SLC Dev XI v New Zealanders, tour match, 2nd day August 13, 2009

Chandimal ton leads SLC reply

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI 324 for 9 (Chandimal 109, Dilshan 68, Prasad 73, Patel 3-81) lead New Zealanders 297 by 27 runs

The New Zealanders put in a hard day's work in the field on the second day at the NCC yet conceded a 27-run lead to Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI. Dinesh Chandimal was the stand-out performer for SLC with a century, helped by Dammika Prasad with a steady fifty, and their stand helped SLC pass the visitors' score before the lower order collapsed.

The tourists added 14 to their overnight score before being bowled out. SLC began on an aggressive note, Tillakaratne Dilshan warming up for the Tests with an aggressive half-century, smashing eight fours and three sixes in his 68. There followed a wobble of sorts when they lost three wickets for 26 runs but they recovered thanks to the 127 put on for the sixth wicket by Chandimal and Prasad.

Chandimal, who walked in in the third over, was the mainstay, facing 234 balls for his 109. The pair helped edge past the lead before the visitors struck. Daniel Vettori made the breakthrough when he trapped Prasad lbw for 73 before Iain O'Brien sent back Chandimal two overs later. The pair picked up two more wickets with the new ball as SLC ended on 324 for 9.

With the match heading for a draw, the tourists can look forward to more batting practice tomorrow, the final day.