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Madushka and Mendis bat Sri Lanka ‘A’ into lead

England Lions tour of Sri Lanka 2023

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The second unofficial Test between Sri Lanka ‘A’ and England Lions continued for day three today (09th February) at Galle International Cricket Stadium.

Alex Lees and Jamie Smith resumed the visitors’ first innings on day three at 234/3, but the former unfortunately was dismissed for 97, missing out on a well-deserved century. The wicket-keeper batter Smith went on to score his 6th first-class ton strengthening the England Lions’ grip in this encounter.

Read : Unbeaten century stand from Lees and Smith leads England Lions’ strong reply

The seamer Karunaratne struck twice in two consecutive overs helping the hosts make a comeback into the game. After being 302/4, the visitors suffered a batting collapse losing 6 wickets for 103 runs.

Karunaratne was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka ‘A’ as he grabbed 4 scalps for 84 runs. The seamer Vishwa Fernando (3/83) and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama (2/59) also starred with the ball sharing 5 wickets between them.

The hosts began their 2nd innings 73 runs behind, but the opening pair Nishan Madushka and Lasith Croospulle managed to put them into the lead with an 88-run partnership for the first wicket.

Read : Lasith Croospulle ton lights up rain-affected day one

Madushka and Kamindu Mendis extended their lead building another impressive stand worth 100 for the 3rd wicket as the hosts ended the third day’s play at 202/3. Sri Lanka ‘A’ will resume the final day tomorrow with a 129-run lead with 7 wickets in hand.

Result

Match drawn

Sri Lanka A Team
332/10 (88.1) & 356/10 (74.1)

England Lions
405/10 (76.4) & 173/7 (39)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Tom Abell b Josh Tongue 22 42 4 0 52.38
Lasith Croospulle c Matt Fisher b Josh Tongue 128 130 16 3 98.46
Nuwanidu Fernando lbw b Sam Cook 22 73 3 0 30.14
Kamindu Mendis c Josh Tongue b Matt Fisher 6 12 0 0 50.00
Nipun Dhananjaya c Tom Abell b Josh Tongue 61 104 10 0 58.65
Lahiru Udara c Josh Bohannon b Josh Tongue 0 1 0 0 0.00
Chamika Karunarathne c Alex Lees b Josh Tongue 0 3 0 0 0.00
Lakshitha Manasinghe c Liam Patterson-White b Matt Fisher 43 87 2 1 49.43
Lasith Embuldeniya c Jack Haynes b Jack Carson 42 55 7 1 76.36
Vishwa Fernando b Sam Cook 0 8 0 0 0.00
Praveen Jayawickrama not out 1 14 0 0 7.14


Extras 7 (b 4 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 332/10 (88.1 Overs, RR: 3.77)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sam Cook 21 6 69 2 3.29
Matt Fisher 22 4 83 2 3.77
Josh Tongue 22 2 75 5 3.41
Liam Patterson-White 11 0 56 0 5.09
Tom Abell 2 0 11 0 5.50
Jack Carson 10.1 3 30 1 2.97
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Alex Lees c Kamindu Mendis b Praveen Jayawickrama 97 113 10 0 85.84
Haseeb Hameed c Lahiru Udara b Chamika Karunarathne 4 2 1 0 200.00
Tom Abell c Nishan Madushka b Vishwa Fernando 4 8 1 0 50.00
Josh Bohannon c Nuwanidu Fernando b Vishwa Fernando 54 62 9 0 87.10
Jamie Smith c Nishan Madushka b Chamika Karunarathne 126 82 13 8 153.66
Tom Haines c Lahiru Udara b Chamika Karunarathne 10 12 0 0 83.33
Liam Patterson-White c Lasith Croospulle b Lasith Embuldeniya 24 33 1 1 72.73
Matt Fisher not out 35 86 2 0 40.70
Jack Carson b Vishwa Fernando 6 50 1 0 12.00
Josh Tongue c Lahiru Udara b Praveen Jayawickrama 29 39 4 0 74.36
Sam Cook c Kamindu Mendis b Chamika Karunarathne 0 4 0 0 0.00


Extras 16 (b 3 , lb 9 , nb 1, w 3, pen 0)
Total 405/10 (76.4 Overs, RR: 5.28)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 21 1 83 3 3.95
Chamika Karunarathne 13.4 2 84 4 6.27
Lasith Embuldeniya 20 3 113 1 5.65
Lakshitha Manasinghe 5 0 54 0 10.80
Praveen Jayawickrama 17 2 59 2 3.47
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka c Sam Cook b Josh Tongue 100 125 16 1 80.00
Lasith Croospulle c Liam Patterson-White b Jack Carson 47 41 4 2 114.63
Nuwanidu Fernando c Jack Carson b Matt Fisher 1 15 0 0 6.67
Kamindu Mendis c Nathan Gilchrist b Jack Carson 67 76 11 0 88.16
Lasith Embuldeniya c Jamie Smith b Sam Cook 13 51 2 0 25.49
Nipun Dhananjaya c Jamie Smith b Josh Tongue 15 19 1 0 78.95
Lahiru Udara c Josh Bohannon b Liam Patterson-White 63 71 8 0 88.73
Chamika Karunarathne b Josh Tongue 0 6 0 0 0.00
Lakshitha Manasinghe lbw b Jack Carson 43 36 7 0 119.44
Vishwa Fernando not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
Praveen Jayawickrama c Tom Haines b Jack Carson 1 5 0 0 20.00


Extras 6 (b 3 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 1, pen 0)
Total 356/10 (74.1 Overs, RR: 4.8)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sam Cook 11 1 38 1 3.45
Matt Fisher 12 1 58 1 4.83
Liam Patterson-White 12 1 72 1 6.00
Josh Tongue 15 2 77 3 5.13
Jack Carson 22.1 4 94 4 4.25
Tom Abell 2 0 13 0 6.50


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Alex Lees b Praveen Jayawickrama 9 8 0 1 112.50
Haseeb Hameed c Kamindu Mendis b Lakshitha Manasinghe 47 66 2 1 71.21
Tom Haines c Nishan Madushka b Lakshitha Manasinghe 10 21 0 0 47.62
Tom Abell c Lasith Croospulle b Lakshitha Manasinghe 20 38 0 0 52.63
Josh Bohannon not out 34 50 1 0 68.00
Jamie Smith c b Lakshitha Manasinghe 14 13 2 0 107.69
Liam Patterson-White c b Lasith Embuldeniya 3 3 0 0 100.00
Matt Fisher lbw b Lakshitha Manasinghe 22 19 0 1 115.79
Jack Carson not out 2 16 0 0 12.50


Extras 12 (b 6 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)
Total 173/7 (39 Overs, RR: 4.44)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 4 0 14 0 3.50
Praveen Jayawickrama 8 0 40 1 5.00
Lakshitha Manasinghe 16 1 61 5 3.81
Lasith Embuldeniya 11 0 51 1 4.64