India A managed to take a slight edge at the end of the 2nd day of the 2nd unofficial 4-day match of the series between Sri Lanka A and India A at the KSCA Stadium, Hubli.
Sri Lanka A were 87-4 at the stumps of day 01 in reply to the host’s 269 in the first innings which was anchored by an excellent century from Srikar Bharat.
National discard Niroshan Dickwella and middle order batsman Priyamal Perera were the ones to face the wrath of India A pacers up in the morning but managed to remain unscathed.
But the wicket keeper batsman could only make 39 at almost a run-a-ball before being caught by Anmolpreet Singh off Ishan Porel’s bowling.
Priyamal Perera couldn’t add much to his tally today either, as he was too dismissed for 36, leaving Sri Lanka in deep trouble, still trailing by 136 runs with only 4 wickets in hand.
All-rounder Kamindu Mendis made a crucial contribution, reducing the deficit with his masterful stroke play to score a half century with 11 boundaries.
Mendis did a grand job, guiding Sri Lanka to 212 with the help of Lakshan Sandakan and Vishwa Fernando who managed to hang around for a combined 76 balls.
Sri Lanka A completed their first innings with a 57-run disadvantage but will take a lot of heart with this performance as they reached much closer to India’s total than the first encounter between the two teams.
For the second innings, India A didn’t start as they would have liked due to two early charges by left arm pacer Vishwa Fernando, but they recovered well to be on 216 for 6 at the stumps on day 02.
Anmolpreet Singh, S D Lad and Srikar Bharat made half centuries but the Sri Lanka spinners kept picking wickets whenever the hosts looked settled.
Lakshan Sandakan who picked up four scalps in the first innings, impressed again with two wickets while Malinda Pushpakumara and Mendis contributed with one each.
Shivam Dube and Rahul Chahar saw India A to stumps at day 02 and will try to add crucial runs tomorrow to make the 4th innings target too steep for Sri Lanka
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|PK Panchal||c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|AR Easwaran||c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Anmolpreet Singh||c Bhanuka Rajapaksa b Priyamal Perera||65||116||6||2||56.03|
|Siddhesh Lad||c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando||32||47||5||0||68.09|
|KS Bharat||c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara||117||156||14||1||75.00|
|Shivam Dube||b Lakshan Sandakan||15||24||2||0||62.50|
|Jayant Yadav||b Lakshan Sandakan||1||11||0||0||9.09|
|A Sarwate||c Kamindu Mendis b Lakshan Sandakan||10||31||2||0||32.26|
|Rahul Chahar||c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara||21||24||3||0||87.50|
|Sandeep Warrier||lbw b Lakshan Sandakan||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Ishan Porel||not out||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||8 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 4, w 1)|
|Total||269/10 (69.1 Overs, RR: 3.89)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-0 (0.3) PK Panchal, 2-2 (0.3) AR Easwaran, 3-64 (18.5) Siddhesh Lad, 4-155 (39.1) Anmolpreet Singh, 5-184 (48.4) Shivam Dube, 6-194 (52.4) Jayant Yadav, 7-214 (60.3) A Sarwate, 8-268 (67.6) Rahul Chahar, 9-269 (68.5) Sandeep Warrier, 10-269 (69.1) KS Bharat,|
|Pathum Nissanka||c Jayant Yadav b Sandeep Warrier||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||lbw b Shivam Dube||8||15||2||0||53.33|
|Bhanuka Rajapaksa||c AR Easwaran b Sandeep Warrier||18||28||4||0||64.29|
|Ashan Priyanjan||c Anmolpreet Singh b Shivam Dube||19||20||3||0||95.00|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c Anmolpreet Singh b Ishan Porel||39||42||6||0||92.86|
|Priyamal Perera||c KS Bharat b Jayant Yadav||36||56||4||1||64.29|
|Kamindu Mendis||b A Sarwate||68||105||11||0||64.76|
|Malinda Pushpakumara||b Jayant Yadav||6||12||1||0||50.00|
|Lakshan Sandakan||c KS Bharat b Jayant Yadav||11||40||0||0||27.50|
|Vishwa Fernando||b Rahul Chahar||5||36||0||0||13.89|
|Lahiru Kumara||not out||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||2 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 2, w 0)|
|Total||212/10 (60 Overs, RR: 3.53)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-0 (0.5) Pathum Nissanka, 2-26 (7.1) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 3-30 (8.4) Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4-52 (13.4) Ashan Priyanjan, 5-105 (23.3) Niroshan Dickwella, 6-133 (32.2) Priyamal Perera, 7-145 (34.6) Malinda Pushpakumara, 8-185 (46.5) Lakshan Sandakan, 9-208 (58.3) Kamindu Mendis, 10-212 (59.6) Vishwa Fernando,|
|AR Easwaran||lbw b Vishwa Fernando||3||7||0||0||42.86|
|PK Panchal||c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando||15||44||0||0||34.09|
|Anmolpreet Singh||b Kamindu Mendis||60||69||9||0||86.96|
|Siddhesh Lad||lbw b Lakshan Sandakan||58||76||6||0||76.32|
|KS Bharat||b Malinda Pushpakumara||60||56||4||2||107.14|
|Shivam Dube||not out||5||11||0||0||45.45|
|A Sarwate||c Niroshan Dickwella b Lakshan Sandakan||0||6||0||0||0.00|
|Rahul Chahar||not out||5||11||0||0||45.45|
|Extras||10 (b 2 , lb 4 , nb 4, w 0)|
|Total||216/6 (46 Overs, RR: 4.7)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-4 (1.2) AR Easwaran, 2-44 (14.1) PK Panchal, 3-107 (23.4) Anmolpreet Singh, 4-206 (40.6) Siddhesh Lad, 5-206 (41.2) KS Bharat, 6-207 (42.3) A Sarwate,|