Kaushal Silva pulls a ball to the boundary during his innings of 101 as the Sri Lanka Board President’s X1 replied to Pakistan’s 247 on the second day of their three-day match at the Colts ground on Friday (Picture by Chandana Wijesinghe)

Opener Kaushal Silva warmed up in style for the first Test series 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 he 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 were 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.

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 Dikwella, Wishwa Fernando and Tharaka Gamage as the Sri Lankans fell short of the touring team’s first innings total by six runs.
Pakistan: 247 (Ahmed Shehzad 82, Younis Khan 64, Milinda Siriwardana 2/63, Jeffrey Vandersay 5/73)
And: 27/1 at close
Sri Lanka: 241 in 89.1 overs  (Kaushal Silva 101, Upul Tharanga 35, Jehan Mubarak 28, Dinesh Chandimal 22, Milinda Siriwardana 26, Yasir Shah 2/45, Zulfiqar Babar 6/31)