Kunaratne, Serasinghe guide Sri Lanka A to 290
Sri Lanka A lost eight wickets for 290 runs, led by opening left-hand batsman and captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 83, after the first day. Seamer Ryan Mclaren took three middle-order wickets to push the visitors into trouble but a seventh-wicket partnership of 71 runs took them to relative comfort before two more wickets fell by the close.
After inserting Sri Lanka to bat, South Africa claimed their first wicket of Dilruwan Perera in the tenth over. Kunaratne, however, hung around to build stands with other top-order batsmen before he became the fifth wicket to fall in the 49th over with the score on 173, falling 17 short of a century.
Chamara Silva, who lost his place in the national squad after Sri Lanka’s tour of UAE in November last year, could not make an impact, getting out to offspinner Simon Harmer. A half-century by No. 7 Sachithra Serasinghe, and his partnership for the seventh wicket with Kosala Kulasekara, took Sri Lanka to 276.
Ryan Mclaren, who played his last international game for South Africa in 2010, was the top wicket-taker, with three for 32 in 20 overs. Harmer and Pumelela Matshikwe took two wickets each, while seamer Wayne Parnell claimed the opening wicket of the innings.