Kandamby sets up Lankan win, series drawn

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 0:05 [IST]
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Mumbai: Left-hand batsman Tilana Kandamby slammed an unbeaten half century to steer Sri Lanka 'A' to a three-wicket win on the penultimate day of the third and final Test match to square the series 1-1 against India 'A' at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

Resuming at their overnight second innings score of six for no loss, chasing a target of 153, the visitors made heavy weather losing five wickets for 57 runs before Anushka Polonowita (22) and Kandamby (63 no) steadied the rocking boat with a 53-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Polonowita was dropped by substitute fielder S Sriram at slips off left-arm spinner Murali Kartik when on eight with the side's total on 78 for five. Another wicket at this juncture would have cost the Lankans dearly but the sixth wicket partnership flourished cashing on India's fielding lapses before they lost two quick wickets of Polonowita and Rangan Herath (0).

However, Kandamby found an able ally in Omesh Wijiesiriwardene (12 not out) and the two added 44 crucial runs for the unbroken eighth wicket to take their team to a well deserved win. Kandamby finished off the match in style carting Kartik for a huge six.

Kandamby, who got to his 50 in 115 balls, held the innings together and remained unbeaten on 63. During his 195 minutes stay he hit four fours and a six.

For India 'A', Bhandari (3-40), Siddharth Trivedi (2-37) and Kartik (2-62) were the wicket takers.

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