CA Chairman's XI v Sri Lankans, Canberra December 7, 2012

Dilshan warms up for Tests with ton

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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 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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  • associate cricket fan 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.

  • narbavi on December 9, 2012, 7:11 GMT

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

  • associate cricket fan 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.

  • associate cricket fan 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.

  • 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!!

  • James on December 8, 2012, 7:57 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 5:01 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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