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Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 17:06 GMT
Sri Lanka lose tour match
Tour match, Potchefstroom: South Africa A 221 all out (47.4 overs) beat Sri Lanka 111-8 (32 overs) by 65 runs (D-L method)

Sri Lanka tuned up for the imminent five-match one-day series against South Africa with a 65-run loss to the country's A-team.
Pulasthi Gunaratne
Gunaratne shaped well with four for 44

Steve Elworthy and Lance Klusener took three wickets each as the tourists struggled to 111 for eight in a rain-affected affair.

South Africa A were earlier dismissed for 221, but Sri Lanka's victory target was amended to 176 from 32 overs.

Russel Arnold top-scored with 22 runs, and he was one of only four batsmen to reach double figures.

The home side boasted an array of players with vast international experience, including veteran World Cup hopeful Daryll Cullinan.

But Cullinan, who opened the batting, had failed to trouble the scorer when he became the first of four Pulasthi Gunaratne victims.

Gunaratne, who did not feature in Sri Lanka's recent Test series loss, was instrumental in reducing the hosts to 68 for five early on.

The seamer removed Cullinan, Martin van Jaarsveld, skipper Neil McKenzie and Lance Klusener in a whirlwind spell.

But Robin Peterson hit a timely 61 to spark a recovery before the innings was closed in the 48th over.

Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya, who missed the second Test last weekend because of an ankle injury, returned to action.

He was joined by veteran Aravinda de Silva, who has retired from Test cricket but joined the side for the one-day games.

The first of five one-day internationals takes place in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

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