Sri Lanka Emerging complete come from behind victory

Matthew Breetzke  (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Matthew Breetzke (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

SRI LANKA Emerging Squad completed a comfortable come from behind victory over their South African counterparts by four wickets on the final day of the opening unofficial Four-Day Test match at Katunayake on Sunday.

When play resumed the match was fairly evenly poised with Sri Lanka needing a further 153 runs for victory with seven wickets in hand. The South Africans quickly got rid of Kaushal Silva (91 off 166 balls, 10 fours) but the remaining batsmen proved more than up to the task headed by Pasqual Mendis who finished unbeaten on 67 (94 balls, 10 fours).

The two batsmen who had been the leading scorers in the first innings also played their parts with Shammu Ashan contributing 49 (94 balls, 7 fours and a six) and Chamika Karunaratne an unbeaten 32 (43 balls, 3 fours and 2 sixes).

Luthando Sipamla was the most successful bowler (2/38 in 12 overs)