Hambantota, Sri Lanka, CMC — An impressive century stand for the eighth wicket between Shane Shillingford and Nikita Miller averted an innings defeat but offered little hope of a significant come-back as West Indies A suffered a humiliating 10 wicket loss to Sri Lanka A on the fourth day of their opening four-day “Test” on Tuesday.
Shillingford and Miller spearheaded a tail end rally to reverse a batting slump before Sri Lanka mopped up remaining resistance and coasted to an easy target without losing a wicket in the morning session at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Cricket Stadium.
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Jehan Mubarak got to 34 runs in only 4.3 overs after West Indies, resuming from an overnight 267 for seven, were bowled out for 285 in their second innings.
Shillingford and Miller help the visitors averted an innings defeat on the third day with a powerful half century stand for the eighth wicket which matured into a 106 run stand on the final day.
Shillingford, 56 overnight, was bowled by Vishwa Fernando for a well played 63 highlighted by three fours and five sixes while Miller,37 overnight, also perished from the bowling of Fernando.
Miller struck four fours and a six in his knock of 46 as the West Indies A were only able to add 18 more runs on the fourth morning.
Sri Lanka A 1st Innings: 413 All Out (140.5 Overs). Dimuth Karunaratne 139, Lahiru Thirimanne 93, Dinesh Chandimal+ 87, Jehan Mubarak 25; Shane Shillingford 44.5-6-160-5, Nikita Miller 35-9-87-2, Shannon Gabriel 15-5-43-2, Carlos Brathwaite 23-3-53-1.
West Indies A 1st Innings: 160 All Out (51 Overs). Chadwick Walton+ 50, Assad Fudadin 32, Kraigg Brathwaite 24, Nikita Miller 15; Seekkuage Prasanna 21-7-64-6, Shaminda Eranga 15-4-54-2, Ashan Priyanjan 2-1-1-1, Vishwa Fernando 7-3-17-1.
West Indies A 2nd Innings: 285 All Out (803 Overs). Kirk Edwards 77, Shane Shillingford 63, Nikita Miller 46, Jermaine Blackwood 38; Vishwa Fernando 13.3-7-21-3, Lahiru Gamage 13-1-49-3, Seekkuage Prasanna 31-2-122-3, Jehan Mubarak 7-2-15-0.
Sri Lanka A 2nd Innings: 34/0 (4.3 Overs). Jehan Mubarak 21, Dimuth Karunaratne 11; Sheldon Cottrell 2-0-12-0, Shannon Gabriel 2.3-0-22-0.
Sri Lanka A won by 10 wickets