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Lanka 'A' thump India 'A' by four wickets

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sri Lanka A's Nuwan Kulasekera bowls to India A's Cheteshwar Pujara as umpire Ashok Ghose watches

Nairobi: Top order batting collapse led India 'A' to a four-wicket defeat from the hands of Sri Lanka 'A' in a league match of the three nation Triangular Tournament played at the Gymkahana club ground here yesterday.

Batting first India 'A' were bowled out for a paltry 102 runs in just 36.2 overs. But the Lankan 'A' side also had to stretch hard as it took them 30.2 overs and six wickets to reach the target.

The India 'A' side were nowhere near to their yesterday's performance against a less formidable Kenyan side whom they beat by 10 wickets.

At one stage of India 'A' lost seven wickets for just 30 runs. But comeback-man Irfan Pathan came to the rescue and once again proved his selection in India's forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup squad as he displayed an all-round performance, much with his bat to help the Indian side reach the triple figure mark.

The Baroda all-rounder was totally averse to his pinch hitting mood today as he displayed plenty of gritt and determination in his 44 runs innings which came of 79 bowls.

Pathan alongwith with his new bowl partner Pankaj Singh created some early hazzards for the Lanka 'A' innings, both picking up two wickets each to the read the Lankan scorecard 40 for six at one point of time.

However, the seventh-wicket partnership of 66 runs between Kaushal Lokuarachchi (37 not out) and Gayan Wijekoon (26 not out) saved the day for Sri Lanka 'A', as they steared home their side in the 31st over with no further damage.

Brief Scorecard: India A: 102 runs all out in 36.2 overs (Irfan Pathan 44; Nuwan Kulasekara 4 for 10), Chanaka Welegedara 3 for 23) lost to Sri Lanka A 106 for six in 30.2 overs (Kaushal Lokuarachchi 37 n o , Gayan Wijekoon 26 n o; Irfan Pathan 2 for 32, Pankaj Singh 2 for 37).

UNI

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