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Sunday, December 3, 2023





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Brilliant century by Tharanga

Opener Tharanga Paranavithana scored a brilliant century as Sri Lanka 'A' made a bold reply to South Africa 'A' healthy first innings total of 459 all out on day two of their first unofficial Test continued Senwes Park, Potchefstroom yesterday.

Paranavithana, who reached his century in 139 balls with 13 boundaries, helped the visitors to make 244 for one shortly before close on Saturday.

Electing to bat first, the home team had an early scare then they were reduced for 43 for 3, but centuries by Ahmed Amla (106 with 14 boundaries) and Arno Jacobs (131) with 19 boundaries) helped South Africa 'A' to recover with a 242-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Paceman Suranga Lakmal (3 for 73) and off spinner Dilruwan Perera (3 for 48) shared the bowling honours for Sri Lanka 'A'.

The visitors started their run chase with an impressive 89-run partnership for the first wicket between Upul Tharanga (61) and Tharanga Paranavithana. At the wicket are Paranavithana (101 n.o. with 12 fours) and Kanchana Guanwardena (72 n.o. with 11 fours). The duo have shared an unfinished second wicket partnership of 155 runs.

Chief scores:

South Africa 'A' - first innings 459 all out (Ahmed Amla 106, Arno Jacobs 131, Johann Louw 78, Suranga Lakmal 3 for 73, Dilruwan Perera 3 for 48)..

Sri Lanka 'A' - first innings 244 for one shortly before close (Upul Tharanga 61, Tharanga Paranavithan 101 n.o., Kanchana Guanwardena (76 n.o.), T. Tshabalala 1 for 78).



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