- SL 'A' Vs Windies 'A' - UT3D3

- SL 'A' Vs Windies 'A' - UT3D3

Post by Upali Samarakoo » Sat, 23 Nov 1996 04:00:00

  To save final unofficial Test: Sri Lanka `A' face uphill task

   Sa'adi Thawfeeq reporting from Matara

   Sri Lanka `A' faced a uphill task of saving the third and final
   unofficial Test against West Indies `A' when they ended the
   penultimate day on 118 for two wickets after being forced to follow-on
   at the Uyanwatte Stadium Friday.

   Shot out for a paltry 108 runs in the first innings in reply to West
   Indies `A's mammoth total of 523 for 9 declared, Sri Lanka `A' lost
   the wickets of Russel Arnold (1) and Naveed Nawaz (38) to go into the
   fourth and final day today, requiring a further 297 runs to avoid an
   innings defeat and prevent West Indies `A' from making a clean sweep
   of the three-`Test' series.

   Sri Lanka have eight wickets in hand and the whole of today (90 overs)
   to save the Test.

   At the wickets are two batsmen who are capable of ensuing Sri Lanka
   `A' reach a position of safety. Skipper Marvan Atapattu is unbeaten on
   26, having benefitted from a bat/pad chance to Philo Wallace at
   short-leg off Cuffy at 17. With him is the obdurate Duleep
   Samaraweera, who has batted the length of the Sri Lanka `A' second
   innings of 204 minutes for an undefeated 41.

   Cuffy, as has become customary in the series, achieved the initial
   breakthrough by getting rid of left-hander Arnold for the fourth time
   in the series - caught in the slips.

   Another left-hander, Nawaz displayed some crisp shots, cracking a six
   off leg-spinner Rawl Lewis and five fours, before the bowler had his
   revenge by having him caught at extra cover for 38.

   Nawaz had also impressed in the first innings by top scoring with 44
   made in 162 minutes with the aid of five fours. He and Lanka de Silva
   (20) were the only batsmen to get into double figures when the rest of
   the batting represented a sorry spectacle against accurate fast

   For once, Nigel Francis took the bowling honours returning figures of
   4 for 32, while Cuffy and Lewis shared four between them.

   Sri Lanka `A' resuming at 17 for 2 were reduced to 79 for 6 at lunch
   before being dismissed, 43 minutes after resumption for 108.


(523 for 9 decl)

(17 for 2 overnight contd)

D. P. Samaraweera c Lewis b Francis 0, R. P. Arnold c S. Williams b Cuffy 5, M.
 N. Nawaz c Joseph b L. Williams 44, M. S. Atapattu c Jacobs b Francis 2, S. Ra
natunga c Samaroo b Cuffy 7, V. S. K. Waragoda c Wallace b Francis 0, R. S. Kal
page c Jacobs b Francis 3, S. K. L. de Silva c Jacobs b Lewis 20, N. R. G. Pere
ra c Cuffy b Lewis 8, K. R. Pushpakumara c Lewis b Samaroo 5, G. P. Wickremasin
ghe not out 1, Extras (B-3, NB-10) 13.
TOTAL (all out, 46.5 overs, 214 mins) 108.
FALL OF WICKETS: 5, 14, 29, 39, 45, 49, 83, 93, 106, 108.
BOWLING: Cuffy 11-5-18-2 (NB-6), Francis 10-1-32-4 (NB-4), Lewis 13-4-26-2, L.
Williams 11-4-26-1, Samaroo 1.5-0-3-1.


D. P. Samaraweera not out 41, R. P. Arnold c Joseph b Cuffy 1, M. N. Nawaz c L.
 Williams b Lewis 38, M. S. Atapattu not out 26, Extras (LB-3, NB-8, W-1) 12.
TOTAL (for 2 wkts at close, 52 overs, 204 mins) 118.
BOWLING (to-date): Cuffy 9-3-14-1, Francis 6-1-17-0, Lewis 20-6-48-1, L. Willia
ms 5-3-5-0, Samaroo 12-2-31-0.