CA Chairman's XI v Sri Lankans, Canberra

Dilshan warms up for Tests with ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 7, 2012

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Sri Lankans 4 for 276 (Dilshan 101, Sangakkara 55) trail CA Chairman's XI 6 for 439 dec (Henry 207*, Maxwell 91, Khawaja 56) by 163 runs

Tillakaratne Dilshan drives on his way to a hundred, Chairman's XI v Sri Lankans, 2nd day, December 7, 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan made 101 © Getty Images

Tillakaratne Dilshan warmed up for the Test series against Australia with a century as most of Sri Lanka's top-order batsmen spent some valuable time in the middle on the second day of their tour match in Canberra. After Scott Henry brought up a double-century for the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI, who declared at 6 for 439, the Sri Lankans moved their own total on to 4 for 276 by stumps on the second day of the three-day game.

Dilshan and Dimuth Karunaratne put on 105 for the opening wicket, a stand that ended when the young Western Australia spinner Ashton Turner had Karunaratne caught at mid-on for 40. Dilshan brought up his hundred shortly before tea and retired out to allow his captain Mahela Jayawardene to spend some time in the middle, along with Kumar Sangakkara.

Sangakkara made 55 before becoming a rare victim of the medium-pace of Usman Khawaja, who in 60 first-class matches has only claimed one wicket, that of the bowler Chris Duval. Khawaja trapped Sangakkara lbw and Jayawardene was caught and bowled by the offspinner Glenn Maxwell for 36, before Prasanna Jayawardene (24 not out) and Dinesh Chandimal (12 not out) took the Sri Lankans to stumps without any further damage.

The Chairman's XI had started the day at 4 for 390 and they added 49 to their overnight total for the loss of two more wickets. Their resumption allowed Henry, who is yet to post a first-class century, to bring up his double-hundred, an innings that ended only when the declaration came. Dhammika Prasad picked up both wickets of the morning for the Sri Lankans, Travis Head caught for 35 and Sam Whiteman caught and bowled for 4.

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Posted by Htc-Android on (December 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

@Narbavi this is a good side. it has players like cooper,bolinger,warner,hughes,,cowan.etc also some their players have expereince in domestic level.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 9, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

@Htc-Android: Wrong again, the team we faced was as weak as the team u faced!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 8, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@ Narbavi. if this team played the warm up game against india. it would have benn 9-0 for them.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 8, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

@Narbavi that team is much better than the one we faced. atleast those guys have some experience in domestic cricket.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 8, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@Htc-Android: Because they might have felt this team would be more than enough to challenge your team and if you think you can use this as an excuse then better go and see the team which we played against in the tour game!!

Posted by gibboj on (December 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

@kingowl It's called Manuka oval, that's how it is

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

@KingOwl . You are spot on . Aussies don't want to SL to knoe their real pitches .

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Sl must be able to score at a good rate. Most teams scored around 4.0 or better run rate in the last few test matches played around the world. Even the Bangladeshis scored at around 5.0 against WI. Sl must find a way to score quickly.

Posted by Marcio on (December 7, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Give it a rest, @KingOwl. Why is it that for every game played there are these people who come on and say the pitch was doctored, when the pitch is playing exctly the way it always does?! This pitch gives SL valuable batting time, dude! When AUS toured SA a year ago, the groundsman at the warmup game admitted the pitch was made extra spicey so that the AUS batsmen would have little batting practice before the 1st test. Oh, and there have been two other cases of attempted doctoring in recent times. The one last week in India was made public. the ICC also sanctioned one team over a year ago for the dust bowl they churned out for the first test to nullify the opposition fastbowlers. Sadly that team lost the toss, the game, and the series. Can you recall which team that was? Australia doesn't doctor pitches. All pitches play out as normal, with minor variations.

Posted by   on (December 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Sri Lankan bowling attack is too weak,have to accept it.this series will be one sided just coz of better bowling attack which Aussies have.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Lankan board has few problems to address. Sl has no young talents like cook. It will be nice to see lankan team giving away series victories to all teams who visit them after sanga n mahela

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 7, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

when NZ,SA toured aussies, aussies send their A team for warm up match. for us they gave a team with rookies(except khawaja and maxwell). These guys dont even play club level cricket in Aus. common aussies why not give us a decent team with some recognized names? if not A give us one of those club teams for warm up. and they gave us flat pitch. We never did this when Australia toured SL.

Posted by   on (December 7, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

this is the good opening pair to 1st test match against to australia remove the paranvithana from team

Posted by sujanm on (December 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Guys in the 1st innings teams can bat only 100 overs. so we only have 22 more overs left.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 7, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Good to see our batting click indeed. Try to post 500 by tea and give a chance to our bowlers to bowl another 30 overs before the game is over. Chandimal must target a ton by all means.

Posted by   on (December 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

wel done dili n sanga keep it up... Chandimal,This is ur best chance you need calm fifty.SL bowlers r not poor though they have bowled wel in tough condition & batting pitch..Most important thing in this inning is opening partnership....gud luck guys

Posted by KingOwl on (December 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

It seems like the Australians have fixed the pitch by giving a flat track for practice. And then, they are using part time bowlers and mediocre spinners mostly in the attack. This was not how SL treated Australia when they toured. They got a typical SL wicket and also got to play against a real bowling attack. Shame on Aus Cricket!

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 7, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

How good is Dilshan, Sri Lanka's batting lineup is very good.

Posted by Mathu. on (December 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Dilshan needs to maintain his patience in the same way during the test to build up a good opening partnership. Well done Dili!!!

Posted by lukecannon on (December 7, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Well played Dilshan. SL bowlers performance is poor though

Posted by   on (December 7, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

gud job boys, better 2 c u guys in nice gum, held up with these skills, gud luck

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