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Sri Lanka struggle against Pakistan ‘A’

Sri Lanka struggle against Pakistan ‘A’

KARACHI: Left-arm pace duo of Mir Hamza and Zia-ul-Haq made early inroads as Sri Lanka struggled to 95-3 on the second day of opening four-day unofficial Test against Pakistan ‘A’ in Colombo on Thursday.

Replying to the tourists’ impressive tally of 401, Sri Lanka ‘A’ lost three wickets for 67 runs at the R. Premadasa Stadium before Kithuruwan Vithanage and skipper Ashan Priyanjan together survived six and a half overs while adding 28 for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand.

Hamza got the initial breakthrough in his second over when he had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind by Adnan Akmal for eight

Zia then claimed his first wicket with the total on 42 when next batsman Mad­a­wa Warnapura, son of Sri Lanka’s first Test captain Bandula Warna­pura, perished for five while edging a catch behind to the wicket-keeper.

Opener Udara Jayasundera, who had seen two partners go, was next man to be dismissed. He was caught by Ali Asad off Hamza after having scored 31. The left-hander’s 35-ball innings included six boundaries.

Priyanjan batted at a brisk pace to strike six fours in his undefeated 35 from 33 deliveries. Vithanage, who like Priyanjan had represented the Sri Lankan senior side, was batting on a 33-ball 12.

Hamza has so far grabbed two wickets for 31 runs in nine overs with Zia having figures of one for 28 in seven overs as Pakistan ‘A’ captain Fawad Alam used four bowlers.

Earlier, Pakistan ‘A’ managed to add another 157 to their Wednesday’s tally of 244-5. Fawad, overnight 17, was taken behind the timbers by Kusal Perera off Tharindu Kaushal for a 147-ball 72, including 11 fours.

Off-spinner Kaushal was the standout bowler for the home side with six for 117 from a marathon stint of 42 overs.

Among the late-order Pakistan ‘A’ batsmen, Shehzad Azam Rana provided invaluable support to Fawad as the pair put on 67 for the seventh-wicket. Shehzad ultimately ran out of partners when he was left stranded three short of what would been his only second half-century in first-class cricket. His 123-ball 47 included seven fours.


PAKISTAN ‘A’ (1st Innings, overnight 244-5):

Khurram Manzoor lbw b Kaushal82 Umar Siddique c Perera b Fernando6 Umar Amin c Priyanjan b Kaushal99 Ali Asad lbw b de Silva21 Fawad Alam c Perera b Kaushal72 Ali Waqas c Gunaratne b Gamage0 Adnan Akmal c Kaushal b Gamage15 Shehzad Azam Rana not out47 Shahzaib Ahmed Khan lbw b Kaushal1 Zia-ul-Haq st Perera b Kaushal22 Mir Hamza b Kaushal0

EXTRAS (B-18, LB-6, W-7, NB-5)36

TOTAL (all out, 130 overs)401

FALL OF WKTS: 1-22, 2-157, 3-208, 4-243, 5-244, 6-280, 7-347, 8-359, 9-395.

BOWLING: Gamage 23-6-45-1 (1nb); Fernando 21-3-59-1 (7w); Chameera 21-1-83-0 (1nb); Kaushal 42-9-117-6 (3nb); Priyanjan 3-0-21-0; de Silva 19-5-47-2; Jayasundera 1-0-5-0.

SRI LANKA ‘A’ (1st Innings):

M.D.U.S. Jayasundera c Ali Asad b Hamza31 D.M. de Silva c Adnan b Hamza8 M.S. Warnapura c Adnan b Zia5 K.D.K. Vithanage not out35 S.M.A. Priyanjan not out12

EXTRAS (B-2, NB-2) 4

TOTAL (for three wkts, 21 overs)95

FALL OF WKTS: 1-16, 2-42, 3-67.

TO BAT: M.D.K.J. Perera, D.A.S. Gunaratne, P.H.T. Kaushal, P.L.S. Gamage, P.V.D. Chameera, M.V.T. Fernando.

BOWLING (to-date): Mir Hamza 9-2-31-2; Shehzad Azam Rana 3-0-22-0 (2nb); Zia-ul-Haq 7-1-28-1; Shahzaib Ahmed Khan 2-0-12-0.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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