment of the second match, in Colombo. Upul Tharanga followed up his 48 in the first match with 52 from 42 balls, striking up a 79-run third-wicket partnership with Niroshan Dickwella, who hit 42 from 34.
Seam bowler Elijah Otieno took two wickets, and the teams did not return, after rain interrupted play, just as Sri Lanka A's fourth wicket fell.
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