Sri Lanka A v New Zealand A, 2nd unofficial Test, Dambulla, 1st day September 23, 2013

Kaushal stakes case for Test recall

Sri Lanka A 360 for 3 (Silva 150*, Karunaratne 84) v New Zealand A

Wicketkeeper batsman Kaushal Silva strengthened his case for a Test recall on day one of the second unofficial Test against New Zealand A, hitting an unbeaten 150 in Dambulla. Kaushal had already made a ton in the previous match, in addition to having been the highest run-scorer in Sri Lanka's first-class competition earlier in the year. He last played for Sri Lanka in December 2011, but after this ton - his 26th in first-class matches - Sri Lanka's selectors will be forced to consider him for the Test series against Pakistan in December.

Having been dismissed cheaply in the first four-day match, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal both made half-centuries. They scored markedly quicker than Kaushal, with Karunaratne hitting 13 fours in his 84, which came from 120 balls, while Chandimal struck 10 fours and two sixes in his 102-ball 80. Kaushal had century stands with both, adding 152 for the second wicket with Karunaratne, before embarking on a 146-run association with Chandimal.

New Zealand A's bowlers largely endured a day of toil, from which only right-arm seamers Matt Henry and Andrew Ellis emerged with economy rates less than four an over. Doug Bracewell had struck third ball to remove Kusal Perera, but was unsuccessful for 16 overs after that, while Ish Sodhi and Todd Astle sent down 33 overs of leg spin for the combined figures of 0 for 152. If it was not for Anton Devcich's part-time left-arm spin accounting for Chandimal in the third session, the day's tally may have read even worse for the visitors.

Kithuruwan Vithanage was not out alongside Kaushal at stumps, having progressed to 32 from 33 balls - employing the same aggression that had earned him a second-innings 70 in the previous match.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ruben on September 26, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Surely though SL can take some ownership for developing a game that was only going to end in a draw. Nz gave a sporting declaration to try and make a game. SL just batted to long for a for a 4 day game.

  • jared on September 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    nz should of been alot more aggressive here and declared their first innings without a run on the board, srilanka would not of batted again, and 2 and a bit days is enough time to score 500 odd if you bat well, sure you risk getting rolled and losing but by declaring they would of at least given themselves a chance to win. there is not enough time to take another 30 wickets on what is obviously a flat deck, they are only realistically going to get one innings anyway, unless they have a monumental collapse. i know theres not much on it being an A game but surely you still play to win instead of just making sure you don't lose

  • Thimira on September 24, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Banuka Rajapaksha is doing well in Bangaladesh (DPL)

  • Thimira on September 24, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Kaushal is our next test opener and Kithruwan & Ashan are good for one day tem (middle order) instead of Thirimanne

  • associate cricket fan on September 24, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @s.g.a. i agree with you mate. He is very consistent with domestic cricket and A team tours. He definitely deserves a place in the Sri lankan team. He can be our Future No.3 player.

  • ajith on September 24, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    please get kaushal silva in to all format of srilanka cricket, he is a very good cricketer, also he is better than chandimal, srilanka cricket selectors giving too much favaration for chandimal. please dont dothat, kaushal waiting from long time to come in srilanka cricket team. but srilanka cricket selectors never looked about him.

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