COLOMBO - Kusal Perera and Nisala Tharaka made half-centuries to help Sri Lanka A recover from 100 for 6 against Pakistan A on the first day of the third and final unofficial Test in Dambulla. The pair put on 124 for the seventh wicket as the hosts were eventually bowled out for 273 in 74 overs.

The Pakistan A new-ball bowlers Tabish Khan and Mir Hamza removed the Sri Lanka A openers cheaply after the visitors decided to bowl. There was a third-wicket partnership of 55 between Madawa Warnapura and Kithuruwan Vithanage (48) but Shehzad Azam and captain Fawad Alam struck twice each to reduce Sri Lanka A to 100 for 6.

Perera countered with 12 fours and two sixes in his 90 off 101 balls, while Tharaka contributed 76 with 11 fours and two sixes. Tabish broke the partnership with the wicket of Perera, but Tharaka hung around to stretch the score of 273. Alam took the last two wickets to end with 4 for 40 while Azam took 3 for 54. The Pakistan A openers Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood put on 20 in 14 overs till stumps. The first two unofficial Tests were drawn.


Sri Lanka A 1st innings:

U Jayasundera lbw b Hamza     6

D de Silva lbw b Tabish    13

M Warnapura b Shehzad    14

K Vithanage b Shehzad    48

A Priyanjan b Fawad    7

K Perera c Umar b Tabish    90

A Gunaratne c Adnan b Fawad    4

N Gamage c Adnan b Fawad    76

M Pushpakumara b Shehzad    0

D Chameera not out    12

L Gamage b Fawad    0

EXTRAS: (lb2, w1)    3

TOTAL: (all out; 74 overs)    273

FOW: 1-19, 2-21, 3-76, 4-89, 5-89, 6-100, 7-224, 8-235, 9-273, 10-273

BOWLING: Tabish Khan 14-2-65-2, Mir Hamza 11-2-64-1, Zia-ul-Haq 10-1-34-0, Shehzad Azam 14-2-54-3, Fawad Alam 21-4-40-4, Umar Amin 4-0-14-0


Khurram Manzoor not out    13

Shan Masood not out    7

EXTRAS:     0

TOTAL: (0 wkts; 14 overs)    20

BOWLING: L Gamage 3-2-4-0, D Chameera 2-0-2-0, N Gamage 4-1-10-0, M Pushpakumara 4-3-1-0, D de Silva 1-0-3-0

TOSS: Pakistan A

UMPIRES: D Gunawardene, P Rambukwella

MATCH REFEREE: R Madurasinghe