Yorkshire Vikings v Sri Lanka A— 31 July 2014
Adil Rashid enjoyed another productive day with the ball, but a much-changed Yorkshire side slipped to 26-run defeat against a Sri Lanka A team including six full internationals at Headingley today.
Rashid had taken three wickets and hit a half-century in Tuesday’s Royal London one-day Cup defeat against Gloucestershire here, and he continued his impressive form with a four-for before the Vikings slipped from 113-1 and 140-2 in their pursuit of 276.
Half-centuries from captain Alex Lees (54) and Dan Hodgson (51) were features of the chase, but ultimately a loss of five wickets for 42 from 140-2 to 182-7 cost them dear. They were bowled out for 249 inside 48 overs as nine wickets went to spin.
Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva finished with 3-33 from his ten overs and was the pick of the visiting attack having dragged his side back into the contest.
Leg-spinner Prasanna Seekkuge also finished with 4-42 from 9.2.
Rashid claimed 4-57 from his allocation of leg-spin as the tourists posted 275-9 thanks mainly to a century for wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal, while left-arm seamer James Wainman took 3-51 from eight overs.
There were also wickets for Ryan Gibson and Jack Leaning, while SL opener Danushka Gunathilaka made 65 on a true Headingley surface.
Rashid picked up his first wicket when he had captain Ashan Priyanjan caught and bowled to leave the score at 143-3 in the 34th over before de Silva was caught at deep mid-wicket as Sri Lanka fell to 201-4 in the 42nd over.
That was the first of six wickets to fall in the last 8.4 overs of the innings, including Asela Gunaratne lbw to Rashid, who then had the key wicket of Chandimal caught at cover the ball after he had reached a 104-ball ton.
This was a memorable day for Chandimal, one of two players in the Sri Lanka line-up to have played Test cricket. Seekkuge was the other.
He shared a century stand with Gunathilaka for the second wicket a few hours after it had been formally announced that he had been dropped from the squad for next week’s series against Pakistan.
New ball bowler Ben Coad’s opening six-over spell of 0-11 was impressive, although his next two went for 27 late in the innings.
Left-armer Wainman struck with the new ball before returning at the death to add a couple more wickets.
Yorkshire’s chase got off to a flyer at 62-0 after eight overs and Lees later reached 50 off 52 balls. Hodgson was in inventive mood on the way to a fifty off his own, off 60 balls.
But, having connected with a couple of reverse sweeps, his strength proved his downfall as he was one of de Silva’s three wickets. Yorkshire were 158-5 in the 30th when he departed, caught at backward point.
Wainman continued his impressive day with a breezy 33 to help get Yorkshire above 230, but he was one of four victims for one-Test leggie Seekkuge.