Several Stars in Sri Lanka’s A Team’s Defeat of the Windies A in Third Test

ESPNcricinfo Staff, where the title is Jeffrey Vandersay’s six-for headlines Sri Lanka A’s series win” 

Legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay took 6 for 47 in the final innings to lead Sri Lanka A to victory in Dambulla. West Indies A were set a target of 333 but with no one even managing a fifty, the hosts wrapped up a 138-run victory, and with it the series 2-1.The chase had begun positively with Kieran Powell, who had briefly flirted with a career in baseball, back at the top of the order and kicking things off with a 41-ball 44. West Indies A were 124 for 3 – chugging along at a run-rate just under four – when Vandersay blitzed through their middle order to bowl them out for 194. He took two wickets in the 48th over, including that of captain and top-scorer Shamarh Brooks for 46, handed the opposition five of their six single-digit scores and completed his ninth five-for in 29 first-class matches.
Sri Lanka's Jeffrey Vandersay drops a catch off South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis during the World T20 cricket tournament match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at The Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Ground in New Delhi on March 28, 2016. / AFP / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Jeffrey Vandersay drops a catch off South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis during the World T20 cricket tournament match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at The Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Ground in New Delhi on March 28, 2016. / AFP / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

While the bowling they faced was good, West Indies A would rue the fact that they collapsed from reasonably strong positions. In the first innings they had Shimron Hetmyer – 94 off 91 balls, with 17 fours – and Brooks – 54 off 100 balls – doing well before they lost eight wickets for 104 runs to concede a lead of 75. In the second innings, West Indies lost seven wickets for 70 runs to concede the match. Another measure of where West Indies A lost the match lay in the number of partnerships over 50. There were eight overall – and they contributed only two of them.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka A had begun the game with an agenda-setting 133-run stand between openers Kusal Perera (69) and Sandun Weerakkody (79) in the first innings. It was key to building a total of 318. Then fast bowler Kasun Madushanka and left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan took three wickets each and left-arm seamer Lahiru Gamage chipped in with two of his own to bowl West Indies A out for 243. All three were picked in Sri Lanka’s Test squad to play against Zimbabwe in Harare next Saturday.

Sri Lanka A swelled a lead of 75 to match-and-series-winning proportions in their second innings with Weerakkody smacking 48 off 36 balls and Asela Gunaratne collecting 69 off 126 balls. Rahkeem Cornwall was the only opposition they faced, the offspinner picking up 4 for 87 from 26 overs to finish with 23 wickets from three matches.

Sri Lanka A won by 138 runs
18,19,20,21 October 2016 (4-day match)

Sri Lanka A 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
DS Weerakkody lbw b Johnson 79 105 10 0 75.23
MDKJ Perera b Johnson 69 85 11 0 81.17
HDRL Thirimanne* c Brooks b Cornwall 2 14 0 0 14.28
DAS Gunaratne c Joseph b Jacobs 16 51 3 0 31.37
KIC Asalanka c Powell b Cornwall 46 95 5 1 48.42
ARS Silva c †Hamilton b Roach 49 109 3 0 44.95
MD Shanaka b Cornwall 13 29 3 0 44.82
JDF Vandersay lbw b Jacobs 2 16 0 0 12.50
PADLR Sandakan lbw b Johnson 2 22 0 0 9.09
HUK Madushanka c Roach b Johnson 20 8 5 0 250.00
PLS Gamage not out 12 7 1 1 171.42
Extras (lb 3, nb 5) 8
Total (all out; 89.2 overs) 318 (3.55 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ
KAJ Roach 17 5 59 1 3.47 (2nb)
DE Johnson 15.2 3 65 4 4.23
RRS Cornwall 29 4 93 3 3.20 (3nb)
K Joseph 9 3 34 0 3.77
DK Jacobs 19 1 64 2 3.36
West Indies A 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
R Chandrika c Silva b Madushanka 11 21 2 0 52.38
KOA Powell b Asalanka 8 29 0 1 27.58
SO Hetmyer c Thirimanne b Sandakan 94 93 17 0 101.07
SSJ Brooks* c Shanaka b Madushanka 54 100 7 0 54.00
VA Singh lbw b Gamage 15 36 1 0 41.66
JN Hamilton c Shanaka b Gamage 14 28 1 0 50.00
RRS Cornwall lbw b Sandakan 25 30 2 1 83.33
KAJ Roach c †Perera b Madushanka 4 14 1 0 28.57
DE Johnson lbw b Vandersay 1 5 0 0 20.00
DK Jacobs not out 2 10 0 0 20.00
K Joseph c Thirimanne b Sandakan 2 7 0 0 28.57
Extras (b 6, lb 4, w 1, nb 2) 13
Total (all out; 61.4 overs) 243 (3.94 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ
PLS Gamage 18 3 50 2 2.77
HUK Madushanka 15 4 45 3 3.00 (1w)
KIC Asalanka 4 1 22 1 5.50
MD Shanaka 2 0 15 0 7.50
JDF Vandersay 6 1 28 1 4.66
PADLR Sandakan 11.4 1 54 3 4.62 (2nb)
DAS Gunaratne 5 0 19 0 3.80
Sri Lanka A 2nd innings R B 4s 6s SR
DS Weerakkody lbw b Cornwall 48 36 7 0 133.33
MDKJ Perera c †Hamilton b Cornwall 20 31 1 0 64.51
HDRL Thirimanne* c Hetmyer b Cornwall 27 76 2 0 35.52
DAS Gunaratne c †Hamilton b Joseph 69 126 10 0 54.76
KIC Asalanka c Johnson b Cornwall 4 5 1 0 80.00
ARS Silva c Chandrika b Joseph 44 97 3 0 45.36
MD Shanaka not out 33 76 5 0 43.42
Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 12
Total (6 wickets dec; 74.2 overs) 257 (3.45 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ
KAJ Roach 10 0 43 0 4.30 (2w)
DE Johnson 18 4 57 0 3.16
RRS Cornwall 26 8 87 4 3.34 (1nb)
DK Jacobs 9 0 32 0 3.55
K Joseph 11.2 3 30 2 2.64 (1w)
West Indies A 2nd innings (target: 333 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
R Chandrika lbw b Sandakan 30 93 1 0 32.25
KOA Powell lbw b Sandakan 44 41 7 1 107.31
SO Hetmyer c Sandakan b Asalanka 18 16 4 0 112.50
SSJ Brooks* c Thirimanne b Vandersay 46 75 5 0 61.33
VA Singh c Gunaratne b Vandersay 6 24 1 0 25.00
JN Hamilton c Asalanka b Vandersay 25 61 1 0 40.98
RRS Cornwall lbw b Vandersay 0 1 0 0 0.00
KAJ Roach b Sandakan 4 53 0 0 7.54
DE Johnson c Gunaratne b Vandersay 0 12 0 0 0.00
DK Jacobs c Asalanka b Vandersay 5 29 0 0 17.24
K Joseph not out 4 4 0 0 100.00
Extras (b 6, lb 1, nb 5) 12
Total (all out; 67.2 overs) 194 (2.88 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ
PLS Gamage 9 4 33 0 3.66
HUK Madushanka 3 0 23 0 7.66
KIC Asalanka 8 1 16 1 2.00
PADLR Sandakan 21 6 61 3 2.90 (5nb)
JDF Vandersay 21.2 5 47 6 2.20
MD Shanaka 5 1 7 0 1.40

Match details


Toss – Sri Lanka A
Series – Sri Lanka A won the 3-match series 2-1
Umpires – LE Hannibal and SPD Jayamahamudali
Match referee – N Devarajan
Reserve umpire – ID Gunawardene

Close of play

  • Tue, 18 Oct – day 1 – Sri Lanka A 1st innings 272/7 (ARS Silva 40*, PADLR Sandakan 0*, 80 ov)
  • Wed, 19 Oct – day 2 – West Indies A 1st innings 183/4 (SSJ Brooks 43*, JN Hamilton 5*, 45 ov)
  • Thu, 20 Oct – day 3 – Sri Lanka A 2nd innings 211/5 (ARS Silva 29*, MD Shanaka 7*, 61 ov)
  • Fri, 21 Oct – day 4 – West Indies A 2nd

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