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Samson hits tonne as Lanka go through the paces


12th November 2017
Even as Sri Lanka tested the fire power of their bowling department using as many as ten islanders, Sanju Samson remained the only bright spot for the Board President XI hitting a flawless ton in the drawn warm match at Jadavpur University cricket ground today. The teams shook hands at 287/5 in 75 overs.
Tanmay Agarwal and Jiwanjot Singh started the innings cautiously as both Lakmal and Gamage missed the outside-age by a whisker. When Agarwal was getting into rhythm hitting a pullshot, the southpaw got trapped in front of the wicket misjudging a full-length delivery off Gamage. Ranji trophy sensation Anmolpreet Singh became the victim of half-hearted square cut and Danus Sanaka took a sharp catch at point, as the Board President XI were reduced to 31/2. Jiwanjot and skipper steadied the ship. While Samson played some exquisite shots, Jiwanjot was happy to rotate the strike and concreted the innings. Rangana Herath came into the attack in 15th over, hardly causing any problem in his six overs as the Board President XI went to lunch at 89/2 in 27 overs.
Post-lunch, Dilruwan Perera broke 68 runs stand by departing the opener for 35. As Rohan Prem joined skipper in the middle, the duo batted flawlessly. Sandakan was introduced in 41st over, the duo played patiently getting down on knees. However, all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva caught Prem in front of the wicket in his first over of the match and broke 71-run-partnership. Skipper completed his century after tea-break by pushing the ball towards mid-wicket. Later, he departed on 128 off 143 hitting nineteen boundaries and one six trying to play an upper cut.
The lions used the bowlers in small spell. Lahiru Gamage bowled well as he picked two wickets. While Fernado, Perera, Silva bowled decently on a flat track and picked up wicket a-piece. However, Lakmal was a bit out or array. The islanders replaced their regular wicket-keeper Dickwelle with Sadeera Samarawickrama at the fug end of second session as the former underwent a knock-down session in the nets. Even Dickwelle tried his hand in the bowling.But Angelo Mathews kept himself absyained from bowling.


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