Tuesday 29 October 2013 

Double Success For Sri Lankans

Double Success For Sri Lankans
Jeewan Mendis took four for 14 in the second game as Sri Lanka won comfortably
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Sri Lanka 'A' won both the second and third Twenty20 matches against Kenya as they dominated the first of three double-headers.

They won the opening game by the convincing margin of 53 runs and were no less impressive in game two, winning by eight wickets to take a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series.

In the first game, Dhanushka Gunathillake hammered 70 in 44 balls, Dinesh Chandimal made 24 and Lahiru Thirimanne 23 as the home side racked up 187 for seven.

That score came despite Nelson and Nehemiah Odhiambo both taking three wickets.

In reply, Kenya lost openers Morris Ouma (0) and Nelson Odhiambo (2) and eventually closed on 134 for six, unable to keep wickets in hand as they tried to keep up with the required run-rate.

Irfan Karim blasted an unbeaten 32 in 19 balls but his innings was far too little, far too late.

In the afternoon, Kenya batted first in game two with Karim opening the innings but faring far worse, managing just three.

Steve Tikolo, his opening partners, made 29 in as many balls and Ragheb Aga struck a quickfire 20 but Kenya managed just 122 for nine.

Jeewan Mendis returned figures of four for 14.

The target of 123 proved well within the reach of the home side, for whom Kushal Perera smashed 81 in 47 balls and Shehan Jayasuriya 32 in 41 in an opening stand worth 116 in 13.3 overs.

They were dismissed by Emmanuel Bundi and Nelson Odhiambo respectively before the Sri Lankans reached their target with exactly four overs to spare.

The next brace of matches is on Thursday 31st October.

© Cricket World 2013