SL Emerging Team fall short by 31 in drawn match; take series 1-nil

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The second unofficial test match between Sri Lanka Emerging Team and South Africa Emerging Team was drawn at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota during the week-end. The hosts held the initiative having taken a first innings lead of 103 runs having totaled 319 in reply to the visitors 216.  Sri Lanka Emerging Team won the two match series 1-0.

However, the South Africa Emerging Team rallied to amass 393 for 6 wickets declared in the second innings spearheaded by a captain’s knock of 103 off 167 deliveries by T. de Zorzi inclusive of 10 boundaries. R. van Tonder made 68 retiring hurt in a 117-ball knock containing 6 boundaries and 2 sixes.

  1. Fernando took 2 for 33 and Charith Asalanka 2 for 51 for the hosts.

The hosts, set to score 291 on the final day, fell short of the target by 31 runs made a game 260 for 8 off 75 overs in a thrilling finish. Shammu Ashan, batting at No.6, top scored with a run a ball 71 studded with 12 boundaries and a six to register twin half centuries while Pathum Nissanka made 62 off 115 balls hitting 5 boundaries and a six. Skipper Kaushal Silva scored 49 off 77 studded with 7 boundaries.

  1. Burger with 3 for 33 and E. Bosch 3 for 49 were the chief wicket takers for the visitors.

CHIEF SCORES:

South Africa Emerging Team 216 All Out. (64.3 Overs) Run Rate: 3.34

(R.D. Rickelton 51, N. Burger 31, G. Mahlokwana 29, K. Rapulana 23, R. van Tonder 20, M.P. Breetzke 18,

P.H.K.D. Mendis 4/32, P.L.S. Gamage 2/32, N.T. Gamage 2/36).

And 393/6 decl. (114 Overs)

(T. de Zorzi 103, R. van Tonder 68, K. Rapulana 41, G. Mahlokwana n.o. 29, S. Nhlebela n.o. 28,

  1. Fernando 2/33, K.I.C. Asalanka 2/51).

Sri Lanka Emerging Team 319 All Out (92 Overs)

(K.I.C. Asalanka 100, S. Ashan 61, J.K. Silva 34, P.H.K.D. Mendis 31,  S. Samarawickrema 25

  1. Sipamla 4/75, N. burger 3/69)

And 260/8 (75 Overs)

(S. Ashan 71, P. Nissanka 62, J.K. Silva 49, N. Burger 3/33, E. Bosch 3/49, N. Nhlebela 2/70)

By Srian Obeyesekere

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