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Bowlers and Dhananjaya steer Sri Lanka ‘A’ to Series win

England Lions Tour of Sri Lanka 2023

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Sri Lanka ‘A’ registered a 6-wicket win over the England Lions in the third unofficial ODI and clinched the 3-match series 2-1 at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.  

England Lions Skipper Sam Hain won the toss and opted to bat first in the series decider. The hosts made three changes to their playing XI from the previous game.

OUT – Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Pramod Madushan

IN – Lahiru Udara, Nipun Dhananjaya, Isitha Wijesundera 

Sri Lanka started off pretty well with the ball, dismissing 2 scalps of the opposition inside the first powerplay. The right-arm seamer Isitha Wijesundera was very impressive with the new ball as he created all sorts of trouble for the opposite batters in his opening spell.

The Sri Lankan spinners also backed up the good opening seam bowling display by tightening the screws on the England batters, with exceptions spin bowling in the middle phase of the innings. The England batters were going nowhere at the middle, losing wickets at regular intervals, and were restricted to just 166 runs.

Wijesundera was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he picked up 3 wickets for 14 runs in his 7-over spell. The wrist-spinner Dushan Hemantha continued his good form with the ball, taking 3 wickets for 27 runs.

Chasing 167 runs to win, Sri Lanka got off to a shaky start losing their opening pair for 28 runs inside the first 7 overs. However, the two new additions to the hosts’ playing XI – Nipun Dhananjaya and Lahiru Udara – steadied the innings with a vital 45-run stand for the 3rd wicket.

Dhananjaya playing in his first game of the series, stroked a match winning half-century helping Sri Lanka ‘A’ cruised to the victory with 6 wickets in hand.

Result


Sri Lanka A Team
167/4 (32.1)

England Lions
166/10 (45)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Jacob Bethell c Nuwanidu Fernando b Suminda Lakshan 50 67 4 1 74.63
Jack Haynes c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Isitha Wijesundera 13 16 3 0 81.25
Sam Hain c Kavishka Anjula b Sahan Arachchige 3 10 0 0 30.00
Tom Prest c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Dunith Wellalage 12 26 0 0 46.15
James Rew c Dhananjaya Lakshan b Dushan Hemantha 15 47 0 0 31.91
Jordan Cox st Sadeera Samarawickrama b Suminda Lakshan 31 46 3 0 67.39
Tom Lammonby c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Isitha Wijesundera 6 20 0 0 30.00
Brydon Carse b Isitha Wijesundera 0 1 0 0 0.00
Tom Hartley c Nipun Dhananjaya b Dushan Hemantha 22 21 2 1 104.76
Saqib Mahmood st Sadeera Samarawickrama b Dushan Hemantha 1 4 0 0 25.00
Mason Crane not out 5 12 0 0 41.67


Extras 8 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 7, pen 0)
Total 166/10 (45 Overs, RR: 3.69)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavishka Anjula 4 0 30 0 7.50
Isitha Wijesundera 7 1 14 3 2.00
Sahan Arachchige 8 0 37 1 4.62
Dunith Wellalage 7 0 33 1 4.71
Nuwanidu Fernando 2 0 4 0 2.00
Suminda Lakshan 7 0 20 2 2.86
Dushan Hemantha 10 1 27 3 2.70


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lasith Croospulle b Saqib Mahmood 18 19 3 0 94.74
Nuwanidu Fernando c Jordan Cox b Tom Hartley 10 17 2 0 58.82
Lahiru Udara lbw b Mason Crane 21 25 2 0 84.00
Nipun Dhananjaya not out 65 76 4 0 85.53
Sadeera Samarawickrama c Jack Haynes b Mason Crane 23 29 3 0 79.31
Sahan Arachchige not out 22 28 1 0 78.57


Extras 8 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 7, pen 0)
Total 167/4 (32.1 Overs, RR: 5.19)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Saqib Mahmood 5 1 24 1 4.80
Tom Hartley 7.1 0 46 1 6.48
Jacob Bethell 6 1 21 0 3.50
Brydon Carse 5 0 25 0 5.00
Mason Crane 7 0 41 2 5.86
Tom Prest 2 0 10 0 5.00