SL Board President's XI v Bangladesh, Moratuwa, 2nd day March 3, 2017

Chandimal finds form with 190 in warm-up


Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI 403 for 7 (Chandimal 190*, Karunaratne 50*, Taskin 3-40) drew with Bangladesh 391 for 7 dec (Tamim 136, Mominul 73, Liton 57*)

Dinesh Chandimal ended a poor run of form with a century © AFP

Dinesh Chandimal has made a strong return to runs, while Bangladesh seam bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman made promising starts to their tour of Sri Lanka as well, in the two-day practice match in Moratuwa.

Chandimal's 190 not out off 253 balls followed a chastening tour of South Africa in which his highest score in 12 international innings was 36. He had been omitted from the ODI XI towards the end of that tour, and was later told by chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya that he should "go back to club cricket" in order to "work his game out".

Though there was little doubt he would feature in the Test XI - especially in a series with Bangladesh, whom he averages 128.33 against - this long occupation of the crease will have Sri Lanka feeling much happier about what remains an inexperienced top order. Chandimal struck seven sixes and 21 fours in the innings, after he had kept wicket the previous day. Despite Niroshan Dickwella's presence in the Test squad, Chandimal is likely to bat at No. 6 and keep wickets in the first Test as well.

Mustafizur was the most economical of the Bangladesh bowlers, conceding only 28 runs from his 12 overs, while claiming the scalps of opener Ron Chandraguptha and Leo Fransisco. Taskin was more penetrative: he took two new-ball wickets in his second over of the day, then returned later on to dismiss the highly-rated Roshen Silva. He finished with figures of 3 for 41 from 11 overs.

Twenty-year-old Tamil Union allrounder Chamika Karunaratne also hit an unbeaten fifty late in match, after he had claimed three wickets on day one. The SLC President's XI ended the day on 403 for 7 compared to Bangladesh's 391 for 7 declared.

Both teams scored their runs at more than four an over - an indication that this had been a particularly batting-friendly track. The surfaces awaiting Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Galle and the P Sara Oval are almost certain to be more treacherous.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • cricfan5262027628 on March 8, 2017, 2:38 GMT

    Chandimal is wasting a valuable spot in the team. He really should be sent back to playing "club cricket" for few years before being allowed back in the national team. How many chances of young cricketers were destroyed because of Chandimal?? Someone has a soft spot for him that is why he is keep getting chances and wasting our young talented cricketers who are dreaming to enter the tem. Mere 190 in a practice match does not justify him being there. He proved it with his 1st innings performance. Please take a rest "Chandi".... do a favour to the SL cricket that we all love.

  • cricfan81486185 on March 6, 2017, 7:51 GMT

    @ammo666 then you have most of the cricket that sri lanka played

  • Ammo666 on March 5, 2017, 9:22 GMT

    BATUWANTUDAWE: If this SL is "F" team to you then what about SL's A, B, C, D, E team & who are playing on those grade team is it your retired Kalu, Sanath jayasuriya, Gurusinghe, Aravinda De Silva, Sangakara, Jayawardene, Commentator Russel Arnold, Arjuna Ranatunga, Roshan Mahanama, Chandana, Umpire Dharmasena & coach Chaminda Vaas & YOU??? lol

  • Ammo666 on March 5, 2017, 8:22 GMT

    Seems like much hypes about Chandimal's 190, where BD bowlers were more experimental in this warm up match, Chandimal is good & looks more responsible but overall not a better batsman or striker than Tamim in all conditions

  • Dhutugemunu on March 5, 2017, 0:44 GMT

    @ A.RAHMAN; No. Tamim will not be able to get 300 in the warm up match. Usually in warm up games teams bat 1 innings at least. If you bat 90 overs that's good enough practice (Since it's BD, we never know. If you were the manager/coach of BD team I assume BD would have bat for 180 overs). So within that 90 overs Tamim can not get to 300. He left the field at the end of 69th over. He could have reached 200 but not 300. Dude be realistic. BTW Tamim has never scored more than 206. He could have make his own record though.

  • Modern-Spectator on March 5, 2017, 0:31 GMT

    Chandi, please, keep up the same strategy for test…low risk at least upto 50 before going high risk…In recent past, you play high risk in test matches and then very low risk with unacceptable slow run rate in short format. In pre-CT, BD ODI games, allrounnder, Chamika Karunaratna deserves an opportunity as preferably, all-rounders should be given priority at ODI tail.

  • cricfan70256478 on March 4, 2017, 16:05 GMT

    SLC has to act quickly to name the captain as Herath will not be playing the shorter formats. As much as Mathews deserves that honor, only his worst enemies can wish that he be saddled with the chores of captaincy. He should instead be honored with a knighthood and let Tharanga take care of the captaincy. Mathews entered the team as a bowler, and so he has to bowl full cry in order for his full potential including batting to be realized. Captaincy is the last thing that enters his mind. That is how he is wired.

  • Ruwan123 on March 4, 2017, 14:49 GMT

    @A. RAHMAN - Keep your comment ready by the third day of the first test at Galle. Have your ever played a warm up game with your national team to say that they have no plan to ball in a warm up game. Everybody needs to be selected. So, everyone play to their potential to get wickets. Tamim batted against our under 19 bowlers. Did your batters had a plan? I like to know that as well.

  • A.Rahman on March 4, 2017, 12:17 GMT

    SL Fans is talking about Chandimal's performance like a squirrel collects nuts and hides it. Mate this is a warm-up match. Most bowlers do not have plans for warm-up game and they practice with the delivery that want to practice. Thats why Tamim and Mominul did not bat longer. If Tamim batted, then he would have got 300.

  • Manik_mia on March 4, 2017, 9:39 GMT

    No one should judge anything based on warm-up performance. This is just a warm-up on a road.

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