NZ Board President's XI v Sri Lankans, Queenstown, 3rd day December 5, 2015

Jayasundera fifty adds to his hopes of Test debut

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Sri Lankans 193 (Karunaratne 93, Johnston 4-43) and 226 for 6 (Jayasundera 63, Vithanage 61, Mathews 54) drew with NZ Board President's XI 399 for 8 dec (Smith 81, Popli 79, Hicks 79, Johnston 27, Chameera 4-57)

File photo: Udara Jayasundera made a painstaking 63 off 153 balls for the Sri Lankans © WICB Media

The Sri Lankans' bowlers let the NZC President's XI's eighth-wicket partnership plunder 124 runs, but batted marginally better than in the first innings to secure a draw in the three-day warm up game in Queenstown. The hosts took a 206-run lead before declaring and the Sri Lankans then moved to 226 for 6 by stumps.

A 153-ball 63 from opener Udara Jayasundera led the Sri Lankans' innings, and heightened his chances of a debut in the first Test against New Zealand next Thursday. He struck up a 108-run partnership with Kithuruwan Vithanage, who hit 61 off 109 himself. Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten 54, while Dinesh Chandimal collected 29. Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis were dismissed for low scores for the second time in the match.

The President's XI bowlers shared the six wickets between them, Neil Wagner taking 1 for 31. Seamer James Baker picked up the innings' best figures of 2 for 21.

Earlier in the day, the Presidents' XI's resumed on 288 for 7, before hitting 111 runs in the next 15.3 overs. No. 9 batsman Tim Johnston hit 62 from 74 balls while Shawn Hicks finished with 79 not out from 85 deliveries. Sri Lanka lent their opposition a hand with 44 extras, including 21 no-balls. Dushmantha Chameera claimed his fourth wicket of the innings to end that eighth-wicket partnership and invite the declaration.

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  • karthik on December 8, 2015, 14:37 GMT

    even an unknown Indian playing for nz cricket board xi manages to score runs vs

  • Ryan on December 6, 2015, 9:09 GMT

    I'm sorry to say SL fans but now that Dhamika Prasad is gone your team will have a tough time here in NZ, same as we had in Australia.

  • d on December 6, 2015, 5:57 GMT

    Yes.Prasad is injured and sent back home. The last thing SL wanted. Feeling bad for mathews and co.

  • Cricinfouser on December 6, 2015, 4:54 GMT

    It appears that D Prasad has suffered a back injury and is being sent home.

  • Lakpriya on December 6, 2015, 4:52 GMT

    thing that most people don't realize is the temperature around queestown was around 15c which is very low in SL standards. in weather forecasts it is the same for Dunedin as well. this is very young team so better to give them some time.

  • Cricinfouser on December 6, 2015, 2:28 GMT

    Are people saying SL was feared UNTIL jayasuriya retired? The man retired at 42 .Im sure opposition fast bowlers were overjoyed to see his name in the playing eleven after the 2007 WC . He hung along WAY too long .His average occured a severe slump during those years. In his prime he was great but he outstated his time. Ps- New Zealand are a very good side.No shame in facing difficulties against them or pakistan for that matter.

  • Nimmie on December 6, 2015, 0:19 GMT

    as front-liners but not those [ignorants ]who starts playing reverse sweeps and try to guide the ball through the slip cordon from the ball No 1, that has in-born difficulty of playing the ball all along the ground.

  • Nimmie on December 6, 2015, 0:17 GMT

    Only in SL,one finds selectors&media that evaluate the effectiveness of a batter only by the No of runs scored, in matches which they watch, No of chances offered, edgy, false(play&miss) &lofted reckless strokes executed by the batter are always disregarded & chanceless innings played & quality of strokes played by the batter is nothing for them, unlike Countries like IND, ENG, SA,NZ,.. where batters [Kholi,Root,deVilliers,Williamson ] with total control over their stroke play are given the 1st preference.Though some of these front-line batters of local selectors, success rate was 1 out of 5innings played (some times worse), they have always been held highly,due to this very reason [employment of batters that has zero skills of playing under pressure]we are placed very low down in the rankings both at Tests&ODIs for the last 10 years. Most of the front-line batters used by these selectors were suitable only for T20s. SL needs batters the class of S'weera [true batter from the age 14 ]

  • Lindsay on December 5, 2015, 23:26 GMT

    Of this NZ team, probably only Neil Wagner would make a NZ second eleven. This team is full of young prospects & their performance shows that there may be some depth appearing for NZ cricket.

  • Thilanka on December 5, 2015, 17:02 GMT

    1.Karunarathna 2.Jayasundara 3.Kithruwan 4.Chandimal 5.Mathews 6.Siriwardena 7.Kusal Perera 8.Prasad 9.Herath 10.Chameera 11.Pradeep

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