Indian batsmen find touch in tour game


The Indian batting contingent spent enough time on Saturday in their tour game against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI at CCC grounds.

Gunathilaka and Thirimanne lay claim for Test spot

Danushka Gunathilaka and Lahiru Thirimanne struck half-centuries for Sri Lanka Board…

Resuming day two on 135 for 3, India batted for 38 overs on a hot and scorching day on an unresponsive surface to end up on 312 for 8. The two overnight batsmen, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane reached 53 and 40 respectively before heading to the pavilion.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who are battling for a Test spot in Galle batted for more than an hour to score 38 and 41 respectively before the management decided to give a bat to the lower middle order.

After lunch, Tharindu Kaushal who mesmerized India in 2015 dismissed Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as the game was called-off on mutual understanding at around 2.00pm. Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 36.

SL Board President’s XI – 187 all out in 55.5 overs: Danushka Gunathilaka 74, Lahiru Thirimanne 59, Roshen Silva 29*, Mohammed Shami 2/9, Ravindra Jadeja 3/31, Kuldeep Yadav 4/14.

India – 312/8 in 68 overs: KL Rahul 54, Virat Kohli 53, Ajinkya Rahane 40, Rohit Sharma 38, Shikhar Dhawan 41, Wriddihiman Saha 36*, Tharindu Kaushal 2/81, Vishwa Fernando 2/37.