Bowlers call the tune at Hambantota

Bowlers called the tune as 22 wickets fell for 234 runs on the opening day of the second unofficial Test between Sri Lanka at the newly constructed Sooriyawewa International Stadium in Hambantota yesterday. Sri Lanka ‘A’ gained a close three-run first innings lead on an uneven track which favoured bowlers. Put into bat, Sri Lanka ‘A’ made 97 all out with opener Nadeera Nawela (28) and Jeewan Mendis (40) making chief contributions.

In reply, Pakistan ‘A’ was bowled out for 94 runs with off spinner Sachithra Senanayake following his 5 for 38 in the first unofficial Test with another tight spell of 6 for 19. Medium paceman Suranga Lakmal had 4 for 33. This is the first international match played at the new grounds in Hambantota which has already been picked as a host venue of the 2011 World Cup.

Sri Lanka ‘A’ first innings – 97 runs all out (Nadeera Nawala 28, Jeewan Mendis 40, Junaid Khan 4 for 33, Hammad Azam 4 for 19) and Second innings – 43 for 2 at close (Dinesh Chandimal 16 n,o, Kaushal Silva 10 n.o, Junaid Khan 2 for 19).

Pakistan ‘A’: 94 all out (Mohammed Rameez 16, Sachithra Senanayake 6 for 19, Suranga Lakmal 4 for 33).

Courtesy: Daily News

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  • Pubudu

    Jeewan, Chandimal & Sachitra should be in the national squad.
    We are going to host world cup matches in this pitch. It will be a joke if the pitch plays the same way, as the article also says as this an uneven track. Cricket board needs to look in to it fast & rectify the above situation which will be a hard task & time will only tell whether this is feasible or not I think this an initial mistake made by the board to have new grounds in place for the world cup without having adequate time to check the pitches.