A much better performance from the bowlers and batsmen saw Sri Lanka gain much needed confidence on day 2 of their warm up game against New Zealand XI at Napier today.
Sri Lanka was 160 for the loss of 2 wickets in their innings after New Zealand XI declared their 1st innings at 270 for 8 in the second session of day 2. Dhananjaya De Silva and Kusal Mendis were unbeaten at the crease on 19 and 11 respectively at stumps on day 2.
Day 2 was day filled with many positives for the visiting Lankans. After a horrible day with the bat on day 1, where the only positive was Angelo Mathews’ back-to-the-wall century, Sri Lankans came back strong with a good bowling performance. Yes, they failed to bowl-out the New Zealand Xi but, it was a very consistent and disciplined bowling performance from the seamers and the spin duo. The likes of Lahiru Kumara, who is coming back from suspension showed good rhythm both with the new and old ball. Kasun Rajitha and Suranaga Lakmal was also very tidy but the lanky Dushmantha Chameera was not hitting the right lengths and he was taken for a few runs.
The wickets were shared by almost all the bowlers. The spin duo shared two wickets each. Lakshan Sandaken was comparatively better in his control while Diruwan produced few tight spells. The seamers Chameera, Lakmal and Kumara shared 1 wicket each, with Lahiru Kumara been the most economical of the lot. Part timer Dhananjaya De Silva also chipped in with a wicket.
Lankan openers looked more relaxed with the bat in hand in the 2nd innings. Dhanushka Gunathilaka took on the new ball with some dashing boundaries and later took a liking to the spinners as he stroked twelve 4’s and one 6 in his knock of 83. His partner Lahiru Thirimanne was more reserved as he slowly accumulated 43 runs before nicking one behind off the chinaman BP Coburn. Dinesh Chandimal opted to let both Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya De Silva bat before him as both the players missed out on the first innings. Mendis managed to get off the pair as he stroked 2 boundaries in the dying moments of the day while Dhananjaya looked solid as ever on the other end.
210/9 & 160/2
NZ Borad XI
270/8 & 0/0
Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c MW Chu b LR Dudding||0||2|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||c WT O’Donnell b MW Snedden||6||13|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c DN Phillips b LI Georgeson||26||46|
|Kusal Mendis||c MW Chu b MW Snedden||0||2|
|Angelo Mathews||not out||128||177|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c MW Snedden b PF Younghusband||14||32|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c WT O’Donnell b PF Younghusband||0||1|
|Roshen Silva||c DN Phillips b BP Coburn||0||4|
|Dilruwan Perera||lbw by BP Coburn||0||3|
|Suranga Lakmal||c KD Clarke b BP Coburn||10||26|
|Lahiru Kumara||not out||12||48|
NZ Borad XI’s 1st Innings
|LI Georgeson||c K Mendis b S Lakmal||8||57|
|DS Robinson||lbw by L Kumara||4||12|
|WT O'Donnell||c N Pradeep b D Chameera||22||40|
|Sandeep Patel||st N Dickwella b L Sandakan||69||106|
|DN Phillips||b D Perera||17||23|
|MW Snedden||lbw by D Perera||24||55|
|KD Clarke||lbw by D De Silva||46||53|
|BR Hampton||c D De Silva b L Sandakan||6||18|
|PF Younghusband||not out||31||76|
|MW Chu||not out||33||59|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||2||0||3||1||1.50|
Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c MW Snedden b PF Younghusband||83||77|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||c MW Chu b BP Coburn||45||83|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||not out||19||50|
|Kusal Mendis||not out||11||12|
NZ Borad XI’s 2nd Innings