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.