Kusal, Gunaratne revive Sri Lanka A
Sri Lanka A 313 for 5 (Kusal Perera 119*, Gunaratne 64*, Hamza 3-58) trail Pakistan A 401 (Amin 99, Alam 72, Kaushal 6-117) by 88 runs
Kusal Perera's outstanding limited-overs form continued into the four-dayers against Pakistan A, as he hit an unbeaten 119 from 140 balls to help rescue the hosts on a curtailed third day in Colombo. Sri Lanka had been 115 for 5 after Pakistan A hit 401, but Perera combined with Asela Gunaratne to put on an 198-run partnership that remained unbroken at stumps.
Perera had had a mediocre domestic season, but has now revived his game ahead of a busy home season for the national side. His century in Colombo is his third triple-figure score in four innings, across formats. The other innings had brought him 87. He struck 16 fours and two sixes as he batted alongside the more sedate Gunaratne, who hit 64 not out from 138 balls. Sri Lanka A are now 88 runs short of Pakistan A's score, but with only one day to play, a result seems unlikely.
Mir Hamza and Zia-ul-Haq had dismissed the overnight pair of Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan between them, in the early overs of the day.