Sri Lanka Dominates Board President’s XI in Kolkata Practice Match on Day One
Before announcing the declaration, Sri Lanka is in total command against Board President’s XI in Kolkata after racking up 411 for six on board in 88 overs on stumps of the first day of the two-day warm-up fixture.
For BPXI team, Kerala-based fast bowler Sandeep Warrier and 24-year-old leg-spinner Akash Bhandari claimed two wickets each which further saw Jalaj Saxena and Avesh Khan shared wicket apiece.
When the Lions skipper Dinesh Chandimal pronounced the declaration, gloveman Niroshan Dickwella remained unbeaten on 73 off 59 deliveries, as Roshen Silva was batting on 36 off 53 balls.
In the first innings, the Lankan batters scored at the run-rate of 4.67 which further saw BPXI conceded 15 extras in Lankan innings.
For Sri Lanka, opening batsmen Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dimuth Karunaratne followed by Angelo Mathews, and Dickwella went on to register the fifties each to give a solid start to the visitors in a bid to acclimatise the conditions.
Interestingly, the 22-year-old batsman Samarawickrama, who made his Test debut against Pakistan in October earlier this year, had a good outing with the bat, as he scored 74 off 77 balls.
The promising youngster smashed 13 boundaries in his knock before being dismissed by Avesh Khan.
On the other side, injury-marred all-rounder Angelo Matthews also enjoyed his returned with 93-ball 54, before walking off the park.
Earlier, BPXI skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and decided to bowl first on a wicket which has assisted the batsmen.
For the first wicket, Lankan openers forged a stand of 134 runs, before the 29-year-old left-handed batsman Karunaratne returned to the pavilion after scoring 50 off 62 deliveries. His unbeaten knock included seven boundaries.
However, Moratuwa-born 28-year-old left-handed batsman Lahiru Thirimane was caught by Jivanjot Singh on the bowling of slow bowler Akash Bhandari.
Thirimanne scored 37-ball 17 which included two boundaries.
Going strong, the Lankans were 138 for one in 27 overs as the tea break saw the visitors posted 254 for two in 58 overs.
The wily customer and compelling figure with the red-ball, Rangana Herath was dismissed on three after facing 17 balls, as Dasun Shanaka managed just two off five balls.
Moreover, Dhananjaya de Silva was caught by Anmolpreet Singh on the bowling of Warrier when the former was batting on ten off 17 balls.
After Sanju Samson used five bowlers, fast bowler Ravi Kiran went wicketless after sending down 12 overs in which he conceded 60 runs.
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With a day left for the culmination of the practice game, Sri Lankan bowlers would be eyeing to get much-needed game time before the first Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16. SL will be up against a side that had already routed the visitors 9-0 following the Islands tour, earlier this year.
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