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Sri Lanka Emerging team clinch tri-series with comfortable win

SL-E team tour of South Africa 2019 | One Day Tri-Series – Final

The Sri Lanka Emerging team beat the University Sports South Africa XI (USSA) convincingly by 8 wickets today in Pretoria, to win the One Day tri-series which also featured the South Africa Emerging team.

Sri Lankan skipper, Charith Asalanka, after winning the toss had no hesitation in electing to field first as they had won all the 4 games they had on this tour, chasing. With both the defeats coming in matches they batted first, Sri Lanka were on course for another win after the toss.

Nissanka’s ton earns victory for Sri Lanka Emerging

Sri Lanka Emerging team recorded the fourth win in their tour to South Africa today, 10th July 2019.

The unchanged Sri Lanka Emerging XI which won the previous game against their South African counterpart, were provided with a perfect start by the two opening pacers, Asitha Fernando and Chamika Karunaratne, as they shared 2 wickets in the first 10 overs for 32 runs.

Following the fall of two more wickets courtesy all-rounder Lahiru Madushanka and spinner Amila Aponso, USSA’s best batsman, Delano Potgieter rebuilt the innings with a valuable knock of 52. The partnership between him and wicket-keeper Rubin Herman added 75 runs for the 5th wicket to pull them out from 49/4 in the 18th over to a modest position by the 40th over.

Breaking the partnership and putting the opposition to further trouble, Madushanka picked up 3 more wickets in the final 10 overs to restrict USSA for 180 for the loss of 7 wickets by the end of the allotted 50 overs.

The run-chase for the tourists never looked difficult as their in-form opener, Pathum Nissanka continued from where he left off in the previous game, in which he scored a century, taking Sri Lanka towards victory in the 38th over.

Nissanka remained unbeaten on 84 with captain Asalanka on 29. Left-handers Sandun Weerakkody and Kamindu Mendis contributed with 26 and 40. Madushanka was adjudged man of the match for his 4 wickets.

The Sri Lanka Emerging team will now play two 4-Day Unofficial Tests against the South Africa Emerging team starting on the 18th of this month.

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Sri Lanka Emerging Team
184/2 (37.4)
University Sports South Africa XI
180/7 (50)
Lesego Senokwane c Sandun Weerakkody b Lahiru Madushanka19452042.22
Kabelo Sekhukhune b Asitha Fernando481050.00
Neil Brand c Sandun Weerakkody b Chamika Karunarathne8120066.67
Isma-eel Gafieldien c Sandun Weerakkody b Amila Aponso9300030.00
Delano Potgieter b Lahiru Madushanka52883059.09
Rubin Hermann not out63932067.74
Ruan de Swardt c & b Lahiru Madushanka130033.33
Beyers Swanepoel c Minod Bhanuka b Lahiru Madushanka8100080.00
L Philander not out111100100.00
Extras5 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)
Total180/7 (50 Overs, RR: 3.6)
Fall of Wickets 1-5 (2.4) Kabelo Sekhukhune, 2-23 (7.5) Neil Brand, 3-39 (14.1) Lesego Senokwane, 4-49 (17.3) Isma-eel Gafieldien, 5-124 (40.2) Delano Potgieter, 6-126 (40.6) Ruan de Swardt, 7-147 (44.6) Beyers Swanepoel,
Asitha Fernando1014414.40
Chamika Karunarathne1014514.50
Lahiru Madushanka1003543.50
Amila Aponso1002312.30
Ramesh Mendis401704.25
Sammu Ashan601502.50

Pathum Nissanka not out841087277.78
Sandun Weerakkody lbw b L Philander26363072.22
Kamindu Mendis c Delano Potgieter b Beyers Swanepoel40634063.49
Charith Asalanka not out292103138.10
Extras5 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 2, w 3, pen 0)
Total184/2 (37.4 Overs, RR: 4.88)
Fall of Wickets 1-56 (13.4) Sandun Weerakkody, 2-141 (31.6) Kamindu Mendis,
Beyers Swanepoel812613.25
Gideon Peters604307.17
L Philander5.403416.30
Ruan de Swardt511603.20
Delano Potgieter402105.25
Siya Simetu501903.80
Neil Brand402506.25