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Perera ton helps Sri Lanka A level series

Sri Lanka A 275 (Thisara 111, Tharanga 44, Nayeem 3-42) beat Bangladesh A 208 (Al-Amin 46, Pushpakumara 3-32, Peiris 3-39) by 67 runs

Thisara Perera's maiden List A century helped Sri Lanka A to a 67-run win over Bangladesh A in Sylhet, levelling the three-match one-day series 1-1. Perera struck nine fours and five sixes in his 88-ball 111 which rescued his side from a difficult position.

Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 275 in 49.4 overs after slipping to 129 for 7 in the 29th over. Thisara added 77 runs for the eighth wicket with Malinda Pushpakumara, with the latter contributing just eight runs. Shehan Madushanka then scored an unbeaten run-a-ball 36 with two fours and as many sixes, adding 44 for the ninth wicket with Thisara.

In reply, Bangladesh were 71 for 1 at one stage before getting bowled out for 208 in 44.3 overs. Five of their top six batsmen scored at least 25 but none of Saif Hassan (28), Zakir Hasan (32), Mohammad Mithun (25), Al-Amin (46) and Ariful Haque (27) could kick on to a substantial score.

For the visitors, Pushpakumara and Nishan Peiris took three wickets each.

The last one-dayer will be played at the same venue on July 21.