Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Windies 'A' suffer crushing defeat against Sri Lanka 'A'

eThe three-match four-day 'Test' Series between West Indies A and Sri Lanka A is now locked at 1-1 after the Caribbean side crashed to a heavy 280-run loss, inside three days, in the second game at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in Jamaica on Saturday.

Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed a 12-wicket match haul to set up the easy victory for Sri Lanka A.

Asked to chase an improbable target of 425, the hosts tumbled to 144 all out in their second innings to follow up their meek first innings of 137 on Friday’s second day.

Only the in-form Sunil Ambris with 41 showed any resistance as Windies A failed to string together a single decent partnership to resist the resurgent Sri Lankans.

The right-hander was the only batsman to pass 20, single-handedly carrying the fight before he was ninth out after facing 76 balls in just under 2-1/4 hours at the crease and hitting four fours.

Pushpakumara finished with six for 46 to follow up his first innings haul of six for 52, and end with match figures of 12 for 98.

As he also did in the first innings, off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya supported with two for 48.

Earlier, Sri Lanka A declared their innings on 267 for nine after resuming the day on 213 for six.

Roshen Silva, unbeaten overnight on 85, added just one but Wanindu Hasaranga pummeled an unbeaten 50 off 62 deliveries with six fours, to inflict more misery on Windies A.

Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall added two wickets to his tally to finish with five for 107.

Left with around an hour to survive before lunch, West Indies A lost wickets steadily and were languishing on 39 for four at the interval.

Using the new ball, Pushpakumara knocked over opener John Campbell (1), captain Shamarh Brooks (7) and Vishaul Singh (9) to leave Windies A on 27 for three and Jahmar Hamilton perished for six on the stroke of lunch, as the Sri Lankans assumed full control of the encounter.

After the break, Ambris and opener Montcin Hodge (14) tried to resuscitate the innings in a 27-run fifth wicket partnership but seamer Kasun Rajitha cut short the revival by having Hodge caught at the wicket on the stroke of the first hour.

Cornwall (2) and Damion Jacobs (0) perished in successive deliveries to Pushpakumara to send Windies A closer to defeat at 80 for seven but Ambris again held up the Sri Lankans’ charge in a 23-run, eighth wicket stand with Sheldon Cottrell (17).

When Pushpakumara disposed of Cottrell via the lbw route, Ambris managed to steer the hosts to tea on 119 for eight but his demise, lbw to the first ball after the resumption from Jayasuriya, ensured the end was not a protracted one.

The series is tied 1-1 following Windies A’s innings victory in the opening match at the same venue a week ago.

Historic Sabina Park in Kingston will host the third and final “Test”, a day/night affair, starting Thursday.

SRI LANKA A 1st innings 294

WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 137

SRI LANKA 2nd innings
(overnight 213 for six)

+S Weerakkody c Ambris b Cottrell 2
R Chandragupta b Thomas 14
*D Silva lbw b Cornwall 1
C Asalanka lbw b Cornwall 1
R Silva lbw b Cornwall 86
S Jayasuriya run out 32
D Shanaka st Hamilton b Cornwall 60
W Hasaranga not out 50
M Pushpakumara c Hodge b Joseph 10
K Rajitha c Singh b Cornwall 0
A Fernando not out 0
Extras (b5, lb1, nb5) 11
TOTAL (9 wkts decl., 67.5 overs) 267
Fall of wickets: Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-8, 3-14, 4-38, 5-86, 6-192, 7-233, 8-248, 9-253.
Bowling: Cottrell 6-1-14-1, Joseph 7-2-23-1, Cornwall 25.5-2-107-5, Thomas 9-1-42-1, Jacobs 13-0-49-0, Campbell 7-0-26-0.

WEST INDIES A 2nd innings (target: 425 runs)
M Hodge  c wkp Weerakkody b Rajitha 14
J Campbell c de Silva b Pushpakumara 1
*S Brooks c Jayasuriya b Pushpakumara 7
V Singh c wkp Weerakkody b Pushpakumara 9
+J Hamilton c Pushpakumara b de Silva 6
S Ambris  lbw b Jayasuriya 41
R Cornwall c Hasaranga b Pushpakumara 2
D Jacobs lbw b Pushpakumara 0
S Cottrell lbw b Pushpakumara 17
K Joseph  not out 13
O Thomas b Jayasuriya 18
Extras (b6, lb5, w2, nb3) 16
TOTAL (all out, 54 overs) 144
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-13, 3-27, 4-39, 5-66, 6-80, 7-80, 8-103, 9-119, 10-144.
Bowling: Pushpakumara 21-8-46-6, Jayasuriya 18-0-48-2, de Silva 2-0-7-1, Rajitha 6-1-13-1, Fernando 4-2-9-0, Shanaka 3-0-10-0.
Result: Sri Lanka A won by 280 runs.
Series: Three-match series tied 1-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Malinda Pushpakumara.
Toss: Sri Lanka A.

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