Allrounder Upul Chandana excels
LANKA `A' dump Windies by 6 wkts
BY SA'ADI THAWFEEQ
Upul Chandana came up with a brilliant all round performance to
inflict on West Indies `A' their first defeat of the tour of Sri
Chandana held four catches, ran out one batsman, took a wicket for
just 27 runs off 10 overs, and made the winning hit - a straight six
off paceman Ottis Gibson for Sri Lanka `A' to pull off a six-wicket
victory over West Indies `A' in the first unofficial one day
international played at the Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa
West Indies `A' sent into bat by skipper Marvan Atapattu, were bundled
out for their lowest total of the tour - 138 in 46.2 overs by an
inspired fielding and bowling performance, which for once had the
Sri Lanka `A' knocked off the required runs in the 35th over after
losing both openers for six apiece. Lanka de Silva was promoted to
open the batting with Ruwin Peiris, after regular opener Dulip
Samaraweera suffered an injured thumb while fielding.
Atapattu and Naveed Nawaz restored Sri Lanka's pride with a 99- run
third wicket stand off 91 balls. Atapattu made a attacking 51 off 89
balls with six fours. The tall left-hander, Nawaz, showing a burst of
aggression towards the latter stages of his innings, scored 45 off 72
balls with five fours. He was psyched out by a provocative Cameron
Cuffy, who had him caught behind playing a rather loose shot.
Top scorer for West Indies was their captain Roger Harper, who made a
defiant 30 off 71 balls, having seen his side reduced to 77 for 6 by
Wickremasinghe and Pushpakumara.
However, the big-hitting Philo Wallace produced the most entertaining
innings, racing away to 28 off 25 balls with the aid of two sixes and
All five bowlers tried out by Atapattu obliged him with at least a
wicket, but that would not have been possible had it not been for
Chandana's brilliance on the field.
Despite the heavy overnight rain, the stadium which had under gone a
Rs. three million face-lift from what it w as three years ago, play
was able to commence at 10 a.m. with no reduction in the number of
This was the first international match to the played here after the
improvement to the ground and that it came through without any hiccups
was a credit to its long-standing curator Marian Cooray.
The second match of the series starts on Friday at the Saravanamuttu
WEST INDIES `A'
S. C. Williams c Chandana b Pushpakumara 06
P. A. Wallace c de Silva b Wickremasinghe 28
F. L. Reifer c Atapattu b Pushpakumara 00
D. R. E. Joseph c Chandana b Jayewardene 02
T. O. Powell c Chandana b Kalpage 25
R. D. Jacobs run out 06
R. A Harper c Atapattu b Wickremasinghe 30
L. R. Williams c Chandana b Pushpakumara 16
O. D. Gibson c de Silva b Chandana 00
M. V. Nagamootoo not out 11
C. E. Cuffy lbw b wickremasinghe 04
Extras (LB-3, W-4, NB-3) 10
TOTAL (all out in 46.2 overs, 192 mins) 138
FALL OF WICKETS: 29, 35, 37, 42, 58, 77, 109, 109, 128, 138
BOWLING: Wickremasinghe 8.2-2-22-3 (NB-3, W-1), Pushpakumara 9-1-34-3 (W-2), Ja
yewardena 9-0-31-1, Kalpage 10-1-21-1, Chandana 10-1-27-1 (W-1)
SRI LANKA `A'
R. PEIRIS c S. Williams b Cuffy 06
S. K. L. DE SILVA c Joseph b Cuffy 06
M. S. ATAPATTU c Harper b Nagamootoo 51
M. M. N. NAWAZ c Jacob c Cuffy 45
I. S. DE SARAM not out 11
U. D. CHANDANA not out 09
EXTRAS (LB 5, NB-2,W-5) 12
TOTAL (for 4 wkts, 34.1 overs, 148 mins) 140
FALL OF WICKETS: 10, 20, 119, 121.
BOWLINGa: CUFFY 10-1-27-3 (2nb), GIBSON 7.1-1-40-0 (5w) L.
WILLIAMS 5-0-25-0, HARPER 8-1-23-0, NAGAMOOTOO 4-0-20-1.
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