Board XI v SL A, four-day tri-series, 2nd day October 23, 2013

Sangakkara 169 takes Board XI to dominant position


Sri Lanka Board XI 427 for 5 (Sangakkara 169, Jayawardene 82) v Sri Lanka A

Kumar Sangakkara's 169 propelled Board XI to a dominant position on day two of their four-dayer against Sri Lanka A at the Sinhalese Sports Club. A sodden outfield had made play impossible on day one, and with two days remaining, Board XI have almost batted the opposition out of the match, ending the day on 427 for 5. Dimuth Karunaratne and Mahela Jayawardene made 73 and 82 respectively, during long associations with Sangakkara.

Sangakkara first rebuilt after Kaushal's loss with Karunaratne, adding 122 for the second wicket, before consolidating his team's position with a 174-run stand with Jayawardene. He scored his 45th first-class hundred late in the second session, embellishing a year in which he has been a juggernaut across all formats. This hundred was his fourth in the last five first-class innings. He had hit 58 on the occasion he missed out.

The moisture in the turf after the weekend's heavy rains did not seem to have spiced up the pitch for the quicks, who largely endured a day of meagre reward. Left-armer Vimukthi Perera and right-armers Ishan Jayaratne and Kanishka Alvitigala sent down 50 overs collectively, but took only 2 for 221 between them.

Vimukthi removed Kaushal Silva - the only batsman who failed - in the ninth over for 8, but was wicketless after that, and Jayaratne dismissed Angelo Perera for 49 to brighten his figures marginally at the end of the day.

Allrounder Ashan Priyanjan emerged with the day's best haul, taking the wickets of Karunaratne and Jayawardene to finish with 2 for 47 from his 10 overs.

Prasanna Jayawardene and Thisara Perera were at the crease at stumps, and although Board XI do not require many more runs, both men are vying to regain their Tests spots in what is the last first-class encounter before Sri Lanka's tour of the UAE.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Among modern greats Sanga has the highest test averahge.

    Tendu - 53+ Ponting - 52 + Kallis - 55 + Sanga - 56 + Lara - 51 +

  • Buddhika on October 25, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    one person prove what i say few days ago. he told 'sanga is one of three best T2O players in SL' he is good Test and ODI player.but he is never T20 player. if u r not agree with me compare him with best T2O players like Alron Finch,Alex Hales,DeCock,A.B devliers,Shane Watson,David Millier. how the strike rates deference between Sanga and Them sanga only 50 runs but 50 balls.if above guys can 130 out of 50 balls. unforutantelly no other nation team but srilanka play 35+ T2O can't comapre with his age players. but in IPL and CLTT20 we can campare with Rahla Dravaid(40+) and Misbah(39). how far good these 2 guys strike rate better than sanga.they paly 80 runs out of 40/45 balls. still NOT believe?. just compare sanga strike rates with Thilan Samaraweera SR in T20. thilan has much better strike rate than sanga. i can ask simple question if sanga is better T20 player y he is benched @ IP?and then y Thisara Perara and Sachitra Senanayaka gain a regular place in their IPL team

  • Nipuna on October 24, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Why did Board XI not enforce the follow on?? now there is only 1 day to bowl out SL A. Very Silly

  • udendra on October 24, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    This goes on to show that these teams should have been divided more evenly. Turing out to be a one-sided match (or rather tournament).

  • Kasif on October 24, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Isn't this Sangakkara's 5th century in 6 first-class innings, going back to the first Bangladesh Test in March (3 in that series and 2 here)? He keeps getting better and better, nevermind the fact that he'll soon turn 36. He looks like he could easily go on past 40 - as a number of other batsmen have, lest we forget. Should he do so contrary to the suicidal wishes of too many Sri Lankan fans, his country and world cricket would be well-served. Chandimals, Thirimannes, and Pareras come and go, but good luck finding or producing another Sangakkara (or Jayawardene, for that matter). Sangakkara averages over 75 in Test wins - 8th best all-time - and people are still commenting that he doesn't win matches. Sad. Take away Sangakkara at the Premadasa, and Sri Lanka very likely would have lost their last home series to Bangladesh - Herath or no Herath. You'll miss Sangakkara when he's gone - in all formats. He is easily Sri Lanka's best in ODIs, and certainly one of their three best in T20s.

  • Cric on October 24, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @SLslider......You have good insight

  • Neranjan on October 24, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Thank you "Andrew Fidel Fernando" you have done a splendid job !!! Respect !!! Do not stop here as there is always room for improvement. I would like to ask, how did these new fast bowlers performed ? can there be any hope for genuine fast medium bowlers?

  • Buddhika on October 24, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    @SLslider thank u bro. u may be only srilankan who question mahela's inconsistency other than me. today we can see lot of SL journalists,fans congrats sanga but when chandi get 162 very few people congrats him. and when SL A team beat New Zeanland A(it's almost National Side) very few people congrats them. our Selectors,Fans think SL Cricket exists because of Sanga and Mahela.but actually SL team win recent test matches because of Hearth superb performance and win ODI and T2O because of dilshan and thisara. if u noticed last wining ODI/T20 every time dilshan got a hundred or near(SA 3RDT20,SA4TH ODI,5THODI). and funny thing is still our fans think sanga is best T2O cricketer in the world who's never a T2O player.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I dont know i will become a crazy idiot by saying this . I dont know still this is a 4 day match not a 3 day match . I think Sri Lankan cricket board must add a additional day to this match if it is possible because of the washout on first day . For sake of youngsters it is good . I see this days everybody complaining about younsters . But no one has open mind and flexibility to give proper chances to youngsters . I still see sri lankan youngsters are bunch of people sitting on the bench and other wise in the team and begging a suitable place to bat .

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Thank you for writing a good report hope to see many more like it.

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