ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada – An aggressive half century from Seekkuge Prasanna upstaged a century by opener Lendl Simmons as West Indies A lost the momentum and toppled to a four wicket defeat against Sri Lanka A in their first ODI at the national stadium here Sunday.
Prasanna smashed a busy unbeaten 51 to hasten a run rate that slowed down after a number of wickets fell on the heels of a solid opening stand that gave the visitors an impressive start.
Parasanna cracked a boundary to bring up his half century and carried Sri Lanka A to 287 for six after West Indies A had posted a competitive 282 for nine in 50 overs.
He faced just 17 balls, batted for 25 minutes and hit three fours and five sixes to bring his side firmly back into the game thereby avoiding a chase to the wire.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dockwella gave Sri Lanka A a powerful start by putting on 138 runs for the first wicket before Nikita Miller made the break through shortly after he was brought into the attack.
Miller bowled Dickwella for 61 and trapped Karunaratne for 89 to end with top figures of three for 51.
Earlier, Simmons scored 106 runs to anchor the Windies A innings after Kirk Edwards won the toss and decided to bat.
Simmons and Edwards shared in a second wicket stand of 116 after the homeside lost opener Nkrumah Bonner for a duck in the fourth ball of the day.
The Trinidadian batsman hit seven fours and five sixes, faced 112 balls and batted for 167 minutes while Edwards supported with 57 which contained three fours and two sixes.
Simmons also shared in a century stand for the third wicket with Narsingh Deonarine who cracked three fours and hit three sixes in a knock of 60.
At one stage in the innings, West Indies A lost wickets quickly including three wickets in three balls with the score on 266.
Miller was run out for one while Andre Fletcher and Shane Sillingford were trappled lbw by Suranga Lakmal in successive balls.
Lakmal was the top bowler for Sri Lanka A with three for 45 while Lahiru Jayaratne and Dilruwah Perera picked up two wickets each.
The second ODI takes place on Tuesday at the national stadium in St.George’s.
Summary Scores: Windies A 282 for 9 in 50 overs (Lendl Simmons 106,Narsingh Deonarine 60, Kirk Edwards 57, Suranga Lakmal 3-45, Lahiru Jayaratne 2-54, Dilruwah Perera 2-49.
Sri Lanka A 287-6 in 46.4 overs . Dimuth Karunarathne 89, Niroshan Dickwella 61, Seekuge Prasanna not out 51.. Nikita Miller 3-51.
WEST INDIES A
Nkrumah Bonner b Lakmal 0
Lendl Simmons c A. Priyanjana b D.Perera 106
Kirk Edwards c and b D. Perera 57
Narsingh Deonarine c D Perera b L. Jayaratne 60
Leon Johnson c A. Priyanjana b De Silva 4
Andre Fletcher lbw Lakmal 15
Devon Thomas c A. Priyanjana b L.Jayaratne 11
Nikkita Miller run out (I .Jayaratne) 1.
Jason Holder not out 15
Shane Shillingford lbw Lakmal 0
Shannon Gabriel not out 1
Extras:( 1b 4lb 7w ) 12
Total : (9 wkt , 50 overs) 282
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-116,3-227, 4-236,5-237, 6-263, 7- 266, 8-266, 9-266,
Bowling: Lakmal 10-1-45-3, L. Jayaratne 8.0-0-54-2, Prasanna 5.0-0-36-0, A. Perera 3.0-0-26-0, I Jayaratne 4.0-0- 32-0, De Silva 10-0-35-1, D.Perera 10-0-49-2,
Sri Lanka A
Niroshan Dickwella b Miller 61
Dimuth Karunarathne lbw Miller 89
Angelo Perera c Johnson B miller 5
Ashan Priyanjana lbw Holder 22
De Silva c Fletcher B Shillingford 1
Thilina c Johnson b Deonarine 24
Seekuge Prasanna not out 51
Dilruwah Perera not out 8
Extras: ( 8lb 17w 1nb) 26
Total: ( 6 wkts 46.4 overs ) 287
Fall of wickets 1-128,2-145,3-178,4-217,5-218,6-223
Bowling:Gabriel 7.0-0-41-0, Holder 9-1-46-1, Shillingford 9.4-0-77-1, Simmons 3-0-23-0, Miller 10-0-51-3, Deonarine 8-0-41-1.
Man of the match: Seekkuge Prasanna
Toss: West Indies A
(Courtesy: West Indies Cricket Board)