Sri Lanka Board President's XI v Pakistanis, Colombo, 2nd day June 12, 2015

Draw after Tharanga, Karunaratne fifties

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Pakistanis 247 (Shehzad 82, Younis 64, Vandersay 5-73) and 257 for 7 decl (Masood 69, Vandersay 3-94) drew with Sri Lanka Board President's XI 241 (Kaushal Silva 101, Babar 6-31) and 129 for 3 (Karunaratne 54, Tharanga 50)
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File photo: Shan Masood was the top-scorer for Pakistanis in the second innings © AFP

Openers Shan Masood, Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga all hit fifties, and legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay claimed three wickets, on the final day of the Pakistanis' warm up against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Colombo. Azhar Ali was also retired out on 48, on the Pakistanis' way to 257 for 7 declared. The Board XI openers then hit two brisk half-centuries, before the match wound to a draw - the host's score at 129 for 3.

Masood and Azhar had been not out overnight, and put on 113 for the second wicket before Masood became Vandersay's first victim of the innings. He had hit 69 from 122 balls, somewhat strengthening his chances of appearing in the Galle Test, though he had not been required to bat in the first innings of this match.

Azhar was retired out on the brink of his fifty before Vandersay claimed Misbah-ul-Haq's scalp for the second time in the match. Misbah and Younis both made middling scores, but Sarfraz Ahmed collected his second duck of the match, completing a pair. Vandersay's later completed a haul of eight wickets for the match, when he had Wahab Riaz trapped in front.

The Board XI set out quickly in the final innings, as the openers struck eight fours each and maintained a strike rate higher than 75. Both were eventually retired out after they crossed fifty, before Jehan Mubarak was dismissed for 16, weakening his hold over a middle-order position in next week's Test.

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