Thilan, Malinda crack unbeaten centuries for Sri Lanka 'A'
CRICKET: Skipper Thilan Samaraweera and Malinda Warnapura scored two
brilliant unbeaten centuries to put Sri Lanka 'A' in a strong position
on the opening day of their first four day unofficial test match against
the touring Bangladesh 'A' team which commenced at the Colts CC grounds
in Havelock Park yesterday.
The Sri Lanka 'A' team batting first after having won the toss
finished the day with a huge 335 for the loss of just two wickets. Left
hander Warnapura had completed a trail blazing 177 not out while his
captain Samaraweera remained unbeaten on 129. Their unfinished third
wicket partnership is worth a massive 313 runs.
The pair came together at a difficult stage of the innings after Sri
Lanka 'A' had lost both openers Michael van Dort and Mahela Udawatte
quite cheaply. But Warnapura and Samaraweera steadied the innings
beautifully and consolidated their position through some intelligent
Sri Lanka 'A' managed to score just 65 runs during the first session
as they experienced some anxious moments following the early setback.
But once Warnapura and Samaraweera got their eye in runs began to flow
quite smoothly as they added a further 135 runs between lunch and tea.
Warnapura made good use of some untidy fielding from the opposition
to reach his century from 191 balls and 236 minutes with the help of one
six and a dozen of boundaries. In contrast Samaraweera batted more
cautiously and reached the three figure mark with the aid of just nine
fours having occupied the crease for 287 minutes.
This pair completely dominated the final session as they brought up
the three hundred run partnership for the third wicket in 330 minutes of
batting time. Bangladesh 'A' team decided to take the new ball
immediately after 81 overs but they just could not find a way of
breaking this partnership.
Warnapura have so far occupied the crease for a marathon 366 minutes
and his unbeaten 177 was studded with one six and 21 hits to the ropes.
He also bettered his previous highest first class score of 149 not out.
Skipper Samaraweera finished the day on 129 not out from 346 minutes
having struck ten boundaries.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka 'A' team coach Chandika Hathurusinghe praised the
two centurions Warnapura and Samaraweera for their magnificent
performances with the bat. He said that both batted well according to
the situation and the manner in which they build up their innings was
Hathurusinghe the former Sri Lanka opening batsman said that his team
will be looking for a total of exceeding four hundred runs in an attempt
to pressurize the opposition on the second and the third days. He said
that the wicket is expected to take some spin on the final day and did
not want to bat for a second time.
SRI LANKA ‘A’ 1ST INNINGS
M. van Dort c Pavel b Hussain 10
M. Udawatte c Mashud b Hussain 5
M. Warnapura not out 177
T. Samaraweera not out 129
TOTAL (for 2 wickets) 335
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-7, 2-22
To bat: K. Silva, C. Kapugedera, J. Mubarak, U. Chandana, A. Ganegama,
I. Amarasinghe and S. de Silva.
BOWLING: Nazamul Hussain 15-1-57-2, Talhar Jubai 15-2-48-0,
Nadif Chowdhury 5-2-12-0, Enamul Haque 20-1-89-0,
Mahmubulla Rayad 19-0-60-0, Mehrab Hossain 11-1-44-0,
Tushar Imran 5-0-22-0.
BANGLADESH: Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud, Nazimuddin, Mehrab Hossain,
Jahirul Islam, Hossain Pavel, Nadif Chowdhury, Enamul Haque,
Mahmubulla Rayad, Nazmul Hossain and Talhar Jubair.