Indian bowlers put up an improved performance to restrict Sri Lanka Board President’s XI to 260 for six in their second innings in the three-day warm-up game, which ended in a tame draw here on Thursday.
After disappointing with both ball and bat for the last two days, the Indian bowlers gave a better account of themselves with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha being the notable performer with three for 85 in his 22 overs.
The Hyderabad spinner was assisted by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, Virender Sehwag and pacer Ishant Sharma — all taking one wicket each.
For the hosts, opener Lahiru Thirimanne scored 102 and top-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal (69) chipped in with an useful contribution but the rest of the batting line-up failed to impress.
Thilina Kandamby (9) and Sachithra Senanayake (6) were at the crease when both captains decided to call off play early at the Colts Cricket Club Ground here.
After bundling out India for 291 on Wednesday, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI could have enforced the follow-on but the hosts decided to bat and straightaway suffered a jolt, losing inform opener Upul Tharanga to Ishant in the fifth over.
However, Thirimanne and Chandimal ensured there were no more hiccups and started scoring at a fast-pace, with the latter dealing in boundaries.
The duo kept the scoreboard ticking and forged a 113-run second wicket partnership in quick time.
Ojha then put the brakes on the scoring when he cleaned up the dangerous-looking Chandimal in the 21st over. Nine overs later, Sehwag had Prasanna Jayawardene caught by Laxman as the hosts succumbed to 172 for three.
In the 33rd over, Ojha struck again dismissing Kaushal Silva with skipper and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking the catch.
Thilan Samaraweera (25) then gave company to Thirimanne as they tried to stem the rot with a 63-run partnership but the opener could not stay longer after completing his century and was caught by Sharma off Ojha’s bowling in the 51st over.
Samaraweera was also back in the pavilion in the next over when he was stumped by Dhoni off Mishra’s bowling as the match headed for a draw.
Keywords: India-Sri Lanka Test series