Left arm-spinner Malinda Pushpakumara threw in another real claim for a still elusive Test cap with a haul of seven English Lions wickets for 114 runs for Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the second unofficial Test which began at the Dambulla International Stadium on Friday.
Electing to bat first, English Lions finished the day on 339 for 9 with Liam Livingstone hitting a masterful century of 105 and Tom Westley offering great support with 68.
Pushpakumara who finished with a match bag of eight wickets in the opening match persistently troubled the English batters with consistent line and length and was richly rewarded. His seven wickets also included both Livingstone and Westley who shared an important 110 runs for the fourth wicket after losing their first three wickets for 77 runs.
Pushapukamara, 29, despite his brilliant exploits domestically, having taken 545 wickets in 98 first class matches, has been consistently overlooked for reasons best know to the cricket selectors. He was also the leading wicket taker in the just concluded Premier three-day tournaments claiming 77 wickets in nine matches playing for Chilaw Marians.
Seamer Asitha Fernando and skipper Dhananjaya de Silva picked up the remaining two wickets.
England Lions 339 for 9 ( K Jennings 44, T Westley 68, L Livingstone 105, B Floakes 30; Malinda Pushpakumara 7 for 114)