Rashid and Coad show their class in T20 win number three— 23 March 2014
Yorkshire Vikings 151 for 8 (20 overs)
Sri Lanka Development Squad 143-8 (20 overs)
Tattersall 3-11 dots-12-0
Ashraf 3-5 dots-26-1
Plunkett 4-11 dots-25-0
Rashid 4-6 dots-29-3
Coad 2-6 dots-12-2
Rafiq 3-7 dots-30-1
Robinson 1-3 dots-3-0
Yorkshire won by 8 runs
Yorkshire win the T20 series 3-0 with one match to play.
Yorkshire Vikings made it three wins from three with a hard-fought runs win over the Sri Lanka Development squad. Victory ensured the Vikings wrapped up the four-match T20 series and will be aiming for a clean sweep in the final game later on Sunday.
Batting first, Azeem Rafiq’s men recorded a respectable 151 for 8 from their 20 overs. Yet again, it was the impressive all-rounder Adil Rashid who steered Yorkshire forward with a strong half-century scoring 53 off 34 balls.
The scorer, Dimuthu, at the Paragoda Grounds, nice view of the pitch.
The White Rose were made to tough it out in the second innings as the home side pushed them all the way with opener Sadeera getting on top of the Yorkshire bowlers with a valiant knock of 80 from 56 balls – top scoring in the match. The Sri Lankan under 19s international batted for 18 overs of the Development Squad’s innings. However, it was the composure of another young starlet 20-year-old Ben Coad who bowled with maturity taking two wickets in the final over to finally secure the win for his side.
In the first innings, young opener Jonathan Tattersall was the first to go losing his wicket for 2 after being run out in what was a close call given by the square leg umpire. Along with Dan Hodgson they only managed 12 for the first wicket.
Will Rhodes looked like he was ready for a big innings but failed to a good ball by Maduka which turned and grip to bowl him for 15.
Wicketkeeper, Dan Hodgson who was looking in good touch, reached 31 off 33 balls before being stumped neatly by Sadeera.
Gary Ballance was next to depart losing his wicket for 1 caught at deep backward square leg by Kusal off the bowling of Bandara.
As Liam Plunkett came to the middle, Yorkshire were in need of building some successful partnerships but he couldn’t get to grips with the turning ball and was stumped by Sadeera off Lakashan for 1.
For the sixth wicket the impressive Adil Rashid, who has having an outstanding tour, rotated the strike well alongside captain Azeem Rafiq as they accumulated 30 runs before Rafiq lost his wicket trapped in front by spinner Bandara in the 14th over for 9.
Yorkshire need some inspiration in the latter over and it came from Rashid and Robinson as the pair worked wonders between the wickets with strong rotation and, when it mattered, hitting some big boudaries. For the seventh wicket they put on 39 runs with Rashid bringing up his 50 with some powerful range hitting reaching his half-century off 33 balls including three maximums and three fours. He was eventually caught brilliantly on the boundary edge one-handed by Priyamal off the bowling of left-arm Chinaman Lakashan for 53.
Robinson lost his wicket in the penultimate over trying to go big being caught in the deep for 14. The young all-rounder has worked hard on the tour and has a bright future in this form of the game.
In the final over, there was nice cameo from Ryan Sidebottom as he bludgeoned the ball to all parts notching up 12 and taking Yorkshire to a respectable 151 for 8 from their 20 overs.
Ryan Sidebottom surveys the scene at the Paragoda Cricket Ground
The Development squad got off to a brisk start, accelerating to 41 for the opening wicket before Geshan was caught straight by Robinson off Rashid for 14 in the sixth over.
Lasith was the next to go trying to scamper a quick single but was easily run out for 5.
Yorkshire continued to make in-roads taking a further two quick wickets to unsettle Sri Lanka’s middle order. Plunkett took a regulation catch in the deep to dismiss Sandun for 1 off Rashid and the leg-spinner was showing his class to get the prize wicket of Sri Lanka under 19s captain Kusal for a golden duck.
The fifth wicket pairing of Sadeera and Pryimal worked hard to get the hosts back in the match and with some aggressive cricket shots they put on 29 runs before Pryimal was caught at mid-off by Rhodes off Ashraf for 15.
Young opener Sadeera showed his class batting throughout the innings and was resilient at the crease. His innings of 80 was beautifully crafted and was supported by his teammates throughout as they went agonisingly close to Yorkshire’s total. He is definitely one to watch over the next couple of years as he aims to break into the national squad.
Yorkshire showed their class in the final overs with young seamer Coad bowling the final over and taking two crucial wickets to seal victory with the game evenly poised. Another promising player for the future of Vikings Cricket.
Yorkshire Team: Hodgson (wk), Tattersall, Rhodes, Ballance, Rashid, Plunkett, Rafiq (capt), Robinson, Sidebottom, Coad, Ashraf.