SRI LANKAN BATS­MEN MAKE MERRY ON A DOCILE PITCH

Opener Sa­ma­rawick­rama scored a breezy knock of 74 against the Board Pres­i­dent’s X1.

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports - KOLKATA

Sri Lanka bats­men made merry against a docile bowl­ing at­tack by Board Pres­i­dent’s XI, post­ing 411/6 de­clared at stumps on the first day of their two-day warm-up tie at the Ja­davpur Univer­sity cam­pus ground here on Satur­day.

O p e n e r S a d e e r a Sa­ma­rawick­rama ( 74 off 77; 13x4) top- scored for the tourists, who tack­led the third- string Board Pres­i­dent› s XI bowlers with ease with as many as four bats­men scor­ing half cen­turies.

At the end of play, Niroshan Dick­wella was bat­ting on 73 with Roshen Silva for com­pany on 36.

Kerala medium- pacer San­deep War­rier re­turned best fig­ures of 2/60 with legspin­ner Akash Bhan­dari also bag­ging two wick­ets.

What should au­gur well for the Di­nesh Chandi­mal-led side is the fact that fit-again An­gelo Mathews got back into the groove al­though he was not very flu­ent dur­ing his 93-ball 54.

The for­mer cap­tain, who could not take part in the re­cent Pak­istan se­ries due to a calf in­jury, hit six fours and also got a re­prieve on 53 when Ji­wan­jot Singh dropped him at first slip off Jalaj Saxena›s bowl­ing just be­fore tea. Mathews re­tired af­ter the break.

Be­fore Mathews, open­ers Sa­ma­rawick­rama and Dimuth Karunaratne got off to a good start, en­gi­neer­ing a 134-run stand for the first wicket.

Sa­ma­rawick­rama looked good for his flu­ent 74 off just 77 balls, his in­nings stud­ded with 13 fours be­fore Avesh Khan re­moved the righthander who tried to hook the Mad­hya Pradesh pacer to fine-leg where Tan­may Agar­wal took the catch.

Karunaratne hit seven bound­aries be­fore re­tir­ing on a 62-ball 50 while Lahiru Thi­r­i­manne ( 17) missed out on a big score, leg­gie Bhan­dari get­ting his wicket.

Chandi­mal -- in the thick of runs com­ing into the In­dia se­ries hav­ing amassed 224 runs in four in­nings against Pak­istan at an av­er­age of 74.67 -- took his time in the mid­dle playing 65 balls for his 29 be­fore re­tir­ing. The big-hit­ting wick­et­keeper­bats­man Niroshan Dick­wella struck a quick­fire 38-ball 53 be­fore re­tir­ing while all­rounder Dil­ruwan Perera tonked a cou­ple of sixes en route his 44-ball 48 be­fore War­rier got his wicket.

Dick­wella was back to­wards the end of the day to con­tinue his surge and end the day un­beaten on 73 off just 59 balls.

War­rier›s sec­ond scalp was the promis­ing Dhanan­jaya De Silva who could man­age only 10 off 17 balls. Pacer Su­ranga Lak­mal went for three with Bhan­dari get­ting him trapped in front. Saxena also got a wicket, that of Da­sun Shanaka who con­trib­uted just two runs to the to­tal. Brief scores: Sri Lanka 411/6 decl (Sadeera Sa­ma­rawick­rama 74, Niroshan Dick­wella 73 not out, An­gelo Mathews 54, Dimuth Karunaratne 50; San­deep War­rier 2/60).

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