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Hilfenhaus holds up on-song Senanayake

Sri Lanka A 1 for 17 trail Australia A 208 (O'Keefe 61, Senanayake 8-70) by 191 runs
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Ben Hilfenhaus' bowling is the most important thing for Australia in this match but it was his batting that dug the A team out of a hole on the opening day against Sri Lanka A in Brisbane. The hosts were 7 for 103 when Hilfenhaus, who has been out since last year with a knee tendon problem, arrived to partner Steve O'Keefe and lift them to a more competitive 208.

Sachithra Senanayake, the offspinner, completed a stunning day when he ended the 105-run partnership and also finished the innings to claim 8 for 70. The figures were his best in a first-class game and he started the damage by removing the first six batsmen as the hosts slipped to 6 for 92. Senanayake's hopes for all 10 wickets were ended by Dammika Prasad, who removed Peter Forrest (12) on the way to 2 for 21.

O'Keefe was knocked over by Senanayake for an innings-high 61 while Hilfenhaus fell to Prasad for a career-best 42. Sri Lanka finished at 1 for 17, with Hilfenhaus bowling two overs and O'Keefe taking the wicket of Tharanga Paranavitana for 3.

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Sri Lanka A 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st57NT ParanavitanaHDRL Thirimanne
2nd34NT ParanavitanaLD Chandimal
3rd86JK SilvaLD Chandimal
4th9LPC SilvaJK Silva
5th12LPC SilvaBMAJ Mendis
6th90LPC SilvaCKB Kulasekara
7th19LPC SilvaKTGD Prasad
8th0KTGD PrasadSMSM Senanayake
9th9KTGD PrasadCW Vidanapathirana
10th0CW VidanapathiranaANPR Fernando