Opener Kaushal Silva warmed up in style for the first Test as he stood out creditably with a sparkling 101 on the second day of a three-day match between a Sri Lanka Board President’s X1 and Pakistan at the Colts ground in Colombo on Friday.
Silva almost single-handedly held the innings together as scored nine fours in making his runs off 222 balls in the face of some effective bowling from the Pakistan team.
The nippy opener Silva was eventually caught in the slips against a ball from fast bowler Yasir Shah after he featured in three productive partnerships when the home team needed a mainstay.
The home team began the day at 44 for 1 and was bowled out for 241.
On the contrary Silva’s opening partner Dimuth Karunaratne (0), the recalled Jehan Mubarak (28) and Dinesh Chandimal (22) failed to exploit the occasion ahead of the first Test which starts in Galle on Wednesday.
On the previous day unheralded leg spinner Jeffery Vandersay captured a stunning five-wicket haul to signal he could mean business if selected after learning the craft at Wesley College.
Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Zulfikar Babar showed he too could exploit the slow pitch as he chipped in with the wickets of Mubarak, Chandimal, Milinda Siriwardena, Niroshan Dickwella, Wishwa Fernando and Tharaka Gamage as the Sri Lankans fell short of the touring team’s first innings total by six runs.
By close Pakistan had scored 27-1 to lead overall by 33 going into the third and final day tomorrow.
This is Pakistan’s only warm-up match before they take on Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series starting at Galle on Wednesday.
Pakistan: 247 (Ahmed Shehzad 82, Younis Khan 64, Milinda Siriwardana 2/63, Jeffrey Vandersay 5/73) and 27-1 at close
Sri Lanka: 241 (Kaushal Silva 101, Upul Tharanga 35, Jehan Mubarak 28, Dinesh Chandimal 22, Milinda Siriwardana 26, Yasir Shah 2/45, Zulfiqar Babar 6/31)