Indians outplayed in tame draw
Sri Lanka Board President's XI 514 for 9 dec (Tharanga 110, Kandamby 102, Samaraweera 101, Ojha 5-153) and 260 for 6 (Thirimanne 102, Chandimal 69, Ojha 3-85) drew with Indians 291 (Yuvraj 118, Gambhir 89, Mendis 6-67)
Lahiru Thirimanne joined the centuries club as Sri Lanka Board President's XI once again dominated the Indians, on the final day at Colts Cricket Club. Pragyan Ojha was the only Indian player to gain as he finished with three wickets - to go with his first innings five - to push his selection for the second spinner in Galle, assuming Harbhajan Singh recovers from his illness on time.
Batting practice was the objective of the final day, when the Sri Lankans took guard for their second innings with a lead of 223. Upul Tharanga began aggressively but his knock came to a halt when he was caught by VVS Laxman off Ishant Sharma for 21 off 15 balls. Dinesh Chandimal earned a promotion and he made it count as he helped himself to a half-century and added 113 with Thirimanne. The pair went after the spinners and the partnership progressed at more than seven an over. Chandimal slammed four sixes in his 69 before Ojha had his revenge.
The spinners hit back with the quick wickets of Kaushal Silva and Prasanna Jayawardene. Thirimanne made 102 off 149 balls before he was dismissed by Ojha. His partner Amit Mishra managed to get Thilan Samaraweera stumped and a short while later the captains decided to call it off.
It was a difficult three days for the Indians who were outplayed with bat and ball.