Half centuries from experienced batsman saw Sri Lanka A through to an impressive 47 run win in the 1st unofficial one day international against the England Lions at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium last evening. The rain-affected match was initially reduced to 48 overs but the Lions batted only for 43 overs as bad light stopped play.
Batting first, top order pair Kusal Janith Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka got Sri Lanka off to an excellent start but the middle order failed to make an impact. Milinda Siriwardena and Thisara Perera’s late cameo helped Sri Lanka A to 278 in 48 overs.
In response, the visitors were off to an impressive start but a middle order collapse had them 7 down for just 133. Craig Overton’s effort failed to take the Lions past the finish line.
Sri Lanka A lead the 5 match series 1-0.
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