Otago v Sri Lanka A, Alexandra, 1st day March 7, 2004

Daniel and Kandamby star in tour opener

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Close Sri Lanka A 308 for 6 (Daniel 94, Kandamby 64) v Otago
Scorecard

Sri Lanka A began their tour of New Zealand soundly in their three-day game against Otago at Molyneux Park in Alexandra. After winning the toss, they racked up 308 for 6 against a near-full strength Otago attack: Ian Daniel top-scored with 94.

Otago's bowlers could not take advantage of the cool and overcast conditions, and the Sri Lankans got stuck in. As the day went on, sweaters made way for towels as the temperature rose more to the Sri Lankans' liking.

While Daniel struck 15 fours in his innings, Thilina Kandamby, the tourists' vice-captain, settled in and thumped 64 with a six and eight fours. Jehan Mubarak, another batsman of whom much is expected, played himself in but was run out for 42. At the end of the day, Bathiya Perera was unbeaten with a steady 43 not out.

Bradley Scott and Nathan McCullum were the more successful bowlers for Otago, with two wickets apiece.