Kusal Mendis was in prime form stroking a brilliant 156 and following it up with a half century for Sri Lanka Development team in their opening match of the Moin-Ud-Dowla Gold Cup tournament against Hyderabad President’s XI played at Hyderabad.
Replying to the local team’s first innings of 284, Sri Lanka Development replied with 401-8 declared with Mendis stroking 156 off 210 balls and skipper Milinda Siriwardana a delightful 93 off 105 balls.
Hyderabad in their second innings declared at 284-4 leaving Sri Lanka Development a target of 146 to chase for victory. However they fell short by eight runs to reach the target.
Left-hander Balchander Anirudh scored a century in each innings (117 and 101) for Hyderabad.
Scores: Hyderabad President’s XI 284 (B Anirudh 117, H Agarwal 83, Vishwa Fernando 4/59, Kasun Rajitha 3/34, Amila Fernando 3/82) and 284-4 decl (B Anirudh 101, H Agarwal 61, Vishwa Fernando 2/64, Kasun Rajitha 1/97, Amila Aponso 1/60, Jeffrey Vandersay 1/29)
Sri Lanka Development 401-8 decl (Kusal Mendis 156, Milinda Siriwardana 93, Lahiru Milantha 57 n.o., Ahamed Quadri 4/62, T Ravi Teja 2/41) and 138-6 (Kusal Mendis 52, Minod Bhanuka 34, Angelo Jayasinghe 24 n.o., Ravi Teja 3/36)