Board XI vs Development XI, four-day tri-series, 1st day October 8, 2013

Silva strengthens Test claim on day one


Sri Lanka Board XI 352 for 4 (K Silva 125, Sangakkara 107, Eranga 2-60)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Kaushal Silva's year in domestic cricket began to encroach on the extraordinary, as he struck his fourth first-class ton in as many matches, on the first day of the four-day tri-series in Colombo. His 125 at the P Sara Oval led the Board XI to 352 for 4 at stumps, against the Development XI, with Kumar Sangakkara also hitting 107.

Silva, 27, had top-scored in Sri Lanka's regular first-class competition, and has also hit three centuries in four matches for the Sri Lanka A team, since June. His 1687 first-class runs have come at 80.33, and is now in serious contention for a place in the Sri Lanka Test squad for the year-end tour in the UAE. He has not prospered in the three Tests he has played so far, however, the last of which was in December 2011.

Silva opened the innings alongside Dimuth Karunaratne, who was bowled by Shaminda Eranga for 20, before Silva and Sangakkara put on 195 for the second wicket. Sangakkara dominated the scoring, as he hit 13 fours and a six during an innings in which he struck at 84. Silva put on a further 57 alongside Mahela Jayawardene, before edging Eranga behind.

Mahela hit 54 before being dismissed by Lahiru Gamage, and Prasanna Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten at stumps.

Eranga, who bowled 19 overs in the day, was the best of the Development XI's bowlers, taking 2 for 60, with Gamage and Malinda Pushpakumara taking one scalp apiece.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    the longer they keep kaushal silva waiting, the more pressure he is going to be under when he does get a chance. he really should be included in the uae, especially with dilshan gone

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Now that Dilshan has retired, Kaushal Silva can replace him at the top of the order.

  • Pad on October 9, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Andrew, can you help us with better match reports for this traingular series please?? What you write can be figured out easily by looking at the scorecard. Who took wickets, who scored how much need no duplication in the report. We would like to know what the numbers dont say .. how was the pitch, did the bowlers beat the bat, who bowled well, yet failed, how is the fitness level of the new generation, what was the strategy, and why didnt it work, were there dropped catches, how is Thirimanne's captaincy, were they too defensive... This is a series we are interested to know about our young lads ability to cope in test cricket, and we would like to here more insights than dupication of what the score card says.

  • Pad on October 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    This is absolutely good playing by the senior players. Give the young lads a hard time, be stubborn and dont give your wickets. Let the young lads work hard!! let them feel the heat down their throats and work bloody hard to take wickets!!!

  • Milroy on October 9, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Before this young talent disappear and leave the game with frustration, the selectors must act now to balance the ball resting our senior players.

    Most of our seniors play enough cricket and engage players like Kashal Silva in more games.

  • Janaka on October 9, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    I want to watch this live :) This is so nice to watch. All our national players into two sides, and they play each other. Awesome! This is really a good move by SL Cricket. Should promote more longer sessions. Great! And I hope Kusal Silva to be included in the main squad quickly.

  • John on October 8, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Kaushal is becoming the real deal here. He is hitting centuries at will. He should defo be in the playing XI against the upcoming Pak tour. And of course, King Sanga hit his mandatory century. :P

  • Android on October 8, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    mendis have future please let hearth play he needs more practice because he is our only chance in the UAE

  • Uwaisul on October 8, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Real headache for Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya now, how is he going to include Kaushal Silva who is currently in the form of his life in the Sri Lankan Test batting line up against Pakistan? Whom he is going to replace Dimuth Karunaratne - The man of the ODI series against NZ A, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal - The 2 most talented young batsmen and potential captains, Anjelo Mathews - The test skipper or one of the 3 legends - Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela? Will he has to wait until Dilshan's retirement from tests?

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    This tournament is a good practice for our young domestic players.But I'm still thinking of that missed Zimbabwe tour.

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