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June 25, 2013
West Indies A 240 for 9 (Bonner 64, de Silva 3-43) beat Sri Lanka A 150 (Karunaratne 51, Deonarine 3-25) by 90 runs
Narsingh Deonarine's best figures of 3-25 helped suffocate Sri Lanka A's middle order, after a promising start by the openers, in the second unofficial one-day match in Grenada to help West Indies A level the series at 1-1.
Set a modest target of 240 after West Indies A captain Kirk Edwards won the toss, Sri Lanka A captain Dimuth Karunaratne and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella knocked over one-third of the target themselves with a 94-run opening partnership.
Karunaratne became one of Nikita Miller's two vicitims in the 21st over, soon after scoring his second consecutive fifty of the series. Sri Lanka A, who were maintaining a healthy run-rate of nearly five per over until then, could only add 21 runs in the next ten overs, during which Deonarine's part-time offbreaks prised out Angelo Perera, Thilina Kandamby and Ashan Priyanjan. They were not too comfortable in the last match either, contributing 51 runs to a chase of 283.
Fast bowlers Sheldon Cotterrell and Jason Holder took two wickets a piece to polish off the tail as Sri Lanka A folded for 150 in the 43rd over.
West Indies A were also powered by a solid opening partnership, as Nkrumah Bonner made amends for his four-ball duck in the first match with a half-century that included five fours and a six. He and Lendl Simmons put on 89 runs before Simmons fell to left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva in the 23rd over. De Silva would pick up two more to finish his quota, as West Indies A lost five wickets, including the crucial run-out of Deonarine, in their last ten overs.
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