Skipper Ashan Priyanjan led from the front with a fine all-round performance claiming 4 for 10 and striking an unbeaten 50 off 62 balls in Sri Lanka A’s 7-wicket triumph over Bangladesh A in the first unofficial ODI at the R. Premadasa International Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh, taking first lease, was bundled out for 116 at a run rate of 3.46 in 33.3 overs with skipper Ashan Priyanjan doing the damage while Chamika Karunaratne and Ramesh Mendis took 2 wickets for 17 respectively. Opening batsman Saif Hassan top scored for the visitors with 32 off 47 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries.
Sri Lanka replied with 120 for 3 in only 25.5 overs at a run rate of 4.64 with Priyanjan’s half century the cornerstone in the victory.
He struck 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. He found good support from P.A.R.P. Perera who was unbeaten on 24 figuring in a 69-run unbroken fourth wicket alliance in sounding the victory board.
Bangladesh A 116 All out (33.3 Overs) Run Rate: 3.46
(S. Hassan 32, N.H. Shanto 24, S.M.A. Priyanjan 4/10, C. Karunaratne 2/17, R.T.M. Mendis 2/17)
Sri Lanka A 120/3 (25.5 Overs) Run Rate: 4.64
(S.M.A. Priyanjan n.o. 50, P.A.R.P. Perera n.o. 24)
By Srian Obeyesekere
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