Otago v Sri Lankans, Dunedin, 2nd day December 1, 2006

Sri Lankans gain useful batting practice

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Otago 140 for 2 (Cumming 50, Sheed 57) trail Sri Lankans 413 (Silva 70, Kapugedera 68, Sangakkara 65, Scott 4-56) by 273 runs

After an unconvincing start on a rain-affected opening day, Sri Lanka's batsmen found some form ahead of the first Test, four of them helping themselves to half centuries on the second day of their practice match at the University Oval in Dunedin. Chamara Silva top-scored with 70 in their first-innings total of 413 while Otago too ended the day in a good position at 140 for 2, with the openers Jordan Sheed and Craig Cumming scoring half centuries.

Resuming on 141 for 3, left-arm seamer Bradley Scott struck twice in quick succession and when Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed for 65, the Sri Lankans had already lost half their side for 186. Silva and Chamara Kapugedara began the recovery, adding 105 before Silva, who had a good outing with Sri Lanka A in the Duleep Trophy in India, was dismissed by Aaron Redmond.

Prasanna Jayawardene shared stands of 35 and 84 with Kapugedera and Farveez Maharoof respectively, as the bowlers struggled to wrap up the innings. Maharoof's fluent knock of 53 came off just 56 balls, including ten fours. Scott, the toiled for 26 overs to pick up four wickets while Redmond picked up three in just over eight overs.

The Otago openers began in a positive note, adding 107 at over five an over before Dilhara Fernando struck, sending back Cumming for 50. Redmond and Greg Todd were at the crease at stumps.