Vikings win T20 series in Sri Lanka— 23 March 2014
Yorkshire 150-7 (20 overs)
Sri Lanka Development Squad 151-6 (18.3 overs)
Sri Lanka Dev Squad won by four wickets
Yorkshire win series 3-1.
Yorkshire Vikings missed out on a clean sweep losing to their hosts Sri Lanka Development squad by four wickets in the final game of the T20 series.
The defeat, nevertheless, sees the Vikings secure a 3-1 series victory against the young Sri Lankans.
Batting first, the tourists managed 150 for 7 from their 20 overs thanks to a 57 third-wicket stance between Dan Hodgson and Adam Lyth.
As ever, which has been paramount throughout the series, the home team battled hard and bowled well in patches with their exceptional ground fielding excelling on a rutted outfield at the Panagoda Grounds, East Colombo.
Sri Lanka batted well in the second innings and showed grit a determination to reach their total with nine balls to spare. They will thank the captain Lahiru for a fine knock of 46 not out. He was ably supported by Geshan 30 and Priyamal 29.
Yorkshire got off to a below par start with wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd losing his wicket in the second over caught in the covers without troubling the scorers. At that point the Vikings had not recorded a run due to excellent fielding in the inner ring by the young Sri Lankans.
The scoreboard at the Panagoda Grounds, East Colombo
Hodd’s opening partner Richard Pyrah was forced to up the rate and was trapped in front for 22 by Bandara, the young spinner, who has bowled well throughout the series. Yorkshire had upped the tempo taking the score to 40 for 2 when the second wicket fell after 6 overs.
All-rounder Adil Rashid was next in and the sparse crowd, predominantly made up of military personnel, thought they were in for some fireworks as he raced to 14 smashing the ball for two sixes in the process. As he went for another big one over mid-wicket, he was hit on the pad and the umpire had no hesitation in giving the leg-spinner out.
With the scores on 57 for 2 it needed a pairing to steady the ship and build a significant partnership. Enter left-hander Adam Lyth, who along with Dan Hodgson put on 57 for the third wicket. They played with flair and positivity rotating the strike at frequent intervals. They also punished the bad ball with some classy shots to the boundary fence. Hodgson, who has batted well in the series, was aiming to convert a half-century. The Richmond-born batsman just falling six runs short of a fifty. Playing down the wrong line, he was stumped by keeper Vishwa.
Further wickets fell at regular intervals as the hot conditions became difficult for the tourists. Lyth was next to head to the Pavilion caught behind off the bowling of Kusan for 35.
Rhodes and Tattersall both fell in quick succession and it was left to Brooks and Leaning to put on 18 in the final two overs to take the score to a respectable 150 from the allotted 20 overs.
The home side got off to a terrific start in their pursuit for victory. Playing with freedom and showing an array of quality cricket shots to the Yorkshire fielders, the opening pair of Sandun and Geshan were in good spirits accumulating 34 before the ever-reliable Steve Patterson bowled Sandun for 20 in the fourth over.
Youngster Ben Coad came to the party and did not disappoint taking a wicket in his first over. Vishwa looping the ball straight back at the seamer for a simple caught and bowl for 10. Coad has shown real promise during the tour and a winter at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide has benefitted the Harrogate-born lad.
The third wicket pairing of Geeshan and Priyamal produced some excellent shot-making putting on 44 before Rashid got the hard-hitting Geeshan for 30 – the young Sri Lankan missing a straight one in the 11th over.
The fourth wicket came soon after as Hood produced a moment of brilliance stumping Priyamal for 29 from a lovely flighted ball from Rashid.
Yorkshire applied more pressure in the middle overs and economical bowling from the underrated Lyth got the Vikings back in the game as Sri Lanka struggled to come to terms with the efforts of Will Rhodes’ bowlers. However, belying their young years, Sri Lanka’s Development squad bounced back with some superb batting in the final overs to secure the win with nine balls remaining. They managed to score 20 runs from the final 21 balls with skipper Lahiru leading his side from the front with 46 not out from 25 balls including seven fours and one maximum.
Yorkshire win the series 3-1 and move onto the two-day game starting on Tuesday at the P. Sara Oval.
Yorkshire team: Pyrah, Hodd (wk), Hodgson, Rashid, Lyth, Rhodes (capt), Tattersall, Leaning, Brooks, Patterson, Coad.