Pandey, Sharma Tons Too Much For Sri Lankans

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma's century set up a big win for India A
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India A 382-6 (Sharma 142, Pandey 135no) beat
Sri Lankans 294-9 (Tharanga 76) by 88 runs
Tour game, Mumbai

Manish Pandey and Rohit Sharma scored centuries for India A to set up an 88-run win over the touring Sri Lankans in a one-day tour game in Mumbai.

Pandey struck 135 not out after Sharma had made 142 to set up India A's score of 382 for six at the Brabourne Stadium.

Upul Tharanga then cracked a quickfire 76 but he was alone in scoring a half-century and the Sri Lankans closed on 294 for nine.

Sharma, who is making a return to cricket following a finger injury, hit 18 fours and a six during his 111-ball innings.

He put on 96 for the first wicket with Unmukt Chand (54) before adding 214 with Pandey for the second wicket.

Pandey faced 113 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six as India A compiled a huge total with captain Manoj Tiwary slamming 36 in 26 ball.

Dhammika Prasad took three wickets for the Sri Lankans and Lihiru Gamage, who had already run out Sharma, claimed two.

In reply, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera at the end of the first over for four and although Tharanga's 76 in 75 balls was a valiant effort, they could not dominate in the way that India A had.

Kumar Sangakkara (34), Mahela Jayawardene (33), Ashen Priyanjan (23) and Niroshan Dickwella (29) all made starts but could not go on.

Karn Sharma impressed by taking four for 47 for the Indian side and there was a brace of wickets apiece for Dhawal Kulkarni and Pravez Rasool.

Seekkuge Prasanna was unbeaten on 21 and Chathuranga de Silva not out on 26.

The first of five One-Day Internationals between India and Sri Lanka is in Cuttack on Sunday (2nd November).

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