Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma ripped through the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI batting taking five wickets for 23 runs as the hosts were dismissed for a paltry total of 121 on the second day of the 3-day tour match played at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Test batsmen Kaushal Silva and Upul Tharanga along with Kusal Perera – all collected first ball ducks as Sharma scythed through the batting to have the Board team reeling at 10 for five wickets before a late rally staged by Milinda Siriwardana (32), Niroshan Dickwella (41) and Danushka Gunathilaka (28) saw them post a somewhat respectable total of 121.
By the close India who made 351 in their first innings had scored 112 for three wickets to have an overall lead of 342 going into the third and final day today.
In the Indian first innings 22-year-old fast bowler Kasun Rajitha playing in only his eighth first-class match took his maiden five-for in an innings finishing with figures of 5/68.
Scores: Indians: 314-6 contd 351 (L Rahul 43, S Dhawan 62, A Rahane 109 rtd out, C Pujara 42, R Ashwin 23, Extras 30, Kasun Rajitha 5/68, Jeffrey Vandersay 2/76) and 112-3 at close (C Pujara 31 n.o., L Rahul 47 n.o., Vishwa Fernando 2/17)
SL Board President’s XI: 121 (Milinda Siriwardana 32, Niroshan Dickwella 41, Danushka Gunathilaka 28, Ishant Sharma 5/23, Varun Aaron 2/42, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/8)
Fast bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Ishant Sharma picked up five wickets apiece on day two of the 3-day practice match between Indians and the SL Board President’s XI played at the R Premadasa Stadium. (Pix by Chandana Wijesinghe)