CHRISTCHURCH: Left-arm spinner Michael Santner and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi brought about a collapse in which Sri Lanka A lost nine wickets for 80 runs, paving the way for New Zealand A’s eight-wicket victory at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Having chosen to bowl, New Zealand A faced some resistance from the visitors’ top order. Opener Danushka Gunathilaka made 57 and added 95 for the second wicket with Kithuruwan Vithanage, who top scored for Sri Lanka A with 59. The slide began once Gunathilaka was lbw to Sodhi, who also dismissed Vithanage four overs later.
From 134 for 1, Sri Lanka A slipped to 202 for 5, and collapsed in a heap after that, losing their last five wickets for 12 runs. Santner cut through the middle order, and the visitors were dismissed for 214 in 45.3 overs.
New Zealand A were never in trouble during the chase. Hamish Rutherford scored 43 off 35 balls out of an opening stand of 52 with Michael Pollard to provide early momentum, and then Pollard, who made 59, put on 117 with George Worker for the second wicket. Shehan Jayasuriya dismissed both the openers but Worker remained unbeaten on 83 to finish the chase with 63 balls to spare.
Scores: Sri Lanka A 214 (45.3) (Danushka Gunathilaka 57, Dhananjaya de Silva 29, Kithuruwan Vithanage 58, Shehan Jayasuriya 25, Niroshan Dickwella 23, Neil Wagner 2/41, Mitchell Santner 4/38, Ish Sodhi 3/28)
New Zealand A 216-2 (39.3) (Hamish Rutherford 43, Michael Pollard 59, George Worker 83 n.o., Henry Nicholls 27 n.o., Shehan Jayasuriya 2/36)