Tasmania v Sri Lankans, tour game, Hobart February 2, 2008

Beaten Sri Lankans hurt after Jayasuriya facial injury

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 3 for 184 (Paine 54, Anderson 47*) beat Sri Lankans 9 for 183 (Jayawardene 51, Drew 5-36) by seven wickets

Sanath Jayasuriya's preparation for the CB Series took a severe blow when he was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the jaw during the Sri Lankans' defeat by Tasmania. Jayasuriya, who was struck when trying to pull a Tim MacDonald bouncer in the eighth over, left the field for six stitches and later went for an x-ray, which cleared him of a fracture.

Brendan Drew also hurt the visitors with 5 for 36 from ten overs and they could only reach 9 for 183 in 47.4 overs. Drew, the right arm swing bowler, was impressive, removing Upul Tharanga (24), Kumar Sangakkara (0) and Chamara Silva (5) in his first spell before coming back for the crucial wickets of Chamara Kapugedera and Farveez Maharoof.

The pair had put on 46 when Kapugedera fell swiping straight for 34 and Maharoof went in a similar fashion in the next over for 29. Tasmania continued to exert pressure through the left-arm spin of Xavier Doherty, who collected 2 for 36 off ten.

The highlight for the tourists was the form of the captain Mahela Jayawardene and he stayed for 59 balls in making a brisk 51. However, his bowlers were quickly in trouble as Tasmania eased to their target in the 37th over.

Tim Paine opened with a half-century and Michael Dighton (45) and Dane Anderson (47 not out) also picked up control of the chase. Nuwan Kulasekara was the most penetrative, removing both openers, but the tourists have some concerns ahead of their first CB Series game against India in Brisbane on Tuesday.