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England Lions bring ‘Bazball’ to Sri Lanka

England Lions Tour of Sri Lanka 2023

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SL BP XI v England Lions Day 1
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The England Lions got their Tour of Sri Lanka off to a flying start in their only warm-up game against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI ahead of the Unofficial Test series set to start next week.

Having won the toss, the visitors opted to bat but were on the backfoot straightaway as Kavindu Pathiratne sent Lions’ skipper and England Test Cap Haseeb Hameed back for a duck in the 1st over. The 20-year-old quick trapped Tom Haines LBW not long after to leave the Lions on 18/2 in the 5th over.

However, despite having the opposition in a spot of bother, the BP XI could not capitalize as the counterattack was begun by another England Test Cap, Alex Lees and Tom Abell, who appeared for the Dambulla Aura in last season’s LPL.

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The pair put on a blistering 130-run partnership in 18 overs to wrest control away from the home side, with the type of batsmanship that has become synonymous with English cricket over the last year.

5 of the 9 batters used by the Lions crossed the 50-run mark, with Lees the only one to go to three figures. Notably, Lees (107), Jack Haynes (63) and Jamie Smith (50) all went at well over a run-a-ball as the visitors declared their innings midway through the 3rd session, having amassed 413 at 6.2 runs an over.

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Apart from Pathiratne, who was impressive with the new ball, the BP XI struggled to maintain any control on the English batters, conceding 27 extras not helping their cause.

The BP XI openers Lasith Croospulle and Nishan Madushka started in positive fashion as well, putting on 44 for the 1st wicket before the former fell off the bowling of Liam Patterson-White.

Madushka looked in sublime touch, ending the day on 56 off just 53 deliveries as the BP XI went to Stumps on 93/2 in 19.5 overs.

Result


Sri Lanka Board President’s XI
355/9 (72) & 309/6 (50.4)

England Lions
413/8 (67) & 250/10 (47.4)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Alex Lees st Lahiru Udara b Tharindu Ratnayake 103 97 12 2 106.19
Haseeb Hameed c Dushan Hemantha b Kavindu Pathirathna 0 1 0 0 0.00
Tom Haines lbw b Kavindu Pathirathna 6 5 1 0 120.00
Tom Abell b Tharindu Ratnayake 57 58 11 0 98.28
Josh Bohannon b Nimesh Vimukthi 58 75 7 0 77.33
Lyndon James lbw b Nimesh Vimukthi 24 44 2 0 54.55
Jack Haynes not out 63 56 4 1 112.50
Jamie Smith c Lahiru Udara b Kavindu Nadeeshan 50 34 7 1 147.06
Ollie Robinson b Tharindu Ratnayake 25 24 1 0 104.17


Extras 27 (b 4 , lb 10 , nb 12, w 1, pen 0)
Total 413/8 (67 Overs, RR: 6.16)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavindu Pathirathna 7 0 40 2 5.71
Isitha Wijesundera 7 2 14 1 2.00
Nimsara Atharagalla 1.3 0 13 0 10.00
Nimesh Vimukthi 9 0 59 0 6.56
Kalana Perera 7.3 0 30 0 4.11
Sahan Arachchige 2 0 31 0 15.50
Tharindu Ratnayake 15 0 85 2 5.67
Janith Liyanage  8 0 47 2 5.88
Dushan Hemantha 7 0 62 0 8.86
Kavindu Nadeeshan 3 0 18 1 6.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nishan Madushka retired 150 158 24 1 94.94
Lasith Croospulle c Jack Carson b Liam Patterson-White 19 36 2 0 52.78
Nimesh Vimukthi b Jack Carson 17 28 2 1 60.71
Lahiru Udara c Nathan Gilchrist b Jack Carson 93 85 13 2 109.41
Sahan Arachchige c Tom Haines b Liam Patterson-White 25 51 4 0 49.02
Dunith wellalage b Josh Tongue 13 25 3 0 52.00
Janith Liyanage  lbw b Josh Tongue 0 2 0 0 0.00
Pasindu Sooriyabandara lbw b Liam Patterson-White 1 6 0 0 16.67
Avishka Tharindu b Josh Tongue 6 8 1 0 75.00
Nimsara Atharagalla not out 6 24 1 0 25.00
Kavindu Pathirathna not out 4 17 1 0 23.53


Extras 21 (b 8 , lb 0 , nb 8, w 5, pen 0)
Total 355/9 (72 Overs, RR: 4.93)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sam Cook 11 0 52 0 4.73
Matt Fisher 9.4 2 28 0 2.98
Liam Patterson-White 16 4 80 3 5.00
Jack Carson 14 1 73 2 5.21
Tom Hartley 8 2 40 0 5.00
Josh Tongue 8 2 22 3 2.75
Nathan Gilchrist 5 2 48 0 9.60
Tom Abell 0.2 0 4 0 20.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
AZ Lees retired 27 22 3 0 122.73
Haseeb Hameed c Isitha Wijesundera b Kavindu Pathirathna 2 10 0 0 20.00
Tom Haines b Sahan Arachchige 13 30 1 0 43.33
Lyndon James b Sahan Arachchige 17 22 2 0 77.27
Liam Patterson-White c & b Nimesh Vimukthi 26 34 3 1 76.47
Ollie Robinson c Isitha Wijesundera b Janith Liyanage  39 25 6 0 156.00
Jamie Smith b Nimesh Vimukthi 13 8 2 0 162.50
Jack Haynes c Dushan Hemantha b Isitha Wijesundera 51 70 5 0 72.86
Tom Abell c Sahan Arachchige b Dushan Hemantha 0 2 0 0 0.00
Josh Bohannon c Lasith Croospulle b Isitha Wijesundera 50 64 4 0 78.12
Tom Hartley not out 1 1 0 0 100.00


Extras 11 (b 2 , lb 5 , nb 3, w 1, pen 0)
Total 250/10 (47.4 Overs, RR: 5.24)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kavindu Pathirathna 8 0 45 1 5.62
Isitha Wijesundera 4.4 0 16 2 3.64
Sahan Arachchige 7 0 50 2 7.14
Kalana Perera 3 0 10 0 3.33
Janith Liyanage  8 0 45 1 5.62
Nimesh Vimukthi 11 0 46 2 4.18
Dushan Hemantha 5 0 16 1 3.20
Tharindu Ratnayake 1 0 15 0 15.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lasith Croospulle b Tom Hartley 116 84 15 5 138.10
Lahiru Udara b Sam Cook 25 22 4 1 113.64
Avishka Tharindu c Jack Carson b Liam Patterson-White 0 10 0 0 0.00
Sahan Arachchige c & b Jack Carson 22 46 3 0 47.83
Janith Liyanage  c Jack Haynes b Josh Tongue 42 59 7 0 71.19
Dunith wellalage c Sam Cook b Jack Carson 19 35 2 1 54.29
Pasindu Sooriyabandara not out 52 38 7 2 136.84
Dushan Hemantha not out 23 14 2 1 164.29


Extras 10 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 4, w 2, pen 0)
Total 309/6 (50.4 Overs, RR: 6.1)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sam Cook 12 2 61 1 5.08
Josh Tongue 9 2 46 1 5.11
Liam Patterson-White 9 1 55 1 6.11
Jack Carson 11 2 72 2 6.55
Tom Hartley 7.4 0 60 1 8.11
Nathan Gilchrist 2 0 11 0 5.50