Lahiru Thirimanna magnificent 102

Chris Dhambarage

Promising left hander Lahiru Thirimanna joined the list of centurions with a magnificent 102 as the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI drew their three day practice match against the touring Indian cricket team at the Colts grounds in Havelock Park yesterday.

The 20-year-old stylish opening batsman who missed out an opportunity in the first innings made amends and went on to reach the three figure mark from 142 balls inclusive of two sixes and nine boundaries.

Thirimanna who was out for 66 in the first innings made his intentions quite clear from the start and settled down to play a long innings where he occupied the crease for nearly three full sessions.

After the home side lost the first innings centurion Upul Tharanga cheaply, Dinesh Chandimal joined Thirimanna and the pair build up the innings with a fine second wicket stand of 113 runs.

Both these players, fresh after returning from Australia with the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team demonstrated great skill and temperament to frustrate the fielding side during the opening session. Chandimal was the more aggressive as he raced to a 56 ball 69 inclusive of four sixes and nine boundaries before losing his wicket shortly before the lunch interval. However Thirimanna concentrated towards reaching a well deserved century and was fifth out with the total on 243. As a result India will head towards Galle for the opening Test match against Sri Lanka somewhat demoralized after being completely outplayed in the three day practice match. They failed to bowl out the home side in both innings and conceded four centuries.

The only bright spot for the Indians was the century from their middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh and left-arm spinner Prgyan Ojha who added three more wickets in the second innings following his five wicket haul in the first inning.

Courtesy: Dailynews

  • http://h nikhil

    i like srilankan old player like ravi and rumesh ratnayke.rai dias.asantha de mail,amal silva (vk),asanka gurusinghe,sidharth vettimunni,whare is this player im from india my email

  • http://h nikhil

    whare is roy dias? and come on sachin dhoni yuvi veeru hit 45 six

  • Chaminda

    How come Dinusha Roshan coment saying Thitimane is inconsistant. The selectors have given oportunities to Jeewantha Kulatunga but he could not perform at highest level. he performed only in domestic level.

    Thirimama has done well against all the national sides in 3 day matches given to him against Pakistan, New Zealand and now against India. Kulathuga is old now and in the verge or retire from cricket. so selectors should look for young promisiong batmans who can play for SL for at least another 10 that way giving an opportinity to Thirimanne or Chandimal is a wise decision.

  • M. Thillekerathne

    I fully agree with Chaminda.

  • pushpitha

    In which channel is the test match going to be telecasted?

  • Chaminda

    Thirimane has noting left to proof that he is the suitable partner for Dilshan to open the inings for Sri Lanka against India in galle test match.

    He has scored century against Pakistan National tean also few monts back but selectors did not consider him for test team eventhough Paranavithana did not perform up to the expections.

    So Mr. Aravinda De Silva should make the correct deciion now.

  • dinusha roshan

    batsman like thirimanne are inconsistent players …example is warnapura wat happened to him he got runs in some sessions like thirimanne now due to that perfomence selecters confirmed him… but now what happened…. he is out of the side , so batsman like thirimanne, paranavithana , vandort, warnapura inconsistent ….. …. why selecters don’t understand this…why selecters refuse batsman like jeevantha kulatunga , dinesh chandimal , kausha silva …. these 3 can be consistent players…. but selecters remove batsman like kulatunga even 50 overs….. nonson selections

  • Premasiri

    Thirmanne, Chandimal, Khausal Silva, Dimuth Karunarathna,Angelo Perera, Romesh Bhuddhika have nothing left to prove of their class. They are 6 of the best batsmen together with Thilan, Mathews, Dilshan & Paranawithna in the country who have shown consistency since their school days. They are all technically sound, quick-footed batsmen of quick reflexes. Incidentally all these young batsmen can stroke the ball all along the ground at will that most of the establish players in the national team cannot do. We have dropped down to the bottom of the table of the ODI rankings after the retirement of Atthapatthu, because of this weakness in the established batsmen. It was after Dilshan has been chosen to open batting and after Mathews’ entrance into the Team only, things started to come good for us. Since 2007 we have lost more than five home series to 1 against England, 3 against India ( including a Triangular involving NewZealand) and 1 to Pakistan. During this period we were nearly beaten in Bangladesh in a triangular involving Zimbabwe, if not for the heroic innings played by Murali. while all these favorite batsmen of selectors were in the team, & another away series in Zimbabwe in 2009. Once a batsmen was chosen to play against the home ODI series against England and the tour of Australia in 2007 & 2008 respectively by the previous selection panel whose 1st class Batting Ave was only around 24 after more than 100 innings into his credit, while all the above mentioned in-form classy batsmen have been available in the country. When that kind of dubious selections has been done we are getting beaten by any team cannot be avoided.