Sri Lankan ‘A’ team Captain Thilina Kandamby (88) and wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva (126) piloted their team to a 3-1 series win over South Africa ‘A’ with a very impressive fourth wicket stand of 210 at Bloemfontein on Friday.Put into bat Sri Lanka slipped 65 for 3 at one stage with fast bowler Ethy Mbhalati being responsible for all three scalps. But the Lankan duo turned the game in their favour with a partnership of 210 in just 34 overs. They posted the first 100 of their fourth-wicket stand off 118 balls with nine fours and one six and the 200 partnership came up off 202 balls with 16 fours and four sixes.
Mbhalati finished with figures of 4 for 58 which were highly respectable in the circumstances.
Wicket keeper Kaushal Silva another player who was over looked for the Canadian tour made his runs facing only 121 balls with thirteen fours and two sixes while the in form skipper Kandamby hit two sixes and six fours in his 101 ball stay.
The South African reply was a replica of their performance at Buffalo Park on Wednesday with Gulam Bodi laying the foundation but not having support from his top order team mates. The Nashua Titans left-hander made 74 off 94 balls with nine fours and one six but nobody else made much of a contribution and South Africa A succumbed to 220 all out in 44 overs.
For Sri Lanka opening bowler Chanaka Welagedera (2 for 31), medium pacer Ishara Amerasinghe (2 for 41) and left arm spinner Rangana Heart ( 2 for 24) and Isuru Udana (2 for 41) were the successful bowlers.
The final match takes place at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, today.
Sri Lanka ‘A’ 301 for 6 in 50 overs (Upul Tharanga 20, Tharanga Paranavithana 30, Kaushal Silva 126, Thilina Kandamby 88; Ethy Mbhalati 4 for 58, J. Theron 2 for 55)
South Africa ‘A’ 220 in 44 overs (G. H Bodi 74, D Smit 25, J Theron 41; Chanaka Welagedera 2 for 31, Ishara Amerasinghe 2 for 41, Rangana Herath 2 for 24 and Isuru Udana 2 for 41)