Lahiru Thirimanne unbeaten as Sri Lanka underperform in tour game

Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2019 | Tour Match (D/N) – Day 3

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The 3-day tour match played with a pink ball at the Blundstone Arena ended in a draw with a below par performance by the touring Sri Lankans. The tourists were reeling on 131/6 in their 2nd innings when the game was stopped.

Starting the final day’s play 239 runs ahead of the Sri Lankans, Australians Marnus Labuschagne and Kurtis Paterson went on to add 35 more runs before Labuschagne was dismissed for 50 by Lahiru Kumara. It was Lahiru Kumara’s first wicket of the tour as he didn’t bowl in the 1st innings of the game. The 50 scored by Lanuschagne, was also a much needed boost to him after a poor outing in the 1st innings.

Sri Lanka fall behind in tour game

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Will Pucovski, who then came to bat remained unbeaten on 33 when the hosts declared their innings on 224/3. Patterson on the other hand went on to score his 2nd century of the match as he steered along Pucovski, who is named in the 13-man Australia squad for the 1st Test, for an unbeaten 4th wicket stand of 90.

Bulk of the bowling for Sri Lanka on day 3 was done by Lahiru Kumara and Lakshan Sandakan who ended with economy rates above 3 in the 14 overs they bowled apiece. A total of 9 bowlers were tried out by the Sri Lanka including the slow medium pace bowlers, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne.

The Sri Lankan 2nd innings was just another failure as no one managed to go past the 50-run mark. Lahiru Thirimanne’s unbeaten innings was the only positive as he batted through the 51 overs Sri Lanka faced, remaining unbeaten on 46. Roshen Silva also fought hard for his 64-ball boundary-less 23 runs before he retired from batting in the innings.

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Niroshan Dickwella batted at number 3 instead of Dinesh Chandimal, who didn’t walk out to bat in the 2nd innings, and scored 19 runs with boundaries while Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Sadeera Samarawickrama failed to cross the 10-run mark as they were surprisingly dismissed to left-arm spinner Jon Holland, who went to take 4 wickets. Ever-reliable opener, Dimuth Karunaratne made just 2 runs in the 2nd innings to follow his 44 runs, which he made in the 1st innings.

Uncapped batsman Kurtis Patterson was named Man of the Match for his twin centuries while none of the Sri Lankans came with a significant performance throughout the 3 days.

The 1st Test between Sri Lanka and Australia will kick-start on the 24th of this month at the Gabba in Brisbane as a day/night encounter.

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Full Scorecard

Australia Board XI

316/5 & 224/3

(59 overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

176/5 & 131/6

(51 overs)

Match Drawn

Australia Board XI’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Matt Renshaw c D Karunarathne b D Chameera 7 35
Joe Burns c D De Silva b K Rajitha 4 13
Marnus Labuschagne b D Chameera 6 10
Kurtis Patterson not out 157 212
Will Pucovski c K Rajitha b D Chameera 23 54
Jason Sangha c D Chameera b K Rajitha 3 9
Jake Doran not out 102 129
Extras
14 (b 1, lb 1, nb 12)
Total
316/5 (75 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-11 (J Burns, 5.4 ov), 2-20 (M Labuschagne, 8.3 ov), 3-25 (M Renshaw, 10.2 ov), 4-88 (W Pucovski, 28.6 ov), 5-98 (J Sangha, 31.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Nuwan Pradeep 2 0 6 0 3.00
Kasun Rajitha 17 2 71 2 4.18
Dushmantha Chameera 16 3 57 3 3.56
Suranga Lakmal 13 2 43 0 3.31
Dilruwan Perera 12 1 54 0 4.50
Dhananjaya de Silva 5 1 13 0 2.60
Lakshan Sandakan 10 0 70 0 7.00

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Dimuth Karunarathne lbw by S Boland 44 92
Lahiru Thirimanne c & b C Tremain 32 109
Dinesh Chandimal c K Patterson b M Labuschagne 32 80
Sadeera Samarawickrama c K Patterson b S Boland 11 24
Roshen Silva not out 36 91
Dhananjaya de Silva c M Renshaw b M Labuschagne 14 42
Niroshan Dickwella not out 4 12
Extras
3 (lb 3)
Total
176/5 (75 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-65 (D Karunarathne, 27.1 ov), 2-87 (L Thirimanne, 38.1 ov), 3-103 (S Samarawickrama, 44.4 ov), 4-137 (D Chandimal, 59.4 ov), 5-169 (D De Silva, 71.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Chris Tremain 18 2 32 1 1.78
Michael Nesser 16 2 41 0 2.56
Scott Boland 16 5 37 2 2.31
Jon Holland 15 1 35 0 2.33
Marnus Labuschagne 9 0 27 2 3.00
Jason Sangha 1 0 1 0 1.00

Australia Board XI’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Matt Renshaw lbw by K Rajitha 10 29
Joe Burns c D De Silva b D Chameera 22 18
Marnus Labuschagne c D De Silva b L Kumara 50 101
Kurtis Patterson not out 102 136
Will Pucovski not out 33 70
Extras
7 (lb 6, w 1)
Total
224/3 (59 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-24 (J Burns, 5.4 ov), 2-44 (M Renshaw, 10.2 ov), 3-134 (M Labuschagne, 37.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Lahiru Kumara 14 2 48 1 3.43
Dushmantha Chameera 4 0 28 1 7.00
Dimuth Karunarathne 3 1 8 0 2.67
Kasun Rajitha 3 0 9 1 3.00
Lahiru Thirimanne 3 0 8 0 2.67
Lakshan Sandakan 14 1 53 0 3.79
Suranga Lakmal 6 3 16 0 2.67
Dilruwan Perera 8 0 26 0 3.25
Dhananjaya de Silva 4 0 22 0 5.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Dimuth Karunarathne lbw by M Neser 3 16
Lahiru Thirimanne not out 46 121
Niroshan Dickwella c J Burns b M Neser 19 23
Dhananjaya de Silva b J Holland 2 9
Kusal Janith b J Holland 3 12
Dilruwan Perera lbw by J Holland 14 28
Sadeera Samarawickrama b J Holland 6 20
Roshen Silva not out 23 64
Suranga Lakmal not out 7 14
Extras
8 (b 6, lb 1, nb 1)
Total
131/6 (51 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-3 (D Karunarathne, 3.5 ov), 2-29 (N Dickwella, 9.3 ov), 3-35 (D De Silva, 13.3 ov), 4-39 (K Janith, 17.1 ov), 5-72 (D Perera, 25.1 ov), 6-82 (S Samarawickrama, 29.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Chris Tremain 9 1 32 0 3.56
Michael Nesser 5 2 8 2 1.60
Jon Holland 15 2 28 4 1.87
Scott Boland 11 4 28 0 2.55
Marnus Labuschagne 9 1 26 0 2.89
Jason Sangha 2 0 2 0 1.00