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Pathum guides SL-Emerging to series win with unbeaten ton

Sri Lanka Emerging team tour of Bangladesh 2019 – 3rd Unofficial ODI


Sri Lanka Emerging team made a strong comeback after the last over defeat in the previous game to seal the 3-match Unofficial ODI series against Bangladesh 2-1 in Khulna as they beat the hosts by 7 wickets.

The tourists fielded a XI with 4 changes to the team which played the first two games as Hasitha Boyagoda and Minod Bhanuka replaced Sandun Weerakkody and Sammu Ashan. Amila Aponso and Nuwan Thushara were also replaced as they went for too many runs in the game Sri Lanka lost. Young and promising Kalana Perera replaced the seamer while spin bowling all-rounder Tharindu Mendis replaced the spinner.

SL Emerging loses a last over thriller

Perera’s inclusion started to pay off straightaway as he provided Sri Lanka the opening breakthrough in just his second over. The spin bowling all-rounders of Sri Lanka then jolted the Bangladeshis with a double blow following a slow and steady piece of repair work by in-form opener Saif Hassan and Captain Najmul Hossain. Wanindu De Silva and Ramesh Mendis were the wicket-takers.

The 20-year old Hassan was then joined by 19-year old Afif Hossain. The duo showing a lot of promise and character, adding 125 runs for the 4th wicket in 117 deliveries to take their team past 220 by the 45th over. Hassan who already has 5 list A centuries was eventually sent back by the Sri Lankan 19-year old, Perera, for 117 runs.

On the other end Afif kept scoring for his team as they ended their 50 overs on 269/5 thanks to Afif’s blitz towards the end. In bowling for the visitors, apart from Perera’s 2 wickets, Shiran Fernando, Tharindu Mendis and Wanindu De Silva picked up a wicket each.

The run-chase for Sri Lanka was a rain-hit one. Steering the run-chase from the front, Pathum Nissanka started off things smoothly as he led the way for Sri Lanka to a 64-run opening stand before he lost his new opening partner Hasitha Boyagoda for 12 in the 9th over.

Skipper Charith Asalanka didn’t have a good outing today as he scored just 2. Minod Bhanuka, playing his first game of the tour then together with Nissanka, just destroyed the Bangladeshi bowlers. With the target being reduced to 199 in 28 overs the Lankan batsmen cruised to the win.

The 3rd wicket stand between Nissanka and Bhanuka was worth 122 runs and came in just 77 deliveries. Nissanka remained unbeaten on 115 facing just 78 deliveries as he finished off proceedings along with Kamindu Mendis after Bhanuka was dismissed for a 32-ball 55.

The two teams will now engage in two 4-day Unofficial Tests starting off on the 27th Tuesday at the same venue.

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Sri Lanka Emerging Team
199/3 (24)
Bangladesh Emerging Team
269/5 (50)
Saif Hassan c Charith Asalanka b Kalana Perera1171304790.00
Mohammad Naim c Ashen Bandara b Kalana Perera6121050.00
Najmul Hossain Shanto c Hasitha Boyagoda b Ramesh Mendis39474082.98
Yasir Ali c Jehan Daniel b Wanindu Hasaranga9240037.50
Afif Hossain not out68706197.14
Zakir Hasan c Wanindu Hasaranga b Shiran Fernando7710100.00
Yeasin Arafat not out131110118.18
Extras10 (b 2 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 6, pen 0)
Total269/5 (50 Overs, RR: 5.38)
Fall of Wickets 1-9 (3.6) Mohammad Naim, 2-83 (19.5) Najmul Hossain Shanto, 3-95 (24.5) Yasir Ali, 4-220 (44.2) Saif Hassan, 5-229 (45.5) Zakir Hasan,
Shiran Fernando1004814.80
Kalana Perera1014724.70
Jehan Daniel604808.00
Ramesh Mendis1004414.40
Wanindu Hasaranga1005815.80
Kamindu Mendis402105.25

Pathum Nissanka not out1157885147.44
Hasitha Boyagoda b Aminul Islam12231052.17
Charith Asalanka c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Robiul Haque280025.00
Minod Bhanuka b Yeasin Arafat553253171.88
Kamindu Mendis not out5310166.67
Extras10 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 6, pen 0)
Total199/3 (24 Overs, RR: 8.29)
Fall of Wickets 1-64 (8.4) Hasitha Boyagoda, 2-68 (10.1) Charith Asalanka, 3-190 (22.6) Minod Bhanuka,
Shafiqul Islam503507.00
Yeasin Arafat512915.80
Nayeem Hasan6060010.00
Robiul Haque403919.75
Aminul Islam403218.00