Starting the fourth and final day of the 1st Unofficial Test against South Africa Emerging team, Sri Lanka Emerging were a cool camp at 144 for 1, chasing 330 runs for victory at Potchefstroom.
Close of play on day-three – SA Emerging 382/10 (99.2) | SL Emerging 230/9 (57) & 145/1 (40)
In a rather surprising manner, Sri Lanka Emerging team put themselves in a commanding position in the game. Following a sloppy first half of the game, they fought back strongly to enter into the game again. The first two days of the game looked heavily one-sided. The hosts roasted the Islanders on their way to 382 runs in the first innings and got rid of them quite comfortably for 241 runs.
But Sri Lanka bowled out the hosts for 189 runs in the second innings taking them by surprise courtesy of a Lasith Embuldeniya’s fifer. They added to it with a brilliant start to the chase. Lankan top three scored 144 runs by the end of day-three.
Sri Lanka Emerging team slipped away from the jaws of defeat and put themselves ahead of thE….
With 186 runs for victory, Sri Lanka had Minod Bhanuka and Pathum Nissanka at the centre on 80 and 25 runs respectively. Bhanuka was dismissed in the third over of the day by Tladi Bokako. Bhanuka batted exceptionally well for 89 runs but was beaten by the extra pace of Bokako and edged one to the wicket keeper.
Nissanka built his innings slowly from thereon but the other end stumbled. Captain Charith Asalanka and Ashen Bandara departed without making an impression. Nissanka too lost his composure as he fell next at 47 runs, again nicking it to the keeper.
Kamindu Mendis got a good start to his innings but failed to convert it into a big knock. He was out LBW for 17 runs off Nandre Burger.
Chamika Karunaratne who was having a poor game slipped deep into it as he was also trapped in front of his stumps for just 10 runs.
The middle-order failed terribly in the chase. They couldn’t capitalise on the start they got from the top three resulting in a disappointing defeat for Sri Lanka. Except for the partnerships built around the first two wickets, Sri Lanka lacked it largely.
Fast-bowler Mohammad Shiraz produced an unexpected knock down the order taking Sri Lanka closer to the winning line. He scored a valiant 49 runs coming in at no.9.
Day 1 Report: Tough day at work for SL Emerging in South Africa
In fact, Sri Lanka looked as if they would go past the line comfortably when Nishan Peiris and Mohammad Shiraz were putting up a spirited partnership for the 8th wicket. Their 58-run stand came to an end with Nishan Peiris being bowled for 25 runs.
Bokako and Burger ran through Sri Lankan batting line-up with 3 wickets each to pull the game back towards the Proteas. Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 302 runs, 28 runs short of their target, but the fight was praiseworthy.
South Africa Emerging takes 1-0 lead in the series after winning the first of the two unofficial Tests scheduled in Sri Lanka Emerging team’s tour to South Africa.
|Janneman Malan||b Mohamed Shiraz||75||93||12||1||80.65|
|Matthew Breetzke||c Minod Bhanuka b Chamika Karunarathne||114||187||10||0||60.96|
|Raynard van Tonder||c Kamindu Mendis b Asitha Fernando||69||117||6||0||58.97|
|Jason Smith||c Mohamed Shiraz b Lasith Embuldeniya||1||12||0||0||8.33|
|Sibonelo Makhanya||c Minod Bhanuka b Nishan Peiris||22||42||2||0||52.38|
|Sinethemba Qeshile||b Lasith Embuldeniya||20||34||3||0||58.82|
|Dayyaan Galiem||lbw b Mohamed Shiraz||28||43||4||0||65.12|
|Kyle Simmonds||lbw b Nishan Peiris||4||17||0||0||23.53|
|M Jansen||c Charith Asalanka b Lasith Embuldeniya||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Nandre Burger||c Pathum Nissanka b Asitha Fernando||9||42||1||0||21.43|
|Tladi Bokako||not out||14||6||2||1||233.33|
|Extras||23 (b 10 , lb 8 , nb 5, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||382/10 (99.2 Overs, RR: 3.85)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-145 (33.1) Janneman Malan, 2-259 (61.6) Matthew Breetzke, 3-266 (64.5) Jason Smith, 4-288 (69.6) Raynard van Tonder, 5-318 (78.2) Sibonelo Makhanya, 6-328 (81.1) Sinethemba Qeshile, 7-339 (86.2) Kyle Simmonds, 8-348 (89.3) M Jansen, 9-368 (96.6) Dayyaan Galiem, 10-382 (99.2) Nandre Burger,|
|Minod Bhanuka||c Raynard van Tonder b Kyle Simmonds||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Hasitha Boyagoda||lbw b Kyle Simmonds||40||52||7||0||76.92|
|Pathum Nissanka||lbw b Tladi Bokako||7||5||1||0||140.00|
|Charith Asalanka||b Kyle Simmonds||56||84||6||2||66.67|
|Ashen Bandara||c Nandre Burger b Kyle Simmonds||10||14||1||0||71.43|
|Kamindu Mendis||lbw b M Jansen||33||54||5||0||61.11|
|Chamika Karunarathne||b Nandre Burger||27||49||5||0||55.10|
|Nishan Peiris||not out||52||56||8||2||92.86|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||lbw b M Jansen||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Asitha Fernando||b Nandre Burger||0||11||0||0||0.00|
|Mohamed Shiraz||c & b Nandre Burger||12||37||2||0||32.43|
|Extras||4 (b 1 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||241/10 (60.5 Overs, RR: 3.96)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-0 (0.1) Minod Bhanuka, 2-7 (1.2) Pathum Nissanka, 3-89 (16.5) Hasitha Boyagoda, 4-111 (24.1) Ashen Bandara, 5-116 (28.3) Charith Asalanka, 6-176 (42.6) Chamika Karunarathne, 7-176 (43.1) Kamindu Mendis, 8-176 (43.3) Lasith Embuldeniya, 9-185 (46.6) Asitha Fernando, 10-241 (60.5) Mohamed Shiraz,|
|Janneman Malan||c Nishan Peiris b Asitha Fernando||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Matthew Breetzke||lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya||14||35||1||0||40.00|
|Jason Smith||b Lasith Embuldeniya||2||11||0||0||18.18|
|Sibonelo Makhanya||c Minod Bhanuka b Lasith Embuldeniya||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Sinethemba Qeshile||lbw b Chamika Karunarathne||31||38||7||0||81.58|
|Raynard van Tonder||lbw b Nishan Peiris||17||48||1||0||35.42|
|Dayyaan Galiem||lbw b Lasith Embuldeniya||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Kyle Simmonds||c Minod Bhanuka b Asitha Fernando||50||44||5||2||113.64|
|M Jansen||b Lasith Embuldeniya||49||44||7||2||111.36|
|Nandre Burger||c Hasitha Boyagoda b Asitha Fernando||16||12||2||0||133.33|
|Tladi Bokako||not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||4 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 3, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||189/10 (39.4 Overs, RR: 4.76)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-2 (0.5) Janneman Malan, 2-14 (5.1) Jason Smith, 3-20 (5.6) Sibonelo Makhanya, 4-29 (9.6) Matthew Breetzke, 5-62 (18.4) Sinethemba Qeshile, 6-63 (19.4) Dayyaan Galiem, 7-86 (25.2) Raynard van Tonder, 8-151 (34.6) Kyle Simmonds, 9-183 (38.6) Nandre Burger, 10-189 (39.4) M Jansen,|
|Hasitha Boyagoda||c Sibonelo Makhanya b Kyle Simmonds||33||49||7||0||67.35|
|Minod Bhanuka||c Sinethemba Qeshile b Tladi Bokako||89||134||12||0||66.42|
|Pathum Nissanka||c Sinethemba Qeshile b Dayyaan Galiem||47||117||3||1||40.17|
|Charith Asalanka||b M Jansen||9||17||0||0||52.94|
|Ashen Bandara||c Sinethemba Qeshile b Tladi Bokako||1||6||0||0||16.67|
|Kamindu Mendis||lbw b Nandre Burger||17||31||2||0||54.84|
|Chamika Karunarathne||lbw b Nandre Burger||10||22||1||0||45.45|
|Nishan Peiris||b Nandre Burger||25||57||2||0||43.86|
|Mohamed Shiraz||c Sinethemba Qeshile b M Jansen||49||96||7||0||51.04|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||c Sinethemba Qeshile b Tladi Bokako||7||35||1||0||20.00|
|Asitha Fernando||not out||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||15 (b 8 , lb 4 , nb 3, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||302/10 (94.1 Overs, RR: 3.21)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-74 (15.6) Hasitha Boyagoda, 2-159 (42.3) Minod Bhanuka, 3-170 (47.1) Charith Asalanka, 4-173 (48.6) Ashen Bandara, 5-201 (57.2) Pathum Nissanka, 6-207 (60.6) Kamindu Mendis, 7-214 (62.5) Chamika Karunarathne, 8-272 (80.6) Nishan Peiris, 9-302 (93.2) Mohamed Shiraz, 10-302 (94.1) Lasith Embuldeniya,|