Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI v Pakistanis, Moratuwa August 20, 2014

All-round Thisara powers President's XI win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI 325 for 7 (Priyanjan 65, Vithanage 56, Perera 52*) beat Pakistanis 290 for 8 (Hafeez 54, Misbah 38, Perera 2-51) by 13 runs (on D/L method)

Thisara Perera struck a brisk half-century and then took two wickets to help Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI beat Pakistanis by 13 runs on the D/L method. This was the only warm-up for the Pakistanis before the one-dayers start on Saturday.

Opting to bat, the President's XI openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Tillakaratne Dilshan raced to 48 in 7.2 overs, but Mohammad Talha struck twice in the space of four deliveries to peg the hosts back. President's XI, however, replied with three big partnerships, as four of their batsmen raised fifties.

Gunathilaka (51) first added 69 for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal, before Ashan Priyanjan (65) and Kithuruwan Vithanage (56) combined for a fifth-wicket stand which yielded 98 runs. Mohammad Hafeez dealt the hosts three quick blows to reduce them to 262 for 7, but Thisara slammed 52 off 45 balls with three fours and three sixes to lift President's XI to 325 for 7.

The Pakistanis began brightly with a 73-run opening stand, but President's XI kept chipping away at the visitors and were rewarded with regular wickets. The visitors were precariously placed at 137 for 4, but a 68-run association between the captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Fawad Alam brought them back into the game.

Thisara, however, crucially dismissed both batsmen in the 38th over to slow the Pakistanis down. Shahid Afridi accelerated with a 20-ball 37, but it would not prove to be enough, as bad light forced a premature end to the game after 46.2 overs, with Pakistanis still 13 runs short according to D/L.

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  • ajith on August 23, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Kithruwan Vthanage should be include odi & 20Tsquad. He is very good player in this format. Because he always rotating strike, not wasting deliveris like Thirimanne.Thirimanne suitable for only Test match format. Selection commitee should think about. Thanks.

  • Android on August 22, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    chandimal should not be given the captaincy. But he is the only one who can match the greats like sanga in this team.

  • Abdul on August 22, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I suggest Anwar Ali to concentrate on his batting as he can be a good batsman rather wasting his time to become an allrounder. His bowling is not so good as it used to be during his 19s, I suppose.

  • Ron on August 21, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal should be the Captain of this team and should bat at #4 and be the wicketkeeper too! Shame on the selectors for not sticking with him and not realizing that form is temporary but class is permanent! So what if he only scored 20 runs in 3 ODIs in England or if he hasn't scored a 100 while batting high up the order in his last 75 ODIs. So what if his strike rate in the Pak game was the lowest of all the Board XI batters? He's still our favorite son and the only one who turned down a base level IPL contract to "practice" instead of the other money hungry players on the team. We need 10 more Chandimals and then we will win every single series!

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Best wishes to Dinesh Chandimal on his return to ODI.. He is a great prospect for the future. he is Next Mahela for us....Congrats chandi....we're always with u..

  • Nick on August 21, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @ Ajith Dias Ab.... has picked the best team for the ODIs! Good to see Tharanga back, a class player with a fine record in both Tests and ODIs. While Danushka G with another 50 in Moratuwa after lots of 50s in England is a great prospect for the future.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    What is going on with Thisara Perera? Is it some problem with him or someone dislikes him?

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    well i am really impress with thisara perea .. he deserve his place in odi and t20 cricket for sure and aslo kusal janith must be in the team too. other wise mahela should open.. for tomorrow.. we can play mahela , dilshan. sanga, ashan, mathaws. kithruwan vithange , sekkuge , randiv, thisara, nuwan . malinga..

  • Sinhhalaya on August 21, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Hope Thisara keeps up his good form. SLC have never been totally open about his problems - mental or disciplinary. He should be in good nick for the CWC 2015 and beyond for SL at least in the shorter formats. He could be a real asset for the future. He should also get a chance at nos. 7/8 in tests if Mathews bats at 5 and we have two quality players incl the WK at 6/7. Especially so if Mathews continues to be unfit/unable to bowl 15 overs in a day when required. This is conditional on TP keeping his head on straight and "getting with the programme" - so to speak. The ideal in tests would be 3 specialist bowlers at 9-11. Bowling all-rounder at 8 and 1 or 2 batting all-rounders up the order. When I say that I do not mean so-called all rounders like Dilruwan, Sachitra or Randiv but a really consistent player in both disciplines. This is also assuming SL can have a Gilchrist-like WK/bat at 7. Young Dickwella still has to prove himself.

  • Nuwan on August 21, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Dilly,Tharanga,MJ,Sanga,Chandimal,Mathews,IronMan,Ashan,Herath,Kule,Mali would be my first Unit which is a ridiculously Strong Battling lineup with some serious diversified bowling strengths. Looking into the their individual performances, players can be changed around.

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