KOLKATA, Sunday: Sanju Samson struck a century as Sri Lanka’s two-day warm-up game against Indian Board President’s XI ended in a draw. All the 14 players, barring wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, rolled their arms over in the 75 overs of the hosts’ innings at the Jadhavpur University Ground in Kolkata.
Sri Lanka declared their innings on their overnight score of 411. With the ball, however, they made an interesting start with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne opening the attack. And surprisingly, the latter proved quite effective in his morning spell. With his medium pacers, he picked up the wickets of Tanmay Agarwal and Akash Bhandari early to leave the hosts reeling at 31 for 2.
However, once Jiwanjot Singh, who got off to a steady start, got the company of skipper Samson, the Indian side’s innings found some stability. While Jiwanjot was cautious with his batting, Samson was more extravagant in his strokeplay.
Even when the Punjab opener was dismissed, caught behind off Dilruwan Perera, Samson continued his flourish in the company of Rohan Prem and B Sandeep. However, no one apart from Samson managed to make good of the starts they got.
Samson’s innings included 19 boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off Sadeera Samarawickrama on 128.
Lakshan Sandakan was the only bowler to bowl more than 10 overs (12), but he returned wicket-less. So was the case with Rangana Herath, who couldn’t bag a scalp in his five overs. It was instead the part-timers, who managed getting quite a few breakthroughs. After Thirimanne bagged a couple, back-up wicketkeeper Samarawickrama took one, while among the regulars Dananjaya De Silva and Dilruwan bagged one each. Indian Board President’s XI managed to post 287 for 5 before the match was called off. B Sandeep and Jalaj Saxena were unbeaten after having spent over an hour at the crease.
Sri Lanka commences a three-match Test series against India at Kolkata on November 16.