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Lanka show form in practice game

11th November 2017
Four Sri Lankan batsmen hit fifties as the islanders tested their batting strength successfully on Day 1 of warm-up game here at Jadavpur University Cricket ground today, at stumps they declared the innings at 411/6 after three batsmen retired.
  Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne took the charge from the very first ball of the day, thrashing the pacers all over the park. The right handed Sadeera reached 50 in 46 balls, while the south paw Dimuth played second fiddle to him. The Board President skipper switched to Avesh Khan and Jalaj Saxena which brought down the scoring rate. The opening duo put up 133 and remained unscathed untill Dimuth retired reaching 50 bringing Lahiru Thirimanne in the middle. The lanky Avesh got better of Sadeera as he miss-timed hook shot and got caught by Tanmay Agrawal at fine leg on 74 among which 56 came through boundaries. Angelo Mathews was hit on the chest in the first ball by Avesh. Sri Lanka went to the lunch at 138/1.
Post-lunch, Mathews and Thirimanne shaped the Sri Lankan innings and added 30 runs to the lunch total before the leftie fell prey to leggie Akash Bhandari at the slip. Skipper Chandimal joined the former captain at the crease and retired out after scoring 29 to give inexperienced Sri Lankan team a chance to spend some time in the middle. Mathews lacked his fluency but he was often stepping out to the spinners and snatched a half-century coming back from injury. However, Jiwanjot Singh dropped Mathews on 53 at the slip in the last over before tea, but he retired out adding a run.

Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera piled up their confidence for the test series playing quick-fire knocks down the order. The Lanka wicket-keeper picked up 13 boundaries enroute his 73 off 59 balls playing some delicate shots, while the all-rounder scored 48 off 44 balls. Roshan Silva also made a well-crafted 36. However, the lions did want to let any stone unturned as the batters underwent a knock down session during the match.
Board President’s XI bowled decently on a flat track. Avesh Khan and Jalaj Saxena picked up wicket apiece. While, Sandeep Warrier and Akash Bhandari shared 4 wickets between them equally. Warrier was bit expensive in his first spell, but came back strongly in the second spell as he got two wickets.
The Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne said, “We batted well on dirt pitch. But it would have been good if they gave a left-handed spinner.” at the post-match press interaction.

Ayan Das and Arindam Basu