Sri Lanka ‘A’ reach 326 for 8
A well-crafted 141-run stand for the sixth wicket from Dilruwan
Perera and Kaushal Silva helped Sri Lanka reach 326 for eight on the
first day of their game against Zimbabwe Select XI after Prosper Utseya
took three quick wickets.
ut after lunch Christopher Mpofu rattled the middle order with his
pace. Sri Lanka A won the toss and opted for first use of the track used
Zimbabwe Select got an early breakthrough when Mpofu wicket of Sri
Lanka A opener Mahela Udawatta caught by Tatenda Taibu behind the
stumps.But the tourists soon recovered from their early setback, with
Malinda Warnapura (71). Sri Lanka past the 50 mark after 18 overs.
he aggressive Warnapura and Tharanga Paranavithana (48) patched up
Sri Lanka A’s innings for a spell with some gutsy blows to the boundary
to take them to lunch on 89 for the loss of one wicket.
Paranavithana, scooping the ball to Keith Dabengwa in the covers off
Utseya for a sitter. The dangerous Warnapura was stopped in his tracks
caught behind for Mupariwa’s first wicket.
Skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan, who flew into the country yesterday
after appearing in Sri Lanka’s 3-2 defeat at home to England in five
One-Day Internationals, fell to his counterpart edging to the
ilruwan Perera (75) batting at number seven and Kaushal Silva (63)
shunned the big shots and kept the scoreboard ticking to bring up a
hundred-run partnership for the sixth wicket off 183 balls.
A streak of aggression from the tail raced Sri Lanka A past the 300
mark. Nuwan Kulasekara pulled Mupariwa over midwicket for a one-bounce
four and clipped Brent for another set of four runs in the next over as
Sri Lanka closed on 326 for eight in 93 overs.
Sri Lanka A - 326 for 8: (Dilruwan. Perera 75, Malinda. Warnapura 71,
Kaushal. Silva 63; P Utseya 3/76, C. Mpofu 3/65)