Ashan Priyanjan’s all-round effort sinks Bangladesh A at Khettarama

Bangladesh ‘A’ tour of Sri Lanka 2019 | 1st Unofficial ODI

Sri Lanka A wrapped up the 1st Unofficial ODI inside 60 overs by winning 3 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match One-day series vs Bangladesh A today (9) at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

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Bangladesh A skipper Mohammad Mithun won the toss and elected to bat first to have a crack at a big total but the right arm seamer Shiran Fernando stuck in the 3rd over to remove Bangladeshi opener Nayeem Hasan to provide Sri Lanka-A a perfect start.

Then the pair Saif Hassana and Najmul Hossain Shanto put up a rapid partnership of 44 runs in 6 overs to set the tone for the Bangladesh A innings before Chamika Karunaratne removed Shanto for 24. From then, the visitors never really got going as the wicket’s column was updated regularly. 

Bangladesh A were 4 for 102 in the 26th over before all hell broke loose as their next 6 wickets fell for just 14 runs. Sri Lanka A skipper Ashan Priyanjan was the main man who led the visitors’ collapse as he grabbed 4 wickets in his brief spell. Mohammad Mithun’s men could only make 116 runs inside 34 overs before they were all out, setting a comfortable total for the hosts to chase.

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Chasing a modest total, the host’s openers, Pathum Nissanka, who produced bucketloads of runs in the multiday series and attacking wicket keeper bastman Sandun Weerakkody fell cheaply for 1 & 16 respectively.

The responsibility to take Sri Lanka over the line fell on captain Priyanjan’s shoulders and he did just that with a stroke filled half century to seal the game for the home team. Priyanjan’s unbeaten 62-ball 50 included 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. He was well-supported by Kamindu Mendis and Priyamal Perera who contributed with the scores of 23 and 24.

Sri Lanka A won the game by 7 wickets and took the lead of the 3-match One-day series, 1-0. The 2nd Unofficial ODI of the series will be held on 10th October (tomorrow) at the same ground.

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