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Stunning Silva century give Sri Lanka series

Sri Lanka A 8 for 247 (Silva 104*, Doherty 3-55) beat Australia A 5 for 246 (Voges 81, Birt 52, Udana 3-67) by two wickets
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Chamara Silva sent a strong reminder of his abilities to the national selectors with a counterattacking 84-ball 104 that swept the visitors to a thrilling two-wicket victory and sealed the series 2-0.

Chasing 247 in a 40-over match at the Allan Border Field, Sri Lanka seemed to be out of the game when they stuttered to 88 for 5 after 19 overs before Silva revived their hopes through a 72-run stand with Kosala Kulasekara. Australia were still in charge when Kulasekara holed out to Travis Birt in the 33rd over with the visitors needing 87 off 45 deliveries.

A flurry of sixes from Silva, who made only his second hundred in 185 List A matches, and brisk cameos from allrounder Thissara Perera and Sachithra Senanayake took Sri Lanka to the target with five deliveries to spare.

Both sides had agreed 40 overs-a side due to concerns about the fading afternoon light in Brisbane. Australia struggled early on after being sent in on a pitch that offered some assistance to the bowlers. Adam Voges' 89-ball 81 was the cornerstone of their innings, with Matthew Wade and George Bailey also offering support.

It was left to Travis Birt's big hitting to push Australia's run-rate past six. He bludgeoned four sixes and four fours in a 22-ball 52 to set a tough target, but Silva's brilliance ensured it the Sri Lankans took the one-day series after losing both the first-class matches and the Twenty20s.

"It's obviously pretty disappointing as we really wanted to finish the series with a win," the home side's captain, George Bailey, said. "I thought we batted well on a pitch that offered a bit to the bowlers but as it turns out, it wasn't quite enough.

"All credit goes to Sri Lanka and the way they fought back with the bat; we were in a strong position when we had them five for less than 90, but they slowly worked their way back into the game and Silva was very impressive."

Sri Lanka A 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st11ML UdawatteEMDY Munaweera
2nd4FDM KarunaratneEMDY Munaweera
3rd47FDM KarunaratneLD Chandimal
4th2BMAJ MendisFDM Karunaratne
5th24LPC SilvaBMAJ Mendis
6th72LPC SilvaCKB Kulasekara
7th58LPC SilvaNLTC Perera
8th27LPC SilvaSMSM Senanayake
9th2LPC SilvaI Udana